The Grovemade Catch-All is a beautifully fabricated wall shelf, designed to hold life’s essentials and cradle them like a bowl. Of course the first thing I thought was that we needed several rows of these in our van conversion — until I realized they were handmade in the USA and their price tag reflected the […]
After years of saving and planning, we finally bought a van and are building an adventure mobile of our own with minimal skills and minimal budget. Though we're still tied to the 9-5, come Friday we live the #vanlife.
Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, Canyon Coolers specializes in making high quality coolers and accessories for expeditions and adventures. Built tough enough to resist a grizzly bear, Canyon Coolers utilize a roto-molded PE Construction with a 2.7″ thick wall. The Outfitter series is their line of premium ice chests. We joined the #vanlife movement last year […]
With the long, wet Oregon winters, getting out of town and spending some time on the road is what having a van is all about. Before taking off for our winter hiatus from the rat race, it was time to sort out some details in our budget van conversion. After a summer of playing as […]
#VanConversion achievement, unlocked: adding a seat swivel. This is an upgrade I regret not implementing on our Promaster van immediately. The van swivel seat base adapter allows the driver or passenger seat to swivel around and adding one is a major upgrade for any DIY van conversion. Recently installing one in our Promaster, the addition […]
Wayfarer Vans has created a plug and play van conversion kit for the Dodge Ram Promaster that is 100% modular and easily installed at fraction of the price charged by custom outfitters.
The Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station is a plug and play source of electricity designed to keep lights, phones and laptops going through any situation. At $199, its the base model in a collection of 7 power options that range from $199 to $3,000. Interested in a budget plug and play solution for […]
Since acquiring our Dodge Promaster, I’ve sunk countless hours into research van conversions looking for inspiration. Most the van conversions posted have been using Sprinters, but Promasters and Transits have been popping up with more frequency. When I spotted this impressive Promaster build out by Ryan Wells of Rydawell Woodworks in Seattle, I had to […]
After weeks of work, we finally take our DIY van conversion on the road and log our first trips to find what worked, what needs work, and what to focus on next.
Is the Camelbak Kickbak an insulated coffee mug, water bottle or camping pint glass? For us, it’s serving well doing all the above. Vacuum insulated with a double wall design to maintain the temperature of your drink, Camelbak claims it will keep drinks cold for 8 hours and hot for 4. While we have yet […]
Summer is finally approaching, which for us means weekends filled with bike rides and post ride hanging out, enjoying a cold beverage in a camp chair. After yet another camp chair blew out, (the seat ripped, separating from the support) I’ve been on the hunt for the ultimate camp chair. It needed to pack small, be durable, easy […]
After relocating to a new space with an actual garage and workspace of my own, it was time to begin the build out we’d be rolling in for the foreseeable future. First though, the online research continued. During this time, an observation was made. There are a lot of different types that make up the […]
For the last two to three years I’ve been working on a plan that would enable more riding in epic destinations. The solution: buy a van, transform the inside into a stealth camper, and join the #vanlife. It’s easier said than done— though we could afford a van living in the Bay Area, finding a place to […]