Tour of our Eco-Friendly Ford E250 Camper Van Conversion for Vanlife in the US

We have been living in and out of our Ford E250 Econoline Cargo Van for the last 1 1/2 years and have done two long road-trips with the van so far. The first one from Florida to California and back and the second one from Florida to Maine and back. We love our van which is a 2011 model that came in good shape. We are still happy with the build and functionality of it and are already looking forward to our next trip!

When we converted the van we had only a few weeks to build it with limited resources and budget, all while working full time. The goal was to keep it as simple as possible while using Eco-Friendly material as much as possible and within our budget.

This is what we used for the build: *Note: we are not sponsored by any of the suppliers and we paid for all the appliances and materials.

Insulation

Natural Sheep Wool for the walls, doors and as a filler in the ceiling. We are pretty impressed with how well the Sheep Wool has been keeping us warm, even with temperatures as low as 38F. For the floor insulation we used Traffic Master Underlayment as a thermal and moisture barrier (not Eco-Friendly, but we did not want to lose headroom and found this to be a quick option).

Wood Paneling, Kitchen Cabinet, Bed Frame and Storage

We re-used wood that we already had from previous constructions as much as possible for the kitchen. We re-used the whole bed frame and wooden drawer which we previously built for our truck camper. We did not find any recycled wood in the area and the palette wood we found had mold, so we bought new untreated pine wood panels for the wall and ceiling. After our first road trip we decided to re-built the kitchen part as the setup was not very practical. For the second kitchen build we used reclaimed wood that we found at The Repurpose Project in Gainesville.

We used Eco Advance as a wood treatment.

Flooring

We decided to use Linoleum aka Marmoleum, which is naturally sourced from linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour, cork, limestone, organic pigments and jute backing spun from renewable plants. We bought both the Sheep Wool and Linoleum flooring from Eco-Building Products. We have been very happy with the Linoleum and found it to be super easy to care for while being durable. There are no scratches after 1 1/2 years of vanlife despite countless times of pulling and pushing things across the floor.

Interior Lights

We used a simple LED light strip with a dimmer that draws little power but illuminates the whole van more than enough. We also use solar powered Luci Lights for indoors and outdoors

Refridgerator

Engel AC/DC Portable Tri-Voltage Fridge/Freezer – 43 Qt (super energy efficient)

Ventilation

We decided to go with the Maxx Air Fan Deluxe which is a great option as it can run even when it rains. The Installation of our Fan was done by Justice Kustomz in Tallahassee.

Solar

We are sustainably solar powered with a total of 300w solar panels. The Solar Install was done by Simpler Solar in Tallahassee.

Other Items we use in our Van

Our sink is a commercial steamer pan and we use a hand-pump for the faucet, a 5 gallon fresh-water tank and 5 gallon grey-water tank. Our mattress is a non-toxic Eco-Mattress. For a shower we use a simple outdoor solar shower.

We use organic cotton bed linens and sheets.

To cook we use a camping stove with re-fillable propane bottles. We use stainless steel plates, cups and pots, a cast-iron skillet, bamboo ware, re-usable metal straws and coffee cups, glass jars for bulk-food storage, biodegradable soap and dishwashing liquid, biodegradable garbage bags and laundry detergent etc.

We bring re-usable fabric bags when grocery shopping and small reusable bags for veggies and fruits etc.

Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Vanlife and Full Time Travel Gear: https://wander.green/20-eco-friendly-van-life-gift-ideas/

Check out our 20 Favorite Eco-Friendly Vanlife Gifts: https://wander.green/20-eco-friendly-van-life-gift-ideas/

Our Favorite Dry Camping and Boondocking Gear: https://wander.green/dry-camping-gear-checklist

We are Eliane and Damian, two outdoor enthusiasts who became digital nomads and travel full time while working remotely and on location. We live and travel in our self-converted cargo van, sometimes we stay in our travel trailer, in a tent, in Airbnbs or Hotel rooms. We strive to live eco-friendly as possible and love to share our experience, journey and knowledge with you.

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Sustainable Living:  Saranac Lake Amenities | Gauthiers Saranac Lake Inn & Hotel

The Gauthiers Saranac Lake Inn in the New York Adirondacks has received several awards for their eco-friendly initiatives and has received the highest rewards, the Audubon International’s Platinum Eco-Rating.

