I recently wrote an article for Teton Sports explaining what I would do if I could rebuild my van all over again. I have to admit, it may not be that riveting. No one really cares about insulation or furring strips. Instead you want to read that I would have put my kitchen over there or used tongue-and-groove on the ceiling or that the bed should magically rise out of the floor. You catch my drift. But sorry, van insulation is where it’s at.
I want to go over in more detail what I’ve learned over the past two years. [Read more…]
Let’s make this easy. If you want to install Renogy solar panels on your van, check out the video right here. But if you need even more help and some extra details, scroll down a bit further for the step-by-step written version. Either way, by the end of it, your solar panels will be installed and you’ll have all the electricity you could need…if you’ve designed the electrical system correctly.
How to Install Renogy Solar Panels – Video Edition
Your Van’s Electrical System
Many people fund their VanLife in many different ways. e.g. Seasonal/temporary work, disability, and retirement. But if you’re like me — working full-time, remotely — then the electrical system almost becomes the most important thing.
How will you continue working if you can’t charge your phone, cameras, laptop, and turn on some lights? (Not to mention staving off boredom by watching movies on your computer.) And if you can’t keep working, how will you afford to do this full-time, year round? And have you thought about refrigeration for your food?
Here are several different electrical system configurations based on your needs and budget. [Read more…]
My VanLife Insulation Explained
I think VanLife insulation is one of the most crucial aspects to being able to live in your van year round. In the winter, it helps keep you warm; in the summer, it helps keep you cool. This is not an extensive or authoritative “how-to,” but it is how I insulated mine. If I could do it all over again, I would have saved extra money and paid professionals to just spray foam insulate the whole thing and I have explained my thought process and reasons here:
If you’re looking for a short, abridged, How-to version of insulating a van, this is not it. This is in whimsical story fashion and overly detailed. Plus pictures and videos and stuff so make sure you make it to the end. I feel like insulating for VanLife is more of an art than a science, and in this aspect, by no means should I be considered an expert.