Van Life Questions
Here are some of the questions we get asked regularly. If we haven't covered what you are looking for please ask us a question and we will reply as soon as we can.
We spent many years backpacking which teaches you to manage without an oven. Even though we built the van for full time van living we felt an oven would use up too much valuable kitchen space when there are amazing alternatives available. See our blog on Campervan Oven Alternatives to learn more.
We handmade the copper lights in our campervan. They are made up of standard plumbing copper pipe and we installed the wiring ourselves (after watching many YouTube tutorials on 12 volt electrics!)
We made the decision to keep the bulkhead in when we were stripping the plywood and cleaning the van. We wanted an L-shaped kitchen layout which meant we didn't need to take the bulkhead out for space and we easily managed to cut out an escape hatch for safety. We also kept it in for temperature regulation. More information available on our Soundproofing and Cleaning your Campervan blog.
We are lucky enough to be able to do all our work remotely. We are Web designers, Bloggers / Content Writers and Artists which can all be done on the road from the comfort of our own van!
we have a long wheel base 2013 Mercedes Sprinter campervan. There was a long debate over LWB or MWB to which we eventually settled on a LWB due to needing the extra space and lack of availability of decent MWB vans. See more on our How to Start Making a Van Into a Home blog.
We did! Along with a lot of help from family and YouTube. We are the living proof that you don't need to be an expert in DIY to build your own van conversion- you just need a strong desire to learn.
Yes! We installed solar panels and a split charge system into the electrics meaning we can wild camp 99% of the time. This not only saves money but also means we have the freedom to roam and stay in beautiful remote locations.
We have gas blown air heating and have a propex heater and an underslung LPG tank installed.
Here are some of the common questions we have been asked by fellow adventurers.
Of the long distance treks we have done the GR5 has been the most enjoyable. We love the Alps and the GR5 Trail really packs a punch with stunning scenery. See our BLOG on the GR5 Trail for more information.
There are a few treks we have on our 'to do' which are supposed to be amazing. The Via Alpina is right up there long with any long distance walk in Patagonia. Watch this space!
We hike (mountaineering) all year around and this is probably our favourite thing to do. In the winter we also ski and ice climb and in the summer rock climb, via ferrata, scramble and do some mountain biking.
The is very much down to personal choice. Personally we love hiking in the Lake District and are on our second round of the Wainwrights.
We have recently spend a lot of time in Scotland hiking which is truly stunning, however the weather and midges can be a pain!
Wales also has some fantastic walking areas. Snowdonia is a well known mecca for scrambling and everything is easily accessible.
If sprawling moorland with craggy outcrops is more your thing then The Peak District and The Yorkshire Dales should be at the top of your list.
Luckily we don't have to make any permanent decisions on this question as we have our home on wheels! However there are 3 places we spend a lot of our time (and sometimes struggle to move on from!):
Chamonix (For it's simply stunning snowy Alpine scenery)
The Dolomites (For it's craggy peaks and the shear amount of outdoor activities on offer there)
The Lake District (Because it feels like home and is such an amazing hiking area)