VAN LIFE'S Most Powerful OFF-GRID Electrical Setup ⚡️

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Eamon & Bec

Il y a 8 mois

DIY Campervan Electrical System Complete ✔️ After 4 weeks of full-time van life we FINALLY HAVE POWER & can live Off-Grid in our Tiny Home on Wheels 🚐 ►SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a video 💜 A big thank you to Erick for all of his electrical work. If you live in the GTA and are looking for van build electrical help email him:
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We love the van life community and want to thank each of our friends we called desperate for advice this week as we ironed out our off-grid setup:
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After a long 17 weeks of this VAN LIFE BUILD project, we are living in our 170 Sprinter Campervan and are readjusting to tiny living! We are beyond thrilled to finally have electricity in our 80 s-ft... we can now charge our phones at night, run our water system, turn on the lights, cook on our stovetop, run the blender and so much more!! AHHHHH, can you FEEL the excitement?!
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Get Caught up on this Van Life Build Project:
Building Off-Grid Tiny House During Pandemic
VAN LIFE BUILD: Insulating Off-Grid Tiny House
VAN LIFE BUILD: Framing our Off-Grid Tiny House
VAN LIFE BUILD: Full Bathroom w/ Indoor Shower & Toilet
How Did We Get Here?
Abandoning our Van in Africa
After an incredible 3 years of living, working, and traveling in our self converted Sprinter Van we made the very tough decision to abandon it in Africa to take a rescue flight back to Canada. As it has for all of us this global pandemic has flipped our world upside down. When our Prime Minister announced that he was sending repatriation flights over to Africa to pick up Canadians who were stuck (due to border closures) we consulted with friends and family closest to us and realized that in this time of crisis we should be back in our home country. Halting our dream of driving around the world was a hard pill to swallow which is why we knew we needed a big project to keep our mind + body busy while social distancing back here in Toronto. Enter building an off-grid tiny house on wheels!! This is going to be our 3rd time converting an empty cargo van into a campervan and we are both excited and nervous to take on this project. We want this build to be the ULTIMATE OFF-GRID VAN 🚐
Tour the renovations we've done to our self converted sprinter van:
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Who are we?
We're Eamon and Bec, a Toronto-based couple who live full-time in our self converted Sprinter Van!! SUBSCRIBE for wanderlust travel, behind the scenes of what it's really like to live in a van, and videos all about the yummy vegan food we make + eat! VAN LIFE COUPLE.
Our goal here is to inspire you to chase after your own dreams however big (or small... tiny homes anyone?) they may be! We hope to create a community of like-minded, positive individuals who will grow to love and support one another on their own journeys.
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Georgia Bryant
Georgia Bryant Il y a 8 mois
This week’s ep. was so good I just watched it through TWICE and it still made me laugh out loud again 😂 I love Bob, I love Eamon’s dancing, I love Bec being a #badass errand gal, I LOVED the music and the transitions (so good guys, honestly), and I loved that no matter how frustrating everything got, you guys stayed positive! Such an inspiration. Keep it up, already can’t wait for next week!!!!!! 😍
Witkes Kids
Witkes Kids Il y a 8 mois
morkd07 Il y a 8 mois
It took almost a week to get to watch this weeks episode, man alive you've got some great friends and your positive attitude is inspirational. Enjoy the lye in when you get chance to grab one Eamon, but I don't think errand girl is going to allow you one anytime soon.
#maninavan. Il y a 8 mois
With a vsr you can run a cable from the RV to the vsr then to the back batteries. The job of the vsr is when the main battery reaches 13.8v it switches over to start charging the back batteries.
Ian Walls
Ian Walls Il y a 8 mois
Couldn't have put it better myself!
Jacob Diller
Jacob Diller Il y a 11 jours
600 AH is hardly the most powerful off-grid set up. Volta regularly allows for in excess of 12,000 watt set ups. Its nice though
Ducks in a row
Ducks in a row Il y a 16 jours
It was a joke girls...relax. 🙄
The RPG Chick
The RPG Chick Il y a 12 jours
@Ducks in a row I'll pass on the miserable life, lol
Ducks in a row
Ducks in a row Il y a 12 jours
@The RPG Chick have a miserable life being offended everysec then..🙄
The RPG Chick
The RPG Chick Il y a 13 jours
Ducks in a row
Ducks in a row Il y a 16 jours
What nice people you all are. Nice rig too.
Kendra Tolbert
Kendra Tolbert Il y a 19 jours
I love your channel!
