If you convert a van into a camper for the first time, you will undoubtedly encounter some issues. But that's the beauty of it, finding solutions to the challenges. And at the end of it, you can proudly say it's your creation. This couple's rig turned out really fine – let's take a closer look at it.
What we have here is a Ram ProMaster 2500, a pretty popular choice for a camper van. Looking at it from the outside, the only details that hint toward it being a camper van are the solar panels on the roof and a small window. This look was intentional, as the duo wanted to be stealthy when camping out.
Blake and Tabby installed a roof deck and some solar panels. You'll also find a Starlink, which comes in very useful when they have to work from remote places.
Having a beautiful aesthetic will make spending time in your camper more enjoyable. Some nice design touches in Blake and Tabby's van are the overhead rattan cabinets running along the ceiling and the splashback tiles that depict suns. In fact, the splashback is a sticker, so changing it is easy and quick. Moreover, choosing a sticker over conventional tiles also reduces the weight involved, although in this case, it's probably a minor difference.
The cabinets and drawers offer plenty of space to store utensils and food. Furthermore, for convenience, they added a large spice rack on the wall. Part of the entrance is occupied by a spacious countertop with a fridge/freezer.
Traveling in a mobile home, especially as a couple, means that you won't have tons of privacy. The only exceptions are bus campers or those large motor homes, where there's plenty of space to spend time separately when you feel like it. Blake and Tabby added a curtain to separate the driver's cabin from the rest of the interior so that one could work there and the other could enjoy some alone time in the other part of the van. What's more, the curtain also helps block out sunlight coming through the windshield. A full-length mirror is attached to the curtain.
Another notable detail regarding the front area of the van is a step-up for shoe storage. Moreover, the diesel heater is located, like in many camper setups, underneath the passenger seat. For convenience, the couple added a bunch of magnetic hooks beside the entrance.
By now, you've probably noticed there isn't any dedicated bathroom space inside the van, which might sound like a nightmare scenario for some of you. The toilet is housed inside a shelf underneath the large countertop, while another shelf contains hygiene products.
Next up, we have the bedroom/living room. The bed is positioned from side to side instead of rear-to front. However, it can be turned into a couch that can easily seat a group of people. Regarding lighting, the couple added two warm lights near the bed, but the small bunker window on the side also helps light up the area. The window can also be opened for proper air circulation and paired with the Maxxair fan on the ceiling.
At the rear, Blake and Tabby added a curtain, but they mostly use magnetic window covers for privacy. They installed small bookshelves in the remaining space between the overhead cabinets and the rear doors.
Lastly, a table can be extended outside when the rear doors are open, which can be used for enjoying a nice meal. There's also an outdoor shower connection, but the duo said they have yet to use it. Instead, they use their Planet Fitness membership to take showers at the gyms.
All in all, this is a fantastic van build, especially since it's the first time Blake and Tabby have completed such a project. Hopefully, their story and rig will inspire you to start your van life journey if you're considering it.