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VAN TOUR after 2 years living in our TINY HOUSE on wheels | Eamon & Bec

VAN TOUR after 2 years living in our TINY HOUSE on wheels | Eamon & Bec


hey everybody we’re Eamon and Bec and
for the last two years we have lived worked and travelled out of our self
converted Sprinter van needless to say it was time for some serious upgrades so
today we’re gonna give you a full tour of what our van looks like now let’s go
check it out so Eamon and I actually create videos
every week all about this lifestyle what it’s really like to live in a van and
travel around so make sure you subscribe and join the community welcome to our
home before we jump into our own van build it’s really important to remember
that the reason you do a custom build is because you get to prioritize exactly
what it is that you want in a tiny house so for Eamon and I we love hosting
people which reminds me we always begin by offering our guests a drink
this can crusher is actually a new addition to the van we can’t quite kick
Eamon”s addiction to Lacroix so this will hopefully reduce the size of our
waste anyways you guys it’s really important to keep your driver happy at
all times so if my buddy wants Lacroix he’s gonna get some ginger ale oh thanks
babe so here we are in the captain’s chair this is a 2008 sprinter and we
actually had to replace the engine when we were in Mexico last year so with
sprinters they are great vans as long as you keep them maintained regular oil
changes there’s no real major modifications up here with the exception
of a little bit of extra storage so I really wanted a nice easy place to keep
our drone that’s not a drone and camera accessories and equipment so we actually
keep our microphone in here this one here their drone everything organized
ready to go I can pull that out quickly get the shot we have the pull out curtain so
that’s what separates the cab fully black out and then I keep some other
little things like a quick access to a headlamp you got to have a koozie and
we’ll move on to the rest of the van I’d like to say that we split the
driving 50/50 but the truth is this is where I spend most of my time in the
passenger seat so I’ve got sunglasses emergency tampons that kind of thing up
there this is my area you can always find water bottles flashlights and the
best part about this seat is it’s actually a swivel so I can go from
driving to lounging in just a quick sec having a swivel seat really helps to
open up the space as we mentioned we love to host people so it’s not only an
extra chair it really helps kind of bring this area
into the van give you an extra square foot one of the big game changers when
living in a van to make it really feel like a house is having temperature
control so for that we actually installed a while ago a Espar d2 heater
and we love this thing we’ve done two Canadian winters in Toronto it’s been
minus 30 degrees outside and we can be warm and comfortable in here once you slide the
door open it does get a little bit of chilly you got to wait to let the heater
warm the place up but it’s well insulated and it makes a big difference
in feeling like a little house our fridge is double the size we had a 55
litre Dometic fridge for two years no longer it’s now 110 liters we are so
looking forward to storing much more food and also making our own ice in the
van our goal with our van was to make it feel as at home as possible for us and
that meant having a swing fridge as opposed to the chest fridges you often
see in van builds where you’re digging to the bottom to find your leftover
peppers or whatever you have in there so this makes it feel right at home for us
and also when I’m driving I can easily open up the fridge grab a drink grab
some snacks so we just love the fridge we just wanted to increase the size and
that’s what we’ve done did I show you where the ice goes did I tell you about us
making ice now? Ice Ice Baby if you’re new around here you might not know that
I actually do most of the cooking 10 of out 10! Wow!
so the first thing that we loved is our nice spice magnetic spice rack
we got the large jar so we don’t have to refill them as often we actually went
out and did a custom jar I found this jar I bought a hot sauce that was in it
and then put a magnet in the top and that’s for our garlic because there’s
just not big enough for us just gonna interject here and say that Amon is a
Top Chef and he is fine-tuned his skills since living in the van because he’s got
limited space and resources he’s made a plant-based cut we’ve made a book and we
are so proud of it if you guys are interested in quick simple and
