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We bought our 1st House! Our Van Life Journey Begins

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We bought our 1st House! Our Van Life Journey Begins

For Christmas this year, after about 6 months of talking about, planning for and researching everything there is about Van Life, my girlfriend Adriana and I bought a Sprinter Van!

Enjoy the Journey Van Life – We bought our 1st House! Van Life Begins

What: 2005 Dodge Sprinter Van R1N Model

Engine: 2.7 Liter 5 cylinder Mercedes turbo diesel engine

Mileage: 240,000 (these engines run 500,000 regularly)

Wheelbase: 140″ (Fits in a standard parking space)

Updates: New Transmission 3 years ago, New tires, all new injectors, and brakes in 60% shape

Paid: $6,100 (Bought the van from this awesome Hungarian guy David!)

*When we took the van to a pre-sale inspection at a 3rd party dealership we learned the turbo would need to be replaced.  The estimate for a rebuilt turbo with labor is $1,800.  We asked David to split the difference with us so he came down in price from $6,900 to $6,100.)

Current Remodel Plans include:

  • 4 – 100 watt solar panel system on the roof to a 150 amp hour deep cycle battery
  • Wood laminate floors
  • Custom built cabinetry
  • 2 burner induction grill
  • Sink and restroom
  • Queen foam bed that folds into a couch with cabinets above
  • Insulation

Check out our updated list on

Each month we will post video content created around our Sprinter build out then once we hit the road we will be creating content weekly from our explorations to National Parks, culturally rich cities & once a year traditional events.  If you want to become an Enjoy the Journey Ambassador and support our van build out & journey you can subscribe to our Patreon Page by clicking here.

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Matt was born in Orlando, Florida and still calls it home base while traveling as much as possible for work and play. He is a freelance photographer and video producer specializing in aerial video. His company, Aerial Excellence LLC, has flown aerial drones and produced videos in 20 countries. Check out more at AerialExcellence.us

2 Comments

  • Beka

    So cool! Excited for more trips to Atlanta. ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 26, 2016 at 4:54 PM
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      Matt Alexander

      We already talked about stopping in Atlanta on our way to Denver where we will spend the rest of
      the summer so plan to see us around June time!

      December 26, 2016 at 6:51 PM

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