Steve Michael
Steve Michael Il y a 29 jours
This was so good. Amazing entertainment, beautiful videography. Totally love it :)
Mustafa Malegaonwala
Mustafa Malegaonwala Il y a mois
Can you tell me the song that you have edit while you were working on front seat
blauesKopftuch Il y a mois
FYI: One of the reasons why soldered cable connections are illegal in europe: if you have a bad connection or an overcurrent situation the connection heats up and desolderes itself, which can end in shorts, arcs and fire.
Lifeguard4343 Il y a mois
Anyone else cringe when they soldered the cables to terminal ends?
Lifeguard4343 Il y a mois
@ 16 min mark, I see they got a crimper! So relieved
Ravi M
Ravi M Il y a mois
Those Khaustralian Pain tings are looks beutifulles
Ravi M
Ravi M Il y a mois
18:38 In case you guys are wondering where the thumbnail starts, quite enjoyable. 👌🏻
Ravi M
Ravi M Il y a mois
You guys dont take regular showers do you? This is not the most hygenic way to live.
herwig g
herwig g Il y a mois
with your solderin joints, you should not put in the cold wires and stop heating immediately (as seen on 9:55). Also the cable has to come to temperature to form a solid soldering joint. Otherwise you might end up with a "cold solder joint" which might be really risky specially at that high currents and in a van where there are a lot of vibrations ...
Mike Trout
Mike Trout Il y a mois
Also you really need to wear eye protection when working with batteries 😃 and only use COPPER wire, never aluminum... 👍
Mike Trout
Mike Trout Il y a mois
Hopefully you are using a dc to dc charger between your alternator and your backend batteries otherwise you will burn out your alternator
victorjbarker Il y a mois
Bec is soo adorable!
Roderick Bell
Roderick Bell Il y a mois
A lot of fun and no information but insanely good links and ideas that no one else does. Rad overall
Mike Deau
Mike Deau Il y a mois
Hey Guys, you won't see this comment, but I am concerned with your setup. Three is a lack of fusing on the busbar, the busbar looks undersized for the loads and your 12v alternator charging plan leaves something to be desired. We are the company that did the Tesla install into Holland Roden's van (Hollandays!) and I would be happy to review and suggest if you still feel like you need it!
Treg Loyden
Treg Loyden Il y a mois
He Bec, how about Cheap LAND? Off-Grid living? Need a permanent and "go to" very safe "base camp"? We have 2 parcels that are perfect for off-grid living. Perfect! Have you considered some cheap land for Off-Grid living in Arizona? How about $99 down and $299 per month? My wife and I have 2 parcels for sale and both parcels are very easy to get to. Major Paved road most of the way, but then a dirt road on the final few miles. These are "Cowboy weather" parcels at about the +/- 5,500-foot level "Rabbit, Deer & Pronghorn" country. Not too cold winters, and not too warm summers -- the weather bounces between 40F degrees and 85F degrees during the year. The first parcel is 1.05 acres of land located about 40 minutes from Flagstaff Arizona in Coconino county in an area called "Grand Canyon Junction". The second parcel is more off the beaten path. It is located between the towns of Show Low Arizona and St Johns Arizona. It is 4.9 acres and it is in Apache county. We are selling both parcels. Buy one or buy both, take your pick. No credit check, no interest, just $99 down and $299 per month for 4 years. You can pay your parcel off at any time. (We pay the property taxes during the 4 years. Taxes are low, about $70 per year). Drop me a note: tregloyden8 at gmail
Texas Tow man
Texas Tow man Il y a mois
Yeah. Crimping is much better. Soldering will crack if the joint gets hot. Then you have a fire hazard.
Selten Fotog
Selten Fotog Il y a mois
Ha!! I literally was gonna comment about this issue! and there it is! Great catch @ 13:47 !
chris goodbar
chris goodbar Il y a mois
Just a heads up all that emf from the battery and solar is not healthy you should have done it under the van
LaShondra Romine
LaShondra Romine Il y a mois
Where can we find the solar panels you all used?
Carol Z
Carol Z Il y a mois
Best video on a subject that goes right over my head that I’ve ever seen. It still went right over my head, there’s a limit to how much you can dumb down electrical work, but I enjoyed the video nevertheless.
