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Van Tour | Roadtrip Across America in an adventure van

Van Tour | Roadtrip Across America in an adventure van


so those of you don’t know me I’m Alexander Travelbum and we’re about to drive this around America come on in so sitting in the back. actually I’m gonna save it for last. so this van was originally a trail master so we have some upgrades here including these very padded seats which are great for long drives right now the stereo it only plays CDs and radio and it only works half the time I’ve been using this Bluetooth speaker we have a backup camera which I can’t leave plugged in or else it’ll drain the battery here we have my succulents which recently died in Death Valley here right next to the driver’s seat nice little cooler so we can grab a beer while we’re driving ah just kidding here it says we get a hundred miles per hour but I think I top out at 70 and don’t be fooled by the amount of gas in there it’s always on empty now welcome to my kitchen my living room my bedroom and my bathroom this is a 2000 GMC savana with 65,000 miles it was pretty good when I got it but I had to make some upgrades welcome to my new home okay so from my kitchen I found two different cabinets from thirst stores so they’re each maybe five and ten dollars to make this this one had an open space in here and I put the sink in here which is actually just a salad bowl with a hole cut out in the bottom and a manual pump sink which works like this so the water that goes down this sink comes out down here into this jug this is my gray water tank and this is my white water tank so this one has a tube going up to the faucet and then there’s a tube going from the drain straight into here we have my Vitamix over here pretty much this is my bed from my bed I left the seats that were originally in the back it always was able to come down into a bed because this was a conversion ban and I just reassured the seats with this material and a foam pad I found some pretty cool leather pillows at the thrift store and then I made these curtains on the windows that are actually insulated with reflectix should keep it cool when it’s hot and should keep me a little insulated from the cold in the back here I have my books storage for sweaters jackets for the winter towels you name it so the windows already came with these curtains but I installed some of my own they are velcro Don so I can see outside if I want now let’s go into the back here and see what I have in my garage so here we have my bathroom which I move into the main cabin when I sleep from toilet seat on a bucket and I just take these bags out we have bathroom stuff my very mini mini fridge and fits about one bottle of nothing I have some art stuff for when I spill Chapman’s quite often all of my shoes and boots for now this is what I have for sleeping just a big blanket I have another ice chest here this is where we keep our snacks chips rice hands of beans soup ketchup olive oil cups now let’s go over my solar setup I needed a solar because I make these videos I like to sleep at night I need a fan I need to run a fridge so here’s my solar setup really quickly I’ll go over it more in another video okay so firstly I have 300 watts and we drilled a hole to get into this is my inverter which allows me to plug in to the solar and get my power here is a huge battery we have the wanderer charge controller so next I installed these curtains on a wire I have a TV up here we have two different kinds of mood light and then I have this bat here you know just in case you can never be too safe you never know when somebody is really really gonna want to play baseball then down here I have all my clothes storage I have camera gear in this drawer kitchen utensils bowls place plastic forks got nice spices I have my basil and rosemary which also died in Death Valley and wooden spatula mushroom tin and of course you might need to get ready sometimes and this is my bathroom so I need a mirror so when I got this van it was just basically a regular conversion van it had all the seats in here it at carpeting which I took out and I put this in they didn’t have anything you see here now I did leave the back seats because they electronically go down and turn into a bed and I like that actually instead of talking about all the details let me just show you so these days everyone seems to be naming their vans so I’m pretty sure I have a name but comment down below what do you think he looks like alright so that’s the tour of my van in a few days we’re going to be leaving from where I live in the Bay Area near San Francisco north or again Washington Canada and then we’ll see where we go from there I’m calling this the greetings from America tour because I’m going to be sending you my subscribers postcards drawn on postcards from all around America as I travel join me on this adventure. please subscribe


Reader Comments

  1. Hey guys, this is everything I put into the van and gear I use for vanlife:
    Plasti-dip Spray Paint – http://amzn.to/2vKesoB
    Induction cooking pan – http://amzn.to/2vKumPR
    Black wheel paint – http://amzn.to/2wFWEs3
    Induction Cooker – http://amzn.to/2w5btCs
    Manual Pump Sink – http://amzn.to/2eDlXmt
    USA Map – http://amzn.to/2gKWvzJ

    – My Camera: http://amzn.to/2xdUBes
    – My Main Lens: http://amzn.to/2irNbBb
    – My Beloved Hat: http://amzn.to/2s0aDs8
    – My Travel Camera Microphone: http://amzn.to/2wzs7Pl
    – Camera Strap: http://amzn.to/2s0abdq
    – Memory Card Case: http://amzn.to/2sjgU31
    – My Military-style backpack: http://amzn.to/2wzCOkP

  2. Alex, cool van…… I 'm pretty tore up about them succulents. I would have split the water supply equally between myself and each one of those tender helpless beings. Were you at least there when they finally gave up and shriveled? I trust the remains were properly honored. Perhaps you should pen a mandolin song about their plight. And how brave they were to the bitter roasting end.

