FIRST DAYS OF VAN LIFE BUILD | Sprinter Van Conversion Begins

3 mai 2020
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SPRINTER VAN CONVERSION SERIES 🚐 | This week we break ground on the off-grid van build project by putting 2 holes in the roof (for fans), running our electrical wiring and strapping the walls, ceiling and floor. ► SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a video
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🔨 A huge thank you to our friends at Milwaukee Canada for helping to replace our tools left behind in our van in Morocco. As Eamon always says, "you've got to have the right tool for the right job."
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How Did we Get Here?
After an incredible 3 years of living, working and traveling in our self converted Sprinter Van we made the very tough decision to abandon our tiny home in Africa to take a rescue flight back to Canada. As it has for all of us this global pandemic has flipped our world upside down. When our Prime Minister announced that he was sending repatriation flights over to Africa to pick up Canadians who were stuck (due to border closures) we consulted with friends and family closest to us and realized that in this time of crisis we should be back in our home country. Haulting our dream of driving around the world was a hard pill to swallow which is why we knew we needed a big project to keep our mind + body busy while social distancing back here in Toronto. Enter building an off-grid tiny house on wheels!! This is going to be our 3rd time converting an empty cargo van into a tiny home on wheels and we are both excited and nervous to take on this project. We want this build to be the ULTIMATE OFF-GRID CAMPERVAN 🚐
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OVERLANDING AFRICA IN OUR SPRINTER VAN has been the adventure we’ve always hoped it would be but it’s hard to predict what happens next. We are hopeful that we can return to Trinity in a few months time and pick up on our world adventure.
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Building Off-Grid Tiny House During Pandemic
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Abandoning our Van in Africa
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  • HAPPY SUNDAY FRIENDS! We know that isolation is starting to wear on everyone and all we can say is THANK GOODNESS for this project. We'd encourage you to try tackling a fun DIY project this week to keep busy and active. Is there a room you've always wanted to paint or shelf you've always wanted to create? Let's hold each other accountable and share your project ideas below 👇🏽

    Eamon & BecEamon & BecIl y a 5 mois
    • Eamon & Bec what if you guys put LED strip lights in your van... it would probably look really cool. Also I like the names Sadie and Maple

      Chloë Rain RatajczykChloë Rain RatajczykIl y a 5 mois
    • Eamon & Bec I’m so happy to be watching you build another van out!!! One quick question: why have you put strapping over the window?? It’s the window near where the kitchen is going to be I think, is that right?? I don’t understand...

      Angela Bay-JespersenAngela Bay-JespersenIl y a 5 mois
    • We have been working on our garden and patio sanctuary.

      sandysutube63sandysutube63Il y a 5 mois
    • If I ever want a van built I would want you two to do it. As for me my project is a dress for my granddaughter and taxes.

      Beverly CampbellBeverly CampbellIl y a 5 mois
    • Be happy during quarantines

      Svyat KapSvyat KapIl y a 5 mois
  • I cant stand that higway traffic noise. I would move immediately away from there. Noise kills. Noise makes you tired.

    pangrac1pangrac1Il y a 22 jours
  • *this was so much fun and I learned alot I also put strips in my van like that but we didn't cut them*

    Vanessa My Life My JourneyVanessa My Life My JourneyIl y a mois
  • 2:53 The man loves his bags! He is wearing them to set up a tent!

    The RekindledRiderThe RekindledRiderIl y a 2 mois
  • It’s funny cause I’m watching v this on Friday

    Bianca LambarenaBianca LambarenaIl y a 2 mois
  • I like that Bec got her chance to get involved..I love diy too. I built my Daughter a sand bench following a FRworld video..No fancy electric saw though ..all hand sawn ...still can't believe I did that on my own..I used the wood from our old double bed so was glad to upcycle it all xx

    Jenny MichelleJenny MichelleIl y a 2 mois
  • lol bout time Bec helped out (with the cutting). Poor Eamon been doing almost everything for the past 3 years! XD

    cartergirl3of3cartergirl3of3Il y a 3 mois
  • Y'all are just the cutest!

