As I started sharing this blog with people (or thinking of sharing it with people; I don’t like the thought of other people reading my stuff; I am aware that this does not contribute to my financial well-being as a writer), I realized that not all of you live in Colorado, where I pass at least two homebuilt camper vans on my mile-long journey to the grocery store. Here’s what I mean when I say I’m building a camper van.
My van will perform eight functions:
- Regulate heat and moisture with a roof fan, a second wall-mounted fan, a new openable window, sunshades, wool insulation, and a portable alcohol heater.
- Ensure privacy with blackout curtains and sound-absorbing wool.
- Generate electricity with 200 watts of solar panels that power lights, outlets, and small appliances.
- Allow me to sleep comfortably in a twin-sized bed that folds up into a futon.
- Inspire me to make good food in a mini kitchen complete with fridge, stove, sink, running water, and counter space.
- Inspire me to poop in an emergency toilet.
- Provide storage for clothes, food, outdoor gear, etc.
- Feel homey, thanks to a mini garden, art, and natural materials like cedar.
I’m asking a lot of 135 cubic feet of cargo space, but I know it’s possible to cram all this stuff in there because I’ve seen it done.
Randy’s van was the first Connect camper I stumbled upon online, and it clearly inspired my van’s layout. I like how Randy maximized space by blocking one of his sliding doors with his kitchen unit. I also like how he built custom furniture that takes advantage of his van’s curved walls. I think Randy’s bed is too small. I’ll build a bed twice the size of Randy’s and have it fold up into a futon for daytime.
That accent. That music. I could watch this on loop. I love this van’s clean finishes, “handcrafted interior,” and functional windows. I might steal their rotating stove idea (Randy has one too). It’s too bad this van isn’t insulated everywhere. I don’t like the pop-up roof, because I think solar panels and a roof fan are more useful than a little extra headspace. Also because I’m too scared to saw off my roof and too cheap to pay someone else to do it for $5,000-$10,000.
Hey Josh Oakes! I’ve watched this guy’s videos so many times, I feel like I know him. I’ll be replicating his over-cabin shelf. Also his locking drawer latches, and his lockbox, and his beautiful wood ceiling. I don’t like the roller shades that leak light. I wish his lights were recessed and wired. His sink is sad. The fire stopper is a good idea. His “things will work out” sticker is also a good idea.