How to Convert a Sprinter Van to Beautiful Tiny Home for Full-Time Van Life

Sep 6, 2020
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How to Convert a Sprinter Van into an Off-Grid Tiny House on Wheels with Little to No Experience | FULL Start to Finish Timelapse of Van Life Build During Pandemic ►SUBSCRIBE for a new video every single Sunday
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After an incredible 3 years of living, working, and traveling in our self converted Sprinter Van we made the very tough decision to abandon it in Africa to take a repatriation flight back to Canada (due to the global pandemic). Halting our dream of driving around the world was a hard pill to swallow which is why we knew we needed a big project to keep our mind + body busy while social distancing back home in Toronto. Well, that AND we needed a place to call home! Enter building an off-grid tiny house on wheels!! We're so excited to share the full project with you from start to finish so you can see a snapshot of these past 4 months 🚐 Thinking about converting a van into your dream tiny home? Ask us anything below!
Products Used in our Van Build:
Solar Setup
Roof Rack System & Ladder
Best Van Life Toilet
Water Filter (use code EAMONBEC for $100 off)
Must-Have Van Life Strainer
Best Van Life Cutting Board
Closet Organizer
Plumbing Tool You Need
Kit from Expedition Upfitter * Use code EAMON&BEC for 5% off*
HEO Safe Locks, Floor Heating, Elgena Water Boiler
Our Fridges *use code EAMONANDBEC*
Induction Stove Top
Black Faucet
Kitchen Sink
Dometic 110L Fridge
Dometic Freezer
Kreg Jig Kit
Wall Panels We Wish We'd Used
Van Bunk Windows
Water Fill Cap
250 ft Wire Cable
Gorilla Tape
Butyl Putty Tape
Electrical Cable Wrap
Puck Lighting
Fuse Block
Milwaukee 18-Piece Tool Set
Watch the FULL Van Life Build Series:
Building the Ultimate Sprinter Van During Pandemic
How Did We Get Here?
Abandoning our Van in Africa
Tour our first self converted sprinter van:
VAN TOUR after 2 years living in our TINY HOUSE on wheels
Who are we?
We're Eamon and Bec, a Toronto-based couple who live full-time in our self converted Sprinter Van!! SUBSCRIBE for wanderlust travel, behind the scenes of what it's really like to live in a van, and videos all about the yummy vegan food we make + eat! VAN LIFE COUPLE.
Our goal here is to inspire you to chase after your own dreams however big (or small... tiny homes anyone?) they may be! We hope to create a community of like-minded, positive individuals who will grow to love and support one another on their own journeys.
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For a blog post on our camera gear click here:
Secret Weapon to our Steady Shots
The Lens that Does it All
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How We Shoot a Timelapse
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  • Hey YOU! Yes we’re talking to you 😊. Wishing you a great day today and an amazing week ahead. If you enjoyed this van build series we’d love it if you’d share this video with a friend or two to help spread the love ❤️. See you Sunday for an official VAN TOUR x

    Eamon & BecEamon & Bec7 months ago
    • May I ask where your solar panels came from? We need solar for our skoolie and we can't find any like yours! Help!? 🤯

      Young Bleez Da ProYoung Bleez Da Pro7 months ago
    • You need to go back to your Ireland video and apologise for saying Ireland is in the UK. Ireland is a Republic and a separate country to the UK. Major mistake on your part and you have upset a lot of Irish people. It's like saying Canada is part of America 🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮

      Redz 71Redz 717 months ago
    • ☝ this girl doesn't want to show in public the diffuculties shes encountering in this pandemic.. Instead shes inspiring everyone that theres still hope using our natural resources.. With a smile.. Lets support her guys to help her inspire more people.. Thank you😊

      LOLLOL7 months ago
    • ☝ this girl doesn't want to show in public the diffuculties shes encountering in this pandemic.. Instead shes inspiring everyone that theres still hope using our natural resources.. With a smile.. Lets support her guys to help her inspire more people.. Thank you😊

      LOLLOL7 months ago
    • But whats gonna happen to ur previous van?

      Class TraderClass Trader7 months ago
  • 👍👍

    Ufk GkçUfk GkçMonth ago
  • That was a beautiful van build considering you guys are amateurs!!!

    FK AlfieFK AlfieMonth ago
  • We love your video! Are you liking the induction stove? We are about to start a van build, but we heard induction uses a lot of power.