    Erin DotyErin DotyIl y a 3 mois
  • Wow this is amasing 🤩☯️🚐😆🎆💖thanks

    Ideffix_Cat22Ideffix_Cat22Il y a 3 mois
  • what are you nailing into for the batons on the floor with the now good nail gun?

    Nicole BNicole BIl y a 3 mois
  • How did you make sure not to damage the outer shell of the van when screwing the wood onto the ceiling? 🧐

    HeadtechHeadtechIl y a 3 mois
  • Guys how you can survive with no AC condition?

    Pasha DPasha DIl y a 3 mois
  • god damn do i love bob

    Willy DeliusWilly DeliusIl y a 3 mois
  • To all ppl disliking ... It s not the right place to download !!

    Faraj Mohamed YassineFaraj Mohamed YassineIl y a 3 mois
  • So if anyone wondering what Greg Eamon was talking about at 15:36 I believe it's Greg Virgoe over at: If you wanna get very technical about building in a van his videos are one of the best quality videos out there. Although they are quite technical so can be a bit long winded and maybe less exciting than Eamon and Bec.

    MrTree421MrTree421Il y a 4 mois
  • I love your videos wish everyone can subscribe you are so creative

    Jaju NayyarJaju NayyarIl y a 4 mois
  • You guys I LOVE YOUR VIDEOS ! So I am 61 and have two amazing sons and two years ago we sold our house in the mountains above Boulder CO and now we are about to leave our little tiny apartment in Boulder CO and buy our first van (yes starting in one). Haven't quite got the logistics down with three cats and a dog, don't forget the fish and the frog...two sons and me in one little van ! The bros are like mom your f@#$%^&*ing crazy. I'm like I never said I wasn't !!

    Urbane DeplorableUrbane DeplorableIl y a 4 mois
  • 💖💖💖💖💖 👍🏻👍🏻

    Rinny DaleRinny DaleIl y a 4 mois

    ValladaresValladaresIl y a 4 mois
  • I’ve been binging your channel for almost two weeks, I love it!! Almost caught up and I’m sad lol

    Aspen AnyaAspen AnyaIl y a 4 mois
  • Hey guys! Just wanted to ask you how did you attach the matchboards on the roof? Did you use screws or nails? If screws, did you pre-drill each board to avoid it to breake? Thanks a looot!

    Corinna LorenziniCorinna LorenziniIl y a 4 mois
  • You two look bad ass in the thumbnail!

    Felicia RobinsonFelicia RobinsonIl y a 4 mois
  • You guys are so amazing.

    Pamela MagiePamela MagieIl y a 4 mois
  • I’m watching this and wondering if they gonna use insulation .... I gonna watch the next episode to check it out ...

    brunalop2000brunalop2000Il y a 4 mois
  • So I have been a long time follower of you guys. I am currently in the middle of Flipping a Home in Buffalo New York and back when the pandemic started I ordered new tools from Milwaukee and pretty much had the same reaction as Eamon when they arrived, I tracked the package for days and my wife was laughing whenever I would check! Congrats.

    Micah GolbaMicah GolbaIl y a 4 mois
  • Which he would more explaining about the build.

    karen edwardskaren edwardsIl y a 5 mois
  • enjoying following your build. suggest extra heavy barrel bolts on all doors and hasp padlock for slider this time. good luck!

    Drew DavisonDrew DavisonIl y a 5 mois
  • I was literally in the other video. OMG this is Christmas! Congratulations

    NaydeNaydeIl y a 5 mois
  • 1:03 who else thought it was gfuel 😂😂

    Charlie MasseyCharlie MasseyIl y a 5 mois
  • u have an awesome life exists. supportive dad, lovely gf . i wish I had this.

    4_kheang_74_kheang_7Il y a 5 mois
  • Oh such a cute couple, goofing around, so funny... JUST KIDDING. So annoying

    Xavier P.Xavier P.Il y a 5 mois
  • Sheet goods are for sheet projects... That won't be any stronger than a 1x4...

