Hi my name is Aitor and I’m Laia.
We are The VanEffect. We are a couple from Spain. We live in Catalunya. This is
our van. I’m an illustrator and I studied graphic
design. I make websites and I’m working as a waiter. 2015 we bought the van second hand with
barely nothing in it. We decided to take a trip to Portugal
and we completely fell in love. We just thought, “why only on holiday?” We
decided to build a van so we could live full-time and travel around Europe
while working freelance and also we have an online shop. We want to make products
that help you to produce less waste when you’re traveling available to travelers.
We start working on the conversion of the van one year and a half ago. We were
working on a steady, we only had the weekends to work on it.
The total cost of the van was fifteen thousand euros with the price of the van
and the conversion. This is our van it’s a 2005 Peugeot Boxer.
We bought it three years ago and it cost five thousand and five hundred euros. We
have our water in that. It has 69 litres. We have our van
for the kitchen area, external connection for charge the electric system. Two 140
solar panels. They charge up to 190 amp hour batteries. In the back we have
two portholes, an external shower, plus connection, connection for the water pump.
We take these magnets from this side one corner in here and then we put
another one in this side. We take the hose and just connect here the shower.
Diesel heather, it’s a Webasto 2000. The hot end goes inside this, heats the five litre
of water and then here the cold water and hot water mix. Hello this is our home. The first thing
that you see is our kitchen which is very important for us. Aitor loves
cooking and I love eating so we had to have a lot of space. This is the sink, which
we bought in a place that’s called Brickellobe, it was very cheap. This is
a faucet which we love because it has a very antique feel. Some storage, things
for the bathroom, cleaning things. This is our only cleaning product which we do
ourselves. It’s white vinegar. We soaked it with lemon peels and some baking soda.
Gas for the kitchen, a pullout drawer some more storage for cutlery and
glasses and everything. We have three little drawers, coffee maker. Under here
we have the water tank. We have a little hole in it and we installed a LED light
which we turn on from here so we can see the level of water that we have.
Microwave we basically got it for popcorn and pizza. Here we have the
little fridge. We bought it in a supermarket. I think it cost us like 130
euros or something like that. On top of the cabinet we use as a pantry. This is a
bigger stove, goes like this. This fan which also works as a light. This one is
electrical. It has filters. We went for this one because you
don’t need to make a hole in the van. More storage for food. We went for a very
big mirror. We thought that we would get a feel that van was bigger and so I
could see myself completely. We have two cabinets here. We have the fuse box, all
the controls are here, and the wires for the solar panels and batteries go inside
this wall and then they go under the bed which is where we have the batteries.
Next to the batteries we also have the bedding, porta potti, that’s hidden here.
You just pull these out, you access it from here. Under the potti we have the
heater so you just pull it a bit up and then
and to you and that’s it. When we started sleeping the different parts would
separate. We put some velcro and now you just put it like that again.
Back to sofa. Our wardrobe we’ve got magnets on the doors so they
don’t open while we’re driving. It actually fits more than what we thought
initially. Most of the van is done with recycled pallet wood except for the
walls and these parts that are darker. We had a boy who was studying how to work
with metal so they are handmade with the curtains and the lights for whenever we’re
watching films. New cupboard, a little space for the backpacks and if we’re
putting out the dirty clothes whenever we’re traveling. Power stereo system. This
was some speakers that we had at home and we took out the case and we built
this wood frame to go inside the van. This is some extra fabric that we had
from the sofa. Raspberry Pi to play video games and we have the wires
and the controls here, some more storage more books, and more books. Some more
little cupboards for those things that are always everywhere and you don’t know
where to put. This is to secure everything so it doesn’t fall. A computer
screen. We connect it to the laptop. We use it to work and to watch films then
this goes connected to the speaker’s the control for the heater, more storage. We
put our shoes in here. We have some holes that we made so we could install the
table. We put this up, put this, on you put it here. Oh you have the table. We’ve had like six
people having dinner here. If we need more space for the table we can also use
that part. We have two showers one which we use outside. We use the same shower
curtains that we have for outside and we bought this little swimming pool. You can
find it as a dog swimming pool. We put these little clips in here and then you
just install them here and and then when everything is covered we pass the hose from the back then you can leave it hanging here and to take the water out
we have this little suction water that we put here and the water goes right into the sink. If you are stuck in the
same place thinking about those two days in the week that you have free or that
month in a year that you can go somewhere there’s not going to be a
right time to do a change. It’s scary. I mean we are scared to make this change.
Know what you’re going to do while you’re traveling, what your priorities
are and then just make the reel according to it. Thanks for watching this
week’s episode. I hope you enjoyed it. If you did be sure to share it with a
friend that you think would enjoy it as well and thank you most of all to the
Patrons that support the channel, I really appreciate you. You can follow
our journey of living full-time in a van @thevaneffect Instagram or through
our blog Have a great week, peace!

