Van loaded, good-byes hugged and coffee mugs topped off, Jon and I hit the road on June 3, 2019. We first made some brief stops in Los Angeles, CA and Ojai, CA to say more good-byes, and then we started east. Three days later, we arrived in Kansas City, Missouri. Continue reading “Learning Vanlife in Kansas City, MO!”
In early May, my group of bestie girlfriends from college picked a date and location for our next reunion – June 6 in Kansas City, MO. For the first time in five years, all six of us would be together!
There was no way I was going to miss this trip, and it became the perfect deadline for us to leave. Continue reading “The End in Sight”
You may have noticed that we’ve been incommunicado for the last several months! A couple weeks into the van build, we realized that as much as we wanted to document our van building journey, we also very much desperately wanted to be done with the van so that we could start our adventure, or, more accurately, just hit the road! While it’s fun to write and take pictures and video, it’s also very time consuming. Every day, we were too exhausted by the day’s work to put in another several hours at the computer. So, we made the decision to focus on the build and to hopefully document our build with 20/20 vision to post on the blog later.
In the beginning, as I grew increasingly concerned about our slow (or sometimes lack of) progress, the conversation would often be: Continue reading “Taking a Blog Break”
It’s been a month and a half since we purchased Alevander the Great. It’s been about two weeks since we started hard-core working on it. This means every day from 9am – 6pm (except for one day, Jon’s birthday).
Yet, it’s been exactly zero nights that we have slept in the van. We’re still taking long, warm, high-pressure showers, pooping in flushing toilets and eating mom’s home cooking every night. (And afternoons, since she also packs our lunch). But we spend every day, all day, consumed by the project that is our van conversion.
Most van builds incorporate at least a handful of roof battens spread throughout the van. Usually of wood, they are used to provide your plywood ceiling something to attach to. Continue reading “Installing Roof Battens for the Ceiling”
Today, I am 37 years old. Is that a big deal? Well, given our decimal-based numeric system, turning 37 is conventionally uneventful. Usually, a 37th birthday isn’t an overly-celebrated event. It certainly isn’t 30 or 40. Continue reading “Today I turn 37”
Another momentous day! We installed our first major item – one of two vent fans in the roof! I can’t tell you what a relief it is to feel like we’ve officially begun. As of today, we’ve had Alevander for 24 days! Most of these days were spent just gutting him from his former identity as a man cave. But now, today, we have constructed the first piece of his new life. Continue reading “Our First Installation – the Maxxfan Deluxe 05100K”
You can charge your coach batteries off your car’s starter battery (your car’s alternator) for your recreational vehicle (RV) or van conversion (class B RV). , To date, I have not found a single resource that describes the pros and cons of the various ways to do just this. (I wish there had been – because it took me quite some time to figure all this out.) I’m writing this to explain the different advantages and disadvantages of the various way to charge your vehicle’s coach battery off your car’s alternator.
We did it! Our house was finally listed for sale on Friday, February 22, 2019. After a month of hard work, our home looks great and quite fit to be sold. (Although, truly the home stager and the photographer probably deserve most of the credit, heh).
I’m just going to take a moment and put this date into perspective. “Early February” was my initial departure goal for leaving San Diego to start our one-year sabbatical. Then it became “late February.” This is when we realized van-hunting was taking wayyyy longer than expected. Continue reading “From 2BD/2BTH to One Big Van!”
One of the best side effects of this crazy goal to sell our house and convert our first ever campervan in a period of 2 months, is that we were able to enjoy some of the unique excitement – and work – with some of our amazing friends. The advantage of embarking on an adventure so relatively unique and, well, adventurous, is that (some) others are happy to participate! Continue reading “No Van is an Island”