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.
Looks the same as we left it last night. Ha. Guess we got some more work to do.
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.
Guess what we did today? We cut a hole in our new van… on purpose. Haha. Yup. Today is the day we installed our Fan-Tastic Vent Fan. Our friends at Dometic sent us one of these months ago for the FWC camper but we never got a chance to install it so it’s going into our Sprinter now.
So this insulation business is taking more time than anticipated but that’s now all builds go. More time, more money.
While Dan and I are busy with the van build, the girls are creating daily checklists for themselves to make sure all their schooling gets completed. Language arts, math, ancient history, art and exercise. Those are their current five subjects. So when we mentioned to the girls that we needed to run to Home Depot in the morning, they quickly put their shoes on and mentioned something about getting to check exercise off their lists. Once we go to the store, the exercise comment made much more sense to me. Sorry contractor dudes in the store, running on polished concrete floors was their PE class today.
Today we had our sights set on removing all the wall and door paneling from inside the van. There were a few hex bolts to remove and a ton of little plastic clips again but luckily today no clips broke. It’s like we are professionals all of a sudden. Not.
Our goal with this van project is to document the entire build via this blog in addition creating videos on YouTube and photos & short video clips on Instagram. Oh and secret sneak peeks on Patreon too. So here we go…
Soooooo….. got some big news. We sold our current set up and bought a new adventuremobile! Say hello to our 2017 Sprinter 170 crew 4×4 van!!