    Trudy MickelTrudy MickelMonth ago
  • ❤️❤️

    TahiAuto DTTahiAuto DTMonth ago
  • What wood did you use?

    Fabio GiovagnoliFabio Giovagnoli2 months ago
  • Random question bc I’m looking to build a van very similar to this one - was there a reason for not switching the bathroom to the other side and having it next to the sink with more couch where the bathroom currently is- just wondering if there was considerations I’m not thinking of involved in that decision. Beautiful van.

    Morgan KeenanMorgan Keenan2 months ago
  • Ok now I wanna travel around the world while living in a Van!! Sounds super fun

    JessicaJessica3 months ago
  • 10:17 song name?

    BlueBlue4 months ago
  • You two are so beautiful and inspiring, thanks for sharing your lives with us 😍🙏💖

    Lifeforce LocsLifeforce Locs4 months ago
  • how o you guys do it with your money? like you have to have a job right?

    Giulia MalensteinGiulia Malenstein4 months ago
  • Lol I'm Eamon in my relationship 😅 I've been ready for van life for years it just took a bit to warm my partner up to the idea

    TayTay4 months ago
  • Love you guys!! Keep up the amazing adventure!! Btw...what kind of dimmer switches did you use and where can you find them?

    The Van CutlersThe Van Cutlers4 months ago
  • It came together really well. You crushed it! 😀

    Bucket List TravellersBucket List Travellers4 months ago
  • I want to live van life so bad. Its my dream and goal. I fear I won’t be able to. I’m unsure how to. Idk, its complicated to talk about. I just fear that will never live my dream

    Robert MitchellRobert Mitchell5 months ago

    Emil MierzaEmil Mierza5 months ago
  • Y’all helped officially add Vanlife to my bucket list 😩❤️❤️

    Cesar MuñozCesar Muñoz5 months ago
  • ❤🇩🇿

    Mk YsdMk Ysd5 months ago
  • Love the video! How much did it cost?

    Living IntrepidLiving Intrepid5 months ago
  • Just subd to you. I'm not a van life. I'm disabled but love watching. And seeing the adventure along the way. Great job.

    Ang WebbAng Webb5 months ago
  • how much did you guys end up spending on the entire build? I just watched the entire build and have to say it is amazing!

    Jason LeeJason Lee5 months ago
  • Absolutely love the vibes!!!! Can I also ask where you got your loose yoga pants? Keep adventuring on, you guys are the best!

    Elizabeth LauElizabeth Lau5 months ago
  • Having our septic tank line plug backing water etc into the house at 3am and having a camping port-a-pottie in the garage I could put in the bathroom temporarily, ‘NO’, no it’s not at all weird to kiss a toilet!

    Mark WhitleyMark Whitley6 months ago
  • Wow... Bob is were Eammon you are such a wonderful Human.... 😍

    Rashmi Ravi KumarRashmi Ravi Kumar6 months ago
  • you guys are the best love all your videos from the very start. Still inspiring us to keep going x

    Coach Home UKCoach Home UK6 months ago
  • Why you didn’t build actual washroom with shower?

    Shas KachShas Kach6 months ago
  • I just bought my first van!

    Sarah MariaSarah Maria6 months ago
  • Great video as always! Where did you get the pants you were wearing in the van tour? It was the wide leg flare type Capri length pant

    Countingbetty_SuzyCountingbetty_Suzy6 months ago
  • 🤔. You two must be independently wealthy! 😂. Those van builds are expensive... even doing it all yourselves.....and you still have your van in Africa! Most van dwellers I know can only dream of living in something as luxurious as this.....myself included. 😊. I LOVE you two, your amazing videos and how you make some of us strive to do a better build on our own vans. 😊❤️

    No NameNo Name6 months ago
  • WE LOVE BOB ❤️❤️❤️

    No NameNo Name6 months ago
  • I liked the bit where Bob was in it. Fully rate Bob.

    Matthew TunleyMatthew Tunley6 months ago
  • You did such a beautiful build! Thank you for sharing! Sorry if you answered this in another video, but what material did you use for the cabinet faces? It's lovely.

