Wendy and Larry's Awesome Freightliner (Sprinter) Van Build

vanlife Mar 10, 2019

I recently met up with Wendy and Larry Kwiecinski, students of the Cargo Van Conversion Course (online edition), in Austin when they came down from Detroit for our first live van conference (Cargo...

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7 Pitfalls of DIY Van Conversions

vanlife Jan 14, 2019
By Ross Lukeman

Doing a DIY van conversion and hitting the road can be very fulfilling, but sometimes it's hard to get the details right the first time around. After building vans and working...

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Mercedes Sprinter Van Converted into Camper with Motorcycle Inside

vanlife Jul 09, 2018

In 2017 I was hired out in Santa Barbara, California by a student of mine named Alex. He had purchased my online van conversion training, the Cargo Van Conversion Course, and wanted to know if I...

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Building Inspiration: Deanne Bednar and The Strawbale Studio

strawbale Mar 25, 2017

A few years ago I left my cubicle and headed to southern Oregon for a 9-day course in natural building, and my view of home construction would never be the same. The traditional techniques being...

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Digital Nomad's Hybrid Live/Work Van Conversion

vanlife Feb 24, 2017

After about 6 months on the road, I filmed a short tour of my van while visiting Sonoran Desert National Monument, one of my favorite weekend spots near Phoenix. In the video, I also go over my...

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Off the Hamster Wheel: Morgan’s $5000 Earthbag House

Morgan Caraway had been interested in sustainability for a while when he ran across natural building for the first time at his local library. The Earthship book by Michael Reynolds got him dreaming...

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Pro Woodworker Builds Hybrid Live/Work Van Conversion

vanlife Dec 09, 2016

I recently met with Ryan Wells, a student of the Cargo Van Conversion Course, in Seattle for a tour of his van conversion. This van is unique because Ryan uses it as a transport for tools and...

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The Stay-at-Homebuilder: Kara's $35k Project

When Mike and Kara Stiff got married, they had big plans for a round-the-world honeymoon trip. Kara says those plans changed “when we realized, about a week after getting married, that we...

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Vanlife: How to Refill Water Tanks in the City

vanlife Dec 03, 2016

It's easy to refill your van's water tanks while staying in an RV park or visiting a friend, but how to do you keep your tank topped off while staying in a random city?

I was recently in Colorado...

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Vanlife: How to Avoid Parking Costs

vanlife Nov 21, 2016

You may be wondering if creating a "stealth" van conversion is worth it, and how it affects your bottom line. Stealth vans have the advantages of opening up your options on where to park, while...

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