nutritious ly delicious meals the book will be linked here and in the
description below so check it out check it out back to the tour up here we store
easy access items the things that we grab a lot olive oil plays bowls cups
you’ll notice we only have two of each but that’s all we need two mugs two cups
two smoothie cups three bowls we lost the ball so we have a van cise strainer
this guy you just punch open get that out of here I thought that was pretty
cool we have the most amazing chai tea unbelievable company I think it’s called
chai wallah you can check that out while Eamon does most of the cooking that
leaves me to clean so gotta have room for my full-size broom this was a year
and a half almost two years in the making friends I used to sweep with a
little tiny things tiny house gets messy fast but also cleans pretty fast so I’m
sweeping pretty much all the time whoa should we talk about my new rug I
didn’t even think about that this beautiful baby I’ve also finally
convinced Eamon to have some color in the van have to be very careful not to
get any red in here so this carpet is from an Etsy shop called rug Basel and
they’re based in Toronto but I think it’s a Turkish vintage rug from like the
20s or 30s and it’s beautiful I think it really adds like some color and vibrance
to our space we almost forgot to share with you one of the coolest neatest
trickiest little things we bought it to the bin
this handy-dandy table it’s an outdoor table so we’re still working out the
kinks of the new van here but while we’re hanging out outside there are many
mornings when Amon and I will set up our outdoor chairs and just kind of hang out
so this is gonna be awesome for putting our breakfasts or coffees teas we don’t
really drink all the elf ki beverages all that much but you know never say
never finish a corner down a little bit there a but I love it I freaking love
our new house in our first van build we were time and money crunched so our
cabinetry kind of reflected that we didn’t spend too much time on it which
is why this time I really wanted to make it special this cabinetry was all pieced
out by a man painted by me and I’m super excited about it I think it adds a
really nice rustic DIY look to the house these two are actually fake drawers
don’t tell anybody this was supposed to be a cutlery drawer it did not work out
r.i.p this is the first drawer we store all of our cooking utensils in here tea
towels and our utensil drawer hopefully when we have a better sorting and this
is going to be our big momma we’ve got not only pots and pans
our dish rack we’ve got dry food storage popcorn in here rice this is kind of
where everything goes hopefully it doesn’t get too messy too fast we didn’t
really change the main layout because we love having a big sink and stove and
that’s all we could really fit in here but yes we still have propane so we do a
two burner stove fresh water filtered water so we have a carbon and sediment
filter on the little top and a little soap dispenser that’s a nice little
touch especially if you want to keep your kitchen clean you know if the
moving of soap bottle in and out let’s talk about water though really really
excited about this we added a 40 gallon water tank that’s
stored under the bed I’ll show you guys in a minute and then we actually have a
nine gallon gray tank that’s mounted underneath the van and the coolest part
about that is when we flicked this little switch here it just automatically
drains so if we’re in a drain friendly area we can just flick that ditch the
gray water and we don’t have to muck around changing pipes and cleaning it up
this is a space that I see a lot of people not utilizing in their van and it
makes me go why it’s a like literally probably 10% of the van is right there
it’s kind of our junk drawer it looks very organized now but
typically it’s like if anything needs to just get out of the way it goes up here
so we start jackets more camera equipment towels toilet paper Tupperware
stuff like that one of the most distinguishable features of our van is
that this shrine we’ve built for our vitamix blender we use it every day
multiple times a day so having it really easily accessible was really important
to us we’ve also got something else that’s really important to us our pee
funnel you guys know we installed the toilet but you didn’t think we’d get rid
of the pee funnel did you this is our new beautiful system for using it it’s
got a cute little door and the pee funnel is there at all times it hooks
right up into the line with the pee tank from the toilet so we’re good to go
we’ve had a lot of questions and comments about how we’re going to use
