After traveling North America as a family for the past 10 years, it was time to switch things up again. We visited the 49 continental US states, all Canadian provinces, the Yukon territory, and a good chunk of Mexico. Of course there is so much more to see since it’s impossible to see everything but our souls craved a change so a change is what we got.
In September of 2018, we shipped our van from the US to Europe to order to continue our traveling adventure on a new continent. Here is how we did it, step by step.
With our van build far enough along we decided to take Saturday off from building and take her out for a beach day. We use to love backing up our Airstream to a waterfront camp site because of the wide panoramic windows at the back of the trailer. It made us feel like we were floating on the water. We’ve not had that since we downsized to the truck camper and the Casita did not have such nice views.
Started off of day dry fitting the side cabinet panel.
Now that the adult bed platform is complete, we can start building out the side cabinets that will help support the kids bunk area.
Looks the same as we left it last night. Ha. Guess we got some more work to do.
Yesterday they had plenty of floor space for their daily shenanigans. But not today. Today we install walls and start building the beds.
You know what’s real heavy? These two big solar panels that we fused together on day 14. We had some concerns on how the heck we were going to get them on top of the van without damaging them, our van or ourselves. Luckily, it all worked out.
A morning trip to two different Home Depots and a Lowe’s got us all the parts we need to start working on the floors and walls.
The kids don’t seem too impressed with our window. Haha. Come on, kids! So much blood, sweat and tears went to install that tiny thing.
Last night, Dan actually drilled a solar pre-wire hole in hopes that we could cross it off the list and thus be able to re-install the headliner today. But after a late day of installing windows, it wasn’t the best choice because today we realized that we skipped a couple steps. We forgot to install a rubber grommet to prevent wire chaffing and also forgot to paint the exposed metal. Doh. No worries. It all got done today. For the project we bought this solar panel cable entry cover.
Good morning from day 12 of our Sprinter 4×4 Van build.