    Sawyer HaffnerSawyer HaffnerIl y a 5 mois
  • Fresh is the best! Dragon Fries are so good but for me its all about their Cauliflower tacos!!

    Aly MacAly MacIl y a 5 mois
  • I like how the longer you’re in Canada the more Canadian you talk, eh?

    Brian HBrian HIl y a 5 mois
  • At 61 I have no intention of ever doing this, but I find your videos so interesting. Thank you so much for sharing fellow Canadians. I enjoy your videos so much. ~ Shelly from Nova Scotia.

    Shelly Diane Nova ScotiaShelly Diane Nova ScotiaIl y a 5 mois
  • i could never understand why people don't use steel studs in some of these builds. even in homes when i was remodeler i'd show up with a pair of aviation snips and an impact gun and frame out basements, wall extensions, any areas faster, straighter and stronger for just a few dollars more in materials. and the sheating went on easier too. no saws, no noise, no dust.

    joe georgejoe georgeIl y a 5 mois
  • I wasn't able to catch up, what happened to their other van?

    Eman GranadaEman GranadaIl y a 5 mois
  • before self isolation i was driving to my hockey game and saw your store as i drove past on the highway and started shaking out of excitement ily guys so much lol

    Shannon SibsShannon SibsIl y a 5 mois
  • What size self tapping screws did you use?

    ebbyswayebbyswayIl y a 5 mois
  • How did you know the van was level ? When you used a level ?

    Louis CoxLouis CoxIl y a 5 mois
  • Was it just me or did anyone think all the tools was a bunch of gfuel🤭

    Alex KnudsenAlex KnudsenIl y a 5 mois
  • Oh yeah, I think "we" need an extended compilation vid of the the fellow dancing alongside the van plus a sister vid of y'all learning it and doing it, you know, for teaching the rest of us how to do it. It is such a happy time!!! Another uplifting and fun compilation would be one of the different dances you've done -- besides being entertaining, they could be a good cardio workout base.

    dross24MAdross24MAIl y a 5 mois
  • RE STRAPPING IDEA? Please let us know how your idea works out - so often I have thought about the cumulative loss of height/width by putting strapping over the ridges rather than next to or between them.

    dross24MAdross24MAIl y a 5 mois
  • you MUST put your hair in a bun or under a hat when using any saw, especially a table saw, it will rip your scalp off. this is from experience. Better be safe than sorry.

    LiamLiamIl y a 5 mois
  • We love bob! More Bob! we love you guys too! So fun and upbeat.

    Matthew FuemmelerMatthew FuemmelerIl y a 5 mois
  • Watch solar. This layout is genius.

    my catmy catIl y a 5 mois
  • You should put something around that unsung tank to prevent it getting punctured

    XymR6XymR6Il y a 5 mois
  • So glad you got that table saw off the wobbly table. I saw nothing but bad things happening.

    chadwyck26chadwyck26Il y a 5 mois
  • Good work guys ✌👍👍

    Rahim NamiRahim NamiIl y a 5 mois
  • I have been watching your videos for so long, My youtube wall is filled with your videos but then i realized i have never even subscribed to your channel. +1 sub

    XtremeRideR117XtremeRideR117Il y a 5 mois
  • Oh it's so helpful to have videos like yours. Thanks! Now I can just take your ides and be sure it is right because you have a lot of expirience.

    Егор СушковЕгор СушковIl y a 5 mois
  • In Milwaukee heaven here! Very envious of that table saw xx Careful wearing gloves though

    Always AdriftAlways AdriftIl y a 5 mois
  • Eamon, your dad is a scream! I love him ❤❤❤ so good to see you making progress with the build. Have just watched Max's latest video - are you going to be putting soundproofing in?

    Sammi CSammi CIl y a 5 mois
  • Now where is that measuring tap!? Bec- 2020

    Christy SmithChristy SmithIl y a 5 mois
  • DUDE!!! Milwaukee hooked it UP.