Susan Trout
Susan Trout Il y a mois
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gilles matheron
gilles matheron Il y a mois
Your content is great, lots of things to learn and understand. Great job, thank you ! As an "image guy", I'd highly suggest you to film all close-up sequences with your AF system off. I don't know which camera you use (probably a Panasonic or Canon), but the autofocus system doesn't work like you'd want it to. Exemple : 1:34 background is sharp, you are blur. When you hold your camera at arm's length and film yourself, there's no need for any kind of AF : both camera and subject remain at equal distance. So, locking your camera in manual focus mode shall guarantee you'll get sharp images 100% of the time. Unless you want to frame something else, but you seem quite good at montage so editing sequences should make no problem for you. And some cameras allow manual focus with AF "assistance" just with touching a button. Would be very helpful in your case, but I can't know whether yours features this convenient function.
Erik Sjaastad
Erik Sjaastad Il y a mois
OMG!!! Seeing all those batteries made my spidey-sense tingle!!!
Jaylyn Reissner
Jaylyn Reissner Il y a 2 mois
Bob should go on the road with you guys
Jaylyn Reissner
Jaylyn Reissner Il y a 2 mois
I love bob he is so funnt
Tim Lambert
Tim Lambert Il y a 2 mois
Our van is outside awaiting the build out right now!!!😀so inspiring much love Tim and Sheryl
Jan S
Jan S Il y a 2 mois
I'm amazed you guys all know each other. I watch Trent and Allie, which lead me to you and then I saw a greeting from Kara and Nate. Your van looks amazing. I haven't gotten to your cabin build, although I see you have moved to this new project. So much energy!
morenonesense Il y a 3 mois
Hey guys - which B2B charger did you go with at 4:18? Thx!
Courtney L
Courtney L Il y a 3 mois
What solar panels did you use??
day dazed
day dazed Il y a 4 mois
6 thousand bucks in battery's and 6 thousand bucks in equipment and erics donated time
Maïté Lançon
Maïté Lançon Il y a 4 mois
Eeerrrrh :( girls like electricity too what's with those buttlike paintings
Neil Il y a 4 mois
Are you a Model or a x model if not you should be one now ! ! ! !
maggie ferrell
maggie ferrell Il y a 4 mois
OMG You are friends with TRENT??? I’ve watched Trent & Allie like forever dude!! Love BOTH your channels. THATS SO COOL💕💕💕💕💕
alfa E13
alfa E13 Il y a 4 mois
Butter cookies for Trent!!!!!
sincerely marie
sincerely marie Il y a 5 mois
I wish I had help with my rv, I have no power😣
SG P313 D
SG P313 D Il y a 5 mois
What happend to trinity
Jonathan Pearson
Jonathan Pearson Il y a 6 mois
Hey guys. Your equipment list in the description doesn't have the solar panels in it. What do you have? And the amazing battery set up too, please! Thanks.
Belinda Chappell
Belinda Chappell Il y a 6 mois
I love Bob so much. He’s super sweet & funny. So cute how he asks at the start if he’s screwed something up. Love you Buddy 🥰
ZeroHour Il y a 6 mois
So what was the actual cable size problem ? What size was you originally using ? It looked heavy stuff on the first attempt ? Any details ?
Maitland Moore
Maitland Moore Il y a 6 mois
I think I've got you beat , my rig is very small 26 square feet with a 24 volt system , running a 24 volt freezer ( drawing only 1.5 amps ) a 24 to 12 volt converter a 250 , and 2500 watt inverters I also have 680 watts of solar . I built mine so I can run saws , drills , misc. carpenter tools . Etc. I prefer a 24 over 12 volt system for several reasons .
Pepins Spot
Pepins Spot Il y a 6 mois
For extra protection they could've cover the exposed knotts and bolts from the battery with liquid plastic.
Talking Apes Podcast
Talking Apes Podcast Il y a 6 mois
Can I ask why Victron over Renogy and did you need the 5000 Watt or do you think a 3000 watt would have worked as well. I am just about to install a similar setup but only went with the 3000 Watt. I'm considering Renogy because of the lower price in Canada ($1000 difference)
Ashley Erin
Ashley Erin Il y a 6 mois
Omg you guys know Trent and Allie!!! I love their channel!! How cool 2 of my favorite channels!
SydneySustainably Il y a 6 mois
Disappointed in the mildly sexist comment. 10 times more disappointed it wasn't addressed in the comments after so many people were clearly bothered by it. Accountability is so important as influencers...