    Amy MillerAmy Miller6 months ago
  • What a beautiful summary of your journey over the last few months! ❤️

    Wayne McLaughlinWayne McLaughlin6 months ago
  • I love how your van look!! ❤❤❤❤😍😍😍 great job guys👍👍👍👍👍

    Together in TexasTogether in Texas6 months ago
  • gooooooood brooo

    ياسين على قيد الحياةياسين على قيد الحياة6 months ago
  • Why do you always call bob bob and not dad? Lol😊 just curious 😊

    Sidney WhitmoreSidney Whitmore6 months ago
  • LOVE YOU GUYS! And the Van looks INCREDIBLE! I've started planning to save up for a van when I graduate Uni thanks to your videos! Eamon's insane crafting skills and Bec's beautiful style, both in fashion and home decor has completely convinced me! YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME AND DESERVE ALL CAPS COMPLIMENTS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO! x

    Julia Koba GrootaersJulia Koba Grootaers6 months ago
  • I want van life so bad! Im almost 50 and i just cant talk my hubby into it... we already live in an RV ..well an 18 wheeler most of the time cause we big rig drivers .. Im so jealous! Good job guys ... love the build!

    Shannon OronaShannon Orona6 months ago
  • While you are doing recaps - how about one of Bob's and then the three of you and some of your old friends take them out for a trip?That would be fun.

    dross24MAdross24MA6 months ago
  • Whoa no more van builds! Whose going to help me build my van for retirement in 9 years 😉😆. You guys did a great job! Can't wait to see where you take Casa B

    Karen SebestaKaren Sebesta6 months ago
  • Your sound tracks have been amazing!!! You should post the songs in the bio! Also these videos make me so happy!! Thank you for sharing!! 🙏💛☀️

    Nicole MarieNicole Marie6 months ago
  • Guys I really recommend this youtube channel: Jatie Vlogs yall should subscribe to them they are savage👊🔥💙

    Kaelyn The RatKaelyn The Rat6 months ago
  • Video ideas: ♡ Morning Routine🌞 ♡ Night Routine🌚 ♡ Eating certain color food 24 hrs ♡ Challenge Decorating Van for fall dollar tree edition🍁🍂 Hope you like these ideas Eamon and Bec😁❤

    Kaelyn The RatKaelyn The Rat6 months ago
  • best one 😍😍😍🔥

    Jk THE BOSSJk THE BOSS6 months ago
  • Love it 😍

    Suzanna BradleySuzanna Bradley6 months ago
  • Awesome build! I've been watching you guys off and on. I love your latching drawer pulls! Where did you get those? I tried to find it in your list of items you used, but couldn't find it. Thanks in advance! Love your inspiration!

    Jazz888ifyJazz888ify6 months ago
  • Were do you park? Is it safe? Is it doable for a older person?

    Kay PhillipsKay Phillips6 months ago
  • I would have divorced over the pink bed, dude.

    Wayne CecilWayne Cecil6 months ago
  • Why does Eamon refer to his dad by his first name instead of the traditional "DaD"?

    Ken WebbKen Webb6 months ago
  • What a journey! Love watching your videos (and your Chai!). I'm in the middle of a VW Vanagon Camper interior rebuild. Hoping to put in hanging jars. Yours look so clear. Are they the plastic mason jars? Or are you bravely hanging glass? About to order what I need but wondering if you have any thoughts about which ones to use? Thanks! And many happy journeys!

    Anna FilipskiAnna Filipski7 months ago
  • *Congratulations on building such a beautiful van. May you have many happy miles with this new build!* 👏🏻❤️❤️👏🏻

    Heather MeffordHeather Mefford7 months ago
  • Is this a 2500 or 3500? 😊

    Lynn BrownLynn Brown7 months ago
  • i really have come to adore you two! thank you for sharing with us

    Holly ShawHolly Shaw7 months ago
  • Theres no link for solar panels

    B PiresB Pires7 months ago
  • Literallly love you guys♥️ Feel soo blessed and thankful to have found and followed you since waay back when. Keep it going! Much love and appreciation for you and the vids!🤟🏽🤟🏽

    Evan ReyEvan Rey7 months ago
  • You guys are awesome....

    Kevin GriffinKevin Griffin7 months ago
  • I've been watching your videos for the longest time and I'm so so happy to see a recap of everything you've both achieved! Crying happy tears as I'm watching this!

    Darby And RoDarby And Ro7 months ago
  • E&B your missing something? You do know you can travel to Europe again! Yes again. Only one rule. You have self isolate for 14 days. (Better than watching you UT go down the toilet) 14 days in a campervan in Europe is normal. Gee I think you guys are over thinking the rules. Just our opinion. Pat & dap,a van build, in Ireland. Look in up. Come back. These veds your doing now will kill the channel. Only my opinion.😭😭😭

    Patrick McPolinPatrick McPolin7 months ago
  • I have enjoyed following your guys' build so much these last few months! I bought my van last month and am daunted by building it myself, but you guys are a big inspiration and I wish you guys the best in your new home!

