I Built a Living Space in a TINY $3,800 Cargo Van (Part 1 of 2) | Micro Camper Van Build

I Built a Living Space in a TINY $3,800 Cargo Van (Part 1 of 2) | Micro Camper Van Build

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▬▬▬▬▬VIDEO CONTENTS▬▬▬▬▬▬

0:00 – Intro
1:19 – Cleaning the cab
8:07 – Cleaning the Cargo Area
8:40 – Skillshare
11:14 – Building the floor
15:46 – Security Cameras
17:47 – Roof Vent & Skylight
20:14 – Electrical Wiring
20:48 – Insulating & Covering the walls
22:06 – Insulating & Covering the Ceiling
26:04 – Testing the Lighting
26:33 – Ending

I Built a Living Space in a TINY 3,800 Cargo Van (Part 1 of 2) | Micro Camper Build

In this video, I finally reveal my secret project that I’ve been working on behind the scenes recently. I am building a Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van that I purchased for $3,800 from a delivery man who was also smoking inside of the vehicle. I needed to work exceptionally hard to make sure that the van would not smell like smoke. Luckily I was able to deep clean the van to the point that it smells new again.

After that, I built a floor in the van by first making a 2×2 frame and filling in the gaps in the frame with foam board insulation with a vapor barrier. I then added a sub floor on top of the frame and finally installed waterproof Laminate flooring.

I also cut holes in the roof in order to install a roof vent as well as a skylight featuring a bug screen as well as a reflective shade. I chose to use a skylight instead of adding windows to the van in order to keep the van more stealthy.

Because there are no windows, I needed another way to still be able to see outside of the van while its parked and I wanted increased visibility while driving, so I installed security cameras in discrete locations around the van. These cameras provide a 360 degree visual around the outside of the van and can also be used while driving as blind spot cameras.

Finally, I insulated the walls and ceiling and added automotive carpet to the walls as well as stained and sealed planks to the ceiling the van. This allowed me to mount my lights that are able to change temperature and be dimmed while being controlled from a small remote.

I will be posting in depth videos showing exactly how I was able to do everything that was done in this video over the next few weeks and then I will be releasing part 2 as well as a final tour of the van. Hopefully you enjoyed this video and I’ll see you soon. Thanks!

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50 Comments

  1. Rhonnie O on March 19, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    SWEET.
    Love how you cleaned everything up so well. And the lights were just the icing on the cake 😁
    Hurry! I’m dying to see the rest!

  2. Connie F on March 19, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    This is so exciting!!! I have a Transit Connect and zero skills and I’m old…BUT I did minimal skill level set up in my Connect and I can’t wait to see everything you do to create your van. Already, you have done so much more than I did. Can’t wait to see the rest. Thanks for sharing your skills with the rest of us.

  3. Juju DaugheroftheKing on March 19, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    We need you down here in NM

  4. van dwelling on March 19, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    You have such fantastic craftsmanship. I can’t wait to see part 2.
    The seat coverings, did you get off Amazon? I really like them.

  5. fallenbullseye on March 19, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    i love your videos. super cool editing and satisfying

  6. KinGTeraTino on March 19, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Just a heads up Dual a steamer would work wonders on the carpet and trim pieces as well as save you a ton of time! It’ll completely eliminate the smoke odor!

  7. Silvester Simple Jr on March 19, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Do you have any vans for sale? Let me know asap im ready to buy. You do great work

  8. Tine Clark on March 19, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Good job young man…. Can’t wait to see more

  9. Cindy A on March 19, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    I was grossed out by how dirty it was, but also mesmerized by your cleaning. Great job!

  10. M D on March 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Don’t believe you get rid of the smell of smoking out a vehicle for me it’s buy I’m running with my money else where pet free smoker free

  11. Melinda Nichols on March 19, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    I love seeing so much in one video.

  12. Brandon Lowe on March 19, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Looks great. Can’t wait to see the rest. Enjoy and be safe

  13. Traveling with Charity on March 19, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    💛💛💛

  14. QT1957 on March 19, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Discovery Channel need to be all over you. My father was a master craftsman with mad skill’s and I thought there was no one who could touch him. I salute you young man, you have mastered your craft. Well done!

  15. Chereese Ferreira on March 19, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Looking great as usual.
    Looking forward to the next video.
    Stay warm.
    Oh, when do you plan to finish the trailer?

