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Apps to design your camper van

Apps to design your camper van

The first camper van we designed about built was all done with pen and paper, we had a notepad full of layouts and costings, pages full of corrections and scribbles and redrawn layouts and although we somehow managed to get the van finished there’s no chance I can go back and understand those designs or even suss out the exact cost of that first van from those notes. And this is where van design software and camper van design apps come into their own. For the next few vans we utilised a couple of campervan design apps as well as… Read More »Apps to design your camper van

Van Life Gift Guide – 18 Awesome Gifts for Campervans

It’s hard to buy for someone with limited space, where everything they have needs to have a purpose or just someone who’s very specific about what they take with them. We know this because we’re one of those people! Our van is tiny and so we can’t afford to take with us too much which isn’t useful which is why we must be a nightmare to buy for when it comes to Christmas. This is the reason we have put together our van life gift guide, a list of awesome gifts for people in campervans; hopefully to take some of… Read More »Van Life Gift Guide – 18 Awesome Gifts for Campervans

Camper van projector for under £100

Our most second most read article on our site is “How to have a projector in a camper van” and each month we see how many people go out and buy the projector, screen and speaker we recommend for your van cinema. We recommend them because they are: Specifically chosen to match van lifestyles; they have internal batteries that can be charged from 12v or be run off a 12v system, they produce the best quality in a small space due to a good throw ratio as well as keystoning, they are good bang for your buck. We own and… Read More »Camper van projector for under £100

Console Gaming in a Campervan

Console gaming in a campervan is totally possible it just needs a bit of maths, some additional solar power and a whole lot of batteries, but thankfully not as many as you might think. We’re going to go over a what you’ll need in order to play your Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch in your van and how much it’s going to cost you. We’re basing the following information on using your console with a Cello 22” Smart Full HD Traveller TV which is not only a nice size to use in a small space like a van but is… Read More »Console Gaming in a Campervan

Complete Van Life Electrical Set Up

Complete Van Life Electrical Setup

A van life electrical setup encompasses your batteries, solar, split charge relay and everything else that powers your van and is the thing which we get the most questions about. While undertaking a campervan conversion is a fun process to do yourself, the one aspect people feel least comfortable with is the van electrics. Most people have little to no experience with electrics and worry about the safety implications of ‘doing it wrong’; well we’re here to tell you that it’s not a difficult and dangerous as you’re thinking, you just need to know what you need and how to… Read More »Complete Van Life Electrical Setup

vanlife board games

Van Life Board Games

Whether you’re stuck inside your van due to bad UK weather, trying to save on using your limited battery or simply are looking for a nice way to spend the evening, board games are a fantastic way to have fun. However when it comes to van life board gaming you have to consider some pretty unique factors when choosing a game. Limited storage space as well as table space mean that a lot of the games you might consider playing simply won’t fit in your van. In addition to that the number of players required for van games is usually… Read More »Van Life Board Games

Vanlife security

Van life security

I’ve lived in my van since the start of 2017 and even though I have been lucky enough to have not been broken into I know plenty people who have and who have lost everything. While I may have been lucky so far I make sure I take every precaution to minimise my risk and so I thought I’d share some of my van life security tips, safety gear and rules I follow to be as safe and secure as I can be inside my rolling home. Security gear I use a selection of locks, trackers and cameras to keep… Read More »Van life security

Cooking without an oven in a van

Cooking without an oven in a van

The chances are that you’re simply not going to have enough space to include an oven in your camper conversion. The amount of space that even the smaller camping ovens take up plus the additional gas you need to carry to run them mean that the majority of your cooking is going to be undertaken on a hob. Despite this limitation it doesn’t mean that you can’t cook all of your favourite meals from the comfort of your own van. With the addition of a few key kitchen tools as well as a little bit of creativity you can soon… Read More »Cooking without an oven in a van

Showering in a Van

Showering in a van

Whether you’re thinking about converting a van, hoping to travel in a van or already living in a van you’re going to have questions about showering in a campervan. No matter how resolved you are that you won’t be showering every day, there’ll come a point where you simply need to get clean. While this is a challenge due to the lack of space we all have it doesn’t have to be a difficult one because there’s simply so many great ways you can wash without a bathroom in your van. Here’s the most common ways our writers shower while… Read More »Showering in a van

Split charge relay

Adding a split charge relay to your van

If you’re looking to keep your leisure battery topped up in your van you are really looking at two popular methods, solar power or a split charge relay (if not both). We’re going to talk a little bit about what a split charge relay is, what it does and what options you have when installing one into your van; we’ll also link to the ones we’ve tried and also the kit we used in our most recent campervan conversion. What is a split charge relay? A split charge relay allows us to simultaneously charge our leisure battery and our starter… Read More »Adding a split charge relay to your van