Adventures Begin

Thanks for stopping by!

You've reached a new website - this one is not only going to be the blog of Burtman, adventure-seeker, office-dodger and van tinkerer; it's also going to be a growing resource for people who are new to the van life.

Content is being added right now, so you'd better get excited!

In these pages, you'll find technical descriptions and guides for building important systems like electricity and water supplies, useful lessons and tips on security, parking, maintenance and much more, checklists of tools and parts you should carry (and how to use and replace them), and plenty of information to help you find, design, build and maintain your own home on wheels. And that's not to mention plenty of stories, photographs and videos from my trips, a handful of creative extras, and interesting projects from friends and strangers alike.

You can follow my journeys in maps and media, and my evolving playlist is self-explanatory.

Most of the content here will be freely accessible without an account, but if you'd like to get more and support my efforts, do check out the supporter options below. We have no ads here, no upselling and a very strict data protection policy. And lastly, all accounts are approved manually to ensure no spam gets in. I know this will turn out to be a very positive and useful place for all who enjoy van life, and I'm proud to welcome you to

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Access to all the free van life articles, technical guides and discussions, plus occasional digest emails to help you stay up to date. You can leave comments in all sections and see some of the subscriber content from time to time.


Access to additional blogs, which include some useful tips for part-time and full-time nomadic living, as well as looking after dogs while traveling.


Full access to Burtman's creative archive, which includes written, photographic and videographic collections, 'Stories From The Road', 'Walks In The World' and 'The Rolling Archive', not to mention some practical designs for saving space and weight in your van and some extra goodies now and then.


Access to other projects I'm working on, preferential pricing for website development, and the occasional physical parcel from places I visit.


Exclusive access to all new content as it comes, limited-edition artwork and one-off, signed polaroid photo prints by post, plus the option to upload an advert which will feature on this site (some rules apply). Platinum supporters also have access to a regular private chat session, where you can ask questions, discuss ideas and travel tips, and get to know each other better.


It's important that everyone finds what they are looking for here, and while there are many extras offered to those who can support this project, the most important information is available to all. If you find this website useful, but cannot support it yourself, it would mean a great deal if you could share it with someone who can. This project is kept alive by the kind donations of my supporters, and their willingness to keep freedom alive and accessible to all.

As with everything here at, my supporter options have no lock-in, no commitment, no penalties and no other underhanded cheek of any kind. Your support is hugely appreciated and you are free to change your mind at any time. I only hope you enjoy this resource as much as we do!


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Huge thanks to my pre-launch supporters!
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