Vanlife Maine / Portland to Acadia National Park

We loved our road trip along the coast of Maine and fell in love with the rugged nature and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and its various inlets along the Coast.

Experiencing the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain and hiking parts of Acadia National Park is one of our favorite memories.

During this part of our trip, we had the opportunity to view the world’s first solar greenhouse and interview the owners at Little River Flower Farm in Buxton, ME where we also stayed for a couple of days in a beautiful little Airbnb cottage on the organic flower and vegetable farm.

Check out those videos here: Sustainable Living:
World’s First Solar Greenhouse at Little River Flower Farm
Sustainable Living Interview: Little River Flower Farm

Places we Visited in Maine:
-Portland
-Buxton
-Gorham
-Brunswick
-Camden
-Bar Harbor
-Acadia National Park

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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.

Wander Green – Eco Friendly Living, Travel, Technology and Food

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The East Coast #Vanlife Tour Road Trip Part 1

Our #Vanlife itinerary driving from down South in Central Florida and cruising up along the coast to North East New York and beyond. After spending a couple months in our travel trailer in Florida it was time to get going and living on the road again!

This time our road trip is taking us from Florida to Maine and back! On this road trip we were primarily boondocking (free dry camping), we slept in our van while being parked in city parking lots, at a friend’s driveway in North Carolina, a campground in Ocracoke and on several small farms.

The East Coast #Vanlife Tour Road Trip Part 1

We also had an interview with farmer Marissa of Whippoorwill Farms in South Carolina and learned from her about their eco-friendly, organic and sustainable farming practices and how they raise their pigs, chickens and rabbits humanely and with free range. Check out the video interview here.

Whippoorwill Farms is a member of the Harvest Hosts Program and we loved staying on this and other farms on our trip. It is always great to stay at a farm and we always have a peaceful night and it is a unique experience.

Harvest Hosts is a program offering overnight stays for RVers and self-contained Vanlifers at over 600 participating farms, wineries, breweries, distilleries, museums and golf clubs.
For a $79 per year membership fee the hosts allow for an overnight stay on their land at no cost while members are encouraged to drink, eat or shop at the host’s establishment before going to sleep on their property. It’s a win-win situation that provides for unique experiences, learning opportunities and social exchange that make for wonderful memories.

For more info visit the Harvest Hosts website: http://harvesthosts.refr.cc/wandergreen

For two nights we stayed in an Airbnb in the Outer Banks in North Carolina that we fled to because of some very aggressive mosquitoes that tried to eat us alive even with the van doors and windows shut, but they found their way inside through a small crack at the side door frame.

We are so excited to be back in our van and living the simple van life and exploring all the beauty that the East Coast has to offer!

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Scenic Los Angeles and San Diego On the Road

After spending the winter in Las Vegas we made our way to Los Angeles where we spent a week exploring the area and getting some work done. We loved walking through Santa Monica and Venice Beach and took long walks along the different beaches. LA is vegan heaven and we enjoyed some amazing plant-based meals at The Butcher’s Daughter, Cafe Gratitude, and Roeckenwagner Cafe.

We then made our way along the scenic highway to San Diego and did a couple of hikes with stunning views at Crystal Cove State Park and Torrey Pines State Reserve. San Diego was surprisingly easy for vanlife and we found that Fiesta Island is the perfect spot for boondocking on the water while still being close to the downtown area. We especially loved the waterfront, the colorful murals at Chicano Park and watching the sunset from the Sunset Cliffs.

We filled our bellies at the vegan-friendly restaurants Jyoti-Bihanga, Plant Power and World Curry and there are a plentitude of plant-based restaurants that we did not get a chance to try. Maybe next time, because San Diego is definitely on our list to visit again!

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