If you follow me on Instagram (@heather.dubrall), you've probably seen my recent posts about buying a van. If you haven't heard: I BOUGHT A VAN! I'm going to work on converting it into a cozy camper so I can live in it part-time between work and outdoor adventures.
My 2014 Ford Transit Connect XLT was once a cargo van for an audio company. The company recently sold it to a local car dealer in Bremerton (my hometown). One day my brother and I drove by and checked it out, this was the first time I sat in a Transit Connect van. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the interior. I really like the dark, clean aesthetic of the driver cabin and the cargo space was empty and spacious (minus the giant metal partition separating the cabin from the cargo space, that was the first thing to go).
Breakdown of what I've done with the van so far:
1. Removed the metal partition that came with the van when I bought it⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Added 99.9% blackout curtains (I wanted beige to brighten the space so I sacrificed 0.01% of the blackout)⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Re-purposed my climbing fence into my bed platform (it's a fence piece from Lowe's)⠀⠀⠀⠀
4. Added a roll out drawer underneath the bed (the drawer was part of my old bed set)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5. For lighting: I hung battery-powered string lights and an Ikea light bulb, utilizing the 12v outlet and an adapter to power it
6. Built a dog bed platform in the driver side (made of 1/2" plywood and a 4x4)
7. Had a back-up camera, Sony touch screen radio, and new speakers added
You totally don't have to watch this video but for the sake of developing my videography skills I made a clip of myself removing the partition:
I'm playing around with different temporary set ups so I can get a solid vision of what I want the actual build to be like when I start the conversion. In the meantime, I have a completely unattached set up held in place by weight, bungee cords, and sheer willpower.
I recently toured a friend's van, he had built a dog bed platform so his pup could sit shotgun with him. Indi loves to sit close to me (and I love it too) so I started a side project: build a platform so Indi can sit shotgun!
Even though I don't have any permanent fixtures, I'd say I'm off to a great start with this build. I think it's important for me to take my time on this so I can be intentional with the space, making sure that it suites my unique needs.
I'm planning on working on the floors, walls, and ceiling over the next few weeks so stay tuned for another van-build update!
ps. Thank you guys for your continued support. And if any of you have suggestions or inspiration photos, please share them with me! I'm new to this and I love hearing input. I have a lot to learn as I move through this process, and y'all have been so helpful so thank you!!