Here are 12 of van life unwritten rules for a peaceful, trouble-less and civil overnight stay.
This is a question I get asked often, and rightly so.
After all, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs safety is one of our main needs, second only to our physiological needs (food, water, sleep etc).
You might not believe this, but out of all the works done to the van, installing the curtains was the most time consuming process .
The Kangoo has 4 lateral and 1 back windows all in weird, fiddly shapes. Finding a cheap solution to install curtains was a real hassle.
The main reason why I chose to be travelling by van was that I wanted to have Odie with me. A van seemed the most viable option.
Too many bus, train, plane companies do not accept dogs, not to mention the difficulties you might have to find a suitable accommodation.
Guidelines recommend changing the oil and oil filter every 7000-10 000 miles. This can cost you about £50-£60. If you are on a budget or just want to know how your van/car better you would be pleased to know that you can do it yourself. Just find those clothes you once used to paint your auntie’s kitchen, and prepare to get dirty! Continue reading “Changing the oil and oil filter for Dummies – Kangoo”
Checking the state of your air filter is an important step to maintain your van happy.
It is advisable to change it every 15.000 to 30.000 miles or every year, depending on how much you use it and where (eg. driving in the desert? better check it more often!).
Pam has been needing mats since I threw away the smelly ones when I first bought it.
Funnily enough, a little while ago I got contacted by the British company Vanmats-Uk. They wanted me to try out their mats. How could I say no?
The bed was the last thing i attempted building as in my mind it was the simpler structure. Well, surprise surprise, once again I was proved wrong. It only took me 2 days to build it but oh dear, how i struggled! As with everything else during the conversion, this was my first attempt building a bed. It’s not perfect but it does the job.
Another scary step of your van conversion: installing the gas to use for the kitchen.
It i VERY important to plan thoroughly were and how to install your gas bottle and to be aware all of the necessary safety rules. You really don’t want to mess up with gas!
I must admit, my woodworking skills are not the greatest.
The kitchen was built in a real rush (less than 4days) and I’m not 100% with the result. I thought I would share some pictures anyway to show that even without any experience, you can build a half decent kitchen.