    Andrew HarrisAndrew HarrisIl y a 5 mois
    • Dream come true hahah!!

      Eamon & BecEamon & BecIl y a 5 mois
  • I love your videos! You guys seem like so much fun!

    Devon GormanDevon GormanIl y a 5 mois
    • Haha well we definitely like to have a good time!

      Eamon & BecEamon & BecIl y a 5 mois
  • im a somewhat new subscriber, whats your tea business? do you have a q&a that you recommend a new viewer to watch?

    Isabelle ReaIsabelle ReaIl y a 5 mois
  • I was just re-watching Bob's van build and saw something you might want to remember as you do your new build out. Don't forget you liked his lights in his overhead cupboards 🤓

    Doreen HodginDoreen HodginIl y a 5 mois
  • I love learning as you go, thank you so much for sharing your build 🙏🏻🌹

    Gone with the KaleGone with the KaleIl y a 5 mois
  • Is this a ne van? What are you going to do with the oldone?

    gianluukagianluukaIl y a 5 mois
  • That caulking is the best out there always used in Marine builds only made in Switzerland and shipped out once a year. To shops

    Norm ThompsonNorm ThompsonIl y a 5 mois
  • Hi folks it’s Norm I used to write in more but not well with ALS probably to late to tell you I am a retired Heavy duty mechanic with wiring in a metal area use heater hose over the wire where could rub way better that the plastic clip on just cut pcs to fit over the wire and put a slice along the hose to make it a clip over Norm

    Norm ThompsonNorm ThompsonIl y a 5 mois
  • Amazing!! Every dudes dream to get a pallet like that dropped off

    NA Garden careNA Garden careIl y a 5 mois
  • I can’t wait to see part two I’m interested in doing the van myself. I would like to get more details on how you put the side walls up? Did you put in the insulation behind the stud? Did you use wool insulation?

    Tom FixdaleTom FixdaleIl y a 5 mois
  • Looking Speedy Fast workin great ! ~peace~

    andrew buchananandrew buchananIl y a 5 mois
  • That’s pretty exciting I hope you guys doing great 👍🏻 building tiny house 🏠 on wheels amazing 😉 good luck but don’t forget to make locker box in your house for yours important gears ⚙️

    Karma StarrKarma StarrIl y a 5 mois
  • bro i want that bandsaw im coming to take it when im on my way home from work

    Bailey SandersBailey SandersIl y a 5 mois
  • I had to stop watching when I saw the stock pile of Chinese tools. as an American craftsman it breaks my heart every time I see Milwaukee, Ridgid and Ryobi tools. since they are ALL owned by TTI. a massive tech company from China. I hope these kids are Canadian.

    Double DDouble DIl y a 5 mois
  • Cuadra is a word. So it means block/Square. Cuadra is not sexist. It just means square or block. Cuatro is just 4. Cuatro/4 is just a number it is not sexist.

    Daniel MelgarDaniel MelgarIl y a 5 mois
  • Came across you on my recommendations -- a lucky day for me! What date or title can I search to begin at the beginning with you? Thx!

    gm cgm cIl y a 5 mois
  • I just wanted to say I love you guys, your channel, and your chai. I've been following your journey for a log time and I am planning on starting a van build soon, I want to thank you for detailing below exactly what you use during the build process so I know what to look for and how much everything is before I start my build. This is super helpful especially since I've never done anything like this so thank you, you guys are awsome I look forward to the rest of the build.

    Tristen KentnerTristen KentnerIl y a 5 mois
  • Are Milwaukee sponsoring this?. These tools cost a small fortune in the UK

    Rich ThomasRich ThomasIl y a 5 mois
  • I know the Matneys are good friends of yours they recently posted a video 6 days ago trying to leave i hope they are ok

    Jennifer SeeleJennifer SeeleIl y a 5 mois
  • Fellow Canuck here and new to the channel - nice to see a Canadian company supporting you! Looking forward to watching the build from the west coast. :)

    JE AndersonJE AndersonIl y a 5 mois
  • what is the editing software you guys use for the vlog.