  16. Josh Ortiz on March 19, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    What camera system is that your using?

  17. Romy on March 19, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    long awaited

  18. M D on March 19, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Burns in seat can hack repaired with the black glue that used to glue windscreen in and also black glue for body kits

  19. Rdub on March 19, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Long time between video’s but I’m glad your back Brother. Hope all is well seems like video before this one it looked like you was in a bad space.

  20. P Mag on March 19, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    In the beginning I was expecting the doors to open on the Van and a karate seemed to take place…great video as always …your game is at highest level congrats

  21. E_vantually on March 19, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    All I’m thinking is thank goodness your not my dentist the way you pulled out that screw on the dash🦷😹😹. You are definitely one of the best at what you do!

  22. Eddie Montoya on March 19, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    don’t hate on smokers, I know you’ve smoked something

  23. Jay on March 19, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    I want to see a tiny house series that would be sweet with his cool ideas

  24. Spiritual Luxury on March 19, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    This is real talent

  25. Black Pudding on March 19, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Damn you’re good.

  26. Chris Kline on March 19, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    How many miles are on this?

  27. Martin on March 19, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Dude you rock!! 💪🏼🍻

  28. Hypatia on March 19, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Finally someone who is not scared to use a little elbow grease.

  29. Rolando Shannon on March 19, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    You’re incredibly talented dude. Inspired me to begin trade school courses to learn some of this.

  30. T.I.M.E on March 19, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    The best

  31. Aaron Fein on March 19, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Wow 🤩 Great work!! Can’t wait for part 2 👍👍

  32. Zach Meyler on March 19, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    how on earth did you find one for that cheap

  33. Kimberly Chicago on March 19, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Why is watching someone else clean filth so darn satisfying…. well done, sir.

  34. TAZ Wise on March 19, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Sorry to say Duel.. This guy you brought this off of.. Disgusting.. for sure.. I can’t imagine how it smelled. 😥.
    Now that you have done this mini van.. Would you do a 30ft or 40ft bus? Conversion.?

  35. JusttMarjolein on March 19, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Sick camera work/editing. Makes it really nice to watch 🙂 Happy you started converting a van again. Looking good

  36. Freedom Works on March 19, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Cigarette smoke is the worst yuck 🤮

  37. TanookiDylanCo on March 19, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    3800 holy crap what a steal

  38. ENUFF! on March 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    It used to be one had to go to homes or businesses to earn a wage…….NOW this young man with mad skills just has to do it on You Tube and make a fortune. Thats NOT a criticism, I find it absolutely amazing !!! Well done !!

  39. k-no-d on March 19, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I loved the drama of this video! You definitely put in work on this one and I am here for it!! Keep on doing what you enjoy while filming for us. Great channel!

  40. DarC on March 19, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    I literally gagged a few times during the close-ups of the filth, ugh. I was glad to see you wore gloves. Great job of bringing it back to the land of the living.

  41. Roadiemort on March 19, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing, what products did you use to remove the scuff marks from the interior plastics?

  42. JK Feather Ranch on March 19, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    My dad had a 1982 Toyota 4×4 but unfortunately got stolen, had the rear tail light covers taken and then set on fire. He bought an 81 that had a bad engine and didn’t work and took all the components out of the 81 and put them into the 82 since the engine was fine in the 82 but the interior was obviously trash. When he got everything hooked back up again he was so excited to drive it and he said a beach chair in there and quit driving down the street without a windshield or doors

  43. Princess Pamela's World on March 19, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Damn!!!! Id like to come to DualEx University… Seriously!!! 🤓🤓🤓

  44. Paul Marker on March 19, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Amazing job and all without help. Great video.

  45. DarkHorse on March 19, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Dude your stuff is so amazing! I can’t wait to see the next video.

  46. Yaboi soe🖤 on March 19, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Its crazy how good your vids are from the editing to yhe builds to showing us exactly how you did x and what tools you use 🔥🔥🔥love the channel and I cant build nun lol

  47. Wiggle Room on March 19, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Man, your hands looked so cold while you were cutting the holes in the roof. Thank you for sharing this journey. It really helps in the visualization.

  48. Yvetta Grimes on March 19, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    It’s alway nice to see you do your thing(craftsmanship)
    Love your work

  49. Michael Pugh on March 19, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Glad I found your channel, you are great at these builds!

  50. Insanity on March 19, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    along with all else, he gets A lot done each vid!

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