Functional Stealth Camper Conversation, with homemade shower, rain water collection. Ford E350 van.

By Grover Koelpin 100 comments


(light jazzy music) – Hey again, everybody. Tyler here with my Ford E350. You may remember me from
Forrest’s last video where we did a big tour of my van. And we wanted to do just a quick update addressing a lot of
the questions that were brought up in that video
and introduce you to my new little buddy Casper. We’re gonna go with addressing
the shower question first, because that was huge. Everyone was asking about how I do it without getting everything wet. We didn’t set it up right the first time so we’re gonna do it. So the shower tank is right here. Normally it doesn’t sit right there. It hooks up right here. Shower curtain comes out from where the toilet is now residing. This guy. (light music) And there you have your shower curtain, and you just put a plastic tote there to catch all the water, and pour it in my gray water collection. Goes open here. Hello. (light music) This has been modified from the shelf that rolled down, or
that folded down, sorry. And then I’ve just made
it into a net up here to hold everything. Sleeping bags, extra clothes,
keyboard still in here, and lots of just backpacking
equipment and stuff. But it’s really upped
the storage quite a bit. Made it less of a hassle
with this swinging thing all the time. Guitar has moved down here to a stand. It used to be hanging beside the bed but I found that I would bang into it with my elbow all the time. It just got to be kinda
cumbersome and annoying and would de-tune by
whacking against the wall, which I found to be really irritating. And my laptop kept sliding around. So I made this little bookshelf to kinda store things, and books, and my little drawing tablet. One of the biggest things,
the biggest change, is this little guy. Casper? Oh, he’s not in there. Uh, in his kennel, I
took the door off of a standard kennel and made
some custom hardware. So he has a little place to live. It’s insulated with reflectics. And lined with fleece so
the walls are really soft, and it keeps cool in there in the summer. And it kept him really warm during the winter months for sure. And the trash can has now been converted to Casper’s food. This is a great place to put
it where he can’t get at it. I’ve added another water jug underneath, another 25 liters. And I’ve since gone with
a single burner stove instead of the dual burner, which is a lot easier to deal with. Unscrewing and screwing-in the propane was just getting to be a hassle. Great new location for the toilet. That stops it from coming out. And I’ve also, for the
cleanliness and stuff I installed a 12-volt shop vac. It can reach like every corner of the van. (vacuum humming) Back here if you need
to, the counter, the dog. (laughing) Yeah, that’s been really helpful. In regards to the rainwater, I’ve had a lot of questions
of if I’m drinking it, or storing it, or giving
it to friends, etc., etc. And that’s not the case. It was just a gimmicky
thing that I installed because I saw that the
rainwater collected there. And if it does get
collected, it just gets used on my mountain bike or to
clean mud off my tires. And we’ve moved the water
tank that was way up here down here facing out the
back to wash my bike. So this is the fill port
where you fill it up. And we’ll go out back and check that out. (equipment rumbling) Yeah, initially I had
it, I had the larger tank as the shower tank. But I found that showering with cold water got really irritating. So I switched to the
smaller tank ’cause it was a lot easier to put hot
water in the smaller tank and I only ended up
needing that much water. I end up using this and the shower more now they’ve been switched. And I have much more storage space because this entire tank came down here instead of being where my
clothes and stuff used to be.

100 Comments

Cami

May 5, 2018, 4:28 am Reply

We have the same van! I have a shower in mine as well 🙂

Rebecca Swilling

May 5, 2018, 5:35 am Reply

Nice rig!!! Very cozy and comfortable looking

Ballwiz 23

May 5, 2018, 6:23 am Reply

How does that shower work with no pump? The shower head was above the water supply.

lue lunsford

May 5, 2018, 7:08 am Reply

I just used to pans of warm water I can do my hair and my body it's good and no fluoride water or lithium. And I'm building my Berkey system.

lue lunsford

May 5, 2018, 7:12 am Reply

I love the idea of the rain catchment is very cool I think iwould like it on mine that goes off grid.

