You Wont Believe What's Inside This Incredible Camper Van! (Home on the Road #2)
(soft music) Hello, I'm Clare. I'm 64 years old. I live full time in my van, which is a Fiat Ducato Maxi, 2016, turbo diesel. I live fully off-grid with solar power and a lithium system. Come and have a look inside!
Thisis my van. And my van has a name, and it's called the Mouse House. And there's a couple of little mice in there. Would you like to come inside? (latch creaks) Come on in! Well,
thispart of the van is probably the bit that makes
thisvan a bit different to other vans. When the white doors shut, it's just a tradie's van, but when it's open, it's a beautiful little house, complete with windows that open, actually.
Thisone opens one way, and
thisone over here, opens another way, so I can get breezes in from, oh, that's nice, actually, from, in whichever direction it happens to be coming from. Behind that window is my office. I actually kept
thisbecause I had it in my house and I loved it. And it's just a cabinet but it has pullout shelf, which is excellent for a keyboard because I like to work on the iMac standing up quite a lot. So a lot of gear here. You could call
thismy office. You could call the first three drawers my office. You could call the bottom drawer the toolshed. (chuckles) I had a house and I had a mortgage. And as you might know, being an artist your income is not much. So, then I thought, "Well, if I have something small and beautiful "that I own without a mortgage, "that's gonna...
make me feel a lot better "than having four empty bedrooms and a mortgage, "and then maintenance coming along." So, I sold the house, paid off the mortgage, bought an empty van, and found people that would, would do
whatI wanted to do. I needed it to be beautiful. I needed it to be artful. I needed that every time I walked into it, I liked it, and I do.
Thislittle door, if you knock, (knocker clacking) takes you into Narnia, no, it doesn't really. It takes you into my cab. I can clamber through there if I want to, or I can reach through in there for anything that I need. And that's a heatproof curtain to just keep any heat from the cab from coming into here. It's really well-insulated. I think I've got double insulation on the ceiling, and the floor, and the walls. It's all insulated well. That's good to keep any heat there might be out that way.
Thisside, here we've got the kitchen. I like to cook so I have lots of spices and knives.
Thisis my pantry.
Thisone here, tea towel rack may stay on. (chuckles) So it's quite a long drawer that I pull out. I have a lot, I have all the spices in there, and I have all the sauces there, and olive oils, and various bits and pieces in there. And the one at the bottom here has a hot water system at the back, but it also stores things like coffee beans, coffee grinder, and a fire extinguisher. The hot water system, I just flick a switch, and the gas turns it on, and it'll fire up until...
I have hot water. A three-burner stove, an oven grill, and one or two pots and pans. These are probably very messy, but I do live in my van. I do live in it so
whatthey look like when you live in them. A few pots and, no, a few plates and things. Oh, and there's a really big cupboard here. It goes the full width of the van. Up in here, so many more things can be stored in there. So I spent about a year researching, reading, looking at tiny houses, looking at van builds, and picking little bits out of them till I came up with
thisdesign. I used these books, and drew a lot. Oh, there you go. There's the picture of my van. Can you see that? These, well, anyway, they're not very clear 'cause they're in pencil, but
thisis how it happened. I think maybe three or four of these books, and I designed it down to the millimeter. So, every millimeter of
thisvan is my design. And I was fortunate enough to find, I kept looking until I found somebody that would build it. And I found a young couple called Roaming Wild
Campers, and they're based in a vineyard in Mudgee. Well, the van itself, I remember, I paid 26,000 for. It had 160,000 kilometers on it. I'm pretty sure all the inside including, you know, the toilet, the fridge, the stove, the extra insulation, maybe 45,000. So maybe about 70,000 or up.
Thisis my sink. It was once a preserving bowl when I had a house, an old French copper preserving bowl. Taps that I found in the garden, on an old...
enamel sink set up. And
this, I think it's cedar, the whole bench, live edge timbered cedar. The water comes from a 70 liter freshwater tank that's underneath, and there's also a 70 liter gray water tank. Personally, I use a bowl in my sink, and if there's dry patches on the grass, I'd rather throw my water out than hold it in a tank, but I do have a tank. Underneath that, we've got the usual dishwashing liquid, whoops, type stuff cupboard. And then the Atomic lives in there when I travel. Enough cutlery for an army even though I live by myself. (chuckles) I couldn't let everything go! Some of
thiscutlery is really lovely. Another drawer and another one at the bottom there, a few more bits and pieces. To work out
whatI needed in the van, I wrote down
whatI did each part of the day from when I woke up, so that I made sure I had those things. I had the place to brush my teeth. I had somewhere to stand up to work on the computer 'cause I like standing up. So I just thought about
whatit was that I did and
whatI really liked doing, and
whatI would miss if I didn't have.
