Samara and Samuel travel together since 2014 and have been to many different places around the world that they tell all about on the blog ‘The Walking Travel’.
Their latest adventure began a few weeks ago, with a six-month trip in Europe. However, both travel enthusiasts have no desire to sleep in hotels, and because of that, they converted a van into a house on wheels. It seems expensive but it is not. Samuel and Samara explain how they managed to make a conversion at home for less than 2000 euros.
The two partners began by buying a Mercedes Vito 1999 in 2014. As the transformation was done at home, the design did not cost anything. From then on, all they had to do was to choose the materials. To begin with, it was necessary to install a secondary battery because of the additional electrical elements. The battery cost 296 euros, the inverter 125, the cables 30, the electrical panel 25 and the switch 70. In total, this section cost 546. A swivel base seat was also installed in place of the passenger seat, costing just 90 euros.
In the housing part, the woods cost 165 euros, the bed springs were 25 and the mattress 85. The toilet cost 5 euros, and 84 euros for other elements, including all parts of the basin. Here, they spent only 384 euros. The bath was built to be used on the exterior, including 22 euros of waterproof, 12 for a dispenser, 1 euro for a tray, 50 for a tank, 12 for a pump, 55 for a portable lavatory and 115 for a heater. In total, the toilet cost 267 euros.
The decoration cost 3 euros for quilts, 16 for blinds, 17 for LED lights, plus 10 for curtains and 10 for drawers, for a total of 56 euros. On the outside, the roof frame cost 60 euros plus 200 for the bicycle carrier, 125 for the boot, 20 for the told, another 20 for the PVC tubes, 10 for the painting and 7 for the ladder. In total, the exterior cost 442 euros. The whole work was 1785 euros.