Brilliant Sprinter Van Conversion With full Kitchen, Shower, Toilet, Bed and Office Space

Written by on July 31, 2017 in Economy, Loans and Frugal Living with 0 Comments

Video screen capture Bearfoot Theory

By Kimberley Mok | Treehugger

It's a dream for many people to travel around and see the world — or at least, some of the hidden gems of their own home country. With many people using new tech to allow them to work remotely, more and more people are easing into a digital nomad lifestyle, but the combination of working and traveling can look very different from person to person. While some may engage in some slow travelling around the world, joining coworking communities as they go, others may convert a vehicle into a full-time home-on-wheels, and work while on the road.

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That's what travel blogger and professional outdoor enthusiast Kristen Bor of Bearfoot Theory has chosen to do. After quitting her job to follow her passion for the great outdoors, the former Washington, D.C. environmental policy advocate decided she wanted to be more mobile, and opted to convert a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 van into a place she could call home, while travelling the country, writing about her experiences and guiding outdoor group tours. Here's a tour of her home:

Bor says that she chose this particular type of van for its reliability and its ample headroom — inside, there's more than six feet of clearance, allowing her to stand up and walk around without much trouble. Compared to other camper vans, the Sprinter gets pretty decent gas mileage, and Bor's vehicle has the added advantage of all-terrain tires, which enable her to drive in icy conditions.

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Inside, the van has been completely transformed: Bor wanted to be able to maintain a flow through the space, so a main walkway was put right down the middle of the vehicle. On one side of the walkway sits a convertible couch, which can slide out and down, creating a bed. It's a pretty ingenious design, featuring a triple-fold hinged contraption that looks compact but can actually unfold to create a queen-sized surface for a bed, using memory foam pieces. Bor has also put up a video showing how it works:

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During the day, the bed pushes back into a couch, and Bor can use an RV-style type of table to work on.

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Past the working/sleeping space lies the galley kitchen, equipped with a two-burner propane stove and an Isotherm refrigerator. The drawer knobs have the added benefit of locking up when you press on them, ensuring that their contents won't go flying around when the van is in motion. Extra storage sits in cabinets, under the couch-bed and in the overhead compartments. For ventilation, the van has a double-function fan: it can either suck air in or out of the van, depending on what is needed (fresh air or venting out cooking odors).

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