The Inn owner Daniel Brownell and his wife Denise Figueroa use many different green practices from water conservation, the use of organic linens, green energy, green installations and restorations, recycling, eliminating the use of chemicals and much more.

Owner Daniel also takes specific care of the grounds and implements eco-friendly garden and landscaping practices from using rain water from the lake to water the plants to planting specific flowers to attract Bees and Monarch Butterflies. The outdoor pool is heated via solar-technology and is open for use during the summer months.

The Gauthiers Saranac Lake Inn is located within walking distance to town and with direct lake-access to Saranac Lake. Rooms come with beautiful lake views and outdoor-access. The Inn provides free kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and paddleboats with paddles and life-jackets, bicycles, basketball and tennis rackets, fishing poles, snow shoes and even Toddler Kelty frame backpacks for guests to enjoy some eco-friendly activities around the Inn and the Saranac Lake area.

For more information and to book a stay visit the Gauthiers Saranac Lake Inn website: https://www.saranaclakeinn.com

Gauthiers Saranac Lake Inn on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Saranaclakeinn

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Sustainable Living: World’s First Solar Greenhouse at Little River Flower Farm

Interview with the owner of the World’s First Solar Greenhouse at Little River Flower Farm in Buxton, Maine. We were honored to have the opportunity to visit and learn about the solar technology used at this organic and sustainable farm. We interviewed owner Bruce Stedman about his 6,400 square foot solar greenhouse which was developed together with Maine Technology Institute and Maine Sustainable Agriculture over three years ago.

The greenhouse features flexible solar panels that have the dual function of generating green energy as well as cooling the greenhouse in the summer, making it economically and environmentally sustainable. The greenhouse was built with steel and pultruded fiber glass with flexible solar panels laminated onto the roof which provide a peak output of 14.4kW (1.2 mega watt per month), powering all pumps and fans and is a net-zero energy structure during the summer months.

The greenhouse incorporates 14 raised grow beds and a root zone radiant heat system powered by a biomass wood pellet boiler. This system uses heated water pipes that allow for precise temperature control to each individual raised bed with minimal excess heat loss.

Bruce explained how this greenhouse was built and also talks about their next project starting in 2020, a new prototype of sustainable greenhouse called the Growbox which will serve as a demonstration facility. The new structure can be moved and used for different purposes from growing, farming to offices and government buildings during crisis situations etc.

Owners Bruce and Nancy Stedman have been growing certified organic produce and flowers at their farm called Little River Flower Farm in Buxton, Maine for the past 20 years. Their solar greenhouse is used to grow organic food and flowers 365 days per year. The couple provides their locally grown food to surrounding grocery chains, markets and restaurants. Besides working on their farm, Nancy also leads their flower cutting and floral arrangement business and Bruce leads their landscaping business and together they built a beautiful tiny house which can be rented via Airbnb.

Please visit their website for more information:
https://www.littleriverflowerfarm.com/

Watch our video about their Airbnb here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKnrOaxXSao&t=28s

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Sustainable Living: Interview With Little River Flower Farm / Cottage / Wedding Flowers

The Little River Flower Farm Airbnb is a lovely, rustic Post and Beam Cottage with pine wood interior, Eco-friendly construction and interior design. The Tiny Home has a separate bedroom with queen size bed, a kitchen and dining area and a bathroom with shower, toilet and hot water. This Airbnb has heating and air conditioning for comfort through all four seasons, it is a laptop friendly workspace and provides all the amenities for a relaxing stay.

This Airbnb is located at the Little River Flower Farm in Buxton, Maine, just 30 minutes outside the coastal city of Portland Maine and close to many of Maine’s finest breweries and restaurants. The farm grows organic vegetables, fruits and berries, and over 3 acres of perennial and annual organic cut flowers that are sold locally as well as offered as “pick your own”, perfect for weddings, parties and other special occasions.

The farm is also a sanctuary for a few chickens that are roaming freely and happily. Airbnb guests are welcome to walk the grounds and take joy in viewing the beautiful flowers and vegetables that are growing from May to October. Great hiking trails and a private path along the Little River are accessible from the Airbnb and even in the winter months snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice skating are outdoor activities that are available in the area.

Airbnb Listing for Little River Flower Farm Cottage: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/28367302

Please visit the Little River Flower Farm website for more info including Wedding Flowers:
http://www.littleriverflowerfarm.com

Email Little River Flower Farm for volunteer and work inquiries: lrff@sacoriver.net

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