Female Skier Converts a Van to withstand Extreme Conditions | Vanlife in -5°F (-20°C)

Female Skier Converts a Van to withstand Extreme Conditions | Vanlife in -5°F (-20°C)

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So, as I swung through Chamonix last week, I caught up with Carly to see her new off-grid van conversion. She did a great job considering she had zero experience in building this sort of thing!

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Firstly, she did a WHOLE Winter Season in Chamonix with temperatures plunging to -5°F (-20°C) and meters of snow. Her 480 Amp-hour battery system and high-spec solar kit kept her heating and electrics working the whole time. Amazing!

In this video, Carly explains how she converted this van on a tight time-frame with no experience! This made this project a big challenge for her.

I liked how Carly had integrated a small off-the-shelf cupboard into the kitchen unit and the chest storage to make use of some corner space.

Her van is a great example of an off-grid van – enough battery, solar and charging systems to allow her to survive a winter season in Chamonix and keeping her heater going!

I had almost forgotten that she had used my van conversion guide and I was pleasantly surprised at quite how useful she had found it! It is so cool to meet people who have used the guide to make something that I can in-turn share with the world to inspire others again!

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KIT USED IN THIS VAN (USA & UK links)
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SOLAR
Solar Panel, Solid 300W
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Solar Panel – Flexible 2x 100W
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Solar Panel – flexible 100W
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MPPT Solar Charge Controller
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MT50 Remote Controler
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ELECTRONICS
Fuse box
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LEDs
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LED Strips
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USB Sockets
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Three in one socket
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Invertor
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Pure Sine Inverter
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Isolation switches
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Best bluetooth speaker
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OTHER
Roof vent 🇬🇧 🇺🇸
Windows 🇬🇧 🇺🇸

SAFETY
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Gas detector
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Extinguisher
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Battery charger
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HEATERS
Heater Deisel: 🇬🇧 🇺🇸
Heater Propane: 🇬🇧

COOKING KIT
Cooker 🇬🇧 🇺🇸
Sink 🇬🇧 🇺🇸
Combos 🇬🇧 🇬🇧 🇺🇸

TOOLS
Crosscut / Mitre Saw
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Drill
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Power screwdriver + 2 batteries
🇬🇧 https://amzn.to/2PiNv18
Jig saw
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Respirator/mask
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Foam gun
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