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  • hey everybody we're Eamon and Bec and for the last two years we have lived

  • worked and travelled out of our self converted Sprinter van needless to say

  • it was time for some serious upgrades so today we're gonna give you a full tour

  • of what our van looks like now let's go check it out

  • so Eamon and I actually create videos every week all about this lifestyle what

  • it's really like to live in a van and travel around so make sure you subscribe

  • and join the community welcome to our home before we jump into our own van

  • build it's really important to remember that the reason you do a custom build is

  • because you get to prioritize exactly what it is that you want in a tiny house

  • so for Eamon and I we love hosting people which reminds me we always begin

  • by offering our guests a drink this can crusher is actually a new

  • addition to the van we can't quite kick Eamon''s addiction to Lacroix so this

  • will hopefully reduce the size of our waste anyways you guys it's really

  • important to keep your driver happy at all times so if my buddy wants Lacroix

  • he's gonna get some ginger ale oh thanks babe so here we are in the captain's

  • chair this is a 2008 sprinter and we actually had to replace the engine

  • when we were in Mexico last year so with sprinters they are great vans as long as

  • you keep them maintained regular oil changes there's no real major

  • modifications up here with the exception of a little bit of extra storage so I

  • really wanted a nice easy place to keep our drone that's not a drone and camera

  • accessories and equipment so we actually keep our microphone in here this one

  • here their drone everything organized ready to go I can pull that out quickly

  • get the shot we have the pull out curtain so that's what separates the cab fully

  • black out and then I keep some other little things like a quick access to a

  • headlamp you got to have a koozie and we'll move on to the rest of the van

  • I'd like to say that we split the driving 50/50 but the truth is this is

  • where I spend most of my time in the passenger seat so I've got sunglasses

  • emergency tampons that kind of thing up there this is my area you can always

  • find water bottles flashlights and the best part about this seat is it's

  • actually a swivel so I can go from driving to lounging in just a quick sec

  • having a swivel seat really helps to open up the space as we mentioned we

  • love to host people so it's not only an extra chair

  • it really helps kind of bring this area into the van give you an extra square

  • foot one of the big game changers when living in a van to make it really feel

  • like a house is having temperature control so for that we actually

  • installed a while ago a Espar d2 heater and we love this thing we've done two

  • Canadian winters in Toronto it's been minus 30 degrees outside and we can be warm and

  • comfortable in here once you slide the door open it does get a little bit of

  • chilly you got to wait to let the heater warm the place up but it's well

  • insulated and it makes a big difference in feeling like a little house our

  • fridge is double the size we had a 55 litre Dometic fridge for two years no

  • longer it's now 110 liters we are so looking forward to storing much more

  • food and also making our own ice in the van our goal with our van was to make it

  • feel as at home as possible for us and that meant having a swing fridge as

  • opposed to the chest fridges you often see in van builds where you're digging

  • to the bottom to find your leftover peppers or whatever you have in there so

  • this makes it feel right at home for us and also when I'm driving I can easily

  • open up the fridge grab a drink grab some snacks so we just love the fridge

  • we just wanted to increase the size and that's what we've done did I show you

  • where the ice goes did I tell you about us making ice now? Ice Ice Baby if you're

  • new around here you might not know that I actually do most of the cooking

  • 10 of out 10! Wow! so the first thing that we loved is our

  • nice spice magnetic spice rack we got the large jar so we don't have to

  • refill them as often we actually went out and did a custom jar I found this

  • jar I bought a hot sauce that was in it and then put a magnet in the top and

  • that's for our garlic because there's just not big enough for us just gonna

  • interject here and say that Amon is a Top Chef and he is fine-tuned his skills

  • since living in the van because he's got limited space and resources he's made a

  • plant-based cut we've made a book and we are so proud of it if you guys are

  • interested in quick simple and nutritious ly delicious meals the book

  • will be linked here and in the description below so check it out check

  • it out back to the tour up here we store easy access items the things that we

  • grab a lot olive oil plays bowls cups you'll notice we only have two of each

  • but that's all we need two mugs two cups two smoothie cups three bowls we lost

  • the ball so we have a van cise strainer this guy you just punch open get that

  • out of here I thought that was pretty cool we have the most amazing chai tea

  • unbelievable company I think it's called chai wallah you can check that out while