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  1. I have been missing you Aitor & Laia for months now… you suddenly disappeared from FB. Glad I found this video again.

  2. One of the best van conversions! Love the decor is very homey. Do all conversions have to have the toilet inside? Its a big turn off for me.

  3. Is there a van available in the US that's comparable in space? Seems smaller than a sprinter but certainly bigger than a connect.

  4. I designed a very unique layout for a shower, just waiting for the patent. Very simple to install & use, the set-up to use the shower will involve only 30 seconds and once stored away, it doesn't take up any space. the price very affordable, the price we're hoping for $150

  5. Encantadora furgoneta! Saludos desde fuera de Atlanta! Tenemos una familia de van lifers aquí de huéspedes por unas semanas. Algún día tendré el valor!

  6. Great design. Thank you very much for sharing! I wanna make such space on a little trailer, but with pop-up ceiling. Your design shows me perfectly how to fit it, how and where to remove walls when in transport etc.

  7. (Technical translation from Russian into English) I saw somewhere, the floor was rising, and under it was a stainless steel shower tray.

  8. you should checkout wildweroam channel, son una pareja muy linda y viven por esos lados en una van tambien.

  9. you can get a collapsible bath online from china really cheap and have a complete bath in it…i have one just for camping for my grandchildren…they love it

  10. i prefer my option, work hard in a job you love, in a city you love, get super rich and then travel however you like, wherever you like in luxury

  11. Everybody's saying it's a great conversion but I don't see where they keep their clothes. The storage areas are used for water and battery.

  12. I like how they did the bed. I don't think I have ever see one set up this way. Nice idea gives you extra room to move around in the van. Nice job guys.

  13. Holy moly! This is the best setup that I have seen for space. Sometimes you have to sacrifice to have access to driver seat to make more room in the van for the kitchen. What you have in there is a perfect setup. I like the idea of a sofa to a bed and the living room area to watch tv. Brilliant!

  14. ☝️🤓 It is a waste to add baking soda to vinegar, as they simply neutralize one another (alkaline vs. acid), thus reducing the effectiveness. Better to clean with vinegar—very effective—and lemon, if you like, then use a solution of baking soda in water as a rinse.

  15. I'm trying to get into a van to save my life but I'm too disabled to convert it myself-no friennds-need large size for my wheelchairs-adaptive equipment cat etc even 90s converted vans are too expensive on ssdi. I'm in going to die son. Money buys health. I'm scared

  16. Great van ❤ Is it a L1H2 van (short and high)? That's actually the size I'm looking for and it's nice to get some inspiration how to use small space best and what installations are useful.

  17. Oh my god you guys must have an Arabic orgin … you look so much like Arabic men … go down your roots you’ll discover your originally Arab and Muslim and your ancestors we’re forced to Christianity …

  18. That is the MOST ADORABLE small van build I've seen so far! Nice job! That is the same color palette I plan to use as well, light woods, sheer fabrics and plants.

  19. I love this build but one thing i would change is that you could have access to the cabin in front in case of emergency somehow

  20. Yes, the little dog swimming pool! I came across these recently with an internet search. I saw the idea of shower curtain in the middle of the van about 100 van-build videos ago and this is only the second time that I have seen it, but it makes so much sense! Curtain goes away, doggie pool goes away … I saw a smaller folding doggie bath with handles that you can lift up and dump outside, but might be too small for an adult to stand in to shower.

  21. Hola!!! Solo encuentro vuestros vídeos en YouTube ( pero también entiendo en inglés y muchas más idiomas)y a mi me gusta mucho los vídeos de este tipo!!! 🙂

  22. this gave good ideas, i havent seen a kitchen on this side of a van before. or a work area/ desk. I would definitely opt for enough more space for a separated bathroom just a few more feet off the back for me.

  23. Outstanding!!! Altor and Laia did an absolutely brilliant job with the design and conversion of their van. It has all the functional necessities and look of an actual home. It's truly beautiful. And I love that wherever their travels take them they're always at home. That's true freedom. Again, outstanding!!!

  24. That sign off, "only 2 days free a week or a month a year to do what you want" that's very much how I felt in Japan. Even though they have a lot of festivals, more holidays than I'd say we celebrate in the US, I always worked through them and I wasn't the only one. There's a lot of pressure, depression, and isolation that tends to happen with such a result oriented society, as vibrant as the culture is it becomes lost to you when you're grinding away. And that one month people have off for vacation becomes very hectic. The more people choose to chase happiness over money the more people realise how little the traditional 9-5 gets them

  25. Absolutely gorgeous build! I am a fellow builder that adores upcycling materials. Your layout is unique and beautiful and has intrigue and freshness. Honestly one of the most original and beautiful builds I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing <3

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