VAN LIFE'S Most Powerful OFF-GRID Electrical Setup ⚡️

9 août 2020
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DIY Campervan Electrical System Complete ✔️ After 4 weeks of full-time van life we FINALLY HAVE POWER & can live Off-Grid in our Tiny Home on Wheels 🚐 ►SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a video 💜 A big thank you to Erick for all of his electrical work. If you live in the GTA and are looking for van build electrical help email him:
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We love the van life community and want to thank each of our friends we called desperate for advice this week as we ironed out our off-grid setup:
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After a long 17 weeks of this VAN LIFE BUILD project, we are living in our 170 Sprinter Campervan and are readjusting to tiny living! We are beyond thrilled to finally have electricity in our 80 s-ft... we can now charge our phones at night, run our water system, turn on the lights, cook on our stovetop, run the blender and so much more!! AHHHHH, can you FEEL the excitement?!
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Get Caught up on this Van Life Build Project:
Building Off-Grid Tiny House During Pandemic
VAN LIFE BUILD: Insulating Off-Grid Tiny House
VAN LIFE BUILD: Framing our Off-Grid Tiny House
VAN LIFE BUILD: Full Bathroom w/ Indoor Shower & Toilet
How Did We Get Here?
Abandoning our Van in Africa
After an incredible 3 years of living, working, and traveling in our self converted Sprinter Van we made the very tough decision to abandon it 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. Halting 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 campervan and we are both excited and nervous to take on this project. We want this build to be the ULTIMATE OFF-GRID VAN 🚐
Tour the renovations we've done to our self converted sprinter van:
VAN TOUR after 2 years living in our TINY HOUSE on wheels
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Who are we?
We're Eamon and Bec, a Toronto-based couple who live full-time in our self converted Sprinter Van!! SUBSCRIBE for wanderlust travel, behind the scenes of what it's really like to live in a van, and videos all about the yummy vegan food we make + eat! VAN LIFE COUPLE.
Our goal here is to inspire you to chase after your own dreams however big (or small... tiny homes anyone?) they may be! We hope to create a community of like-minded, positive individuals who will grow to love and support one another on their own journeys.
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  • This week’s ep. was so good I just watched it through TWICE and it still made me laugh out loud again 😂 I love Bob, I love Eamon’s dancing, I love Bec being a #badass errand gal, I LOVED the music and the transitions (so good guys, honestly), and I loved that no matter how frustrating everything got, you guys stayed positive! Such an inspiration. Keep it up, already can’t wait for next week!!!!!! 😍

    Georgia BryantGeorgia BryantIl y a 2 mois
    • HI

      Witkes KidsWitkes KidsIl y a mois
    • It took almost a week to get to watch this weeks episode, man alive you've got some great friends and your positive attitude is inspirational. Enjoy the lye in when you get chance to grab one Eamon, but I don't think errand girl is going to allow you one anytime soon.

      morkd07morkd07Il y a 2 mois
    • With a vsr you can run a cable from the RV to the vsr then to the back batteries. The job of the vsr is when the main battery reaches 13.8v it switches over to start charging the back batteries.

      #garyinavan.#garyinavan.Il y a 2 mois
    • Is this a couple of days from the future?

      Gary B ReptilianGary B ReptilianIl y a 2 mois
    • Couldn't have put it better myself!

      Ian WallsIan WallsIl y a 2 mois
  • I love Bob so much. He’s super sweet & funny. So cute how he asks at the start if he’s screwed something up. Love you Buddy 🥰

    Belinda ChappellBelinda ChappellIl y a jour
  • So what was the actual cable size problem ? What size was you originally using ? It looked heavy stuff on the first attempt ? Any details ?

    ZeroHourZeroHourIl y a 10 jours
  • I think I've got you beat , my rig is very small 26 square feet with a 24 volt system , running a 24 volt freezer ( drawing only 1.5 amps ) a 24 to 12 volt converter a 250 , and 2500 watt inverters I also have 680 watts of solar . I built mine so I can run saws , drills , misc. carpenter tools . Etc. I prefer a 24 over 12 volt system for several reasons .

    Maitland MooreMaitland MooreIl y a 13 jours
  • For extra protection they could've cover the exposed knotts and bolts from the battery with liquid plastic.