    Where In The Verse Are YouWhere In The Verse Are You7 months ago
  • Guys! I'm not here just to watch. I am going for it!

    MatMat7 months ago
  • Amazing stuffs guys love it.

    Yee YeeYee Yee7 months ago
  • Hello Bec has anyone already told you that you resembles our Catriona Grey Miss Universe??

    Kimberly GingcoKimberly Gingco7 months ago
  • Follow your dreams!

    nana 134nana 1347 months ago
  • Soooooo nice😍

    nana 134nana 1347 months ago
  • I jus gOt sOo emoTionaL watHing tHis viDeo. Jus dOnno wHy 😅 & I lOve evEry vLogging of yours Bt tHis one was reaLly greaT. Have aLmosT sEen evEry viDeo of yOur N i luB it... Coz watcHing you bOtH That tOgetHernes inspiraTion That reaLly makes me sO haPpy I jus love yOu guys.. So hEre's my loaDs of love & sUpport frOm India Wish you the best ❤️

    Akash PankholiAkash Pankholi7 months ago
  • Lovely vid

    KiteVanManKiteVanMan7 months ago
  • Love the thoroughly planned out garage/electrical area. So neatly wired and placed so that replacement of any part will be easier! Love the nature’s head compost toilet. We have one in our Oliver travel trailer. Combining it with a wet bath area in the van has been done smarter and more efficiently than any other van build we have seen. Congrats! Bet Bob will update some areas in his own van after this new build. A few jars maybe? Best wishes all.

    Cheryl BuffumCheryl Buffum7 months ago
  • Greetings from Terry and Flo up in Bracebridge. We love your van build and want to change our bed to your style. Do you have any plans you can share? Also, what wall boards did you use? We are going to make a shower like you did too. Cheers!

    Terry AllisonTerry Allison7 months ago
  • Come visit us in Algeria 🇩🇿🇩🇿

    Kamel BoukheitKamel Boukheit7 months ago
  • You two have made me happy. I wished this had happened years ago for me and my husband.

    Rosilind SchroederRosilind Schroeder7 months ago
  • Did any of your Van Buddies actually get Covid-19?

    Rosilind SchroederRosilind Schroeder7 months ago
  • Love watching you and Bob

    Laurie ToppLaurie Topp7 months ago
  • Love the van build absolutely awesome. can you charge your batteries when plugged into AC and if so how? Cheers Peter

    P H BrandP H Brand7 months ago
  • The clean cut look don’t goback

    Frank PappalardoFrank Pappalardo7 months ago
  • Wow it looks so beautiful . The ultimate tiny home : )

    ChefAprilKitchenChefAprilKitchen7 months ago
  • I'm getting a "this action is turned off for content made for kids" error on your channel when I try to ring the notification bell. :-(

    Theo R. BitterTheo R. Bitter7 months ago
  • What AC and Heating equipment did you guys install?

    Felix GudelosaoFelix Gudelosao7 months ago
  • Thank you both for recapping the whole process in one, it gives a good overview of what's involved. I am dreaming of doing my own van and travelling too. I sold my apartment last year intending to buy a house (it's what us grown ups are supposed to do right?!), but really I'm dreaming of being on the road in warmer climates, discovering new places every day, treasuring every day on this earth. Your encouragement that we can do the work even if we're not a DIY expert, and words at the end to just go for it felt like you were talking to me! Thanks again Eamon and Bec. You're the best ❤️

    Reuben HamonReuben Hamon7 months ago
  • your videos are great! you guys should come down to California sometime. more specially San Francisco/Marin

    joe smithjoe smith7 months ago
  • can you talk about costs involved?

    inwencinwenc7 months ago
  • I started following you just before you left Africa and your other Van behind. I must say how very interesting you both make these weekly videos of yours. It is so nice to see two people so much in love and I compliment you for that. I am probably Bob's age and can imagine how much fun he has with you two. I live in Ghana, West Africa, and wait every week for your videos. Thank you and keep up the good job and the love.