the toilet in the middle of the night when we’re in bed mode and the answer is
the pee funnel of course we also have a hook for our natural spray right after
we use the pee funnel just give her a one two this is also where we keep our
toiletries so we’ve got our toothbrushes on this little hook there which I
actually really like it’s a small touch but just once again little tricks that
help you keep really organized obviously toothpaste soaps lotions stuff
like that you might notice we don’t have the eye hooks anymore so these were like
two bucks at Home Depot and they seemed to have a pretty decent bite it’s just
got this little tongue that slides into there I put two on here
we’re hoping that that will stay it does hold it pretty nice and tight but we’ll
see over here in these new pop down drawers we’ve got things like crackers
quinoa oats anything that doesn’t quite make it into that one drawer in the
kitchen area it’s easily accessible right here
another major major upgrade to the van was the electrical system so because we
run big appliances like the blender and computers and camera equipment etc etc
we were finding that we are a little bit limited so we had two AGM hundred amp
power batteries and it just wasn’t doing it for us as well as I think we did
bring them down below forty percent one to many times which is really really bad
but if you’re in a pinch you got to do what you got to do anyway we upgraded we
now have four times the amount of power six times the amount of power everything
is stored in this little housing here so this is easily removable this pops open
we want to give a big thanks to our friends at Go Power for getting us new
batteries basically what we’ve done here with the new setup is we have four six
volt 225 amp power batteries so here’s two of the batteries I’ve just got a
little rubber flap on them just extra precaution proper fuses in between the
two lines running into the central red this is the central black and then
that’s going into our charge controller and our 12-volt fuse panel this is an
inverter charger so this is actually gonna give us our 120 stuff for the
blender as well as I can plug into Shore power and juice up the battery bank if
needed we’ve had this system for a little over a week now and guys I have
to say we have lots of power lots and lots of power we’re very excited about
it two more things I don’t think I mentioned we are hooked up to our
alternator so as we drive we do also charge our battery bank and we’ve also
got a wee boost here it’s not connected right now obviously but this thing’s
amazing it boosts cell signal and we actually upload all of our YouTube
videos off of cellular data when we’re travelling
so if we’re in the van and we’ve only got like one bar we can flick this thing
on and get four bars LTE so shout out we boost as Amon mentioned temperature
control is very important we did spend the entire winter in Baja Mexico so this
fantastic fan came in handy we’ve installed it on the roof and it sucks
air in as well as out so if you’re cooking it can really help as well if
you have the door open it can create a really nice cross breeze in here and
it’s actually kept us fairly cool another thing I really wanted to add to
the van this time was a mirror so your girl got herself a mirror two years than
the maken if you’ve seen our first van tour you would know about the pullout
drawer under the bed we actually redesign the entire space to fit the
poop bucket I’m just any poop bucket our friends at
nature’s head hooked us up with a composting toilet so this right here my
friends is where you go number two and number one really really great
design you basically poop into peat moss or coconut shreds and then it’s got a
little spinner here which you can spin up and turn everything and actually
compost it’s all vented sealed doesn’t smell actually we haven’t used it yet
but apparently it is super super exciting stuff to be able to poop in
your house lots of people were concerned about our not having a privacy wall do
you want to just touch on that really fast baby
yeah there’s no success there’s no secrets in our relation we also talked
to our propane tank under there and we’ve got another little DC fuse panel
for some of the left side of the van appliances being able to host people is
so important to us so we stayed with our couch bed design this allows us to have
multiple people around the dinner table so we’ve got a new location for our
trusty thingamabob thingamabob goes into the holy magic and then
Gate latch down we’ve got ourselves a beautiful dining room table it also
doubles as our office as we’re always working from the road whether it’s
making these YouTube videos or emailing for our tea company also very very