TheDoomRunner

May 5, 2018, 9:46 am Reply

I am so stealing the shower idea for when I begin converting my (new to me) type 3 Ambo, I wasn't looking forward to wasting so much space for a dedicated shower. Being able put everything needed into the same tote I'll use to catch the shower water is awesome. Great job

william foreman

May 5, 2018, 1:03 pm Reply

Pretty cool I really dig that high top

william foreman

May 5, 2018, 1:08 pm Reply

You simply cannot leave the dog in there for long periods of time in that little box in the summertime it will kill that dog flat out,,, if it’s not air condition that dog should not be in there in the summertime,,, I know I’m gonna step on some toes here I’m not trying to put nobody down but I have a dog to and I think the world of him ,,,I had to say something,,,, sorry….

Alan Land

May 5, 2018, 5:17 pm Reply

Nice design. I think you can still work on more "secure" storage for the Stratocaster – perhaps something that incorporates a gig bag for protection.

Just Traveling

May 5, 2018, 6:45 pm Reply

Windowless vans make people wonder what is going on inside.

paradoxdesigns

May 5, 2018, 6:53 pm Reply

The Swiss Army Van!

T West

May 5, 2018, 6:54 pm Reply

Great video! many nice set-ups and for the first time some very pleasant background music! I wish I could find a used extra high top like yours. Many Thanks!

TrailerParkPirate

May 5, 2018, 7:20 pm Reply

rolling pet kennel

Gatervision

May 5, 2018, 7:40 pm Reply

Awesome shower

ultra

May 5, 2018, 10:13 pm Reply

very impressive

Syl JoLy

May 5, 2018, 10:58 pm Reply

best part 4:00

John Dunaway

May 5, 2018, 1:07 am Reply

Great setup

sfx

May 5, 2018, 11:03 am Reply

I think the 40 hours of freedom channel haas the best van remodelling.

cgillyard

May 5, 2018, 1:08 pm Reply

Wow, nice set up there I often wondered how people showered in van. This gives some ideas for a future van build project.

Grant Lee

May 5, 2018, 1:34 pm Reply

That shower is hilarious.

Donald Teuber

May 5, 2018, 2:22 pm Reply

The shower set-up really makes sense… Why dedicate 4-5 square feet to an activity engaged in for maybe 15-20 minutes a day? When living in a compact space such as a van conversion. ever square foot… inch , counts. A single open area makes even the smallest space seem larger.
Remember…. The wisdom of simplicity and The luxury of efficiency.

Sunlinebeeches Nomaddahtous

May 5, 2018, 8:37 pm Reply

Very practical set up

H L

May 5, 2018, 9:53 pm Reply

How do you prevent humidity build up and potential mold?

Fuckk Face

May 5, 2018, 9:56 pm Reply

That shower is fucked no way he functionally uses it and if he does i guarantee it makes a mess

Alan Goodwin

May 5, 2018, 11:17 pm Reply

No such thing as stealth van life. Your only kidding yourselves. We all know what’s up, so does Walmart, police, thieves, other campers, and regular people. I get the lifestyle. I really do. Experienced it in my youth, just be aware your not unseen. People are curious by nature, and some are just nosey. Not much goes unnoticed in public. Enjoyed vid.

AsTheWheelsTurn

May 5, 2018, 3:11 am Reply

seems too packed in and crowded to be very comfortable, id go nuts in there, adding a dog to the mix is even worse!

Mac Dowell, Franz Liszt

May 5, 2018, 1:14 am Reply

Very cool

GizmoBee1702

May 5, 2018, 6:26 am Reply

Ingenious!

FreedomForce100

May 5, 2018, 3:45 pm Reply

The day the grid goes down, this guy becomes everyone's best friend.

Sutikare Oluwagbenga

May 5, 2018, 11:23 pm Reply

Great background music, Thanks

Giovanni Bosco

May 5, 2018, 4:51 am Reply

Where's the bike kept?

