In short, Kristen is a bad-ass. And so is her van. She game up her regular 9-5 life and swapped it with a mobile life on the road. Her “Bearfoot Theory” van is a 144 inch wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter that’s 4×4 which means getting off the beaten path with a lot more ease. It’s fully off-grid with panels on the roof, running water, etc. I love this setup so much. She’s has carved out a pretty darn-good life for herself if I say so myself. Most likely you will too. Check the link below to checkout her website with ALOT of good info. for folks thinking about taking a similar plunge into van life.

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  1. This is my favourite conversion yet.
    I designed something similar with the bed on the other side where her storage is, but her layout is way better.

  2. I like how your couch/bed is up front facing out the side door. Makes is like sitting on a covered porch so you can enjoy the view.

  3. this is the only fit out I’ve seen with the kitchen at the back, that I’ve felt could work.
    I like the idea of a long shower hose that can be used out the rear of the van.
    I’ve always favored a raised crossways bed at the back with rear access storage underneath.
    I figure one uses the kitchen more than the bed, so keep it more accessible.
    And I am older so like to have a lie down in the middle of the day and like the bed available whenever. Also, if you get sick, it’s nice to have the bed out of the way of others if you want to stay in bed for a while.
    anyway, not criticising, just weighing up pros and cons.

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE right down to the electric bike. it’s everything I want and nothing more. don’t need a 4×4 but everything else is a go. I am probably twice your age but everything there is accessible for a senior.Thanks for the tour.

  5. love your van conversion! my favorite so far. absolutely unique. doesn’t look cramped at all. 2 thumbs up! 🙂

  6. Great conversion. Who made it? Do they still have the plans? What did it cost for the conversion?

  7. I’ve seen different van conversions but I always come back to yours for inspiration as it’s one of the best I’ve seen.

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