    Alan BouwerAlan Bouwer7 months ago
  • Guys, I admire your spirit! Bravo for not falling in despair, but BUILDING ON! I love the way you try and do the best with what's around. Peace, love and good tea! ;) Tsvetelina

    storytelllerstorytelller7 months ago
  • Honestly i dont like your van interior design especially this is your 2nd built..just hoping you could come out with a better one than the first one. BUT like watching your van life 👌

    Aiza ParmanAiza Parman7 months ago
  • Any chance of linking to the solar panels? I see one for Gorilla tape (Lol)

    Stacy OneillStacy Oneill7 months ago
  • Loved the van built... another great project accomplished. You talk about dealing with a built during a pandemic and how making checklists and keeping occupied helped you guys get through! Well am sure editing all those videos also kept you guys busy and kept us (viewers busy and happy as well.) Eamon and Bec I hope you guys never stop building stuff... business,vans,future house,etc because every time you do it inspire us all to get out of our zone and try new things! I am working on something amazing for trailers/vans and as soon as I am allowed I will share it with you guys. (Still in development but check us out if you want Keep up the great work and can't wait for the next video/project Martin

    MartinMartin7 months ago
  • Great Video and Content, and Fun watching the build. Everyone should have a Bob. Can't wait to follow your adventures !! 👍💕🚐🌟

    Betzaida VazquezBetzaida Vazquez7 months ago
  • You guys are my favorite! So happy for you two!!

    Claudia MarianaClaudia Mariana7 months ago
  • Who wants to do van life?

    HugoHugo7 months ago
  • Looks as much a love story as a van build : ]

    TheCanadianBubbaTheCanadianBubba7 months ago
  • Nice job, you buds are hilarious, and inspiring, and hilarious!

    Tim SkinnerTim Skinner7 months ago
  • Just wana say thanks to you both for doing this! As entertaining as it is, its never easy to let strangers into your lives. Watching both of you reminds me of my wife and I who just crossed our 20 year wedding anniversary. The love you share for each other is so genuine and life can be difficult at times. As long as you have each others backs, anything is possible. As a fellow Canadian living down the 401 from ya, thanks & stay safe! Much Love from KW!

    Tony GrenierTony Grenier7 months ago
  • I love your channel. Great job on the recap. I am AMAZED at what Eamon does. For real. I’m like how the hell did he know how to do that? Your channel oozes dedication, love, fortitude, inspiration, fun and good vibes. I look for your videos on Sundays and you never fail. Thank you. Dude, you two are inspiring people and changing lives. That is so cool. Something to really be proud of.

    Nicole Bellah SmithNicole Bellah Smith7 months ago
  • Why am I crying 😭😭😭

    spickymasterspickymaster7 months ago
  • Still loving your Videos

    Hakuna MaPumbaaHakuna MaPumbaa7 months ago
  • And this is only the beginning!

    Kylie JaneKylie Jane7 months ago
  • Hey guys thanks for the recap you've done an amasing can build love the idea of the toilet/shower/table top and the extrnding ged is just genius will bd pinching these ideas with your permission please for when i get building. All the best enjoy your adventures look forward to seeing you sunday

    DraffishDraffish7 months ago
  • Congrats. Super recap. For a grand finale... a suggestion.....consider donating your PEX CUTTER AND EXPAND TOOL to a Brazilian guy who's converting a van and can't afford to buy one hehehe. You mail it and I'll pay for the shipping. Sounds good?

    Nilson MusaNilson Musa7 months ago
  • Hey you two, I've only just found your videos, they're great. I'm thinking of doing this for winter, didnt you guys get cold/too hot in Spain? I never see what heating you have and also which episode has the change from induction to gas, or was that a diff van. Thanks for the inspiration. Keep doing it, you are the sweetest couple. X

    laura baden-powelllaura baden-powell7 months ago
  • This is amazing. I have been afraid of taking risks and traveling freely. The plan to move from Canada tu the Netherlands almost 3 years ago was to travel around. But, the conservative Ana (me) kicked it as usual and made my only focus on my carrier. By watching your videos on building your own van (my ex-partner was/is a hug fan of your channel), i have been determined to do this for myself. The pandemic makes life harder but it is a good time to work on hobbies. Hope I can fulfill this dream of mine especially the building part. Again, that's impressive and i wish you both happiness and more adventurous life. Ana

    Ana SobhaniAna Sobhani7 months ago
  • thank u for the inspiration

    Althea LapreyAlthea Laprey7 months ago