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This Baby-Friendly Camper Van Has a Fold-Out Crib and a Custom Recirculating Shower

This Baby-Friendly Camper Van Has a Fold-Out Crib and a Custom Recirculating Shower 17 photos
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Two Wandering Soles
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Having a baby doesn't mean you cannot enjoy a mobile lifestyle. Lately, I've seen more and more stories about families who choose to live nomadically with their kids, even when they're really young. With the proper setup, you can make it a comfortable experience for everybody onboard. Take this family as an example.
Meet Katie and Ben, also known online as "Two Wandering Soles." The two aren't strangers to camper van conversions. It all started with a really basic $3,000 (€2,766) camper van they built many years ago. This sparked their love for camper van conversions, so they made another one on a bigger budget.

The second camper van was exactly what they dreamt of. However, their plans changed once they found out Katie was pregnant with Juniper. So, in order to continue this lifestyle, they decided a new conversion was due, one that could ensure their baby would be comfortable and safe.

This is how the rig I'm discussing today came to life. However, it's not a full-time home for the family; it's more like an adventure rig for weekends and holidays. What we have here is a 2021 Ram ProMaster 3500 that the couple purchased brand new. As Ben explained, the van was bought bone stock, so the couple added everything you see on it.

As always, I'll start the tour with the exterior. One of the most significant modifications was the installation of windows all around the van: two on the passenger side and two at the rear. Other notable passenger-side features are running boards and an awning. Furthermore, on top of the camper, you'll discover a custom-built roof rack holding six 100 W solar panels and a WeBoost cell signal booster. That's it for the exterior.

This Baby\-Friendly Camper Van Has a Fold\-Out Crib and a Custom Recirculating Shower
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Two Wandering Soles
Step inside, and you'll be surrounded by a finely designed interior. It boasts many white elements, including the walls and cabinetry, complemented by wood accents and gold touches. What's more, Katie and Ben opted for an open layout, meaning there's no wall separating the driver's cabin from the living space. Instead, the couple uses a curtain for privacy and to block light.

The first feature behind the driver's cabin is a shoe storage spot integrated into the floor. Dead ahead of the entrance, you'll find the van's seating area. It comprises a two-seat bench seat complete with seatbelts. This is where Katie and Ben attach Juniper's child seat. In case the couple will have another baby, they have room left to mount another seat.

Behind the child seat, integrated into the wall, is a fold-down crib. Undo two hinges, pull it out, and attach a hook to the ceiling for extra support. This is how easy it is to fold out. Then, Katie and Ben attach two rails and a tiny foldable mattress, and the crib is good to go.

This setup worked perfectly for Juniper for her first year of life, but she got a bit too big for the spot, so the couple came up with another solution: a tiny bedroom. The couple can transform the seating area into a toddler bed using two panels, cushions, and a net.

This Baby\-Friendly Camper Van Has a Fold\-Out Crib and a Custom Recirculating Shower
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Two Wandering Soles
For storage, there's an enormous headliner shelf and two cabinets above the seating area. Another notable detail is that the driver's and passenger's seats can be swiveled.

Next up, we have the kitchen, which is split into two parts. The one on the passenger side features an oddly shaped countertop (designed this way to allow for more walking room), a sink with a cover and a water filter faucet, a spice rack, a two-burner stove, a small fridge/freezer.

By the way, there's plenty of storage space in the kitchen via two overhead cabinets, as well as drawers and cabinets underneath the countertop.

Despite the compact size of the camper van, Ben and Katie found the space to devise a bathroom opposite the kitchen. It boasts a beautiful blue tiled wall, a Nature's Head composting toilet, shower, and a small rack.

This Baby\-Friendly Camper Van Has a Fold\-Out Crib and a Custom Recirculating Shower
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Two Wandering Soles
You'll have to walk on a small step to enter the van's rear part, which serves as a lounge area/bedroom. It comprises three sizeable benches forming a U-shape, with a swivel table in the middle. What's more, on the right side, you'll find a small vanity area with three drawers, a countertop, a small fan, a mirror, and an overhead cabinet holding the rig's control panel.

The control panel consists of various switches for the water pump, battery heater, and more, as well as an inverter controller, a diesel heater controller, and a remote for a Maxxair fan.

To transform the lounge into a bedroom, Ben and Katie have to attach a wooden support beam, lower the table, and rearrange the cushions. The result is more than enough sleeping space for the entire family.

One cool feature the couple added is a projector. It displays video on a screen, and it's positioned perfectly for Ben and Katie to watch something from the comfort of the bed. They go even further and use Bluetooth headphones to connect to the projector in order not to disturb Juniper when she's sleeping.

This Baby\-Friendly Camper Van Has a Fold\-Out Crib and a Custom Recirculating Shower
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Two Wandering Soles
Other notable bedroom features are two overhead cabinets, a slide-screen window, a small shelf, and various small decorative items.

There's one important part I haven't discussed yet: the van's utility systems, both located underneath the couch's benches. Regarding water, this rig is equipped with a 30-gallon (114-liter) freshwater tank, an under-mounted greywater tank, a pump, and an electric water heater.

But what's special about the plumbing system is that it has a recirculating shower system that Ben built himself. Long story short, as its name suggests, it recirculates the water after it undergoes a series of filtration steps. It allows them to use a mere 5 gallons (19-liter) of water and recirculate it many times. That means they can take as long as they want to shower. This is a van dweller's dream, right?

Ben even installed a feature that allows them to turn off the recirculating system while they're in the shower. "Why do that?" you might wonder. Well, apparently, recirculating showers don't go well long-term with soaps, even biodegradable ones, as the water tends to get slimy after many uses. With this feature, Ben and Katie can take a shower with the recirculating system on, stop it, soap themselves up, let the soapy water drain into the greywater tank, and then turn it back on to enjoy an almost endless supply of hot water. That's an ingenious solution.

This Baby\-Friendly Camper Van Has a Fold\-Out Crib and a Custom Recirculating Shower
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Two Wandering Soles
The power system's highlights are five BattleBorn lithium batteries (we don't know their capacity), a solar charge controller connected to the 600 W solar panels on the roof, a 3,000 W inverter/charger, and a DC-DC charger. So, the system gets charged in three ways: when driving via the DC-DC charger, solar, or a shore power connection.

All in all, this tiny home on wheels is incredibly practical, especially since it's designed to accommodate a baby. It's aesthetically pleasing, offers enough storage space, and can serve as an off-grid oasis for multiple days.

The recirculating shower is the cherry on top – it's definitely something more van builders should incorporate into their rigs. However, I'm pretty sure it's not cheap to make or easy to assemble.

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About the author: Mircea Mazuru
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Starting out with a motorcycle permit just because he could get one two years earlier than a driver's license, Mircea keeps his passion for bikes (motor or no motor) alive to this day. His lifelong dream is to build his own custom camper van.
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