Handyman Transforms Old Van Into A Traveler’s Dream

featured-imageBack in the 1950’s, families who wanted to get away from it all would pack up their RV and take a road trip. They’d find a good campsite and enjoy the great outdoors. These recreational vehicles were a popular way to take the family on vacations. But the days of the boring old RV are over and instead, people are finding other awesome ways to travel the U.S.


Take Reddit’s ZachBoth for example. He renovated his dirty, old van and the result is amazing. Take a look at how incredible his new van is now and try not to be inspired to do the same thing to your vehicle! You won’t believe it!


12. A Dream Is A Wish

001-12-a-dream-is-a-wish-873939Zach took to Reddit to share the progress of this incredible transformation from the very beginning to the end and the first part of every successfully completed project is a dream. Zach certainly had a big dream, though he stuck with it until the end and we are so thankful he did!

11. One Man’s Junk…

002-11-one-man-s-junk-874065The first step in the plan was to find a vehicle. Zach bought this old 2003 Chevy Express van from Craigslist from an electrician. It had over 200 thousand miles on it, but Zach knew that this baby had a lot more left to give and got right to work. Just wait to see how he slowly converts the van into something unbelievable.

10. Elbow Grease

003-10-elbow-grease-874264Zach peeled away the floor of the van to find lots of rust and grime that needed to go. So he vacuumed what he could reach and cleaned what he could, then he got to work with an angle grinder to get rid of the rust and then used some white spray paint to seal it up.

9. Zoom To The Moon

004-9-zoom-to-the-moon-874266After sealing up the inside, the next step was to cover the whole thing with insulation. He had to use templates he made to make sure the pieces were cut to the right size and then glue them on with spray adhesive. Here’s a photo of what Zach refers to as the van’s “spaceship” phase. This phase wasn’t the only one the van went through. Just wait until you see the “plywood” phase!

8. So Long Spaceship

005-8-so-long-spaceship-874343Though the spaceship phase was pretty cool, it wasn’t meant to last forever. Zach created a template for the roof, cut the plywood with a skill saw, stained it, and then attached it to the ceiling. He also used a template to make a floor for the van as well.