The Van

Shakti

1997 Chevy Express 1500 350ci V8 5.7L 1/2 ton Van

Van Name – “Shakti”

In Eastern Philosophy the Sanskrit word SHIVA symbolizes consciousness, the masculine principle that of which I Am and SHAKTI symbolizes the feminine principle, the activating power and energy moving consciousness into creation/manifestation. Shakti, “The Van” helps move me, “Consciousness” within a Human Body along to manifest the journey within the journey.

Many people ask several questions about the Van Life lifestyle, and there is so much to cover especially when it comes to how I particularly set up my van for my personal lifestyle. There are so many minute details that make up the whole experience. The best advice I can give is to get in it and get on it. It is only then when it will all unfold. You wont figure it all out until your fully involved living the lifestyle and things will constantly shift and move so do not think it will all workout as planned while building it out in your driveway and garage.

Below are products I have found to be best for my purposes and budget. I had spent a lot of time researching and contemplating the differences of products in each category, and some I just went with. I will do my best to elaborate on why I chose certain products over other brands.

Accessories:

WeatherTech

Stone and Bug Deflector – Part# 50027

I am not sure if this actually does what it is designed for but it does add some protection of my hood from chipping and bugs protecting the paint job while traveling thousands of miles in the highways.

Side Window Deflectors – Part# 80020

If you have never had side window deflectors on a car then i highly recommend these for a few reasons. one is when it is raining you can crack your windows while either driving or parked and when parked in hot weather climates you will appreciate cracking the windows especially if you have a maxx air vent van installed.

Tech Shade – Part# TS0155

Security:

Viper 5706V 2-way LCD Alarm and Remote Starter 1 Mile Range

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Solar Panels:

Renogy 100w 12v Flexible Solar Panels – SKU: RNG-100DB-H

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Solar Charge Controller:

Rover Li 20 Amp MPPT Solar Charge Controller w/BT-1- SKU: RNG-CTRL-RVR20-BT

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Renogy BT-1 Bluetooth Module – SKU: RNG-CTRL-BT-1

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Solar Batteries:

Vmax Tanks Solar Batteries

XTR27-110 12Volts 110AH Deep Cycle, XTREME AGM Battery –  Part #XTR27-110

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Power Inverter:

Xantrex

Xantrex PROwatt SW 1000

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Xantrex PROwatt SW Auto Transfer Switch – part# 808-0915

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Xantrex PROwatt SW Remote Switch – Part# 808-9001

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Breakers:

Blue Sea Systems

Blue Sea Systems 285 series

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Blue Sea Systems 187 series

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Fuse Panel:

Blue Sea Systems ST Blade

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Vehicle Battery:

Optima Yellow Top

Optima Yellow Top – Model# D34/78 – SKU: 8014-045

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Battery Isolator:

JayCorp True Smart Battery Isolator – SKU:DBKIT

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Suspension:

Monroe Load Adjusting Shock Absorber

Monroe Sensatrac – Part# 58606

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Super Springs

Super Springs – Part# SSA14 – SKU: 814699001206

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Mounting Kit for Super Springs SSA14 – Part# MTKT – SKU: 814699001213

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Towing:

Curt Front Mount Hitch with 2″ Receiver – Part##31016

Reese Towpower Trailer Hitch Extension w/Vertical Dual 2″ Hitch Box Openings

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Roadmaster Quiet Hitch, Hitch Tightener – Model#061

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StowAway Hitch Tightener – Item #: ST 020.6

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Ventilation:

MaxxAir Fan

MaxxFan Deluxe 7500K Smoke – Part# 00-7500kK

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Moisture Absorber:

Eva-Dry

Eva Dry E500 Renewable High Capacity Dehumidifier – SKU: EVA-DRY 500 MINI-DEHUMIDIFIER

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Refrigerator:

ARB Fridges

ARB 37 Qt Fridge/Freezer – Part# 10800352

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ARB 37-50 Qt Fridge/Freezer Slider – Part# 1090021

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ARB 37 Qt Transit Bag for Fridge/Freezer – Part# 1090012

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Screens:

Skreenz.com

Auto Care:

Firestone Lifetime Alignment

Tires:

Firestone Destination LE2

Roadside Services:

Good Sam Roadside Assistance

Good Sam Tire and Wheel Protection

Roadside Safety:

Deflecto Early Warning Roadside Safety Triangle Kit – Part# 73-0711-00

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Helpful Accessories:

Battery Chargers/Maintainers

NOCO G7200 12v and 24v 7.2 amp UltraSafe Battery Charger and Maintainer

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NOCO G26000 12v and 24v 26 amp UltraSafe Battery Charger/Maintainer w/JumpCharge Engine Start

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Jump Starter

NOCO

NOCO Genius GB40 Boost Plus 1000 amp UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter

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Hard Case for NOCO GB40

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TPMS

Meirun Tire Pressure Monitoring System

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Traction Mat

Mr Emergency 28″ Rubber Snow and Mud Track

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Towing

USWay Gear 3″ x 30″ Towing Strap 30.000 lbs (15 US Ton) Rated Capacity

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Ranger 2″Extended Aluminum Hitch Receiver 3/4 Shackle Receiver 20.000 lbs (9 Tons)

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3/8″ Stainless Steel D Ring Anchor Bow w/7/8 pin 4.5 Ton

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Cell Phone Mount

Ram mount Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount Universal X-Grip Cell Phone Holder

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Showering

Anglink Portable Camping Shower Outdoor USB Rechargeable

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Texsport Portable Outdoor Privacy Camp Shower Shelter

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Saw

Agawa Canyon Boreal 21″ Tripper Kit Folding Blade w/Canvas Sheath

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Shovel

FiveJoy Military Folding Shovel Multitool (RS)

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Extensions for FiveJoy Shovel Multitool (RS)

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Gloves

Ultimate Nitrile Grip Work Gloves

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Bathroom

GoGirl Female Urination Device

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Reliance Luggable Loo

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Toilet Seat for some 3, 5 and 6 Gallon Buckets

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Repair Adhesive

AquaSeal Urethane Repair Adhesive and Sealant

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Double Sided Tape

3m (VHB) Very High Bond Heavy Duty Mounting Tape, Double Sided

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