SydneySustainably Il y a 6 mois
No snoozin' here! In fact, I wouldn't have minded seeing MORE electrical. I plan to do some for my RV. Biggest challenge in my build will probably be how others view what I'm capable of because I'm a girl and what they're willing to teach me. So I often go to FRpost to learn. Kinda disappointing seeing the stereotypes here too. Huge fan of you guys, but not a fan of that remark, and I hope the mistake is recognized 🙂
Phillip Wolmarans
Phillip Wolmarans Il y a 6 mois
Hey guys, love watching you video's. Would you help me with some info on your Solar panels. What make are they? So I can find them here in the UK 🇬🇧 Thank you for any help. Please keep traveling
Monus Brewer
Monus Brewer Il y a 6 mois
Just a FYI, the "hard" heat shrink is called Raycam. Just be careful if you're using it, it has a hot glue on the inside that melts and helps adhere to the surface. 👍
Godfrey Slater
Godfrey Slater Il y a 7 mois
I am working at a university and we're not quarantine at all
Daydream About Nice Things
Daydream About Nice Things Il y a 7 mois
You Got Power ! It's great to have friends !
Mitch Pugliese
Mitch Pugliese Il y a 7 mois
Hey might of missed it but what b2b charger did you go with?? Thanks
Clarissa Sprangers
Clarissa Sprangers Il y a 7 mois
Only I would notice that I have the same sticky notes as bob 😂 if he finds a little forklift to drive them around let me know haha
Aaliyah Payne
Aaliyah Payne Il y a 7 mois
Love your van that’s how I want my van to look when I’m older
Fin Jan
Fin Jan Il y a 7 mois
Oh boy, you spent money, and tied some batteries together... The Nobel committee should be calling any day now.
Fin Jan
Fin Jan Il y a 19 jours
@Kenia H I'm an electrical engineer. Same difference.
Kenia H
Kenia H Il y a 19 jours
You sound bitter
Stephanie Ebner
Stephanie Ebner Il y a 7 mois
anyone know how much power this is?
Michael Frymus
Michael Frymus Il y a 7 mois
Alright. When I start my van build, Ill call Erick up! I'm only the next city, (well, two) over. :D Ill have to put him in my vlogs
Brianna De'Lynn
Brianna De'Lynn Il y a 7 mois
Soooooo are you going to give us your playlist, or nah? 👀
Brianna De'Lynn
Brianna De'Lynn Il y a 7 mois
Brianna De'Lynn
Brianna De'Lynn Il y a 7 mois
I love the old man in the chair!! ❤️ he’s adorable and seems super sweet
Robert Il y a 7 mois
What kind of alternator do you have? :) (brand/Amp/..)
darren meyers
darren meyers Il y a 7 mois
I’m new to your channel ... went from a video from 2 years ago to 2 weeks ago I think. Anyway, congrats on the light ( Eric 👍👍 shout out ). You guys are amazing. New Sub ‼️
Private Ryan
Private Ryan Il y a 7 mois
No new vid. So this was REUPLOADED?
TJ Ellis
TJ Ellis Il y a 7 mois
it's called a BUS BAR+/-
Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel Il y a 7 mois
Bob: How are ya? Eamon: Not good. Bob: You got Covid? Awesome. Bob is the best.
Nicholas Gandhi
Nicholas Gandhi Il y a 7 mois
Just found this channel! Literally binged 3 hours lol
NurseStar RN
NurseStar RN Il y a 7 mois
How many watts of solar ?
Rayne Marie
Rayne Marie Il y a 7 mois
How much was the cost of everything in total the van and everything you did to it?
Lisa Bailey
Lisa Bailey Il y a 7 mois
ok been watching the van folks, but nice to see how they really are all friends, love it!
Mel Zzi
Mel Zzi Il y a 7 mois
Looks like Eric really helped you out!! His email doesnt seem to be in the description below and Im sure he would really appreciate it. :)
Kimberli Maultsby
Kimberli Maultsby Il y a 8 mois
It was so exciting to watch the lights come on! Loved seeing Trent on the video.
KC Scoot
KC Scoot Il y a 8 mois
Lol, I heard toner and thought of the movie pitch perfect. Musical boner 😂
Hayden Pruitt
Hayden Pruitt Il y a 8 mois
Hey quick suggestion if you have room around your piping you could use foam like a pool noodle ish. To help with temperature and condensation around your pex
Kaneel Senevirathne
Kaneel Senevirathne Il y a 8 mois
enjoyed the whole video. specially 0:16
Simon Lee
Simon Lee Il y a 8 mois
Sofia stole the show!