Thispart of the bench is where I can cook things, and I've got plenty of room. But underneath it,
thisone lifts up. See, there's a couple of hinges. And
thisis actually my bathroom. So,
thiswill hold up here. I can put a shower curtain on here, and inside I have a composting toilet, it has no chemicals
whatsoever. And I also have a shower that I can just kind of...
hang up here. It's got a trigger on it, so I'm not using too much water. I can, would you like to see some water? Let's see the water flow. There is a drain hole in there, of course. I turn on the tap, quite groovy taps. And... (water swooshing) There, water. And the pump for all
thisis under my bed. So it's under, about that area, and the pump comes through for
this, and for the taps here. So that's a two-in-one thing. I've got extra bench space and I've got a bathroom, and I've got storage. Definitely, living intentionally is a big part of it. That's right. You know how much water you have onboard, so you're water-conscious. You know how much sunlight's been on the solar panels, so you know how much energy you've got. So sometimes, like if I was parked here for a long time, and a lot of shade, I probably wouldn't use the coffee grinder. I might do it by hand. (chuckles) I might just drink tea that day. (light music) And over here is the sitting area. I'll just shut
thisdoor and show you. So I'll close the door here. Open the window, let some air in. There we go. So
thisis kind of my all-purpose sitting area, I suppose. These things just hang here, towels, a jacket. I have a little library. And
this, so I can sit on here, and I can pull
thistable out here, and eat a meal in quite a civil way. I can also invite a friend and put a foldout chair there. And that's that part. I'm sitting on the fridge, which...
is, I think it's about 50, ah, there you go, it's 52 liter Bushman. At the moment, it's running at three degrees. At the end of
thispart is... Well,
thisis all the solar stuff, which I honestly, apart from telling you that there's a 200 amp hour lithium battery, and there's other stuff. (laughs) There's other stuff, and it all works. Oh, now you're facing straight into the bedroom. (chuckles) So without moving very far at all, we've come to the bedroom. Overhead there, my clothes cupboards. Right now, we've got a disco happening from the crystal, which is quite nice. My bed, would you
believe, even though it looks big, is a single bed. Because behind
thisbed, I've got more storage, so there's more storage cupboards behind there. (gentle guitar music)
Thisis a big skylight. I think at the time, it was the biggest I could get. And I can wind
thisup so high that if I want to, I can stand on the bed and do night photography through there. I'll just show you how the cover of the two things, take the disco away.
Thiscan, pulls back, and
thisone stops the full moon keeping you awake all night. (chuckles) The only downside is when it rains a lot. And I think other people in vans will say the same thing. I'm fortunate in as much as I do like to do a lot of work with photography and sometimes small film, so I'm occupied. Solo women living in a van, that is the first question, is it safe? Will I be safe? And a good idea is...
to have the way to get from the cab from the back into the cab and drive away. That's a good idea. If you park somewhere that you're not sure of, don't put your awning out, just be ready to drive away. I'll show you
what's under my bed from the back of the van. Now for start, on one side, I have a LP gas storage, and I have two big cylinders, one behind the other. When the first one runs out, I just turn the tap over and run on the back one till I change it over again. That's just really handy. You don't want to run out of gas halfway through cooking. And on
thisis another solar panel here. So I can put chairs, tables in these spaces. Even the back doors are insulated as well underneath these panels. And I personally, they're not the most artful things, they work really well.
Thisvan is only six meters long, and it has a bathroom, a kitchen, a lounge room, a bedroom, a storage shed. (chuckles) It has a lot for six meters. Buy a van, get a van, do it, plan it though. Plan it, spend some time, draw it. Work out
whatyou want in it because I think it's a bit difficult to keep buying and selling vans because you've made a mistake. Do it, life's too short to you know, somewhere along the track saying, "I wish I'd have done." Have a go at it. (upbeat music) - Thanks for watching episode two of
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