When you think of Texas you are probably like me. You think it’s a very large dry state and it’s known for BBQ, large portion sizes, ranchers/cowboys, oil fields and the occasionally good sports team. Congrats, you are like me and 99% of all other Americans. BUT WAIT…
When we departed on our year+ long journey Ellie (the van) was dialed. Pamela and I didn’t see much that we wanted nor needed to change. Three months into the trip I choose to make sliding bike trays. The reason was for the ease of access and additional storage it created. Thanks to our friend Dakota for pushing me to do them and our friend David for the use of his shop and tools, again.
Here is a video I put together that shows the entire buildout of our sprinter van, Ellie.
The build was done in June of 2015. Since the initial completion, I added a few things like the Thule Alpine roof storage and the sliding bike trays.
To date we’ve logged 18k miles in just under 7 months on the road.
Enjoy a little bit of it here.
After many many months of van building research, before I tackled the buildout with my friend David, I came across Dakota’s blog, Traipsing About. I was stoked with his idea for slide out bike trays. However, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted or needed them when David and I built our van back in 2015. Pamela and I have been living in our van now for 4.5 months and we wouldn’t change the overall layout and feel. While on our journey, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and seeing Dakota and Chelsea’s van in person a few times. During our visits we had the pleasure of exchanging road stories and buildout successes and failures (nothing really failed..just modifications).
Now that we’ve been on the road for a few months, this very strange thing is happening. People keep asking me to stop with the façade that all is well in #VanLife and tell me how things are really going. Continue Reading
In a previous post Pamela talked about items that are important to her (so far) on this trip. I agreed with some of the things on that list. The following are items that I feel are things that I enjoy, appreciate and/or couldn’t go without during #VanLife and regular non-travel life. The following list is in no particular order, expect for how it just rolled off the fingers and onto the keyboard. Continue Reading
I am trying to remember all the topics I googled in preparation for our departure and I am doing my best to report on such topics as we gain insight and our days in the van increase. Perhaps our blog will come up on someone’s hit list and it will offer some insight. As I keep a promise to myself to expose our day-to -day van life experience, I have come to appreciate a few items more than others. I believe as the year presses on this list with change and evolve. It’s not exhaustive but it’s a start. Hence forth is our list of items we can’t live without (the 8 weeks in to the trip edition)
I’ve talked about it in a previous blog about how I wanted and needed the van to be modular, transforming from crew van for work to camper van for our road trips. To help give you a little glimpse into how this is done I put a sweet little time-lapse video together with my GoPo Hero4. I also used their video software (free), which was very very easy to use. Shoutout to my friend Greg Erwin and his band Saint Motel and all their recent success…This is one of their songs used in the video.
Van Life is all that it’s cracked up to be and more. I knew that buying the Sprinter (bucket-list mobile) was the right choice. When you know you know. 99.95% of the time my gut has lead me in the proper direction to or away from, people, places, things, opportunities, etc. I never had reservations about the Sprinter buildout and the overall purpose of the purchase… to live life while we (Pamela and I) can and not have any regrets. Continue Reading