Average Alice

May 5, 2018, 2:19 pm Reply

How does he heat the water for the shower? Thanks.

john miller

May 5, 2018, 6:36 am Reply

Man I know your on meth to do all that, get some sleep. lol

John Delaney

May 5, 2018, 12:06 am Reply

We went with Planet Fitness, cost 20 bucks a month for the Black Card membership which is good for myself and a guest, my wife, at any PF in the country. Every 2 or 3 days we both get a little exercise and a shower. We tried the homemade shower in the van but it was a mess.

olrik666 mortimer

May 5, 2018, 6:03 am Reply

Not sure I'd like that lifestyle, but it's a very well thought out camper layout. Kudos for the dog's room! Have a nice time!

Jose Martinez

May 5, 2018, 5:11 pm Reply

Í kind of like the idea of the shower tank. It should be quite easy to put it together with PVC 6 in. Pipe in black. A rack in the roof with two pipes and you will get warm water enough for showering twice a day. Jeez you could even use rainwater to shower…nice setup. A plastic bowl large enough,with a drain plug and a hose attached,and a small hole to get the grey water out and you are done.

Derek Craig

May 5, 2018, 3:41 pm Reply

No function hardly at all. The place looks like a jumbled mess.

SuperBullies1

May 5, 2018, 1:45 pm Reply

nice hightop!

Adamantium Hound

May 5, 2018, 6:08 am Reply

Na still looks like a hobo lives in there

Emil Rieser

May 5, 2018, 12:11 pm Reply

When you finish your shower what do you do with the wet curtain?

Donald J. Trump

May 5, 2018, 10:38 pm Reply

Sweet!

no no

May 5, 2018, 1:36 am Reply

Where you keep the hand cannon?

skybirdnomad

May 5, 2018, 9:15 am Reply

@0:57…..are..u…F'ing…..serious.

omg…..

omg…..

o.m.f.g……

studiousstudent1

May 5, 2018, 8:45 am Reply

not bad but most functional? no. seems to have way too much packing unpacking of things going on.

Pat Cavanaugh

May 5, 2018, 12:41 am Reply

How do you control the water when it goes into the plastic tote? That part wasn't visible. Do you stand in the tote? Is the bottom of the shower curtain in the tote? Is there enough room to move around in the shower curtain?

sicDaVid

May 5, 2018, 1:31 am Reply

Not stealth with that roof.

Rhonda Rose

May 5, 2018, 3:43 am Reply

why not just shower outside

Pat Cavanaugh

May 5, 2018, 7:26 am Reply

You really take good care of your adorable dog, Casper. The name suits him. Dogs rule.

Karen Lamb

Jun 6, 2018, 5:17 pm Reply

ok, the on board vac is absolutely necessary for my son… no doubt this is a great add-on

Bing’s Ballyhoo

Jun 6, 2018, 11:08 pm Reply

I am so envious of your indoor shower. And I love the shop-vac!

SocialdDem

Jun 6, 2018, 12:43 am Reply

That shower seems like it would be a nightmare

Jeremy Bartlett

Jun 6, 2018, 9:59 am Reply

Another great vid. Do you have issues with Casper barking? I'd love to take a dog with me on the road but am nervous about the noise he'll make in the city at night

Michael Corrothers – Minister

Jun 6, 2018, 4:49 am Reply

Very nice Van build. I definitely like the shower. How do you heat the water for your shower?

Genie Johnson

Jun 6, 2018, 2:19 pm Reply

The shower is awesome! It's genius! Did you make that yourself? I bet you could sell shower kits to less creative people 🙂 Also, I love your adorable dog! Nice set up!

Kathryn Tokarska

Jul 7, 2018, 12:11 pm Reply

Could you please explain more how the tire pressure pump runs water?

Regina Lee

Jul 7, 2018, 2:01 pm Reply

cool !

