Installing the van roof – Build 2

For my second van build I decided to remove the carpeted plywood roof and replace it with a plain wooden one. The reasons for this were two: I like wood. I hate carpet. Don't get me wrong, carpeting is great for insulation but If you are traveling with a very hairy dog it's just a … Continue reading Installing the van roof – Build 2

How to install a Fantastic Fan in your van

Last summer I found myself in a parking spot in Nice angry, sweaty and incapable to sleep. Although it was quite a cool night, the van had accumulated all the heat during the day and it just felt like we were slowly getting cooked. Despite all windows being slightly open to leave some air in, … Continue reading How to install a Fantastic Fan in your van

How to: get Internet on the road

Internet while traveling. Tricky business. Having Internet connection is now a little luxury we are all used to have and sometimes give for granted. Living small does teach you to appreciate the smallest things and does no exception with Internet connection. Having access to the web is incredibly useful if you are planning to stay … Continue reading How to: get Internet on the road

12 commandments of overnight parking

Here are 12 of van life unwritten rules for a peaceful, trouble-less and civil overnight stay. As I mentioned on my "5 tips to find "wild" parking spots blog , van dwelling seem to be rising in popularity and is attracting lots of people interested in a more simple and practical way to live and … Continue reading 12 commandments of overnight parking

How to: stay safe while traveling in a van

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). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPXUJeyVbjg So, how does one stay safe while traveling and sleeping on a vehicle? This blog post is obviously … Continue reading How to: stay safe while traveling in a van

How to install simple DIY curtains

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. You can find prepared curtain … Continue reading How to install simple DIY curtains

Pros and Cons of travelling with your dog friend

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. Despite being the most practical solution, … Continue reading Pros and Cons of travelling with your dog friend

Changing the oil and oil filter for Dummies – Kangoo

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 … Continue reading Changing the oil and oil filter for Dummies – Kangoo

Changing the air 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!). I didn't know when was Pamthevan's … Continue reading Changing the air filter for Dummies -Kangoo

Building the bed structure (build 1)

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 … Continue reading Building the bed structure (build 1)