excited to have a few throw pillows Amon is loosening up in his old age so I’ve
got three you guys before I couldn’t even have one you had one
I had one tiny one now I have three big ones when you’re out shooting and making
content as much as we do organization is so clutch so we have a lot of gear but
we keep it kind of strategically organized so right here is kind of our
quick grab items so we have two slots for our laptops we’re sitting on a nice
piece of foam so we can drive and get quickly put stuff away this is like
quick access to batteries and cables and then we have a little latch for our
actual camera bag just in the back right here also this is where we keep our
Bluetooth speaker so we’ve got surround sound funny story about this guy is it
was actually our first shared purchase back in Thailand and we actually had a
discussion of well what’s gonna happen if we break up it’s like 50 bucks so
it’s nice to have it removable on velcro so you can bring the party outside as
well there’s a part in the van tour where we’re just gonna take a little
break have a snack because I think I’m getting hungry before we started filming I said to
Eamon are you hungry because I don’t have to stop Midway if you get all
hangry well here we are in a little 10-minute time out TV timeout excuse me
excuse me carrots make me burp we’ve also installed this beautiful shelf
we’re calling it our book this bookshelf we currently have no books in here but
it’s also for things like my essential oils because pre this shelf
they were littered throughout the van any time we took a right turn boom they
were went in an essential oil we actually had a lavender spill one day
and I think that’s why buddy agreed to build this with me gotta look out for
those lavender spells yes these hooks are also awesome if we’ve been out
swimming for the day we need a place to dry our bathing suits or our towels that
we’ve used so these back hooks will come in handy our window coverings are
amazing they’re custom made by a wonderful van couple and they’ll be
linked below for you cuz I can’t remember right now but they’re awesome
they roll down they’re magnetized all the way around so they completely block
out the light and the heat game-changer these were a huge game changer before
Aimie and I just had reflectix cut out we found ourselves never wanting to take
them down or move them around cuz they were just too much of a hassle so we
super super love our window coverings and we have a big one on the side door
as well the other of these new drawers is used for miscellaneous I’d say big
sweaters we can’t fit elsewhere and also our bug screen so when we’re parked up
somewhere really nice and the only thing that’s bothering us is the mosquitoes
we’ll just put that up it’s attached to velcro along the side door up top you
got to watch your head room but this is where we keep our clothes and
his-and-hers closets and we’ve got them on a little net here so nothing comes
spilling out we definitely need to cycle in and out of seasons and we’ve actually
got even more storage up top which I’ll show you in a second so we like to keep
these fairly organized because it does end up getting jammed full of clothes so
just reorganizing your clothes every time you need you know different
sweaters and stuff then you’re typically pretty good
and that was advice with a mood make sure you have a sweater now we’re gonna
show you guys how we convert from Coach mode to bed mode hold on a minute folks
let me explain exactly how we did that our bed lies on a slat system so from
couch mode we pull the slots across and the mattress just kind of swings along
with it to utilize the wheel well of the van we actually store all of our bedding
right in here people often ask us if we prefer to have a fixed bed in the van
and while for some that’s great you have an extra garage lots of storage
we like having the option to do both honestly it only takes like 10 seconds
to make the bed each and every night and morning and you shake out the sheets you
kind of get to start fresh you made your bed every morning you will have
accomplished the first task of the day now that you’ve seen the bedroom let’s
head to the basement although we had to fit a 40 gallon water tank in here we’ve
actually organized it so well that we have even more space so the garage is
now where we keep all of our toys we’ve got everything from a stand-up
paddleboard right down to kiteboard gear we’ve got our workout bag easily
accessible this has everything we do we need to work out including our
so work up and jumper oh you know all those things that Beck makes me do
