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#Vanlife: Budget build inspiration from Austin Smith & the Baja Box

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If you’ve ever considered building out some sort of adventure vehicle, then you’ve certainly done the math. It can cost a lot of dollars to deck out a Sprinter or similar vehicle as your home base. But it doesn’t have to.

Inspired by finding a way to make surf trips down to Mexico a bit more enjoyable and (in the long term) more affordable, The Baja Box is the story of Austin Smith’s box truck conversion, captured beautifully by filmmaker Tyler Orton.

Starting with a $4,000 box truck, the team ended up building out the inside, adding a roof top deck, lights, solar panels, beds, and a dirt bike rack and did the whole conversion in two weeks – partially while in Mexico. Obviously, Austin’s build is focused on surf trips, but the same principles could easily be applied to mountain biking with a little imagination for bike storage.

 

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Padrote
Padrote
5 years ago

curiously missing from this “budget” build is an actual budget

Ken K
Ken K
5 years ago

VanLifeRumor website any day now

peter alexander
peter alexander
5 years ago

pure envy – tbh

mudrock
mudrock
5 years ago

BR has to put together their own van. There’s talking, and there’s doing. Watt’s van doesn’t count.

Ricky Bobby
Ricky Bobby
5 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

I’m assuming Watt’s van has the windows painted over and is emblazoned “free candy.”

reuben mcfadden
reuben mcfadden
5 years ago

A “World’s Funnest Van” Build?

Patrick Cavender
Patrick Cavender
5 years ago

Love the video.

MGK
MGK
5 years ago

Good stuff there…

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