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  • we built this campervan during the lowest point of  our lives the idea was to reduce our expenses as  

  • much as possible leave our rental and bills behind  to move into the van full time to save money and  

  • it ended up being the decision that changed  our lives are you thinking of building a van  

  • hi guys today I'm going to show  you all the details of our van

  • the kitchen is divided in three sections in  the left we have the stove in the middle we  

  • have the prep space and on the right we have the  black faucet and the black sink the faucet has  

  • two options on one side we have the filtered  water and in the other one the regular one  

  • for the stove we decided to go with a gas stove  the material that we chose for the countertop  

  • is a stone with a marble finish because we wanted  this kitchen to be as resistant as possible since  

  • it was going to be our full-time home and it has  worked perfectly this is the main storage space  

  • on the right side we have a closet that goes from  floor to ceiling on the top part is where I keep  

  • all my clothes we have several organizers  depending of the season we have from winter  

  • clothes to summer clothes in the bottom part  is where we keep our camping tables and chairs  

  • and it's where we also hung our coats and  keep extra bulky things like the pets food the  

  • ladder to access the roof Etc and on the left  side we have the 12 volts fridge and freezer

  • and in the top part we have three sections in the  bottom one is where we keep all the vegetables and

  • extra food these two parts are for Pepe's clothes  and in the top part is where we have the safe and  

  • on the left is where we keep the wax for surfing  the pulls are solid brass with recently installed  

  • these locks and the finish of the doors cabinets  is a white glossy in this top section is where we  

  • keep our pillows on bed linens and also a good  piece that we need to make the bed we wanted to  

  • build a separation wall because we have two pets  and when driving is safer for them to be on the  

  • back of the van and also it was a good decision  that we made it because the front part of the car  

  • gets really hot during the summer we went with a  21 millimeters plywood piece because it was sturdier

  • and a good insulation material the wall is  divided in two pieces and we decided to put the cut  

  • of the wall behind the closet so when you look at  it you wouldn't see it from the front we decided  

  • to cut these two openings by hand and it was the  first time that we were cutting straight lines  

  • so in order to make it look better we put these  metal trims and then painted everything with a  

  • matte finish the kitchen is composed by these  two side doors the middle section is composed  

  • with three drawers at the beginning we wanted to  keep it all minimal and installed in invisible locks  

  • but it didn't work when we were driving on bumpy  roads the top drawer has mainly all the cutlery  

  • the middle drawer is for all the food that we  keep like everything that we have in bottles  

  • the salt pepper and the bottom one is for  the pans and pots that we use for cooking  

  • on the left door we have the gas tank for the gas  stove and the water heater originally we wanted to  

  • install here an oven but the gas tank wouldn't  fit so we decided just not to put it on  

  • this right side is where we keep under the sink  all the cleaning supplies and trash can and then  

  • the top part of the kitchen in the left side  is where we have our plates and glasses and  

  • on the right side is where we keep the  extra food that we have mainly flour  

  • beans and rice these invisible locks work well  in this top cabinets and we kept all of them  

  • here we have the bathroom we waterproofed the entire  bathroom before putting all the finishes and for  

  • the walls we chose this waterproof glossy plastic  which goes from floor to ceiling we custom made  

  • this shower pan in a gray finish for the fixtures  we went with black finish for the shower and also  

  • for the soap holders and here on the left we have  the cleaning tool that we use after we take a shower

  • and in the ceiling we have the light and the  extractor for the toilet we went with a chemical  

  • toilet mainly because it was more affordable  but instead of using chemicals we were able  

  • to find a natural solution and then we installed  this door to make the whole bathroom waterproof  

  • last but not least the bathroom  volume has this hanger for the towels

  • you're a natural man and in the back of  the van is where we spend most of our time  

  • we love to open the rear doors  and hang out here in the couch

  • we went with a U shaped  couch mainly because we needed more  

  • storage space and in this part is where  we have our outdoor shower is where we  

  • keep our toilet products and also the  water hose which you can all access

  • and this is real life it's not a van tour anymore

  • this is where we fill our water tank it has a lock, and then we just...

