So you want to get off the grid and see the world? We can’t blame you; with house prices booming and retirement ages soaring to 75, more and more people are coming to us and asking how to beat the system and get into alternative living. I first joined the Van Life Movement back in 2017, when #vanlife had just under 1million followers on Instagram. Now, with Van Life Instagram accounts cropping up in every country on the globe, the hashtag has skyrocketed to a whopping 5million users. The people want something different, they want something new. They want to live their lives in an Off Grid Camper, and they want a loo with a view if they can get it too.
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Campervan conversions come in all shapes, forms, and sizes. There’s no real formula for picking the best van to live in, it’s just down to personal preference. There are, however, a few things that you can look out for when buying your camper and deciding on which tiny home is the right one for you, and we’ve also got some tips and tricks that we’ve learnt from being on the road too. Buckle up, folks, and get ready for the most informative ride of your entire lives.
Living In An
Off Grid Camper – Top Tips And Tricks
Off Road Monster Or City Nipper?
You’ve taken the plunge, handed in the notice on your house, and you’ve got a month or so to find an
If you’re planning on covering a lot of miles in your
Plan Your Interior Before Building Your
Off Grid Camper
Most people tend to have a preconceived idea about what they want in their camper before they’ve even started looking on the internet for ideas. You tend to know whether you want a shower or a toilet implemented into your build right from the word go, and other factors such as rock-and-roll sofa beds or static raised sleep hovels will usually depend on the size of the van that you buy. If you carry the right tools with you, then there’s always the chance that you could change your layout on the go, but it’s best to stick plan thoroughly beforehand and pick a set up that works for you. DIY Camper Conversions all have their own different merits, and converting your own
Are you planning on heading to extremely cold climates? You’ll need a reliable heat source and some of the best camper van batteries that can deal with sub-zero temperatures if you do. There’s not much dry wood to be found when there’s snow on the ground, so a log burner won’t really cut the mustard. Take a look at some of our best campervan heaters and see if one of these will do the trick. Do travel bikes, ATV’s, surfboards and paddleboards play a big part in your life? Your
Picking The Best Routes
Contrary to popular belief, Google Maps is not a vanlifers best friend. Before you learn this the hard way, hear me out and check out why I’m anti-Google when it comes to driving around the world. Everyone’s favourite map app is great when you’re zipping about in your Ford Focus or Audi T4, and that’s because it’s designed to show you the best routes for cars to take. I’ve used Google Maps in my 6-foot-long panel van and have come across some narrow turns around country houses that only a mini could take, and lots of uphill climbs that a camper of this size would struggle to do. Get yourself a proper Sat Nav for your Off Grid Camper journeys like the TomTom Go Camper and relax on the journey instead of stressing the entire way.
Travelling in an Off Grid Camper can be as exciting or as peaceful as you want. Toll roads get you to where you’re going much faster, and some of the scenery that you’ll see along the way in places like Portugal and Switzerland will make the toll cost worth it. If you want to spice things up a little bit, you can choose to ignore toll roads and find some off grid routes along the way, and if your camper has 4WD and the kind of suspension that you’d find on the best pop up truck campers, then the road only has to end when you decide you’ve had enough. Van life is all about getting off the beaten path, but only if your Off Grid Camper is capable of getting back onto it again afterwards!
Finding Those Legendary Park Up Spots In Your
Off Grid Camper
Always arrive at a park up spot in the day time; that’s the one piece of advice that I can give you. You get the true measure of a place in the daytime and can see whether it looks as though it might be a nice spot or not. We’ve only been moved on by the police once for our own safety, and we haven’t made the same mistake twice!
There are so many apps out there now to both help you find great places to park and for you to contribute places that you have found to the wider van life community. There will always be those special places that you come across that you won’t want to share with anyone else, but if you come across a great spot on the outskirts of a city or a perfect lakeside park up, then share the wealth with the rest of the world and help out an Off Grid Camper in need!
Apps like Park4Night (Europe) and iOverlander (America) pinpoint park up locations that
Carry The Right Van Life Essentials
If you’re living the van life in an
MaxxTraxx areperfect for if you’re taking your Off GridCamper away to remote areas and on unknown terrain. They can get you out of any sticky situations that you might find yourself in if you’re driving through mud, and they’re a lifesaver for getting you out of sand and potholes. They work by sinking their plastic teeth into the tyre tread and giving your wheels a sturdy surface to cling to. Snow, sand, mud, and wet grass are no match for MaxxTraxx.
- The Scrubba Wash Bag is essentially a silicone washboard inside a plastic bag, and it’s a great little tool for using on the road. Fill it with water and detergent and scrub for a couple of minutes and you’re good to go. We use ours for washing all of our underwear, tops and shorts, and it means that we only have to visit a laundrette once a month!
- The Rinsekit is a portable shower that plugs into the 12V cigarette lighter in the front of your vehicle, giving you hot, pressurised water to clean both your body and your gear while out in the wilderness. Fill it up with water from any tap and get naked with the wildlife; it’s as simple as that.
Living and travelling the world in an
If you have any questions that I haven’t had chance to answer in this article then head to my footer at the bottom of this article and send me a message on Instagram; I’m always around to give advice (it’s what we do). You can also head over to the second part of this article, How To Live Off The Grid In A Van and pick up some more tips that will help you once you’re on your journey!