Van for 5.

We bought the biggest van we could drive, and are now figuring out how to fit 5 Duchies in a 17m3 space so we can travel trough Europe.

About us The van (conversion)

The challenge


The biggest challenge for this build consist of 5 factors.

There are not 1, or 2 but 3 kids, joining the Journey. Julian age 10, Robin age 9 and Eise age 6. And they will be older (and taller) by the time we leave.

She (Yvanka) is 1.67m tall, and he (Mark) is 1.82m which means we won't be able to sleep in the width of a regular van.

The story so far

August 20, 2019

The bed for the adults

The bed for the adults was the toughest nut to crack because it has the most impact on the layout of the van. We had 4 options when it came to our own bed each creating new issues.
July 26, 2019

A minimal viable van conversion, part 3: gas stove and running water

Now that the basic kitchen is in it was time to make sure we can cook and clean in it. In our case, that means a gas stove and a water system.
July 21, 2019

A minimal viable van conversion, part 2: the ikea kitchen

You see a lot of people building their own interior and their own kitchen. We don’t have the time, the experience or the machinery so we decided to take the Ikea route.

Photo gallery

We are well past the 10’000 photos of all our trips. Luckely most of them do not have the 2 star plus rating. Those that do -either taken by the kids or Mark- are in the gallery, on our Instagram pages or on Flickr.

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