Looking for a more unique living experience, [Zach Both] converted a 2003 Chevy Express Van he picked up from Craigslist into a gorgeous mobile home.
The van had 200,000 miles when he bought it. The body and frame were a bit rusty, but he saw the potential. First step was gutting the entire van, and getting rid of any surface rust with an angle grinder. It was a long and tedious process, but once it was done he had a blank slate to work with.
After painting the interior, [Zach] proceeded to insulate using a combination of Reflectix insulation for the main window panels, spray foam for any drafty gaps, and some regular fiberglass insulation for the walls. Then he went all out with the wood paneling — thankfully not in classic shag wagon form. The wood even camouflages the minimalist style kitchen station, complete with spice rack and gas burner for cooking.
The attention to detail [Zach] put into this build is absolutely amazing. One of our favorite features are the chalkboard windows for jotting down ideas. Did we mention he also has a full solar energy system installed on the roof? All he’s missing is a mobile workshop.
For more info about this awesome project, you can check out the manual he wrote on it called The complete guide to complete freedom.
He’s been living comfortably in it for the past year — and the best part? It only cost him $12,000 to make.