The Best Van Conversion I’ve Ever Seen

The Best Van Conversion I’ve Ever Seen

When I think of van life, I typically imagine a nomadic lifestyle with minimal amenities. There are “pros” to living in a van over a Tiny House but, ultimately, I have never believed the lifestyle was for me. I guess I draw the line at not having a shower (which is the case with most vans). So, even though I traveled in a van conversion for 9 days around Great Britain and my vintage camper is lacking many of the same amenities, I have always considered van dwelling to be a temporary lifestyle.  Recently, I met a couple who changed my mind. When I toured their converted sprinter van, I actually thought: “I could totally live here.”  This van is the best van conversion, I’ve ever seen!

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Wes and Savana built their first van conversion while they were still in college. The affordable lifestyle allowed them to save money while finishing their studies (Wes graduated with a degree in renewable energy engineering), and it also taught them real-world renewable energy engineering solutions.  After graduation, they sold their first van and put a down payment on a 4-wheel drive Sprinter van.

Van ConversionWes & Sav converted their Sprinter van into an off-grid beast!

This impressive van buildout includes a solar system with a 1,000-watt solar roof deck and a massive inverter. It also has a recirculating shower that wastes only 2 gallons of water per use and radiant flooring that keeps the van toasty inside, even in during the dead of winter!

Van Conversion

With their knowledge and experience, Wes and Savana have formed a mobile business – Tiny Watts Solar. They now travel from project to project, stopping to surf or skate whenever they can.

“Everyone thinks we’re on vacation,” Savana said. “But it’s just our lifestyle.”

Van ConversionAside from the off-grid spectacularness of this van, I also love the interior design. Their custom couch/bed/storage design is ideal for those of us under 5’5″ tall (I’m in this category of people). The kitchen is gorgeous and modern with stainless steel countertops and electric appliances. The indoor shower is practical and collapses away when not in use. My hat goes off to all of their innovation and imagination in this 80 square foot home on wheels!

Could you live in this van conversion? Let me know in the comments!

*Photos provided by Wes & Savana of Tiny Watts Solar

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  1. January 6, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    I’m so intrigued by the campervan life and came across your YouTube video which has inspired me to contact you. I’ve just fantasized about transitioning to a mobile and free life in a van but have started recently really looking into it. What can you share with me at this stage of the game? Thank you in advance for your time and considerations and sharing freely with us!

    • January 11, 2019 / 12:22 pm

      Hi there. I have not converted a campervan. I only interviewed this couple. Please reach out to them directly with questions. Their social media contact is listed in this article.

  2. June Noel
    November 12, 2018 / 10:16 am

    Just watched this my Grandson. Wesley am so proud of both of you. You are totally amazing
    Nana Jume

  3. Jana
    November 10, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    So cute practical. Such a cute couple. Eco energy major. Smart clever Way to go!

  4. Quinn Powell
    November 10, 2018 / 6:07 am

    I would like to turn my 1995 Chevy Conversion van G20 with only 64,000 original miles, turn into a Mobile home, but on a very tight budget. Can I get it done for $,2,000 or less.

    Thank you
    Quinn Powell

    • Linda Sand
      November 13, 2018 / 1:36 pm

      I suggest you check out for ideas on what can be done for little money. If you can take your van to Quartzsite, Arizona, in January you might also be able to get some free labor at Bob’s gathering.

  5. Anita Ruf
    November 10, 2018 / 12:40 am

    I am 67 and would love it.

  6. Linda Sand
    November 9, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    I had my Sprinter van conversion done by Sportsmobile to my design using their components. I had a wet bath, a desk with a real office chair, a 6′ long galley, and a space to park my electric scooter. It was wonderful! Unfortunately, my aging body refused to let me live in it anymore so I sold it.

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