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The van, which Nick called Christopher, has running hot water, full heating, a shower, a toilet, a 70 litre fridge, a freezer, an oven, a grill, 3 hobs, a full size fixed double bed, USB ports, 240v plugs sockets, black out blinds, decking for sunbathing, 300w of solar energy, 2 leisure batteries, a charge controlled, an inverter, 11 storage spaces, a huge garage space, a slide out table, dimming strip lights, surround sound, puppy bed, memory foam mattress, touch screen controls, a massive skylight for star gazing while in bed, and climate control throughout. Little extra touches such as heating vents positioned under the kitchen units so their toes warm up while making the morning tea, or the off centre skylight which means they can star gaze in bed, and even better a full size double bed TentBox on the roof which acts as an extra bedroom for guests. Chris made a van a home… and a beautiful one at that.
Nick was away on expedition when he called Chris to ask for his help. With a UK and European speaking tour looming, and needing a place to sleep while on the road, a van seemed the best option. Nick had long dreamt of living the Vanlife, having followed Alex Honnold’s exploits over the previous decade and so this was the best time to trail an alternative life in a van. The help that Nick had asked of his brother quickly escalated into a full blown 6 months off work for Chris, turning into long days working on the van. With hours of phone calls, moving money around, planning the layout, researching the tools need, electrics, heating, water supply, fridge set up,… the list goes on… eventually a plan was formed and Chris could start the conversion. The van, by the way is called Christopher, not just after Nick's brother, but also after McCandles, and of course the patron saint of travellers.
The build turned a normal van into a home. Windows, insulation water, electricity, solar, heating, tables, bed, and everything in between. Nick's brother Chris did most of the work.
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