VAN TOUR – van conversion Renault Master with bathtub

By Grover Koelpin 18 comments

Welcome in our van! This is our van tour. My name is Marcella and Eric is behind the camera. If you don’t know us yet, watch our previous video. In that video we explain why we converted this van. I’d like you take you on a tour in our van. It took us two months to convert the van. The living space in the van is 3 meters long. Our appliances include a kitchen and a shower. We don’t have a toilet. But we have a very nice other feature which I will show you later. We’ll start at the wardrobe. Behind the curtain we have a space for all of our clothing. We can store it away nicely. We didn’t bring that much clothes. But it’s enough to change outfits regularly. The curtain we’ve made is to separate the living space from the driver’s area. It’s made out of two layers. A layer of felt, and on this side a layer of outdoor fabric which is water-repelling so it’s easy to clean. The felt layer provides some insulation. You can really notice the temperature difference between the two spaces. I’ts a lot warmer in the front. We’ve put in an oak floor. We put a lacquer on the floor. Let me show you the kitchen. In the kitchen we have one drawer. In the drawer is all the stuff we need for cutting and all the other kitchen tools. And the remote control of the fan. We have … a fan installed which allows us to set the desired temperature. It can blow air out and blow air in. A really nice system. On the remote control you can set the desired temperature. This is the cupboard housing the installations. Let me remove the bin. Here you will find the battery, and the other components for the electricity and solar panel. Everything on the installations will be featured in another video by Eric. This is not my specialty. Let Eric do the talking about that. This is the cupboard used for pots and pans. And the heater. The heater supplies us with warm air to heat up the van. Because we don’t know how long we’ll be on the road for, so we’ll probably need it. Then there’s the fridge. It’s a bit empty, because we need to go buy groceries. It even has a freezer compartment. So that’s a luxury. The cupboards up here … On of them is being used for all kind of things. Usually my video lenses are stored here. And other stuff like laundry detergent. And every cupboard has snipers. They make sure the cupboards don’t open while driving. Correction: snappers (so you don’t get shot every time you open the cupboard LOL). This is the cupboard with all the herbs and spices. I’ve put a lot of the spices in little bags. You’ll also find a few big jars with rice and tea. Super handy! All the cupboards have been nicely finished on the inside. So nothing gets lost behind the cupboard. Here we have our sink with hot and cold water. Hot water is coming from the heater. We can go completely off grid with this van, because underneath the van we’ve put custom made watertanks for fresh and waste water. We can drain them whenever necessary. If you want to know more, ask Eric. This is the stove with three cooking rings. I think that’s pretty luxurious, I thought we would only get one. You can use them simultaneously and they are fuelled with a bottle of propane gas, which we can connect on the outside of the van. The back wall of the kitchen is made out of cork. We wanted to use a natural material. Cork is related to wine and slow food, which I really liked. We laser printed Eric’s company logo, the company is named studio ECO, into the cork. It’s a beehive containing a circle, which stands for the circle of life, coming from the start of life for a bee. In the kitchen we also have the installation monitoring. This is the battery monitor, which shows us how much power our solar panel produces and how much power we have left in our battery. This helps us determine when to charge our devices. Next to the battery monitor we have the control for the heater, this allows us to set the desired room temperature. The heater works on propane and electricity. We’ve been off grid for a month now, using our off grid water supply system, we have watertanks under the van for fresh and waste water. We also have eight wall outlets in the van to charge all of our devices. So … Nice. (Eric) This is our bench when the bed is not in place. Underneath the pillow on the bench you’ll find two compartments. In this one we put groceries and in the back one we put our tools. And two of the wall outlets. So you can sit here in the door opening or outside while charging your devices. So this is where we can sit when the bed stored away. Let me show you the other cabinets. This one is used for our mountainbike gear. And also for our shower. And there’s a light here, so when the bed is in place and the mountainbikes are underneath the bed, then we can use this to find what we are looking for when dark. In the middle there’s also a cabinet. It contains electricity cables and some stuff for the awning. This cupboard is not being used a lot and we can store more things here if needed. We actually have plenty of spare room left. Which is very positive. This cabinet is being used for the barbecue, which I’ll show you in another video. This cabined is somewhat deeper, so there’s even charcoal and stuff. These cabinets up here … This one we use for our toiletries, and towels and stuff. And this cabinet is being used to store books and my dôTERRA essential oils. Let’s go check out the drawer. This drawer is a very nice feature in the van. It’s pretty deep. We use it to store camping equipment like sleeping bags, but also bigger stuff for filming, and also a tent, if people want to come over and visit. So a really nice big space. And while we’re here, I can show you the curtains. They are placed the other way around, so felt on this side and the water repellent material on the other side. It’s fastened with velcro, so you can easily place them and take them off. The whole van is insulated with sheep wool. There’s about 24 sheep in our van, which makes things really cosy. On top of that we put a black cloth. And as a finish we used spruce slats. We kept spaces in between, so the sheep wool can breath. We insulated the van so well, if we park next to a river we don’t hear it when the doors are closed. Awesome. What I also wanted to show you is the outside shower Here it is. You just connect the hose. And we can take a shower outside. And now it’s to put the bed into place. A nice fact: All the pillows are custom made. At a company called … The pillows are made with water repellent fabric (outdoor) so you can easily clean them and use them outside. And we have a matras on top of that (made out of memory foam). Maybe another nice detail to share with you. I’m Eric by the way. Hi! This is a small compartment (next to the drawer) being used for tools now. And this is a big compartment where we can store stuff that we don’t use often. It’s under the bed, so you can’t reach in super easily but it’s a nice space (and you have to make use of all the weird corners right?). Then it’s time for the special feature of our van. This honeycomb yellow box, which serves as our table, but it has something special It’s our tub! It’s a custom made bathtub made out of polyester. On hot days we can fill it with cold water so we can cool down. This was our van tour. Thanks for watching! Yeah, thanks! And don’t forget so subscribe. Time to cool down!