  • Eamon does most of the cooking that leaves me to clean so gotta have room

  • for my full-size broom this was a year and a half almost two years in the

  • making friends I used to sweep with a little tiny things tiny house gets messy

  • fast but also cleans pretty fast so I'm sweeping pretty much all the time

  • whoa should we talk about my new rug I didn't even think about that this

  • beautiful baby I've also finally convinced Eamon to have some color in

  • the van have to be very careful not to get any red in here so this carpet is

  • from an Etsy shop called rug Basel and they're based in Toronto but I think

  • it's a Turkish vintage rug from like the 20s or 30s and it's beautiful I think it

  • really adds like some color and vibrance to our space we almost forgot to share

  • with you one of the coolest neatest trickiest little things we bought it to

  • the bin this handy-dandy table it's an outdoor

  • table so we're still working out the kinks of the new van here but while

  • we're hanging out outside there are many mornings when Amon and I will set up our

  • outdoor chairs and just kind of hang out so this is gonna be awesome for putting

  • our breakfasts or coffees teas we don't really drink all the elf ki beverages

  • all that much but you know never say never finish a corner down a little bit

  • there a but I love it I freaking love our new house in our first van build we

  • were time and money crunched so our cabinetry kind of reflected that we

  • didn't spend too much time on it which is why this time I really wanted to make

  • it special this cabinetry was all pieced out by a man painted by me and I'm super

  • excited about it I think it adds a really nice rustic DIY look to the house

  • these two are actually fake drawers don't tell anybody this was supposed to

  • be a cutlery drawer it did not work out r.i.p this is the first drawer we store

  • all of our cooking utensils in here tea towels and our utensil drawer hopefully

  • when we have a better sorting and this is going to be our big momma

  • we've got not only pots and pans our dish rack we've got dry food storage

  • popcorn in here rice this is kind of where everything goes hopefully it

  • doesn't get too messy too fast we didn't really change the main layout because we

  • love having a big sink and stove and that's all we could really fit in here

  • but yes we still have propane so we do a two burner stove fresh water filtered

  • water so we have a carbon and sediment filter on the little top and a little

  • soap dispenser that's a nice little touch especially if you want to keep

  • your kitchen clean you know if the moving of soap bottle in and out let's

  • talk about water though really really excited about this

  • we added a 40 gallon water tank that's stored under the bed I'll show you guys

  • in a minute and then we actually have a nine gallon gray tank that's mounted

  • underneath the van and the coolest part about that is when we flicked this

  • little switch here it just automatically drains so if we're in a drain friendly

  • area we can just flick that ditch the gray water and we don't have to muck

  • around changing pipes and cleaning it up this is a space that I see a lot of

  • people not utilizing in their van and it makes me go why it's a like literally

  • probably 10% of the van is right there it's kind of our junk drawer

  • it looks very organized now but typically it's like if anything needs to

  • just get out of the way it goes up here so we start jackets more camera

  • equipment towels toilet paper Tupperware stuff like that one of the most

  • distinguishable features of our van is that this shrine we've built for our

  • vitamix blender we use it every day multiple times a day so having it really

  • easily accessible was really important to us we've also got something else

  • that's really important to us our pee funnel you guys know we installed the

  • toilet but you didn't think we'd get rid of the pee funnel did you this is our

  • new beautiful system for using it it's got a cute little door and the pee

  • funnel is there at all times it hooks right up into the line with the pee tank

  • from the toilet so we're good to go we've had a lot of questions and

  • comments about how we're going to use the toilet in the middle of the night

  • when we're in bed mode and the answer is the pee funnel of course we also have a

  • hook for our natural spray right after we use the pee funnel just give her a

  • one two this is also where we keep our toiletries so we've got our toothbrushes

  • on this little hook there which I actually really like it's a small touch

  • but just once again little tricks that help you keep really organized

  • obviously toothpaste soaps lotions stuff like that you might notice we don't have

  • the eye hooks anymore so these were like two bucks at Home Depot and they seemed

  • to have a pretty decent bite it's just got this little tongue that slides into

  • there I put two on here we're hoping that that will stay it does

  • hold it pretty nice and tight but we'll see over here in these new pop down

  • drawers we've got things like crackers quinoa oats anything that doesn't quite

  • make it into that one drawer in the kitchen area it's easily accessible

  • right here another major major upgrade to the van

  • was the electrical system so because we run big appliances like the blender and

  • computers and camera equipment etc etc we were finding that we are a little bit

  • limited so we had two AGM hundred amp power batteries and it just wasn't doing

  • it for us as well as I think we did bring them down below forty percent one

  • to many times which is really really bad but if you're in a pinch you got to do

