Architecturally designed to tea! This incredible van fitout provides every comfort needed for relaxing after a hard day of mountain climbing!
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Tim is his name and stealthing is his game! He has been living in his slick and stylish Migaloo since July 2018 . Named after the big white whale that migrates up and down the coast, Tim designed and converted his Volkswagen van. Using light weight aluminium and cabinetry materials, there is plenty of storage space, and this 2WD beast has no trouble cruising on dirt roads to take him to the best climbing and surfing spots!
Tim chooses vanlife to reduce the footprint on the planet. Although he acknowledges that there is a lot of embodied energy in a vehicle, his Migaloo doubles as his vehicle and his home. It’s all in one!
Made from lightweight aluminium framing, this rig boasts 300 Watts of solar panels, an 340 Ah AMG battery bank, 40L of fresh water and more storage space than you can poke a stick at!
Powering his lighting, computer and fridge, Tim’s setup let’s him get off the beaten track and escape the rat race without a drama!
A Couple of Questions
What made you start vanlife?
For me it was more an ethical standpoint, just trying to have as small a footprint on the planet as I can. You can argue there’s a lot of embodied energy in a vehicle. A lot of energy going into its production, burning fossil fuels to get around, but it’s my home, it’s my transport. It’s all in one!
Did you do the conversion yourself?
Yes, some really good guys at Currumbin that shape aluminium helped me. I bought the square tubing, then cut it to size and then used connectors to push it all together. A bit like a Meccano or Lego set. I was worried about the weight for fuel consumption, and wear and tear in the suspension of the vehicle. All the climbing spots are in unsealed roads and the van is a 2wd.
After scouring all over Victoria, Ben and Caroline finally found the 84 Express. With 12V running throughout the bus, they have now been living off grid for over 18 months with their two daughters, and have managed to maintain a successful online business.
Round & Round Coffee
Inspired by the Great Ocean Road, Jess and Andy decided to become full-timers by packing everything into their van, Saffy! The only issue to sort out was how to make some cabbage while doing so. They figured this out by taking their exceptional coffee making skills to small towns around Aussieland!