#VanLife has become wildly popular in recent years as more and more people are looking to downsize, simplify, and live a life on the road. If you’re thinking of joining the #VanLife movement, there are a few things you need to know before you get started. The most important is choosing the right van.

Building your own van can be a great way to get exactly what you want out of your time on the road, but there are many factors to consider when establishing what you really need, and what are nice to have, but not essential.

There are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration when starting your build, such as what type of van you want to live in, how much space you need, and how many people, is it just you, or are you traveling with a partner or friends?

In addition, you’ll need to think about what kind of amenities you want in your van, such as a kitchen, bathroom, storage, etc., and how you plan on powering everything.

If you’re new to van life, or even if you’re not, the most important thing is to do your research. There are endless resources available online and right here on RVDreaming.tv, including the attached video from a previous season of Full-Time Freedom Week that you can use to guide your build.

But should you build your own van or buy a van from an existing RV manufacturer? There are pros and cons to both, which you’ll need to consider before making your final decision.

Building your own van gives you complete control over the design and layout of your van, so you can create a space that’s perfect for your needs. However, it’s important to remember that building a van is not cheap or easy, and there are many components you may not even think about, including insulation, electrical, and plumbing. Running electrical wiring incorrectly can be a costly mistake, shorting out expensive pieces of equipment, or worse yet, possibly starting a fire. People may make it look easy on YouTube videos, but trust us, it’s not as easy as it looks.

Buying a van from an RV manufacturer has its own set of pros and cons. The main advantage is that it’s a lot less work (and stress) than building your own van, as everything is installed for you. All you need to do is hook up the utilities and you’re ready to go. The downside is that you don’t have much flexibility in style or design. Van builders are usually smaller companies and can adapt and pivot to your individual needs and trends, however, they can be more expensive and the wait time can be up to a year.

The most important thing is to choose what’s right for you and your needs. If you’re not sure where to start, check out the video attached.

Follow Stuart from Claim The Vision, he started in a large 40-Foot Super C RV and moved into a 24-foot van. His channel can be found by clicking here.

And check out this video on Van Build Basics by RVDreaming.tv!

Happy van building!