My Cool Campervan – Torin

written by beaniesandbikinis August 14, 2016
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You’re here, on my vanlife page because you are clearly interested in throwing everything away and living in a van, and you should be excited! I’m going to share with you my story, how I started, and why I wouldn’t choose another type of lifestyle!

Welcome to the Vanlife,

I’ve always had this longing to be completely free, to live in a van, to roam free and not be bound by anything. No job, no restrictions, no fear. I longed for a life that I could watch the stars every night as I was boiling water for tea in my van. I wanted the simple life, I wanted everything OTHER than the mainstream world. I found all my dreams within this vanlifestyle in New Zealand.

Meet my van Torin, he’s a 1987 Nissan Caravan who’s received lots of love and attention. I picked him up in Auckland, New Zealand from a lovely guy named Torin, so I decided to name the van after him; plus its a cute name! For being almost 30 years old and traveled the whole of New Zealand (perhaps many times), he’s doing great!

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Where do you find a van for the vanlife in New Zealand?

I found him on TradeMe, is a great platform for find used items, vehicles, clothing or anything people want to sell. It brings sellers to buyers without the middle man like a hockshop.

I’ve got a post specifically about how to buy a camper van in New Zealand.  “A Complete Guide to Buying a Campervan in New Zealand” for loads more information!

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Torin is a self-contained van

To be a self-contained van, it needs to be equipped with:

  1. Fresh water supply
  2. A fitted sink
  3. Toilet
  4. Holding tank (grey water)
  5. An evacuation hose connected to a sealed portable tank
  6. A rubbish bin with lid

To find out more about self-contained vans, click here.

But Torin's special

Since he’s such a special vanlife van, he also has:

  1. A Mini fridge
  2. A Stove
  3. A Solar Panel
  4. A Battery Inverter to charge electronics
  5. A cozy bed
  6. Heaps of cupboards, drawers and overhead storage
  7. Fairy lights (of course)
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I LOVE my cool campervan Torin. I love that he has so much character, and when we do road trips together I can just sleep in a self-contained allowed campsite. It makes road trips very inexpensive! The reason why I had to get him, among many reasons, was that he had an extended roof which means I can stand up straight! (Yes I’m only 5’1′, but still it makes me feel so cozy.)

The other reason is because it’s a self contained van. Since New Zealand is awesome, there are so many self-contained approved camp sites all around the country. Since we have flowing water, a toilet, a stove and a fridge, we won’t be leaving any trace anywhere! We love living simply. There are also DOC campsites which are very cheap and also nice to stay at if your van isn’t self contained.

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Let's make the van cozy

This past summer I revamped the interior to make it look really cozy. Since this was going to be my home for the next 2 years, I figured I wanted to be comfortable. I put up hooks so my necklaces could hang nicely, I re-painted the whole inside white, as well as the kitchen area. I got a nice blanket, pillows and painted cute murals on the cupboards. Cheers to the vanlife, making my space cozy is such a fun adventure.

I am very lucky to finding this van! The fact that the entire inside was completely finished to amazing standards still amazes me. I must have some good luck! Either way, I would have reconstructed a van into a cool campervan nonetheless!

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Cheers to the Vanlife

I’m Nikki and Torin is my cool campervan! If you’re interested in learning more about how to buy a van in New Zealand, or where good adventures are in New Zealand for the van life, and an inspirational vanlife video, I’ve got loads to share with you!

Having a cool campervan is seriously the best thing in the world! Bring along a couple friends, park up anywhere and cool a great meal while watching the stars. THAT my friends, is what life is all about.

Inspired? I hope so!

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Aida August 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Loving this post, beautiful photos! And the whole concept of your blog is just amazing!


alex October 4, 2016 at 2:15 am

vanners greets from Germany – we run a dodge b300 maxivan And already
made two roundtrips in italy with it. should be on The Road more often 😉


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