The Adventure Series: We Who Roam

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What inspired you to do a vanlife conversion?

They wanted to try out something a bit different than the usual “job, house, mortgage” path.

“We loved the idea of trying something really different, something we could be proud of 50 years from now when we’re side by side in our rocking chairs (or possibly hammocks if I have my way) 👵🏼👴🏻🌴 In the words of Leo in Titanic, we wanted to make each day count.”

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Relaxing in the converted campervan

“So that’s what’s led us to here: living in my folks’ backyard, working six days a week to fund our adventure, with a van that’s 80% finished, and a million hopes and dreams and fears for the future.”

vanlife conversion campervan painting

Converting a van isn’t easy work.

“We didn’t want to risk waiting until we were older to see the country. We wanted to experience it all whilst we had our health and our passion for new adventures.”

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The Mercedes Sprinter conversion

What has been the hardest thing about your vanlife conversion?

Honestly, finding the time to work on the van!

We both work two jobs so we can save up for when we hit the road. We have to snatch up an hour or two of van work when we can get it.

vanlife conversion lights installation

The finer details with a vanlife conversion make all the difference.

Weekend van work is never done, and weekends are about ticking off some of those little jobs so we can keep moving on.

Other than that, the hardest part of our build has been either the ceiling or the top cupboards along the ceiling. The curves of the roof made it tricky to get a good finish.

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The converted camper kitchen

What is one trip you would recommend to someone coming to Australia? One they can’t miss?

Tropical North Queensland is incredible. The beach, the rainforest, and the reef. It never disappoints.

We absolutely cannot wait until the conversion is complete and we can hit the road.

What do you like best about hitting the open road?

“That feeling of freedom where you don’t have a set destination or itinerary. You just drive, and keep yourself open to discovering something amazing.

A hidden beach, a great picnic spot, who knows what you’ll find.”

mercedes sprinter converted van

Explore the road less travelled.

What are some tips you would give someone purchasing a van for the first time?

“You really need to ask yourself how you’ll be using and living in the van.

  • Is the ability to stand up inside important?
  • Do you want to cook inside or out?
  • Are you happy to make up the bed each night or would you prefer a more permanent setup?
  • How much space do you think you’ll need?

Once you know what size van you need you can start researching what make and model is best.”

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Painting the Mercedes Sprinter.

“It will need to be mechanically reliable, parts need to be easily accessible, and it needs to be comfortable and easy to drive. It’s your home after all!

We didn’t have backgrounds in building or electrics or really anything that could help us turn an empty tin can into a working, moving home-on-wheels.
And whilst we’d done some travelling, neither of us had ever experienced living in a vanlife conversion fulltime. We just decided to give it a go and hope to inspire others to do the same.”

vanlife conversion is about living a dream

Vanlife is for people who want something extraordinary.

Thanks, guys, that was awesome

We always love to hear stories from travellers, dreamers and doers. Bec and Gary are close to hitting the road and fulfilling their dream! If you want to follow their vanlife conversion journey make sure you follow them on Instagram.

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