Watch This Woman Convert a Van Into a Comfy Solar-Powered Home in 4 Minutes (Video)

Posted by on July 12, 2016 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 5 Comments

Video Source: Defying Normal

By Kimberley Mok | Treehugger

We’ve seen a number of awesome van conversions recently that allow people to live in them comfortably year-round, be they equipped for the quirks of film-making or off-roading. Even with step-by-step photos and video tours, they make it look so easy. But behind these modified vans, there’s a lot of work, as Chris(tine) On of Defying Normal shows in this revealing time-lapse video that condenses 32 months of intense work to modify her van into 4 minutes:


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Now, you may think 32 months is pretty long for a DIY conversion project like this. But consider that during that time, On had to take care of her father (who has dementia) and also had to renovate her condo and move house, then you realize that it’s actually a pretty impressive undertaking, in addition to the fact that she basically went in with zero experience with building stuff, and made do with basic power tools. She says:Around February of 2013 I decided to build a camper van from a 2004 Chevy Express passenger van. Did I have any construction experience? Nope. Did I have any electrical experience? Nope. Plumbing? Woodworking? Basic experience with hand tools? Nope, none of that. Eager and willing to learn? YES. And that’s all it took. Two years and almost 9 months later, my camper van was finished. I had an unusual set of circumstances that prolonged the amount of time it took for me to finish the van; it just goes to show you that anything is possible if you’re willing to work hard enough for it.

Around February of 2013 I decided to build a camper van from a 2004 Chevy Express passenger van. Did I have any construction experience? Nope. Did I have any electrical experience? Nope. Plumbing? Woodworking? Basic experience with hand tools? Nope, none of that. Eager and willing to learn? YES. And that’s all it took. Two years and almost 9 months later, my camper van was finished. I had an unusual set of circumstances that prolonged the amount of time it took for me to finish the van; it just goes to show you that anything is possible if you’re willing to work hard enough for it.

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In addition to adding a fiberglass high top for extra headspace, On’s solar-powered camper van now includes a bunch of amenities that allow her to live in it full-time and in comfort. On’s van, nicknamed “Gypsy”, includes a number of interesting quirks, including under-floor storage, a projector and projection screen, a full-size bed that converts into a chaise. There are lots of windows that allow for a good view, and curtains that provide privacy.

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