you’ve also got easy access to our yoga mats and our electric skateboards very
important our Electric skateboards yes ma’am in case we go off grid or camping
we have our large cooler so this is nice as a extra refrigerator with a bag of
ice we’ve got our camping chairs on elastic so those are easily accessible
as well here we’ve got our freshwater tank so the water tank is fixed
obviously and we’ve got a water spigot on the side so you can fill it up from a
hose on the door just beside the basement we have easy access to our
shovel this is saved our but a number of times getting stuck in the sand but also
you can use it for a pouf travel in case enjoy the nature a little bit better and
we have the tripod mount so that’s a cool little storage space there’s a
little bit of gap here once again you got to use every single inch within your
tiny little band that’s the basement but we still have some more space while we
were in San Diego we actually upgraded to the aluminous bumpers and this has
really helped take our storage to the next level so I mounted the max tracks
onto the side of the bumper this helps keep them kind of out of the way so it’s
got a proper home in this bumper here we’ve got kind of our hardware storage
so all the tools it’s important if you wrote your houses on the road you have
tools and you know how to fix things extra running shoe storage so we don’t
have to have stinky shoes in the van jumper cables toque cable and then in
the other one we’ve got our latest prized possession put one wheel with
things unreal and then some water sports toys so Beck and I both love to dive so
we have our snorkel mask bins this is our pump for the kiteboard waterproof
bag there’s actually another cooler in there so lots of lots of storage and it
feels good to have it all organized next let’s head up to the roof and I’ll
show you what we got on there it’s also the aluminous ladder we got them to
throw this on there as well I really like having it on the side we actually
hang a hammock off of it sometimes and super super solid design and that brings
us up to the top patio pentose what are we calling it the roof the solar panel
here takes up most of the real estate it’s three hundred and twenty watts and
for what we do and filling up our new battery bank it’s more than enough so
really really happy we also have the weboost antenna mounted here that I
think BEC will explain the rest while in Mexico we met Pedro who built us this
custom roof rack so we’re able to store two inflatable stand-up paddleboards and
we’ve also just been gifted this big tule bag so perhaps extra winter storage
clothing things that we don’t need all the time but we’d like access to so oh
and my shower basically this is just a black pipe full of cold water that we
filled up a few days ago and as it sits in the Sun essentially it gets hot so
should be pretty warm buddy built this for me I use it in warm climates only so
not here in Canada very often and I actually had really hot showers out of
this thing we have a compressor which gives it really beautiful pressure
no complaints here the last little exterior mod that I’m really excited
about is our light bar so this is a 500 watt LED light bar and the reason why I
mounted it so low is I actually found especially in Mexico driving at night it
was really difficult to navigate big potholes and craters and stuff in the
road so it’s nice to have some extra light and mainly for safety right back I
don’t know I think you just think it looks cool or something obviously well
guys we really enjoyed bringing you around and showing you our updates it’s
a big deal for us even when you change one thing about your host we’ve been
living in this for two years so things like double the size fridge and triple
almost triple the size water tank is gonna make a big difference in our lives
as you guys can see from the tour we’re still getting used to all of these
upgrades and changes and we can’t wait to take this van on our next adventure
so please subscribe and join the adventure and you can come along too if
you’re going to subscribe also hit the bell that way you’ll never miss a video
we’re heading to Europe in like two weeks it’s gonna be alright
goodbye that meant having a swing door as opposed to a Chesterfield fridge
where you’re always dizzy when we first moved into the van there was when we
were first building out our in our first van built we had it’s got all of our
cooking utensils not tablecloths what are these called claws dishrags dish
wash dish what’s the word why are you helping me to coffee I also just wanted
to mention our wonderful what are these calls our window coverings no that’s
good hey do you know what you’re saying you