Saif Rahman-Cresswell

Jul 7, 2018, 8:03 am Reply

My favourite van

Andrew Theodore

Jul 7, 2018, 4:49 am Reply

you had another campervan

Jennifer Gh

Aug 8, 2018, 2:57 am Reply

Awesome video! cool van love the build!

How do you heat your van in the winter ?

looking to get into van life but i have a dog that will need to ideally stay in the van during the winter alone while im at work. Looking for a heating solution that will keep him warm and safe. Not sure if there is a good solution. Ive been looking online and havnt found the right solution yet.

your help is greatly appreciated!

Cheeky Nham

Aug 8, 2018, 8:26 am Reply

RICO, civil forfeiture hungry cops are very interested in rolling stone stealth campers. While rolling stones gather no moss, they do accumulate vast cash.

rambo lambo

Aug 8, 2018, 7:17 pm Reply

nice……

jedics

Aug 8, 2018, 9:57 am Reply

So that shower, where do you drain the water? Do you just have a bucket that you stand in or is their a basin built into the floor?

0tube0user

Aug 8, 2018, 2:00 am Reply

panel van draw cops like flies to shit, they don't like them because they can't see in. 15 passenger vans airport vans are where its at, most stealthy of all RVs. Ask yourself what type of vehicle is most popular with criminals, yep panel vans, that why they always catch the eyes of the law.

Kevin Shuman

Aug 8, 2018, 2:38 am Reply

Pretty cool dude 🙂 🙂

Live Free or Die

Aug 8, 2018, 4:19 pm Reply

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd8YNjS9QwQ

Andsea Tee

Aug 8, 2018, 11:11 pm Reply

I had to laugh… He's like the 'Inspector Gadget' of the 'Stealth Camper Vans association! ha ha. Before embarking on a D.I.Y van conversion… remember the '6 P's' : Pre planning, prevents p!ss poor performance! Hee hee hello, peekaboo i can see you behind the shower curtain! You could play a tune on guitar in your sleep – cool! That hoover just de – tuned your guitar there too! Meh…

Robert Huerta

Aug 8, 2018, 3:43 am Reply

Awesome! And very inspirational! Thank you Tyler.

esink

Sep 9, 2018, 1:08 pm Reply

he is so cool lol

JBryant Concierge

Sep 9, 2018, 4:48 pm Reply

Love the updates.

KRES 1

Sep 9, 2018, 11:45 am Reply

I see that skateboard i like instantly

chuck stubblebine

Sep 9, 2018, 9:04 am Reply

U can use a hula hoop to have more room to shower

Altoid 84

Oct 10, 2018, 8:52 am Reply

Awesome dude. If you ever want to sell that thing, let me know!!! I would be perfectly comfortable living in there. 👍👍👍

Different Media.

Oct 10, 2018, 11:15 pm Reply

The Reality of #VanLife is a feature length documentary about the over glamorization of a lifestyle that was originally inspired by freedom, and is now being used to capitalize on the trend of wanderlust, bikini clad women, and Westfalias on Instagram. I interview a bunch of Van dwellers about the different challenges they face, and I actually try to make myself van life famous on instagram in the second half of the movie, to comedic results.

I put a ton of work into this documentary and would love it if you would go give it a watch! It is absolutely free!

https://youtu.be/A6McizBPKaE

Gojira

Oct 10, 2018, 3:23 am Reply

creeper van

theuniplex

Oct 10, 2018, 5:48 pm Reply

shower setup is very smart !!! ..and what is missing in alot of van life videos some place to shower without getting a gym membership

Ann’s

Oct 10, 2018, 1:33 am Reply

Great idea for the shower. I am planning on doing it similar but getting a hula hoop and gathering the shower curtain around that, then a large round deep tote to capture the water. It's really a no brainer and super easy I imagine!

Hurikán OM7AHU

Oct 10, 2018, 3:15 pm Reply

Cool.

