She Bought An Old Van… Her Next Move Is All Your Hippy Dreams Come True.

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A girl (Marina), a dog and a van. What more could someone need?

We all want to do it. Grab the dog, pack up the vehicle and just take off. Getting away from life is never a bad thing sometime. Marina Piro took things to a whole new level though. She bought an old van and restored it into a little house on wheels for her and her dog. When she was finished it was a perfect place to be.

While driving the dog has plenty of room in the back to relax, eat or take a nap. You’ll see from the pictures that the dog couldn’t be happier, and you can never argue with a happy dog. It wasn’t an easy thing to accomplish though. Marina put a lot of work into the project.

While she wanted to create something that was nice for both her and her dog to travel in, she also had another goal in mind. She wanted to show people that you don’t have to be a master builder, designer or electrician to do something like this. She’ll be there first to admit that she isn’t very good at a lot of the stuff that was needed to be done, but that didn’t stop her from trying. You’ll see the results from her efforts are pretty amazing.


She turned this simple van into a home on wheels for her and her dog. A little bit of hard work and dedication is all it took.

The first thing that needed to be done was everything needed to be stripped out. This allows for a fresh start from scratch.

The floors needed to be leveled off so a real floor could be added. The end result is a very nice touch.

Insulation is a key part to keep the back cool or warm. It adds a layer of comfort to the back floor.

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Once the van floor has been fully insulated and ply lined it's ready for the finishing touch of vinyl.

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It doesn't take all that much material to finish off a beautiful floor. You can't argue with the results.

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Power is a key factor when living life on the road. So you'll need a power source to make everything work in the back.

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Everything today needs electricity so it's a key feature to add in. Once everything is complete you'll never even realize you are in a van.

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It's not an easy job and it takes a lot of work, but the end result is a necessity. You just can't be without electricity.

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Marina put the wooden panels in place and then cut the top to fit over the cooker. She used corner braces to make sure everything was secure.

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A comfortable material is needed for the bed/couch. You'll want to be comfortable during the down time and of course you want to give your dog a nice comfy place to lay.

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Whenever it's possible it's a good idea to create storage space behind or under anything possible. It's a requirement to maximize your space.

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You'll want to make sure the air conditioning and heat can get to the back. A few well placed vents can get the job done effectively.

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You'll want to use gas for your van conversion. But extreme caution has to be used. This is something you want to get right the first time.

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When you see the end result it is something to be proud of. The before and after photos are amazing.

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Another view of the finished living area. Note the storage space underneath. In a minute you'll see just how much stuff is actually under there.

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Marina though that putting the bed together would be easy but she found out she was wrong in that thought process. It took two days for her to complete but it looks pretty good even though she says it's not perfect.

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Don't forget the curtains for the windows!

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When all is said and done it's a perfect home on wheels for Marina and her dog. Now they can go wherever they want.

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You can't argue with a content and happy dog. It doesn't look like he's got any complaints at all!

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All the hard work paid off nicely. This is something you won't come across very often.

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Look at everything she can put in there. Some people who live in an apartment don't have that much stuff!

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You can see more on Marina's website and follow her on Instagram.