How-To’s and Guides

How We Did It

There are many ways to live this life. Here’s what I’ve chosen to do.

How I Carry a Motorcycle Behind the Van
One of the most common questions we get is how we bring my motorcycle with us on our travels. Here’s how we do it.

Wired For Sound, And Everything Else
Aside from the van itself, the most important aspect of this van build is its electrical system. Here’s how I designed and installed the one in Smokey Da Van.

How I Stay Online From the Road
One of the few positives to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is that now, more than ever, companies are allowing people to work remotely when the nature of the job permits it. As a professional writer, I fit this description. Here’s what I’ve learned about keeping myself connected.


Here’s how you can do what I’ve done.

How To Install a Sink For Less Than $75
RV sinks can be expensive to buy and a pain to install. Here’s how I added a sink to my van for just under $75.

How To Convert To a Motorhome Title in Florida
Florida makes it possible to change a vehicle’s classification to a motorhome through an extremely simple process. We followed it, and it worked perfectly

How To Install Solar Panels On a Fiberglass Roof
Here’s how I installed a pair of flexible solar panels on the roof of our van.


Here’s what I’ve learned.

Guide to Finding Overnight Parking
This is one of the most frequently asked questions in the van life world. Here’s how I do it every night and stay out of trouble.

Guide To Establishing Florida Domicile and Residency
A perennial hot topic in the nomad community is how to establish residency when you have no permanent address. Here’s how we successfully navigated this obstacle course of red tape and logistical difficulties.

The No-Build Van Build
This isn’t our first #vanlife rodeo. Before hitting the road full-time in Smokey Da Van, I dabbled with part-time van life in another van. Here’s my super simple build.