    Pepins SpotPepins SpotIl y a 15 jours
  • Can I ask why Victron over Renogy and did you need the 5000 Watt or do you think a 3000 watt would have worked as well. I am just about to install a similar setup but only went with the 3000 Watt. I'm considering Renogy because of the lower price in Canada ($1000 difference)

    Talking Apes PodcastTalking Apes PodcastIl y a 16 jours
  • Omg you guys know Trent and Allie!!! I love their channel!! How cool 2 of my favorite channels!

    Ashley ErinAshley ErinIl y a 17 jours
  • Disappointed in the mildly sexist comment. 10 times more disappointed it wasn't addressed in the comments after so many people were clearly bothered by it. Accountability is so important as influencers...

    SydneySustainablySydneySustainablyIl y a 19 jours
  • No snoozin' here! In fact, I wouldn't have minded seeing MORE electrical. I plan to do some for my RV. Biggest challenge in my build will probably be how others view what I'm capable of because I'm a girl and what they're willing to teach me. So I often go to FRworld to learn. Kinda disappointing seeing the stereotypes here too. Huge fan of you guys, but not a fan of that remark, and I hope the mistake is recognized 🙂

    SydneySustainablySydneySustainablyIl y a 19 jours
  • Hey guys, love watching you video's. Would you help me with some info on your Solar panels. What make are they? So I can find them here in the UK 🇬🇧 Thank you for any help. Please keep traveling

    Phillip WolmaransPhillip WolmaransIl y a 20 jours
  • Just a FYI, the "hard" heat shrink is called Raycam. Just be careful if you're using it, it has a hot glue on the inside that melts and helps adhere to the surface. 👍

    Monus BrewerMonus BrewerIl y a 21 jour
  • I am working at a university and we're not quarantine at all

    Godfrey SlaterGodfrey SlaterIl y a mois
  • You Got Power ! It's great to have friends !

    Daydream About Nice ThingsDaydream About Nice ThingsIl y a mois
  • Hey might of missed it but what b2b charger did you go with?? Thanks

    Mitch PuglieseMitch PuglieseIl y a mois
  • Only I would notice that I have the same sticky notes as bob 😂 if he finds a little forklift to drive them around let me know haha

    Clarissa SprangersClarissa SprangersIl y a mois
  • Love your van that’s how I want my van to look when I’m older

    Aaliyah PayneAaliyah PayneIl y a mois
  • Oh boy, you spent money, and tied some batteries together... The Nobel committee should be calling any day now.

    Fin JanFin JanIl y a mois
  • anyone know how much power this is?

    Stephanie EbnerStephanie EbnerIl y a mois
  • Alright. When I start my van build, Ill call Erick up! I'm only the next city, (well, two) over. :D Ill have to put him in my vlogs

    Michael FrymusMichael FrymusIl y a mois
  • Soooooo are you going to give us your playlist, or nah? 👀

    Brianna De'LynnBrianna De'LynnIl y a mois
  • AND I LOVE ERIK!!😩😩😭❤️

    Brianna De'LynnBrianna De'LynnIl y a mois
  • I love the old man in the chair!! ❤️ he’s adorable and seems super sweet

    Brianna De'LynnBrianna De'LynnIl y a mois
  • What kind of alternator do you have? :) (brand/Amp/..)

    RobertRobertIl y a mois
  • I’m new to your channel ... went from a video from 2 years ago to 2 weeks ago I think. Anyway, congrats on the light ( Eric 👍👍 shout out ). You guys are amazing. New Sub ‼️

    darren meyersdarren meyersIl y a mois
  • No new vid. So this was REUPLOADED?

    Ryan Omar Colasito VinuyaRyan Omar Colasito VinuyaIl y a mois
  • it's called a BUS BAR+/-

    TJ EllisTJ EllisIl y a mois
  • Bob: How are ya? Eamon: Not good. Bob: You got Covid? Awesome. Bob is the best.

    Coco ChanelCoco ChanelIl y a mois
  • Just found this channel! Literally binged 3 hours lol

    Nicholas GandhiNicholas GandhiIl y a mois
  • How many watts of solar ?

    NurseStar RNNurseStar RNIl y a mois
  • How much was the cost of everything in total the van and everything you did to it?

    Raya MarieRaya MarieIl y a mois
  • ok been watching the van folks, but nice to see how they really are all friends, love it!

    Lisa BaileyLisa BaileyIl y a mois
  • Looks like Eric really helped you out!! His email doesnt seem to be in the description below and Im sure he would really appreciate it. :)

    Mel ZziMel ZziIl y a mois
  • It was so exciting to watch the lights come on! Loved seeing Trent on the video.