Geoffrey Lyford
Geoffrey Lyford Il y a 8 mois
Eamon was right to check the wire sizes !!!! There was another remedy, which I am using for our system, inspired by you guys in general if not specifically. If the electrical system were configured at 24V instead of 12V, you could have used half the size of wire. Most things in a van can run at 24V and if you need 12V or any other voltage, then a voltage converter is an adaptation for various other loads at any other voltage. For instance, inverters, fridges, compressors and other heavier loads will run at 24V. This is efficient and saves wire. The way to set up a 24V battery bank in this case is to run not all six Battleborn units in parallel, but to link two parallel groups of three in series. This cuts the amps in half and doubles the voltage. Performance would be the same, if not improved. It also matches the higher voltage produced by a massive bank of solar panels, given the solar controller you have. Anyway, loved the adventure, as usual!
gabriela Cabral
gabriela Cabral Il y a 8 mois
I 💙 Bob!
The Salvatores
The Salvatores Il y a 8 mois
how long can u guys stay off grid?
Audrey Suiter
Audrey Suiter Il y a 8 mois
I love becś laugh
Audrey Suiter
Audrey Suiter Il y a 8 mois
thumbs up
Rob Reighter
Rob Reighter Il y a 8 mois
Fun Adventure! Thank you!!
Jernej Burkeljca
Jernej Burkeljca Il y a 8 mois
The level of electrical incompetence all around is just painful to watch. And the guy is an electrician?? All for DIY bragging rights I guess, but sometimes it really is better/safer to get professional help.
Jelly Bean
Jelly Bean Il y a 8 mois
Great stuff. I was worried that the solder you used looks like acid core, plumbers solder. Hope not. I'm getting ready to install my solar setup. Only going to have 4 BB Batts, so, you definatly still hold the record for most powerful. Nice rig guys!
Jelly Bean
Jelly Bean Il y a 8 mois
Ahhh! Problem solved! Crimp me baby
Billy Mech
Billy Mech Il y a 8 mois
Some men can’t pull off long hair. And he’s one of them.
flexjay87 Il y a 8 mois
I know a little about electricity, from school and my tech job. Gotta say, you guys are doing good for not being a pro electrician. also your overall efforts of van conversion are well done ! Really enjoy your channel. You guys are energetic and a great couple, keep up the good work :)
Peach Leaf
Peach Leaf Il y a 8 mois
Oh my goodness no Bob: “did I screw up?”😭 Bob you could never screw up, protect this man at all costs
Faith Miletello
Faith Miletello Il y a 8 mois
Why did you go with the 2 ot wire instead of 2 gauge?
Narrowboat Freya
Narrowboat Freya Il y a 8 mois
Eamon aka the Victron electrical ninja . . . . . . . . how you fixed to come wire up a 68ft Narrowboat and save me the fried braincells and inevitable hair loss from too much head scratching! :)
Ian Towers
Ian Towers Il y a 8 mois
What's happened too lee now??i think it was lee,the girl who was with you when you left your old van abroad??is she still working for you at chaiwala ??and is she living in her van now??👍🏻🇬🇧🙏🏻🙏🏻
Yelesom Eus
Yelesom Eus Il y a 8 mois
Perfect, what are you going to do to the back doors to make them more homeley?
Rebecca Bahama
Rebecca Bahama Il y a 8 mois
Guys you should put a fire alarm in the back where the electrics are under your bed.. You can buy magnet stickers to attach them which means no screwing and easy to change the battery. It would give you peace of mind and is definitely good for safety..
JAICE JARRAH Il y a 8 mois
guys what brand and where did you get your black stove top coffee maker or kettle thing from? thank youuuu
Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas Il y a 8 mois
great video. you may want to check your amazon links to make sure they all work :)
Music global PH
Music global PH Il y a 8 mois
Now, im, a fan can, i, have a, shout out next time, maam, and, sir.. I im, from the Philippines i like your content its a stress reliever for me thank be, safe, always
Tricia Il y a 8 mois
Y'all got $$$$ cause yeah half of US Couldn't. So Again ha, ha, false Hope video. Carry on......
Seren mia
Seren mia Il y a 8 mois
That food looked so good I need a recipe!!! 😍🍲
Miss Kiff
Miss Kiff Il y a 8 mois
Brilliant, fuck that was a mission hey. Yoooooo sooo lucky you picked that up or it would have been a disaster 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Audrey Guzman
Audrey Guzman Il y a 8 mois
I love Trent and Allie I didn’t know y’all knew each other! I watch both of y’all channels!!
Eamon & Bec
Eamon & Bec Il y a 8 mois
We’ve been buddies for a few years now 😊
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