Category: The Van Life

Journal Preview #1

Journal Preview #1

November 25, 2016

After months of researching and checking craigslist we found a van that we thought we wanted to purchase. We went to the family owned dealership checked it out and gave her a test ride. Our brother in law came with us to help make our decision. The van needed some cosmetic help but seemed like a good find. They were asking $4900 excluding closing fees we ended up negotiating for $4900 tax title and license. She is a 2005 Freightliner Sprinter van. 

Notes: Our bro in law noted that it didn’t have much “pickup” but we just figured that’s how it drove. As it turns out it was in “limp home mode” because the turbo resonator needed replaced. 

We got a tremendous deal. With only 100k miles, you can’t find these vans for less than $10k in good condition. 

Vantasy Life Journal

Vantasy Life Journal

Kelli has been keeping a daily journal ever since we bought the van in November 2016. 

We are keeping track of all $ spent, campsites, hikes, steps taken and much more. 

We want to share our ups & downs of this lifestyle. Blog posts & Insta photos just don’t do it justice. We plan to have a revised final copy soon after our journey is complete. 

We plan to post journal entries every once in awhile just so you can get an idea. 

Oh Canada!

Oh Canada!

The people here are just too nice. I’ve never heard so many people say ‘sorry’ in my life. That’s been a pleasant adjustment. 

The biggest adjustment is constantly having to convert everything from the metric system. Chicken salad is $2.99/100g. How many grams are in a pound? How many US Dollars is $2.99 Canadian dollars? Gas is by the liter not gallons. Keeping an eye on your speedometer but looking at the smaller kilometers per hour not MPH. 

Simple stuff like that. We’ve loved it here thus far. Everywhere is incredibly biker friendly. That’s a huge positive over Houston which might be the most dangerous place to bike. 

We have been to Calgary, Banff, Kelowna & now on the way to Vancouver. Probably going to spend way too much $$ in Vancouver but we can always earn that $$ back!