Are We “VanLife” Yet?

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.

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Our First Installation – the Maxxfan Deluxe 05100K

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”

Battery Isolators: Automatic Charging Relays (ACR), Voltage Sensing Relays (VSR), Battery to Battery (B2B) Chargers and, DC-AC-DC Battery Charging

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.

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From 2BD/2BTH to One Big Van!

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!”

No Van is an Island

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”

A Hole Lot of Gratitude

It’s the ninth day into our van build. We’ve gutted almost everything previously built into the van. There were a lot of pieces. This is because the previous owner, whom we’ve named Steve, built his own mobile man cave inside Alevander

We have two small hills of 2x4s and plywood sheets scattered across our driveway and in our garage. The trash can and recycling bin are already packed to the brim, so packed in fact that the trash truck refused to pick them up!   Continue reading “A Hole Lot of Gratitude”

Driving to Work is Dangerous

I can’t help share our next big adventure with anyone who will listen. Be it coworkers, family, or friends, I’m eager to let folks know that we’re selling all our possessions (house included) to beach it up in Mexico and Central America for a year. (Or something like that. We’re still working out the details.)

And as you’d expect with such an unconventional share, I’ve gotten all different types of responses. Many are excited for us. Some are jealous. And of course, some are scared. Continue reading “Driving to Work is Dangerous”