Ventfan and windows install!
Fan is Maxxair MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K. Can run while it's raining, which is awesome. Cutting out the hole sucked. Don't get one of these sheet metal shears. Just use a jigsaw and deal with the chips. Made two spacers from the corrugated plastic wall siding that came with the van so the fan clears the ribs on the roof. Used butyl putty tape + Dichor self leveling sealant. Gave it time to cure. Then later sealed inside with Sikaflex 221. If I did it over, I'd probably just use Sikaflex + Dichor and skip the butyl. Fan is bolted instead of screwed into the van. Bolt heads are sealed, threads/nuts are sealed.
Windows are 900x500mm Mobicool style windows from China. Used jigsaw to cut out and welding magnets and cardboard to dampening the sound a bit. Sorry neighbors! Just the outer part is on right now. Need to put the inside part on eventually, around when I do walls. Inside part has mosquito netting and a privacy shade. Windows themselfs are double pane, so there's a bit of insulation value there unlike the normal glass windows. Also they can open fully and allow a really impressive amount of airflow when there is a breeze. Used Sikaflex 252 and a bit of 221 on top of it in areas. Same on the inside.
You're probably sick of these images by now, but here are the final trip stats: 4,134 miles of driving, over 106 hours behind the steering wheel, 23.3 mpg overall. At 80 mph the van "only" gets 21.5 mpg, and we crossed two states (each way) at those speeds, bringing down the average. Aside from freeway travel we had several tanks of fuel between 25 and 29 mpg, and that's going over countless high elevation grades and idling in national park traffic. Thrilled by this 4 cyl diesel powertrain, and the Mercedes Sprinter van in general.
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Life is too short to be unhappy. We made it our goal to simplify life and fill it with adventure, embarking on a nomadic lifestyle in our self-converted Mercedes Sprinter van before our first wedding anniversary. We hit the road in April 2017, and 45,000 miles and two vans later, we are still loving this life of full time travel and adventure!
This week we are planning to hike into the Grand Canyon and next week we’ll be in the Black Rock Desert for #burningman.
If this is #livingthedream, I don’t want it to stop!
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When you realize life will either be as good or as bad as you decide to make it... 📷: @natalienicoleblue
This will be Millie’s daily walk for the next couple of weeks. Don’t think we will be getting bored of that view! It’s now raining so we are going to get cosy and watch ‘Under the Dome’ whilst eating apple pie and drinking tea. Perfect night in I’d say 😍
I have a helper today. Getting the wall panels cut to size, grooving the edges, and numbering them so I know where they go once they’re done painting. And of course Mar Mar is being helpfully in the way, drenched in pool water.
I’ve been on the road for an entire year as of this week, and in that time I spent hundreds of hours researching every possible adventure vehicle that I could possibly use. I ended up finally choosing the most capable, and most suitable vehicle that money could buy; the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. I spent over 300 hours modifying mine to exactly fit my lifestyle, and it has not once let me down. I am completely in love with my custom home on wheels and am so stoked that I made the right choice! Her name is Nighthawk, and she’s pretty badass. 🚐
A clean van makes us so happy ✨
Living in a small space, things can get messy in minutes. Clothes, shoes, dishes, cat food, human food, and anything else you pull out in a days use —alllll cluttering your space and making it harder to function.
But! Just as quickly as the mess was made, cleaning and organizing only takes ~70 sq ft of your time. Living minimally helps as well because you’re not overflowing with nonessentials.
We love our home, we love our community, we love sharing our lifestyle, we love pizza, and of course, we love you ❤️😇 📍 Portland, Oregon 🚐 Ford Transit 📷 by @veganvantravels
Home for just the night☝️
We don’t typically stay in one place long, maybe 2 days max. When the third day hits, we start feeling antsy and that we should go along on our way. This way of traveling works great here in Colorado because there are SO MANY GREAT [free] CAMPSITES! 😮 I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to stealth camp