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Vansformation: The podcast all about self-build van conversions

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Vansformation: The podcast all about self-build van conversions

Vansformation: The podcast all about self-build van conversions

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Vansformation is the podcast for transforming vans into creative spaces for work, travel and living. Van conversion is an art almost anyone can learn and this podcast aims to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Join in fortnightly for episodes featuring interviews with experts from a wide range of van conversion specialties and lessons learned from my own journeys in campervan building.

Latest Episodes

VF 20 5 Reasons for a Woodburning Stove in Your Van

Welcome to Vansformation Episode 20! Following up from VF 19, which explored 5 reasons NOT to put a woodburning stove into your vehicle conversion, this episode brings 5 reasons you should consider it. This episode features: Safe installation and use of a solid fuel heater in a van conversion What woodburner size is right to keep you toasty warm in a campervan Considerations for the design of your space around the woodburner Why I unabashedly love it and personally feel it can be a safe choice if approached with some precautions

23 MIN2019 FEB 15
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VF 20 5 Reasons for a Woodburning Stove in Your Van

VF 19: 5 Reasons NOT to put a Woodburning St

Merry Crimblewinter, the 2nd series of Vansformation starts today! All rested up after the break, the show’s theme for the next year is more: more solo episodes, more interviews, more of the time. Campervan builders self-builders, van converters and anyone who dreams of a land ship of your own making, welcome in. Almost a year after this podcast launched the podcast kicks off with one of two episodes on one of the dark arts of van conversion: wood burning stoves. Also known as woodstoves or multifuel heaters, they are beloved by some van self-builders and considered a sign of very poor judgement by others. But, what are the real considerations behind whether they are a good idea for your vehicle conversion or not? Today I talk about 5 very good reasons not to put a woodburning stove in your van. Time stamps (one of the many cool things starting in Series 2) : Intro, including stating the obvious by way of a disclaimer - 1:36 Reason 1: Cost - 4:05 Reason 2: Monitoring and safety - 5...

15 MIN2018 DEC 13
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VF 19: 5 Reasons NOT to put a Woodburning St

VF 18: Rob and Emily from The Road is Our Home

Self-Built Mercedes Sprinter Campervan Conversion for Extended Travel

30 MIN2018 OCT 15
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VF 18: Rob and Emily from The Road is Our Home

VF 17: Jon Shepherd, Owner and Builder of Sylvester

Jon is a graphic designer with a history of interesting mechanically oriented projects,including building a close replica of a 1953 MG TF (from a Triumph Herald base vehicle). He’s now on his third van conversion, a Vauxhall Vivaro purchased as an unfinished project. 'Sylvester' the van is now complete, and was recently featured in Campervan magazine. Jon talks about making a medium size van feel spacious, adding upcycled vintage details to the conversion and his recent experiences renting out his van. Tune in for creative conversion ideas with copper tubing, the charming awning his partner made and mounting solar panels on a pop-top roof.

35 MIN2018 SEP 24
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VF 17: Jon Shepherd, Owner and Builder of Sylvester

VF 16: Pete and Alfie from Pete's Pizzas

No DIY Mojo, No Problem Pete and Alfie are the dynamic duo behind 'Pete's Pizzas', a mobile catering business that brings wood-fired pizzas to events. Their wood-fired pizza oven is on a trailer towed behind a lovingly styled vintage aesthetic self-built campervan. All of this despite: Pete nor Alfie being formally trained pizza chefs and Pete himself describing past DIY attempts as 'grim' But, they took action, pulled in resources and knowledge from elsewhere and went after their van and pizza business with enthusiastic experimentation. We talk about converting a van as part of a start-up enterprise, how they did it and a little about good pizza. Listen in to find out the mistakes they learned from the most and how you can do this too. If you are ever in Suffolk, they often have their (delicious!) pizza at a farm café there, catch them on the socials to find out where they are going next. Relevant Links Pete's Pizza website Blue Rabbit Caféin Suffolk, England - where Pete's Pizza...

39 MIN2018 AUG 20
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VF 16: Pete and Alfie from Pete's Pizzas

VF 15: Van Conversion Insulation with Greg Virgoe

Vansformation Episode 15, an interview with Greg Virgoe, on the technical and practical facts about insulation for campervans and van conversions. Subscribe to catch every VF show, on air every two weeks.