Mark Soyka

Oct 10, 2018, 12:59 am Reply

Does the shower water go into a Bucket at the bottom? I seen everything you did but the run off water to th3 shower. Where does it go bro.??

Carl Schleicher

Nov 11, 2018, 12:56 am Reply

Like the shower, being clean should be #1 to everybody.

Offgrid Davies

Nov 11, 2018, 7:31 pm Reply

Amazing Dude! Well done 👏👏👏💓🌞

petepetro1

Nov 11, 2018, 1:08 am Reply

10$ an month for a gym membership gets me showers…i shower about 20 times a month. 50 cents a shower….cant beat that

Dr. Brendon Fraser-Jones

Nov 11, 2018, 3:45 am Reply

Where did you get the shower pump from? does it have a brand name that I can look up?

Lone*Star loft

Nov 11, 2018, 9:06 pm Reply

To small of a place to share with a pet. I don't like the idea of living with cats or dogs in vans

Audio

Nov 11, 2018, 10:01 am Reply

Functional yes, aesthetically seeking,no

jason thomas

Dec 12, 2018, 1:47 am Reply

Not stealthy enough

Reality Trash

Jan 1, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

Why do most van lifers have those red blue green yellow little flags as decorations?

Oskar W

Jan 1, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

That dog thingy looks good!

Different Media.

Jan 1, 2019, 5:54 pm Reply

I'm converting a Minivan into the Ultimate stealth camper van! Fully equipped with a Movie theater and a woodstove! Check out this playlist for all my conversion videos!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q5hBZTCj8c&t=0s&list=PLoFH8Ldz6Cgl8m6UarRuvLNCxdY8btg8I&index=2

pincel64

Jan 1, 2019, 8:48 pm Reply

Looks like a hoarder home.

Typical Boy

Jan 1, 2019, 3:21 am Reply

Where can I find an extended roof top?

Nicole Gregory

Feb 2, 2019, 4:56 am Reply

How do you keep your dog cool in the hot summer days when you have to leave your dog in the van. Vice versa with winter time? I saw the dog kennel you made but I know that van has to heat up at least 20 30 degrees hotter than it is in the summer, if its 100 outside I mean this 130 inside so how do you keep your dog cool? The kennel might be cool but the rest of the van must be hot… I wanted to get a van but with my dog having to leave her when I go to work I don't see how keeping your cool and warm would be possible

Advocate 2

Feb 2, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

Simply awesome!!!

Different Media.

Mar 3, 2019, 6:39 pm Reply

This video is actually part of a series of Mini Documentaries that feature alternative living spaces and the people behind them, Click the link below to see all the videos in that series! and let me know which one is your favorite!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8TC5LCUPfit4qO8aiIh_iHtC2xFWtIzA

SNAKEPIT359

Mar 3, 2019, 9:40 pm Reply

Great Idea for a shower curtain. I'll be using this indoor method. Thanks for sharing.

Tyge Wellman

Jun 6, 2019, 3:24 am Reply

Forget the vacuum. Just brush everything on the floor, then merely sweep it out the door with a regular small broom.

Robert Ottwell

Oct 10, 2019, 7:21 am Reply

You can call that the slim Jim shower system. Patent pending.

Worried About America

Nov 11, 2019, 4:03 am Reply

Tyler, thanks for the update–I love the upgrades. However, the background music while not outrageous like in some videos is both unnecessary and ANNOYING. Please consider getting rid of that idea in future videos. Thanks.

Micky Murray

Nov 11, 2019, 3:22 pm Reply

Thanks for a very good video.
Your shower is a lot like the one i plan to make for my Westfalia.
I think you might want more room inside your Curtan.
I plan to use a 4’ kiddie pool with a hole in the bottom which goes through the van floor with a fairly long hose that can either go to grey water tank or be diverted to the storm drain.

owen

Nov 11, 2019, 1:49 am Reply

that shower is a disaster waiting to happen

First Last

Dec 12, 2019, 5:49 am Reply

Nice home and functional..thanks for sharing.

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