    Vet MarleyVet MarleyIl y a 5 mois
  • Good Video I hope to watch the whole build so I can make my own. Thank You Amen and Beck.

    Joe BizjackJoe BizjackIl y a 5 mois
  • Vanity sounds good

    said zagrisaid zagriIl y a 5 mois
  • I did watched all of yours vlogs in one day, it’s so inspiring 🥰❤️. You guys are the most positive and supportive couple I’ve ever seen in my whole life love ya guys 🇺🇸🇲🇦

    Anwar AmraouiAnwar AmraouiIl y a 5 mois
  • Please, please, please do not use spare extension cords as permanent wiring. The insulation is not meant to be covered over like that.

    HarryLovesRuthHarryLovesRuthIl y a 5 mois
  • very good job . you will need solar panel for electrical energy ?.

    Omar EL ASSRIOmar EL ASSRIIl y a 5 mois
  • Can I get you guys to build me a van?

    Jaris LeiwekeJaris LeiwekeIl y a 5 mois
  • Not sure if you have decided on a name for the new van yet, but I'd like to suggest Gypsy! Hope you and all your loved ones are safe, happy and healthy during this crazy time!

    Ariana BakerAriana BakerIl y a 5 mois
  • Sick of seeing people getting tools for free when i buy mine and they still aren't delivered.. but glad you get to start.. good luck with your new build

    Gordon SchaffnerGordon SchaffnerIl y a 5 mois
  • your guys are so funny love u

    D WD WIl y a 5 mois
  • Such a nice video. Thank you for all the inspirations. I Love IT!

    Jan KlägerJan KlägerIl y a 5 mois
  • Fuck yes!

    Daphne SassonDaphne SassonIl y a 5 mois
  • Do you guys plan to have a van life tour in India ?

    upgrade pbupgrade pbIl y a 5 mois
  • Honestly, Eamon is treating Bec like a dude, not a girlfriend.

    Trang KuteTrang KuteIl y a 5 mois
  • I dont like the way Eamon talks to Bec. No more love.

    Trang KuteTrang KuteIl y a 5 mois
  • I love love love it when I see a woman know how to use power tool ( even though I don’t 😂) . Girl power 💥💥💥.

    Alpha And OmegaAlpha And OmegaIl y a 5 mois
  • What is the name of the song playing at the beginning of this video??

    Adrii LebronAdrii LebronIl y a 5 mois
  • Hazel

    Angi MeyerAngi MeyerIl y a 5 mois
  • Does anyone know what shirt bec is wearing?!😍

    AshleyAshleyIl y a 5 mois
  • Guys, I’m in the same boat as you with the renovating a home using click-and-collect only. You’ve probably already heard but good news, May 9 Home Depot can reopen!!!

    Val SVal SIl y a 5 mois
  • You guys work so fast !!! I've been converting an ambulance for like 8 months hahahahaha

    Danielle GrossDanielle GrossIl y a 5 mois
  • Love It!! You guys make me laugh!

    Patrice HanesPatrice HanesIl y a 5 mois
  • Note : Use the box the fan came in to catch meal shavings and metal square...hold under hole with wood prop if working alone

    Peter AndrewsPeter AndrewsIl y a 5 mois
  • Why no rattletrap ??

    Peter AndrewsPeter AndrewsIl y a 5 mois
  • Another fantastic episode E&B. Just so you know, not only have you guys inspired us to start a youtube channel of our own, but now we're also racing you while you fit out your van to get us motivated fitting out our boat! Thought we had a chance until Milwaukee turned up! Thanks to you both from across the pond.

    Holly - The Cafe BoatHolly - The Cafe BoatIl y a 5 mois
  • Eamon, you had that angle when sealing the fan to show off how freaking flexible you are, didn't you?

    Ale GAle GIl y a 5 mois