To say that creating your own home on wheels is a chaotic process is an understatement. You have to create a list of just about everything you would ever need, it’s a house nonetheless! Building your own home without construction experience is certainly not a simple task, and things can easily slip your mind in the process.
After having lived in our camper van for nearly two months already, we’ve noticed quite some things we wished we would have installed. Today we will share these with you hoping that you won’t forget them too, when you start the build of your own tiny home on wheels.
One can never have to many hooks
We attempted to make a little hook structure thingy, but failed horribly… Afterwards, we kind of forgot to install little hooks at certain locations in our camper van. We would’ve loved to hang your tea towel (why on earth are these things called tea towels – does anyone know?), our coats, and our dog equipment.
Now we’ve had to improvise by giving our door knob an extra function, and to fold our coats each time and put them back in our closet. There certainly are ways to solve the issue, but too often we’ve missed them not to mention them here.
Currently, if one of us wants to go to bed, the other has no choice but to join. There is no other place to sit in our van besides our (sofa) bed.
When the weather outside is nice, we sometimes have the possibility to sit at a picnic table or something of the like, but that’s about it.
Having a simple extra seat in your camper van can be quite nice at those occasions. Looking at our current build, we could never have been able to fit one in. But who knows, maybe you can. Be it a small simple seat for short periods of time.
Think about the laundry
Beforehand, we didn’t really give any thought to our laundry. Where will we collect our dirty laundry? Where will hang out our freshly washed laundry to dry? We’ve managed to bypass the second issue until yesterday by being able to put our washed laundry in a tumble dryer.
Yesterday, we first did a hand wash of boxershorts and thongs, and afterwards we used the washing machine for our bedding. But there was no tumble drier in sight, meaning that we had to be a bit creative. Luckily, we had some leftover paracord. We quickly looked up some knots on the internet and created two lines to hang most of our laundry on! The rest was hung on the ladder and on our side doors.
After we moved out of our student dorm room, we had discovered that we still had a bin which we previously used to store our plastic waste. Since we currently have barely any plastic waste, we are able to use it as our laundry basket! And it fits just perfectly in the back of our van beneath our bed!
There’s probably no standard solution for this issue, and everyone will tackle it differently. But be sure to give it some thought before you hit the road. One thing is sure, you will create dirty laundry!
In our current day and age, a day without internet is just unimaginable. Too often has the wifi signal been too weak to reach our camper van. Especially whilst seated inside our van. We’ve often had to open our doors or sit outside in order to receive a strong enough wifi signal to be able to access the internet.
Having a little wifi receiver certainly comes in handy in those situations.
We did luckily manage to find a workaround. Because we mainly like to park up in nature areas, we’ve chosen to invest in a 4g router with a prepaid sim card instead of a wifi receiver. Although it does have a monthly costs, which makes it a more expensive option, it also gives us the freedom we want. We don’t have to park on a McDonalds parking lot or spend money to park on a campsite.
So far, the 4g signal has been no less than amazing in Sweden. We just parked in one area where the signal wasn’t too great, but other than that, we’ve had a strong signal even in the most remote places. We’re wondering whether it will be the same up in the northern most part of Sweden though.
Take it for a spin
A last little note, test out your camper van as early as possible when all the basics are in. This will give you a great opportunity to test everything and to discover whats missing. We at least wish we had done so. But during all the chaos, we forgot to take the time to do so.
Our toilet for example, we can’t take it our when our sofa is in bed position. Ah well, not everything always turns out as planned, but we’ll survive.
If you’re in the process of building your own tiny home on wheels, or hope to do so in the future, we recommend heading over to our camper van conversion page. Here, we list all blog posts related to our camper van conversion in order from start to finish.