36 MIN2018 JUL 31
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VF 15: Van Conversion Insulation with Greg Virgoe

VF 14: Professional Food Truck Converter Andrew Cole

Professional Food Truck Converter Andrew Coe Today's guest is the affable but very knowledgeable Andrew Cole, from FoCo Food Trucks in Fort Collins, Colorado. We talk base vehicles, regulations, sealing leaks, keeping a food truck cool and a fairly offensive sandwich (that I would definitely eat). If you are planning or dreaming of converting a vehicle for use in catering, this episode is a must listen. Relevant Links FoCo Food Trucks Twitter,Facebook and Website Wikipedia article on my favourite frozen dessert: gelato! Foodtruckr website (started by the same person who ran my podcast course #smallworld)

39 MIN2018 JUL 17
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VF 14: Professional Food Truck Converter Andrew Cole

VF 13: Live and explore fully with your van conversion

Anthony Bourdain was an top level flaneur, willing to wander and risk a long trip back for the rewards of discovery. Heshowed us the world, and still dictates how I wash-up nonstick cookware. There is wisdom in his writing, travel programmes and general hijinks for those of us creating self-built vans, for both the building journey and the journey after. Show notes for Vansformation episode 13

18 MIN2018 JUL 2
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VF 13: Live and explore fully with your van conversion

VF 12: 8 Real-Life Ways to Save Money on Your Self-Built Van Conversion

Welcome to Episode 12 of the Vansformation podcast! In this solo episode I discuss 8 practical ways to save your hard-earned cash on building the van conversion of your dreams. These apply to your van conversion project no matter the type: motorhome, food truck, mobile studio, live-in campervan or any other. I know these because have experienced the benefits of following this advice myself, and the consequences of not always applying it. Consistently following all 8 of these would have saved me at least £2000 on my current van. It actually would have saved more, but I stopped keeping close records of expenses at a certain point because it was a little too painful to watch. They are definitely lessons which will be with me on all upcoming projects. Listen in for all the details. Where to find the van building tips in the podcast: 8. Buy secondhand 4:10 7. Spread the build 5:19 6. A critical eye for forum advice 8:42 5. Borrow, responsibly 11:36 4. Resist buying too much, too soon 13...

22 MIN2018 MAY 22
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VF 12: 8 Real-Life Ways to Save Money on Your Self-Built Van Conversion

VF 11: Interview with Kate Powell from The Errant Stage

Today’s guest is Kate Powell, one half of the duo behind The Errant Stage, a mobile performance venue with drop down stage build on a bright red Iveco Luton van base. Kate is a puppeteer and theatre facilitator who has done the van conversion herself, along with several friends and family. The Errant Stage will be doing the Big Red Poetry tour at Wandsworth Fringe Festival next week, featuring live and pre-recorded performances as well as a creative writing workshop and open mic session. Kate talks about building a dual purpose van conversion which incorporates a public facing activity and private living quarters. She also shares how she painted the van and gives behind the scenes tips on using crowd funding to enable a van conversion as part of a larger innovative service or arts project. Vansformation Episode 11 shownotes: http://vansformation.com/11/

39 MIN2018 MAY 1
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VF 11: Interview with Kate Powell from The Errant Stage

Latest Episodes

VF 20 5 Reasons for a Woodburning Stove in Your Van

Welcome to Vansformation Episode 20! Following up from VF 19, which explored 5 reasons NOT to put a woodburning stove into your vehicle conversion, this episode brings 5 reasons you should consider it. This episode features: Safe installation and use of a solid fuel heater in a van conversion What woodburner size is right to keep you toasty warm in a campervan Considerations for the design of your space around the woodburner Why I unabashedly love it and personally feel it can be a safe choice if approached with some precautions

23 MIN2019 FEB 15
Comments
VF 20 5 Reasons for a Woodburning Stove in Your Van

VF 19: 5 Reasons NOT to put a Woodburning St

Merry Crimblewinter, the 2nd series of Vansformation starts today! All rested up after the break, the show’s theme for the next year is more: more solo episodes, more interviews, more of the time. Campervan builders self-builders, van converters and anyone who dreams of a land ship of your own making, welcome in. Almost a year after this podcast launched the podcast kicks off with one of two episodes on one of the dark arts of van conversion: wood burning stoves. Also known as woodstoves or multifuel heaters, they are beloved by some van self-builders and considered a sign of very poor judgement by others. But, what are the real considerations behind whether they are a good idea for your vehicle conversion or not? Today I talk about 5 very good reasons not to put a woodburning stove in your van. Time stamps (one of the many cool things starting in Series 2) : Intro, including stating the obvious by way of a disclaimer - 1:36 Reason 1: Cost - 4:05 Reason 2: Monitoring and safety - 5...

15 MIN2018 DEC 13
Comments
VF 19: 5 Reasons NOT to put a Woodburning St

VF 18: Rob and Emily from The Road is Our Home

Self-Built Mercedes Sprinter Campervan Conversion for Extended Travel

30 MIN2018 OCT 15
Comments
VF 18: Rob and Emily from The Road is Our Home

VF 17: Jon Shepherd, Owner and Builder of Sylvester

Jon is a graphic designer with a history of interesting mechanically oriented projects,including building a close replica of a 1953 MG TF (from a Triumph Herald base vehicle). He’s now on his third van conversion, a Vauxhall Vivaro purchased as an unfinished project. 'Sylvester' the van is now complete, and was recently featured in Campervan magazine. Jon talks about making a medium size van feel spacious, adding upcycled vintage details to the conversion and his recent experiences renting out his van. Tune in for creative conversion ideas with copper tubing, the charming awning his partner made and mounting solar panels on a pop-top roof.

