Couple transform van into a travelling home
Nomadic couple Richard and Sophie are yet another two members of a growing global “van life” trend. Originally from New Zealand (and France it sounds).
The two are now travelling through North America in a Dodge Sprinter van they converted themselves with a tight budget, using a bag of tools, some IKEA items, as well as some unexpected solutions to expensive problems.
The van is pretty roomy, thanks to its simple but functional configuration. As soon as you come in, you face the kitchen counter, which has a propane stovetop, and an inexpensive sink made out of a metal salad bowl with a drain cut through. The counter is made out of bamboo (bought from IKEA), and there is a stainless steel sheet for the backsplash.
All the cabinets and soft-close drawers are also from IKEA. There is also a small portable refrigerator, which can be removed for more space. Above the counter is a shelf with a rail to prevent things from sliding out;
The couple have used soft, fabric containers to store stuff, so that when driving, they don’t rattle around. The 12-volt LED lights, which connect straight to battery, are from — wait for it — IKEA. Couple transform van into a travelling home
The van is fully insulated with spray foam, and the couple got it professionally done, as you get a higher-quality product and job when it’s done professionally.
The result is that the interior temperature is well-regulated, it’s more acoustically buffered and there’s less condensation and humidity inside. More light is brought in using a custom-cut skylight that can sealed off with a mosquito netting or foam, depending on the situation