RV in Europe: Making the Jump Part 4

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Van Conversion: Vinyl Floor

The floor is DONE!! And it feels so good! Every conversion process we’ve ever watched, everybody gets so excited about finishing the floor. Now we know why! It’s so wonderful, such a milestone! This went much smoother than our floor insulation and plywood, so it was a pleasant time for all! Check out our video and let us know if you have any questions! We’re onto wall insulation, ceiling insulation, and the bathroom! Stay tuned and make sure you subscribe so you can be notified when we post new videos!
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Van Conversion: Cabinets

What do you think is more important in a campervan…cabinets for storage or a bench to sit down on? What if you can have both? Well that is what we are trying to go towards. In this episode we install our cabinets because we need them installed before we install the remaining parts of the floor. We went with pre-made unfinished cabinets from Lowes because we don’t have the time or expertise to make our own. We were debating on doing one side cabinets and the other a bench, but we opted to utilize our storage and decided on both sides cabinets. We painted them and cut them to shape around the wheel wells. We were very happy with how they turned out! Thanks for watching.

Our First Airbnb Test Run

We have talked about using Airbnb on some of our various European travels because the concept seems so neat. One of the reasons we have the van is to save costs and time on finding hotels. We plan to use the van for most of our travels, but realize sometimes it would be wonderful to experience the more unique places Europe has to offer. I thoroughly enjoy getting the one on one communication with the owners and feel that VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) has become more commercialized. I’m hoping that isn’t the case for Airbnb. We actually learned that the owner of this particular condo is a fellow RV traveler! You can’t get that personalized communication just anywhere! Since we’ve never used Airbnb, we figured what better way to learn about it than try it out here in the states before heading to Europe! We found a wonderful condo on the bay near where we currently are located and stayed for a few days. We hope you enjoy this video, and would love to hear any recommendations you have for our European Airbnb travels!

Van Purchase & Initial Shakedown

Here’s our video from the day Alan went to purchase and pick up our new-to-us van! We were so very excited to see it for the first time! We were very lucky in finding a unicorn of a Promaster all the way in Connecticut. This was a rare find because it is an empty cargo van (with 2k miles and hardly used). Most cargo vans have high mileage and have been put through the ringer. It’s also rare, because most cargo vans do not have windows because they’re used for deliveries. This one has windows, much like passenger vans. We jumped at this purchase when we saw it and are happy we did!

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We’re Building!

Okay, we were trying to decide between a class B, Class B +, or a Campervan! We’ve came to a decision! Watch the video and let us know what you think or if we’re crazy! 😉 We cannot wait to take you along on this journey with us!

Do you have any great van conversion sites we should check out? Are you excited to follow us on this van conversion journey?