  • what you got to do anyway we upgraded we now have four times the amount of power

  • six times the amount of power everything is stored in this little housing here so

  • this is easily removable this pops open we want to give a big thanks to our

  • friends at Go Power for getting us new batteries basically what we've done here

  • with the new setup is we have four six volt 225 amp power batteries so here's

  • two of the batteries I've just got a little rubber flap on them just extra

  • precaution proper fuses in between the two lines running into the central red

  • this is the central black and then that's going into our charge controller

  • and our 12-volt fuse panel this is an inverter charger so this is actually

  • gonna give us our 120 stuff for the blender as well as I can plug into Shore

  • power and juice up the battery bank if needed we've had this system for a

  • little over a week now and guys I have to say we have lots of power lots and

  • lots of power we're very excited about it two more things I don't think I

  • mentioned we are hooked up to our alternator so as we drive we do also

  • charge our battery bank and we've also got a wee boost here it's not connected

  • right now obviously but this thing's amazing it boosts cell signal and we

  • actually upload all of our YouTube videos off of cellular data when we're

  • travelling so if we're in the van and we've only

  • got like one bar we can flick this thing on and get four bars LTE so shout out we

  • boost as Amon mentioned temperature control is very important we did spend

  • the entire winter in Baja Mexico so this fantastic fan came in handy we've

  • installed it on the roof and it sucks air in as well as out so if you're

  • cooking it can really help as well if you have the door open it can create a

  • really nice cross breeze in here and it's actually kept us fairly cool

  • another thing I really wanted to add to the van this time was a mirror so your

  • girl got herself a mirror two years than the maken if you've seen our first van

  • tour you would know about the pullout drawer under the bed we actually

  • redesign the entire space to fit the poop bucket

  • I'm just any poop bucket our friends at nature's head hooked us up with a

  • composting toilet so this right here my friends is where you go number two

  • and number one really really great design you basically poop into peat moss

  • or coconut shreds and then it's got a little spinner here which you can spin

  • up and turn everything and actually compost it's all vented sealed doesn't

  • smell actually we haven't used it yet but apparently it is super super

  • exciting stuff to be able to poop in your house lots of people were concerned

  • about our not having a privacy wall do you want to just touch on that really

  • fast baby yeah there's no success there's no

  • secrets in our relation we also talked to our propane tank under there and

  • we've got another little DC fuse panel for some of the left side of the van

  • appliances being able to host people is so important to us so we stayed with our

  • couch bed design this allows us to have multiple people around the dinner table

  • so we've got a new location for our trusty thingamabob thingamabob goes into

  • the holy magic and then Gate latch down we've got ourselves a

  • beautiful dining room table it also doubles as our office as we're always

  • working from the road whether it's making these YouTube videos or emailing

  • for our tea company also very very excited to have a few throw pillows Amon

  • is loosening up in his old age so I've got three you guys before I couldn't

  • even have one you had one I had one tiny one now I have three big

  • ones when you're out shooting and making content as much as we do organization is

  • so clutch so we have a lot of gear but we keep it kind of strategically

  • organized so right here is kind of our quick grab items so we have two slots

  • for our laptops we're sitting on a nice piece of foam so we can drive and get

  • quickly put stuff away this is like quick access to batteries and cables and

  • then we have a little latch for our actual camera bag just in the back right

  • here also this is where we keep our Bluetooth speaker so we've got surround

  • sound funny story about this guy is it was actually our first shared purchase

  • back in Thailand and we actually had a discussion of well what's gonna happen

  • if we break up it's like 50 bucks so it's nice to have it removable on velcro

  • so you can bring the party outside as well there's a part in the van tour

  • where we're just gonna take a little break have a snack because I think I'm

  • getting hungry

  • before we started filming I said to Eamon are you hungry because I don't

  • have to stop Midway if you get all hangry well here we are in a little

  • 10-minute time out TV timeout excuse me excuse me carrots make me burp we've

  • also installed this beautiful shelf we're calling it our book this bookshelf

  • we currently have no books in here but it's also for things like my essential

  • oils because pre this shelf they were littered throughout the van

  • any time we took a right turn boom they were went in an essential oil we

  • actually had a lavender spill one day and I think that's why buddy agreed to

  • build this with me gotta look out for those lavender spells yes these hooks

  • are also awesome if we've been out swimming for the day we need a place to

  • dry our bathing suits or our towels that we've used so these back hooks will come

  • in handy our window coverings are amazing they're custom made by a