  • the table is on a Lagun mount so you can mov it freely and we can also remove it in order to make our bed

  • and this is the bed it's a 175 by 140. which  is perfect for me not so much for Pepe

  • and this is how long it takes to take it off

  • in this side we have two regular outlets here we have  the controller for the diesel heater  

  • and in this other side the  switches and two usb chargers

  • here in the bottom we have the carbon monoxide  alarm and here in the back we have the diesel  

  • heater pipe in these cabinets is where we have  the control panel that controls all the van  

  • the switch for the inverter and the switch  for the water heater in the last cabinet in  

  • this part of the van is where we keep mostly  toilet paper and kitchen paper and incense  

  • in this side we have a bigger space for towels  and for the iron and also extra extra storage space  

  • we have to fans a big one in the back that we use  

  • for cross ventilation and a smaller one  in the front that we use for the kitchen

  • now I'm gonna explain more  technical things about the build  

  • here in this left bench is where we have all the  water installation a 132 liters water tank a 5  

  • steps osmosis filter then a 5 liter tank for the  filtered water this is the water expansion tank that  

  • you need to install after the pump and this is  actually the 12 volt water pump, we used two color  

  • pipes blue for cold water and red for hot water  and that's all it is in this winch now we move  

  • to electrical bench this black box is actually a  10 liters water heater that runs with gas you can  

  • see the copper pipe right above it that brings  the gas from the gas tank this blue box is the  

  • mppt solar charge controller it's a piece that  goes in between the solar panels and the battery  

  • and it speaks to both controlling the charge that  the solar panels provide to the battery this gray  

  • box here is where we made all the electrical  connections of the van here we have three fuses

  • all these blue and brown cables come out of the  gray box and connect to the main control panel of  

  • the van we can control pretty much everything  from the screen the water pump lights battery  

  • charge water level temperature Etc this is the  battery we changed recently as you could see  

  • three episodes ago nothing fancy an AGM deep  cycle battery 12 volts 172 amps hour and it's  

  • a strapped to the floor this is a main switch  that connects and disconnects the battery to  

  • the system this black box here is the 1400 Watts  inverter basically what it does it transforms the  

  • 12 volts of the battery into 220 volts for any  normal outlet this is the fuse for the inverter  

  • and the breakers for the 220 installation this  black pipe here brings the hot air from the  

  • diesel heater that we have installed below the  van and heats the van through this air entry and  

  • then on the roof rack we installed 350 watts of  solar panels this solar panel is 150 and this  

  • second one is 100 watts and we installed it a little  bit later because at the beginning with 150 watts  

  • only it wasn't enough now with 350 we haven't run out of electricity ever even when we stay  

  • in Norway we didn't have any issues with the  electricity so that's pretty good and also the  

  • battery is connected to the alternator of the van  so in case that there is no sun for a few days  

  • then we can just turn the van on and charge the  battery are now working on a detailed video of  

  • the van build it's gonna show the whole build from  start to finish with all you know all the details  

  • of everything that we did and it's gonna show  like how two regular people like us were able to  

  • build the van that we just showed you and with  no previous experience we didn't know anything  

  • we didn't have any tools I never even actually  used a grinder it was a big challenge and we're  

  • very happy that we actually went for it and did  the van because actually changed our lives this  

  • Cabin over here and this Workshop was also built  by us after we built the van and we didn't know  

  • that we had it in us until we started we planned  for a while to have the van guide available for  

  • you to purchase and you know like we have for the  Cabin and the Workshop but this time we want to do  

  • it differently we want to do a free video for you  all to have all this information and maybe help  

  • some of you that are are looking to build a van like  ours without having to spend any money so that's the idea

  • make sure to subscribe if you are  interested and if you have any suggestion of what  

  • you want us to answer let us know in the comments  of this video you can ask anything any detail that  

  • you want and we will share it with you guys we are  also going to be sharing costs and all the specs  

  • and materials that we used if you want to watch  us building the cabin or the workshop we have  

  • full playlist of the whole build the first five  episodes or so are a bit rough because you know  

  • we didn't know anything about filming or editing  and we needed to learn everything from scratch  

  • our skills improved over the time in case that  you're interested in starting your own YouTube  

  • channel you will be able to see our improvement in  in filming and editing through all the videos for  

  • the past two years also I want to thank everybody  that use our Squarespace code for the last couple  

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  • if you would like to see how we use the van we  recently came from a trip that we did to Norway  

  • we are going to leave all the links  of the trip in the description box

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