You are excited and beyond thrilled. Ready to make that dream come true. The van is yours now. Time to start your build. Where do we start. What do we do first. So much to think about.
If you are anything like us you follow hundreds of people that build and live in a van. You watch youtube videos all the time. Stalking #vanlife on instagram is your new hobby. Work countless hours putting together a list of everything you want out of your new home on wheels. Where to start.
Our advice is start a list. Add everything to your list you could ever want in a tiny home. Think from the outside in. Yes you will probably eliminate items from your list after you find out the cost involved. My advice is to be prepared to have as many items on your list as you can. Adding items after you have started can, more times than not, be more expensive than if you had just done it from the start.
You will want to now choose if you will be the do it yourself-er or have a builder, like Wicked Cool Vans, build for you. Do you have the tools needed to do a quality job yourself? Tools can be expensive. Do you have the know how to do it yourself? Do you have the time to do it yourself? Time is money. Lots of questions to answer before you start.
Here at Wicked Cool Vans we encourage our clients to do things themself. We also encourage our clients to have Wicked Cool Vans do the jobs they don’t have the time or tools to tackle the job. We try to provide tips and list of how to do it yourself.
You will find below a list of basic items used in a van build. This is a suggestion list. You will definitely need more items not listed. If you find you need a suggestion send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org we will try to help out if we can.
Aftermarket window https://www.vanwindowsdirect.com
Fresair air cooling system- Purchased through Wicked Cool Vans
Max air fan https://amzn.to/3tLGgCs
Max air fan with remote https://amzn.to/3lGURfN
External ports for 30amp power https://amzn.to/3vS36du
Sound Deadening https://amzn.to/31778k7
https://amzn.to/3f4y7oP 4 gauge awg amount of feet depends on plan
https://amzn.to/393Hnp6 10/3 wire for shore power set up, feet depends on plan
https://amzn.to/3se0RyT 14 gauge wire, feet depends on plan
https://amzn.to/3tNhWAq 16/3 shore power set up, feet depends on plan
Havelock wool 3-6 batts depending on van model http://havelockwool.refr.cc/russellb
Wood for framing of walls
¼ inch Plywood for finish walls
¾ inch Birch plywood for cabinets and floors
Paint or Shellac/polyurethane
Drawer pulls https://amzn.to/3tJWPPd
Drawer slides https://amzn.to/319wSw8
Door hinges https://amzn.to/3vYu7fF
Magnetic locks https://amzn.to/3cPMOsQ
Lofted Bed – 2×4’s & strapping
Water heater 4 gallon https://amzn.to/318n31G
Plumbing supplies depends on plumbing plan
Fresh water tank 30 gallon https://amzn.to/394PqlL
Grey water tank 13 gallon https://amzn.to/3lDJ9m9
Pex pipe https://amzn.to/2NFTJMO
Sink undermount https://amzn.to/2QyE17v
Sink counter mount https://amzn.to/3f5E4lq
Composting toilet https://amzn.to/3f1CSzn
Refrigerators some choices it depends on layout for size restrictions
Solar Panels https://amzn.to/2PdsXvI
Solar charger https://amzn.to/3vPZb0V size depends on plan
Inverter https://amzn.to/3vLkP6B size depends on plan
Battery https://amzn.to/2NFiVD6 amount of batteries depends on plan
Battery charger https://amzn.to/3raBtcd depends on battery type and plan
Amounts and sizes of electrical components depends on plan of system
Swivel Seats https://leisurelines.net/seat-swivels-83-c.asp
Roof Rack -at Wicked Cool Vans we make a custom rack for your van but some others are available at amazon https://amzn.to/317dK1V just make sure it is for your make and model van.
Running Boards tips on running boards is for them to be useful they need to be of a size your foot will fit. I prefer 7 inch ones at least. https://amzn.to/317e0xV
Trailer hitch https://amzn.to/3cbiYQt make sure it will fit your make and model
This list is a suggested parts list. Many other items are needed and will depend on layout,plan,make and model of van.
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