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Woman Builds Van Conversion Over Course Of 32 Months

She didn’t have it easy while working on her first van conversion: her dad was struggling with dementia, and she was smack dab in the middle of renovating her condo, moving, and starting a new job.

Chris, of Defying Normal, took a plain white van and turned it into a cozy camper – but it didn’t happen overnight. She captured the over two-and-a-half-year passion project in this four minute video.

I had no prior experience in construction, electricity, solar, or plumbing. But I did it anyway, and I loved every second of it.

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Her van has running water, solar power, and a sweet TV projector!

32 months is a long time to stay focused on such a big project. But I’m glad she did, her van conversion turned out splendidly!

For those interested in making their own van conversion, Chris has created a free guide that you can download on her website. Also check out lots more photos of the process at this link.



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1 thought on “Woman Builds Van Conversion Over Course Of 32 Months”

  1. Having the solar storage batteries inside the unit is not healthy for many reasons….our thought is that they could have a small trailer to pull with the batteries, inverter, etc. inside it, thus eliminating exposure to EMF and battery gasses that would otherwise be in the living quarters. The other comment I have is that this would not be an easy way to travel if you have a pet, or pets.

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