  3. Your van layout is very basic but that means its very fool proof were as the ones with more advanced systems for water or the loo could run into problems if it breaks

  4. Nice build I have a 1998 Chevy Z71 extended cab short bed 18 foot Flat Bed Equipment Trailer 2 1996 Chevy Conversion Vans 16 foot Flat Bed Equipment Trailers a 2002 Class C Coachman Motorhome 18 Foot Flat Bed Equipment Trailer 1976 international Loadstar I Mounted A Camper on the back and made a sleeper I have a 22 Foot Enclosed Trailer I have a 1976 Ford F-600 18 Foot Equipment Trailer 1996 Ford Backhoe I have a 1994 GMC Step Van 18 Foot Flat Bed Equipment Trailer and just bought a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 16 Foot Flat Bed Equipment Trailer I'm a Owner Oporator Hotshot Trucking I got started Hotshot Trucking through my Dad and Uncle they Own a Over The Road Semi Trucking Company I got started through my Dad and Uncle Passing Smaller Loads on to me and worked my way up we are currently working on getting another Class C Coachman Motorhome 18 Foot Enclosed Trailer I Drive the 1976 International Loadstar with the Camper sleeper converson Our Oldest Son Drives our 2002 Class C Coachman Motorhome 18 Foot Enclosed Trailer I first started Hotshot Trucking with a 1988 GMC 1500 Regular Cab Long Bed 16 Foot Flat Bed utility trailer that I used for Local runs I Came Across a 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 Converson Van that A older couple owned original owners they only drove the van to the grocery store and home Stored inside Mint condition low miles I bought it and used it for long hauls my great uncle Gave me my 1976 International Loadstar and had the Truck Camper laying around I told him my plans for the international Loadstar he gave me the Camper he also gave me my 1976 Ford-F600 Flat Bed Equipment Trailer and Ford Backhoe I bought my 1994 GMC Step Van and 18 Foot Flat Bed Equipment Trailer off my uncle when he upgraded to a Newer Chevy Box Truck and Equipment Trailer I got my 2002 Class C Coachman Motorhome 18 Foot Enclosed Trailer from my wife's father that is why I let our oldest son use it when he's on a long haul we usually send a Follow vehicle out behind everyone or a passenger like when I go on a long haul my wife rides along and if I need her to drive she can our son has his girlfriend ride along my younger brother has his girlfriend ride along I have 3 other drivers one who drives the GMC Step Van my brother and cousin Drive our 1996 Chevy 1500 Converson Vans 16 Foot Flat Bed Equipment Trailers im currently working on getting another Class C Coachman Motorhome 18 Foot Enclosed Trailer for my younger brother we can switch our other driver from the Step Van to the Chevy converson van and 16 Foot Flat Bed Equipment Trailer and he will have a Bed when he's OTR im trying to get it where everyone has a sleeping area in their vehicle when a OTR Semi Truck Driver Is OTR They have a sleeping area in their truck a Long Haul Truck Driver should have the same Option also you kinda know what I'm saying You Could Get you a 16ft / 18 Foot Flat Bed Equipment / Utility Trailer or a 16 / 18 Foot Enclosed Trailer for your Van and you have the perfect Hotshot Trucking Vehicle

  5. Everyday is adventerous if your living a van lyfπŸ˜„πŸ˜Ž
    Edit: awsome van but remove background music my brain pains..πŸ˜€πŸ˜…

  6. I like the video and subscribed. Very trippy. Feel like I was watching an episode of The Twilight Zone. When you speak its very Rod Serling-ish. Call the van The Twilight Zone… it works. This is my first viewing of your channel. Going to go see what else you got. Going to take an adventure into space and time

  7. We are currently fixing our Astro so we can go visit friends across the country in different states

  8. Nice machine! Having recently bought a smallish van to go away in, I definitely get the excitement about being on the road. Totally different to driving in my truck at work!! Nice video with some cool tips; many thanks.

  9. The bed area looks like something from the late 60's or 70's. I'm very sorry but the only name I could think of was the love shack. 🀣

  10. So THREE things to keep food cold? Definitely redo the bed. You'd have WAY more space if you had taken that original back seat out and built a platform bed you can store stuff underneath. Just did a new build in my new-to-me van YouTube.com/CrystalVanner

  11. How many money does this cost in total? (Van + all the interior and stuff) Its super sick man! Im now 14 years old. I want to travel around the world later. I want to live / travel around the world in a camper / cargo van. How much money did it cost for all the stuff in total? Thanks man β™₯️ you're realing inspiring me.

  12. what these guys don't tell you is you still have to have some sort of income. iv watched alot of these "van life" videos. still haven't heard one person say how they make money.

  13. That bat is the size of a French fri. I suggest u get a 45 or shot gun. Remember, you can never be too safe! Be r crazy out here. Be safe!

  14. I love that you kept the seats in the back. I was going to buy a conversion van and keep the seats in the back. Seems like less work.

  15. Awesome adventure! A few years I drove from NC to Washington State. Next week I have a flight planned from SC to Washington State then driving it back. See if I can make it again without a ticket!!

  16. If you're going to carry a baseball bat inside your vehicle for protection please carry a baseball glove and a baseball somewhere anywhere in the vehicle should anything happen and you have to use it your lawyer will thank you …if you're carrying that baseball bat as a baseball bat is intended it is nothing more than a piece of athletic equipment in the eyes of the law but if you're carrying that baseball bat as a weapon it is considered a weapon in the eyes of the law

  17. Americans need to learn to squat when going to the bathroom. More than two thirds of the world have never used a toilet.

  18. This shit is insane dude. I mean. Making YouTube videos and get money from this via PayPal , living in a van a be on the whole world even in the winter time. Sick. Just sick. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½β€οΈ

  19. U should consider do n home improvement thru out your traveling to earn money. If u did this to van, just think what u can do to a house !!!!

  20. I think it funny how u try to be funny, but you aren’t funny at all. U stinky wet dog smelling hamster

  21. I almost screamed because I thought I saw a bug in his garage but I realized it only looked like a bug bc of my poor wifi and a stain on his camera

  22. The best van i have ever seen.πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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