Buttons (RIP)

  • June 27th, 2019 – Buttons Birthday
    Buttons is the name of our new van. It’s album can be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/xi75cEsy7oNhD6TUA
  • July 15, 2019 – First Modifications
    We coordinated a window install as well as a ceiling fan.
  • August 29, 2020 – Buttons Pick Up Day
    Just so happens that dear friend went on a worldwide tour of Adventure and we missed them. No matter … we got to meet our new Buttons.
    So we grabbed our new van and headed north to bring it home
    The most exciting time is when we opened that door and saw our new home for the first time. I remember well the smell of fresh wood.
  • August 30, 2019 – First Day
  • August 31, 2019 – Second Day
  • September 1, 2019 – Day 3
  • September 3, 2019 Final Leg
  • September 3rd – Welcome Home


  • September 4, 2019
    Our first mod and priority was how we are going to store bikes. So we started prototyping. Also we needed a bulkhead sine I was headed to a enduro where camping was not permitted. This would allow us to go stealth.
  • September 12, 2019
    Our second round of prototyping and bike placement.
  • September 24, 2019
    Installing kitchen lights and adding metal so that the magnetized window coverings would attach to our custom window installed by Wayfarer Vans.
  • September 27, 2019
    Going into winter we found the need for heat. Enter Mr Heater little buddy.
  • October 9, 2019
    Frustrations mount (pun intended) as we try different bikes in our limited space.
  • October 14, 2019
    The pesky idea to mount bikes without a slide out drawer which most van-lifers use became a real bugger. To install a drawer or pull out we would have to remove the floor due to limited space for the bed and our insanely huge enduro bikes. So we keep trying new ideas and angles.
  • October 22, 2019
    Perfecting our bulkhead and installing some customization in the kitchen. We bought some sides for our windows from Wayfarer Vans and installed washers to hold our lights.
  • October 24, 2019
    Probably one of our best and most professional looking mods was to install a USB hub to run our lights and charge our phones. We hooked it directly to the battery and agreed to only use it sparingly until we got a Goal Zero.
  • December 3, 2019
    We start our insulation project. It is winter camping time. We started with the doors …
    Then the ceilings
  • December 5, 2019
    After futzing with bike storage it became clear we had to raise the bed. Not to long after this Wayfarer Vans offered this option.
  • December 21, 2019
    For our Christmas trip we installed something to hang our coats or wet gear.
  • December 23, 2019
    Adding lights and attempting a interior decorating idea, rugs, and comforters.
    Enjoying the view and interior lights
  • April 26, 2020
    We redone the lights to a more permanent solution. Indirect lighting at that.
  • May 20, 2020
    We want to make shelves for a slide out fridge and on top of that a power bank. For now I needed to find a place for our little Goal Zero until we upgrade and can get the shelves in. Why not on a shelf …. HEAT … that is why. These things don’t work over 100 degrees.
  • June 16, 2020
    We finally decided to give the bikes lots more room and went one last time with a non-pullout solution. I think this one will work. Super easy now.

  • June 18, 2020
    Mods start ramping up now that summer is here. We took out the walls so that I had enough room to sprawl out and sleep like a rock.We are making panels that we already use for the windows and bare walls. This gave us 6 more inches of room.
  • June 24, 2020
    It was finally time to hang all those items that were just laying around or taped into place.
  • July 18, 2020
    It was finally time to fix the panel above the door so our custom coat hanger wouldn’t pull it down. Plus we are thinking of a bug screen.
    Cleaning up where the light switch would be as apposed to a hanging cord that was hard to turn the lights on and off.
    I put the batter in the kitchen counter and started to monitor the temperature in the van. This was the only place to hide from 100+ temps.
    It’s about time we got a Berkey.
  • October 20, 2020

    Buttons gets a fridge

  • October 21, 2020

    Buttons gets a roof rack

  • October 25, 2020

    Buttons gets trimmed

  • October 27, 2020

    Buttons gets a solar panel

  • November 7, 2020

    Buttons gets a ladder

  • November 18, 2020
  • January, 2021 – Van 3.0

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