    Kimberli MaultsbyKimberli MaultsbyIl y a mois
  • Lol, I heard toner and thought of the movie pitch perfect. Musical boner 😂

    KC ScootKC ScootIl y a mois
  • Hey quick suggestion if you have room around your piping you could use foam like a pool noodle ish. To help with temperature and condensation around your pex

    Hayden PruittHayden PruittIl y a mois
  • enjoyed the whole video. specially 0:16

    Kaneel SenevirathneKaneel SenevirathneIl y a mois
  • Sofia stole the show!

    Simon LeeSimon LeeIl y a mois
  • Eamon was right to check the wire sizes !!!! There was another remedy, which I am using for our system, inspired by you guys in general if not specifically. If the electrical system were configured at 24V instead of 12V, you could have used half the size of wire. Most things in a van can run at 24V and if you need 12V or any other voltage, then a voltage converter is an adaptation for various other loads at any other voltage. For instance, inverters, fridges, compressors and other heavier loads will run at 24V. This is efficient and saves wire. The way to set up a 24V battery bank in this case is to run not all six Battleborn units in parallel, but to link two parallel groups of three in series. This cuts the amps in half and doubles the voltage. Performance would be the same, if not improved. It also matches the higher voltage produced by a massive bank of solar panels, given the solar controller you have. Anyway, loved the adventure, as usual!

    Geoffrey LyfordGeoffrey LyfordIl y a mois
  • I 💙 Bob!

    gabriela Cabralgabriela CabralIl y a mois
  • how long can u guys stay off grid?

    The FullersThe FullersIl y a mois
  • I love becś laugh

    Audrey SuiterAudrey SuiterIl y a mois
  • thumbs up

    Audrey SuiterAudrey SuiterIl y a mois
  • Fun Adventure! Thank you!!

    Rob ReighterRob ReighterIl y a mois
  • The level of electrical incompetence all around is just painful to watch. And the guy is an electrician?? All for DIY bragging rights I guess, but sometimes it really is better/safer to get professional help.

    Jernej BurkeljcaJernej BurkeljcaIl y a mois
  • Great stuff. I was worried that the solder you used looks like acid core, plumbers solder. Hope not. I'm getting ready to install my solar setup. Only going to have 4 BB Batts, so, you definatly still hold the record for most powerful. Nice rig guys!

    Jelly BeanJelly BeanIl y a mois
    • Ahhh! Problem solved! Crimp me baby

      Jelly BeanJelly BeanIl y a mois
  • Some men can’t pull off long hair. And he’s one of them.

    Billy MechBilly MechIl y a mois
  • I know a little about electricity, from school and my tech job. Gotta say, you guys are doing good for not being a pro electrician. also your overall efforts of van conversion are well done ! Really enjoy your channel. You guys are energetic and a great couple, keep up the good work :)

    flexjay87flexjay87Il y a mois
  • Oh my goodness no Bob: “did I screw up?”😭 Bob you could never screw up, protect this man at all costs

    Peach LeafPeach LeafIl y a mois
  • Why did you go with the 2 ot wire instead of 2 gauge?

    Faith MiletelloFaith MiletelloIl y a 2 mois
  • Eamon aka the Victron electrical ninja . . . . . . . . how you fixed to come wire up a 68ft Narrowboat and save me the fried braincells and inevitable hair loss from too much head scratching! :)

    Narrowboat FreyaNarrowboat FreyaIl y a 2 mois
  • What's happened too lee now??i think it was lee,the girl who was with you when you left your old van abroad??is she still working for you at chaiwala ??and is she living in her van now??👍🏻🇬🇧🙏🏻🙏🏻

    Ian TowersIan TowersIl y a 2 mois
  • Perfect, what are you going to do to the back doors to make them more homeley?

    Yelesom EusYelesom EusIl y a 2 mois
  • Guys you should put a fire alarm in the back where the electrics are under your bed.. You can buy magnet stickers to attach them which means no screwing and easy to change the battery. It would give you peace of mind and is definitely good for safety..

    Rebecca BahamaRebecca BahamaIl y a 2 mois
  • guys what brand and where did you get your black stove top coffee maker or kettle thing from? thank youuuu

  • great video. you may want to check your amazon links to make sure they all work :)

    Joe ThomasJoe ThomasIl y a 2 mois
  • Now, im, a fan can, i, have a, shout out next time, maam, and, sir.. I im, from the Philippines i like your content its a stress reliever for me thank be, safe, always

    Natures Beats MeditationNatures Beats MeditationIl y a 2 mois
  • Y'all got $$$$ cause yeah half of US Couldn't. So Again ha, ha, false Hope video. Carry on......