Laura van de Vorst

Jul 7, 2018, 2:49 pm Reply

Zo diep onder de indruk van jullie kluswerk aan de prachtige bus, het zit zo slim en goed in elkaar!! Wat een ontzettend leuk filmpje!! We kijken nu al uit naar de volgende! Liefs van Felice en mij <3


Jul 7, 2018, 11:35 am Reply

Designwise en technisch prachtig, maar niet allemaal even praktisch misschien. Hoop dat jullie niet iedere dag dat bed op ├Ęn af hoeven te breken. En de bus is nog erg leeg en netjes. Neem aan dat het reizen en wonen nog moet beginnen? Mooi avontuur.

Leven in een camper

Jul 7, 2018, 11:56 am Reply

Die badkuip is natuurlijk helemaal geweldig maar de keuze om over dwars te slapen scheelt zoveel ruimte, doen wij ook­čśŐ

Alexander Boon

Jul 7, 2018, 8:16 pm Reply

Wunderbar gel├Âst, alles vorhanden aber noch viel platz. Sehr gut durchdacht.

Sjuultje fromthelake

Jul 7, 2018, 8:56 am Reply

Leuke video, leuke indeling, al vind ik het bouwen van het bed een hoop gedoe. Ook ben ik benieuwd of jullie een toilet aan boord hebben. ben benieuwd naar de volgende videos, veel plezier on the road ! groet Julia

Ar dAn

Jul 7, 2018, 12:33 pm Reply

Prachtige bus zeg! Dat hebben jullie echt supermooi gedaan


Jul 7, 2018, 1:23 pm Reply

Big mistake doing everything so dark!! Why paint black counters in a tiny van??!! Makes absolutely no sense!!

philip wijnans

Jul 7, 2018, 6:41 pm Reply

Je hebt een mooie bus gebouwd hoewel ik de wc ook erbij zou maken ben benieuwd na volgende filmpje en duimpje gaat omhoog


Jul 7, 2018, 9:23 am Reply

I love it. IÔÇÖll do a fixed bed for me. I get lazy lol

roelof gerritsen

Aug 8, 2018, 7:37 pm Reply

He Erik goed bezig kerel!

roelof gerritsen

Aug 8, 2018, 7:39 pm Reply

Nou dat is emancipatie Erik ook je meissie erbij betrekken.

John TH

Aug 8, 2018, 4:36 pm Reply

Hi Eric and Marcella, thanks for sharing your conversion with us. You have made a great use of the available space (for a non-LWB) and have added a few unique and personal touches, enjoy your travels together.

Xia Maxime Bijholt

Oct 10, 2018, 7:37 am Reply

Hallo, super tof filmpje! Ik en mijn vriend zijn nu aan het sparen voor een conversion. Hebben jullie tips waar we echt naar moeten kijken of events in Nederland waar we heen zouden kunnen gaan?

Baud Bits

Apr 4, 2019, 6:42 pm Reply

"time for bed" > one week later > "night night"


Apr 4, 2019, 2:38 pm Reply

please keep the audio more consistent I'm not 10 seconds in and adjusted my volume 5 times


May 5, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

very annoying intro music!


Jul 7, 2019, 10:35 am Reply


Harley Quindizzle

Jul 7, 2019, 6:30 am Reply

Cool van guys!!

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