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  1. Good morning everyone!! We are SO excited to share our van renovations with all of you this morning!! What are your favourite new elements to the build?!

  2. Honestly y’alls van is absolutely beautiful.. And I think it shouldn’t matter that we came from watching Janelle.. I don’t know about everyone else, but I noticed your comment about how you and your spouse post every week about what it’s REALLY like to live in a van.. I don’t know, I felt that was shading Janelle. I’m totally unbiased because I just started watching these types of videos. And I just hope you guys realize that even though a lot of us came from her video, that shouldn’t matter, and what should matter is that we’re here. So take advantage of that, and don’t lose the momentum by being shady. Best of luck! I’ll be looking out for more videos, you guys seem cool overall.

  3. Love the layout and finishes. Great job. Love that your van is much more liveable and grown up looking, unlike some. Very inspiring. 🙏🙏🙏💗💗💗

  4. Does anyone know a Van Life Channel where people have an electrically-powered Van? Most Van lifers are destroying the environment with these gas-power vans : ( At least my apt doesn't put out CO2 all the time..

  5. Hi
    I think you should install a top lid fridge and take down the knives on the magnet they will act as a projectile in a crash and things will fall out of the fridge on Sharp turns when opened again

  6. Love the van. and everything in it. I have subscribed. Hope you will do the same. And I would love to have others subscribe. Just looking to grow my youtube channel. Good luck. And stay safe out there

  7. I love that there’s a new YouTuber that’s also a part of your lifestyle, It’s growing a lot and it’s so interesting and amazing to see :))

  8. I've seen many van/nomad life videos on YouTube and I've noticed some common challenges between all of them: not enough space, having to find a safe and legal place to park, dealing with the hassles of not having enough things when you need them, etc. It got me thinking. What if these folks could somehow create a more permanent space where they could stay put for days without even moving. The space should be big enough that they could have different areas or sections dedicated to different daily activities such as sleeping, cooking, eating, relaxing, bathing, etc. I think such space would solve a lot of the challenges they currently face. And whenever they want to go somewhere else, that's different from said permanent space, they could utilize some sort of high speed vehicle tha

  9. This gives me anxiety lol I couldn’t live there. Maybe just for a trip but not for stay. But I do think you guys have done a good job

  10. Honestly why are people talking about jenelle here? Yeah I know she’s big on YouTube now but this is Eamon & Bec u guys shld be talking about them

  11. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  12. So he does most the driving and cooking? What does she do? I guess staying the single life traveling would be affordable.

  13. Apologies if its already covered! Nebie here but love the channel. Is there a video ot blog on the electrical set up in this new build specifically?

  14. Which dometic model did you buy? I don't think the bitly link is correct, it brings you to a smaller version of the fridge.

  15. I've been living the last 9 years in a van. It's honestly a terrible way to live. When I first started out I had $754,000 in my account. I'm now down to $7,000 and I need a new engine which will cost at least $6k. Van life is so expensive. You are forced to eat out 3 times a day and I have a gluten allergy so I had to eat at high end restaurants that would normally cost $200 a meal. I also have a terrible gambling problem which is where about $650,000 of the money went. Best part of living in the van has been sleeping in Wal Mart parking lots. Super bright out because of the lights at night but I'll never regret going in to Wal Mart every morning for 6 years in my robe and slippers. I felt like I owned that whole Wal Mart. Even when they would kick me out for being shirtless – I still felt like I was the owner.

  16. You have too much white there in the kitchen you need to change that backsplash break up all that white and add some color

  17. Ooooh Love your video but wish for more details on how to do things. I really want to know how you hang the mirror because I want to hang one in our van too. Just getting started and LOVE our savana van, thanks so much for all the good tips, you go you two!

  18. I could live in a van, or a cargo trailer, BUT I couldn't live with a woman in such a small space.

    It would be enough room for me and me only.

  19. When you are sleeping and want to poop, isn't it awkward farting and pooping in front of your spouse, yucck and it's so small all that smell ,its so embarrassing

  20. Great video. Looking at alternative living conditions. Socal is expensive and it's just me so this would be a good fit. Love the bloopers. Was on the trail on Oct 5 19' and saw a sprinter in Capo Beach resembling yours. Driving away from me so I couldn't get a peep @ Eamon since he seems to be doing the driving. Thanks again and safe travels to both of you.

  21. How long does it take Eamon to disarrange his shirt before going on camera or does he keep them in the crumple drawer for that.

  22. Loving all the new stuff you did. So happy to see a canadian couple living the life in a van… I'm presently trying to do the same thing… I'm 56 and will be bringing my 13 yr old jack russell sandie along when it l comes together. Any advice would be awesome.

  23. Journalist friend of mine doing a story on one of these so called van dwellers…. a well known car company set it all up, gave 2 people a van and small budget,sent them on the road,they did the whole YouTube thing pretending they live in a van….all a made up story just to promote the van the very well know car company provided

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