    Just Passing Thru.Just Passing Thru.Il y a 2 mois
  • That food looked so good I need a recipe!!! 😍🍲

    Seren miaSeren miaIl y a 2 mois
  • Brilliant, fuck that was a mission hey. Yoooooo sooo lucky you picked that up or it would have been a disaster 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

    Miss KiffMiss KiffIl y a 2 mois
  • I love Trent and Allie I didn’t know y’all knew each other! I watch both of y’all channels!!

    Audrey GuzmanAudrey GuzmanIl y a 2 mois
    • We’ve been buddies for a few years now 😊

      Eamon & BecEamon & BecIl y a 2 mois
  • Awwww Bob really did ask "did i mess up", gosh i just wanna hug him. This video was awesome to watch, and thanks for showing the guest youtubers, with greg and trent and everyone else. You can tell how big this community really is. Thank you so much to you and the electrician for giving us an incite on electrical wiring, it was very interesting for sure. Great video guys and go to CityHall and get marry!!!!! xD

    NappilyBareKissedNappilyBareKissedIl y a 2 mois
  • hey trent and allie on eamon and beck 2 of my favorite youtubers

    Will PearceWill PearceIl y a 2 mois
  • When bob said 'did i screw up' my heart broke😭😭😭

    Tegan JadeTegan JadeIl y a 2 mois
  • Whoa nelly. This week's episode was WILD but I love that yalls energy is so positive!

    amandalacandlesamandalacandlesIl y a 2 mois
    • Thank you!!

      Eamon & BecEamon & BecIl y a 2 mois
  • Great channel, you guys are awesome. Maybe I missed it but is there a link to the bed?

    Richard ScottRichard ScottIl y a 2 mois
  • Greg is the man!

    Siobhan DesmondSiobhan DesmondIl y a 2 mois
  • Bob: you got covid? 😂😂😂

    O'Driscoll FamilyO'Driscoll FamilyIl y a 2 mois
  • "All the girls are probably snoozing" just because its more "feminine" doesn't mean anything I personally rather watch what you were doing instead of electricity and I'm just watching it cause I enjoy you guys but its very sexist and yes I'm gay but I'm into a lot of masculine things to and we need to stop saying you got to be a certain way just because you a girl or a boy or gay and lesbian and stop stereotyping people like period 😤

    David MarquezDavid MarquezIl y a 2 mois
  • Surprisingly bobs personality showed a little more in the video and him and eamon have such similar mannerism

    Jessie MarieJessie MarieIl y a 2 mois
  • Ok you two. My husband has been super addicted to your channel; now it's the both of us. You two are so genuine and fun. I really love everything you're doing. Keep going. You bring heart and happiness just by the fact that you're you. Also, cried the ugly cry when Rojo went to his new home. Thank you for bringing us into your lives. Amazing.

    MMIl y a 2 mois
  • If you two are in Oregon along I-5 I thought I saw you two! You should lmk if you are! I’d love to say hello!

    Amber FrazierAmber FrazierIl y a 2 mois
  • Did you get your batteries from Battle Born USA or is there a Canadian distributor? (I'm working on my humble truck camper build in Kitchener ON.)

    rrrrrhinorrrrrhinoIl y a 2 mois
  • I hope they will one day sell these electrical plans and the cables, etc...

    cat mccat mcIl y a 2 mois
  • This channels increasing t&a tease and materialism is getting old

    johnny leejohnny leeIl y a 2 mois
  • I’m a senior who enjoy watching you young people. Life is very depressing with the state of this government, so I watch FRworld to keep my spirits up. PS: I watch Trent & Ally as well and was surprised to see him on the phone in the video.

    Fancy WolsunFancy WolsunIl y a 2 mois
  • I will just leave this here for others:

    Walking In The DarknessWalking In The DarknessIl y a 2 mois
  • In one of your earlier videos you had mentioned that you had a "van guy" who sourced the Sprinter for you. Would you mind posting his contact info? Thanks!

