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Crux Crush: Building your van — Tips from a girl in the process

From the bloggers at Crux Crush.

Van life sounds sweet, right? No cares in the world, driving on the open road, feeling like a modern day-rock climbing-Jack Kerouac—it all sounds pretty good. Once van life starts, maybe it will be just like the climbing movie trailer of your dreams. Maybe your life will turn into a montage of sunshine and cruising your projects. But first, there is work to be done. And lots of it. My partner and I are in the process of creating our home on wheels in a used Ford Transit van.

We were psyched when we first got it, and we had no idea how much work it would take. I am writing to share some of what we have learned so far, through lots of trial and error. This list is to give you the beta on some things you may not expect when pondering #vanlife and building out your dream-mobile.

1. Don’t rush it. Take your time and plan out a schedule.

This is huge. We bought our van about eight months ago and we are still not done building it. Granted, we were working as a team that consisted of a full time employee and a full time student. Throw in some unexpected events mid summer and you get a pretty slow build. Your van build can be quicker, especially depending on how long you plan to live in it and what your home will have in it. Ours is full on, with lots of insulation, a sink set up, two batteries and solar panels. So between work and school, we took our time. We wanted to make it habitable for the unforeseeable future.

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