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Category Archives for "Van Life"

Kitchen TOUR of our RV | Storage in a tiny home on wheels

By Grace Koelma | Dare List Mama

If you're dreaming of #vanlife but wondering how on earth you can live, cook and clean in such a tiny space, take a look inside my RV kitchen and see how we've designed it for maximum efficiency, comfort and most importantly, STORAGE!

Living in a van doesn't have to mean sacrificing ALL your comforts of home or only cooking with a single pan and rusted spatula. While we have a lot of plastic crockery and cups (living with a toddler in a vehicle travelling at 100km/hour, y'all!) I still find ways to sneak in my fave ceramic mugs and wine glasses, and we've never broken a single one!

Have any questions??

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Watch our VAN RENOVATION IN 21 DAYS​.

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Van type: Ford Econoline E-350 (1991)

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How we do #vanlife with a toddler: Leo’s playspace + bed (renovation)

By Eric Koelma | Dare List Dad

We've been asked a lot of questions about the play space and bedroom mezzanine I built for our 3-year-old son Leo in our six-berth RV (for just $200!!!), so here are a few photos and a video detailing how I renovated the space. 

Watch how we did it

The space BEFORE we renovated

The play room and bed space now (could fit 1-2 small children)

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Before & After Photos: Our incredible van transformation

By Grace Koelma | Dare List Mama

We have had a lot of people curious to see how we renovated our 1991 Ford Econoline RV, so we thought we'd give you guys the juicy before and after photos (because who doesn't loooove a good before and after contrast right??)

Our story so far: We are an Australian family (Grace, Eric and 3-year-old Leo) who are living and working in Canada for 2 years on an IEC working holiday visa. We landed in Vancouver and spent 1 month settling in (staying in an Airbnb) and searching for the perfect vehicle to become our new #tinyhomeonwheels. We found our 1991 vintage baby on Craigslist, and negotiated with the owners for a great deal.

Watch all about how we bought #valourthevan here!

Then, we moved to our friend's house in outer Vancouver, and set to work gutting and renovating her! (We found a whole bunch of black mould in our demolition, more on that in the below video.)

Watch our 21 day renovation process

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The finished van

Our van is now complete with a custom children's play space, brand new shower, bathroom vanity with a repurposed bowl sink, kitchen counter top, dining table, bedroom, floating floorboards, shelving and LED lighting throughout. We have been living in the van and travelling through British Columbia in Canada for a few weeks now, and we are absolutely loving our space. Subscribe to our YouTube channel if you want to follow our journey through Canada & USA (and maybe beyond!)

Before & Afters

LIVING SPACE

LIVING SPACE + CHILD BED/PLAY SPACE MEZZANINE

DINING TABLE

KITCHEN + CABINETS

LEO'S PLAY SPACE + BEDROOM

CABINETS ABOVE THE DINING TABLE

KITCHEN + LIVING

BEDROOM

FLOATING VINYL FLOORBOARDS

VAN RENOVATION DETAILS

Van type: Ford Econoline E-350 (1991), 24 ft, automatic

Van features before renovation: 3 deep-cycle batteries, grey + black water tanks, 100L fresh water tank, 2-way Dometic fridge, 4-burner gas stovetop + oven

Things that we couldn't do/fit into 21 days:

- Floating floorboards, caulking, solar panel install, fix heater and furnace

(So it may end up a few extra days, but the liveable conversion was done in 21 days)


Thanks for watching our 21-day renovation process and following our journey, we absolutely love meeting fellow #vanlifers and people aspiring to start this journey. So come over to Instagram or YouTube and say hi! 

Want more? Here's the van in detail

Want to see more on Leo's playspace + bedroom?

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Phew! Well if you made it this far, THANK YOU! And if you have any questions about the renovation, Leo's playspace or any other part of the build, then let us know in the comments below!

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Van Renovation: We Transformed our RV Motorhome in 21 Days!

By Grace Koelma | Dare List Mama

My friends, we are finally, FINALLY ready to share the story of our van renovation and reveal what she looks like now!!!

We’ve spent the last week trawling through all the footage we took as we documented the renovation process over 21 days. We've smooshed it all into a brief video wrap up of how we did this reno with no building experience, how we tackled the extensive black mould issues and rebuilt the internal structure, ceiling kitchen counter, Leo's play space and shower!

And there are some sweeeet before + after shots, so head over to the Youtube link in our bio to watch the big reveal and our van’s transformation from ugly 90s pink floral to the glorious, liveable space it is now!

Eeeeep, so excited to hear what you think??!

Watch the video on YouTube or view it in the video above.

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Week 6: HUGE update! We bought an RV… #vanlife

By Eric Koelma | Dare List Dad

Our big announcement this week is... We bought a home!!



.... ON WHEELS!

That's right! We bought a 1991 Ford Econoline RV to convert into our home for the next two years while we travel around Canada and the USA. #vanlife here we come... but do we really know what we're getting ourselves in for? Are we crazy? Or is this tiny home movement toward simplicity and the open road of adventure just what we've been looking for?

Watch the video to find out how we went about searching for the perfect van once we hit Canadian shores (plus our need-to-know tip for buying a car in BC that will save you a LOT of time).

Watch the video on YouTube or view it in the video above.

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