    A Nomad LifeA Nomad LifeIl y a 2 mois
  • I thank the Moroccan Sheikh Rouhani, Sousi Allah. I am fine. Thanks to you, I have returned my husband from a divorce and my family is reunited again. I am Moroccan. I live in an European country. +212610255562

    أم كوثرأم كوثرIl y a 2 mois
  • The pink sheets! I have searched all the linked items but can't find the sheets! They are so sweet pinkish... Love Bob! And super happy to see mention of Trent& Allie🤎

    Carol BuntenCarol BuntenIl y a 2 mois
  • Hi, again all large , high current connections should be crimped and soldered.

    Mac CoolmacMac CoolmacIl y a 2 mois
  • Hi, using a relay that activates when the van starts When the van engine is off. the relay drops out and isolates the van's battery.

    Mac CoolmacMac CoolmacIl y a 2 mois
  • Can't wait for you guys to hit the road soon with your new home! Stay safe and looking forward to your next video!❤

    Choon Yong MunChoon Yong MunIl y a 2 mois
  • Dude, Send some rain to Fort Worth, TX. We need it bad to at least cool it off. Got up to 104 today, about 106 tomorrow.

    Carole MCarole MIl y a 2 mois
  • Good plan to crimp the wires (at 15:56 in the video). Also not really necessary to use the alternator to charge the batteries (at 17:25 in video). Batteries will charge as you drive (or sit), via the solar panels on your roof :) Sure enjoy your videos!!! Cheers!!

    Sled HeadSled HeadIl y a 2 mois
  • as a mechanic, when doing anything on the van, if its hard, your doing it wrong, wise word from my master tech in my young years. also minge means female parts down below in scotland! covid year been shitee, but kept busy rebuilding old camper citreon c15 romehome and now onto rebuilding ford ranger then custom camper on back to come!

    calvin knoxcalvin knoxIl y a 2 mois
  • When this van is done, can you guys do a video showing us how much it cost to build? Including bits a bobs like hiring someone to put in insulation and having so many batteries and buying the van itself?

    Genevieve ChaseGenevieve ChaseIl y a 2 mois
  • Love the electric set up!! I always notice you brushing your teeth in the morning, and you should get a Burst electric toothbrush! I’m a dental hygienist and HIGHLY recommended one instead of a manual toothbrush. It also holds a charge for an entire month so it uses such little electricity which makes it great for #vanlife 😉

    Tori McconnellTori McconnellIl y a 2 mois
  • I've spent many hours watching, Van tour videos, tiny home videos, DIY Camper groups and all sorts of content. I must say you have my favorite layout and design I've seen so far. Really awesome stuff and the electrical is impressive. it also looks boss! Respect!

    pinkfloydcamelpinkfloydcamelIl y a 2 mois
  • One time a week is not enough Do you guys ever go live Can I get a follow back

    Hey RayHey RayIl y a 2 mois
  • I think I would like some sort of cover over the bedding once you put the one end down for the bench.

    Debora RootDebora RootIl y a 2 mois
  • You can never have to much energy.. great job. Thats a 5000 right?

    Charlie BrownCharlie BrownIl y a 2 mois
  • Whoa, that electric system was crazy complicated but y'all got it done. No way is power ever going to be a problem.

  • FML bro.

    Raven ConacherRaven ConacherIl y a 2 mois
  • I Love it - all hands on deck! Greg Virgoe, Trent, & Scott Adamson! (Literally everyone I studied for my electrical) :D

    Sunshine BeatsSunshine BeatsIl y a 2 mois
  • woe hi bob whats up soon is you hear the electrical had to be done you r eyes get what open hahaha

    Spiro NdimarisSpiro NdimarisIl y a 2 mois
  • En español!!! Siempre veo sus videos! Son mi inspiración para mi proyecto, espero que estéis disfrutando mucho de vuestra van!! Saludos!! ❤️💪👍

    Ricardo HermidaRicardo HermidaIl y a 2 mois
  • I love how Bob always has some kind of drink in his hand at all times

    Emily GibsonEmily GibsonIl y a 2 mois
  • Marvelous 👍🤘🤘🍉🥤

    Mantu GanghariaMantu GanghariaIl y a 2 mois
  • Would maybe be cool if you attached some rattan or something over the inside of the back doors so when the doors are closed it looks like a headboard.

    lagilbinglagilbingIl y a 2 mois
  • Loved this episode!! Erics a true friend for helping you guys out for what it looked like a few days! Its a shame everythings so far from where you guys are! 40 min to go to another princess auto..I guess im just used to that small city life hahaha 3 home depots within 10 min of eachother 🤣if one doesnt have it move on to bmr lol

    majmune4majmune4Il y a 2 mois