35 MIN2018 SEP 24
Comments
VF 17: Jon Shepherd, Owner and Builder of Sylvester

VF 16: Pete and Alfie from Pete's Pizzas

No DIY Mojo, No Problem Pete and Alfie are the dynamic duo behind 'Pete's Pizzas', a mobile catering business that brings wood-fired pizzas to events. Their wood-fired pizza oven is on a trailer towed behind a lovingly styled vintage aesthetic self-built campervan. All of this despite: Pete nor Alfie being formally trained pizza chefs and Pete himself describing past DIY attempts as 'grim' But, they took action, pulled in resources and knowledge from elsewhere and went after their van and pizza business with enthusiastic experimentation. We talk about converting a van as part of a start-up enterprise, how they did it and a little about good pizza. Listen in to find out the mistakes they learned from the most and how you can do this too. If you are ever in Suffolk, they often have their (delicious!) pizza at a farm café there, catch them on the socials to find out where they are going next. Relevant Links Pete's Pizza website Blue Rabbit Caféin Suffolk, England - where Pete's Pizza...

39 MIN2018 AUG 20
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VF 16: Pete and Alfie from Pete's Pizzas

VF 15: Van Conversion Insulation with Greg Virgoe

Vansformation Episode 15, an interview with Greg Virgoe, on the technical and practical facts about insulation for campervans and van conversions. Subscribe to catch every VF show, on air every two weeks.

36 MIN2018 JUL 31
Comments
VF 15: Van Conversion Insulation with Greg Virgoe

VF 14: Professional Food Truck Converter Andrew Cole

Professional Food Truck Converter Andrew Coe Today's guest is the affable but very knowledgeable Andrew Cole, from FoCo Food Trucks in Fort Collins, Colorado. We talk base vehicles, regulations, sealing leaks, keeping a food truck cool and a fairly offensive sandwich (that I would definitely eat). If you are planning or dreaming of converting a vehicle for use in catering, this episode is a must listen. Relevant Links FoCo Food Trucks Twitter,Facebook and Website Wikipedia article on my favourite frozen dessert: gelato! Foodtruckr website (started by the same person who ran my podcast course #smallworld)

39 MIN2018 JUL 17
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VF 14: Professional Food Truck Converter Andrew Cole

VF 13: Live and explore fully with your van conversion

Anthony Bourdain was an top level flaneur, willing to wander and risk a long trip back for the rewards of discovery. Heshowed us the world, and still dictates how I wash-up nonstick cookware. There is wisdom in his writing, travel programmes and general hijinks for those of us creating self-built vans, for both the building journey and the journey after. Show notes for Vansformation episode 13

18 MIN2018 JUL 2
Comments
VF 13: Live and explore fully with your van conversion

VF 12: 8 Real-Life Ways to Save Money on Your Self-Built Van Conversion

Welcome to Episode 12 of the Vansformation podcast! In this solo episode I discuss 8 practical ways to save your hard-earned cash on building the van conversion of your dreams. These apply to your van conversion project no matter the type: motorhome, food truck, mobile studio, live-in campervan or any other. I know these because have experienced the benefits of following this advice myself, and the consequences of not always applying it. Consistently following all 8 of these would have saved me at least £2000 on my current van. It actually would have saved more, but I stopped keeping close records of expenses at a certain point because it was a little too painful to watch. They are definitely lessons which will be with me on all upcoming projects. Listen in for all the details. Where to find the van building tips in the podcast: 8. Buy secondhand 4:10 7. Spread the build 5:19 6. A critical eye for forum advice 8:42 5. Borrow, responsibly 11:36 4. Resist buying too much, too soon 13...

22 MIN2018 MAY 22
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VF 12: 8 Real-Life Ways to Save Money on Your Self-Built Van Conversion

VF 11: Interview with Kate Powell from The Errant Stage

Today’s guest is Kate Powell, one half of the duo behind The Errant Stage, a mobile performance venue with drop down stage build on a bright red Iveco Luton van base. Kate is a puppeteer and theatre facilitator who has done the van conversion herself, along with several friends and family. The Errant Stage will be doing the Big Red Poetry tour at Wandsworth Fringe Festival next week, featuring live and pre-recorded performances as well as a creative writing workshop and open mic session. Kate talks about building a dual purpose van conversion which incorporates a public facing activity and private living quarters. She also shares how she painted the van and gives behind the scenes tips on using crowd funding to enable a van conversion as part of a larger innovative service or arts project. Vansformation Episode 11 shownotes: http://vansformation.com/11/

39 MIN2018 MAY 1
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VF 11: Interview with Kate Powell from The Errant Stage
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