Laborer Quits Job To Surprise Wife, But Her Reaction Says It All

My wife has always wanted to go traveling but never found the right time due to career or kids.

I decided to surprise her for our 30th anniversary. We had saved enough money to travel for a bit (unknown to her), and I have decided to quit my job, sell my car, and spend a few weeks working on a special project.

Zach bought his used 2003 Chevy Express van for $4,000 in August 2014 and spent a total of $15,000 to convert the van into his mobile dream home. While he concedes that the cost was high (and more than he initially anticipated), it allowed him to achieve a stunning custom build that maximizes every square inch of space and is tailored to his exact specifications. The exterior was kept white to stay as inconspicuous as possible, however, the interior sports a stylish timber-lined living space inspired by minimalist Scandinavian design principles.


The converted van comprises a futon bed on one end and a L-shaped desk space with an integrated kitchen on the other. His kitchen features an ARB 50-quart Fridge/Freezer combo as well as an Origo two-burner alcohol stove stored beneath a desktop. The van roof is topped by two Boulder 90 solar panels paired with a Goal Zero Yeti Solar Generator that powers all his electronics. Rather than install a full sink and water pump, Zach opted for the low-tech solution of a five-gallon water jug. With no water hookup and limited space, there’s also no shower or toilet. The former laborer makes use of gym showers and public restrooms.

The value of a well-designed kitchen and bed shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s an opportunity to maximize your space’s function and improve the ease of your daily routine once on the road.

My wide was so shocked, she fainted!! Once she came round, she was crying “happy tears” and I instantly knew all of my hard work had been worth it. I wish I had done it sooner !


After seeing the last child off to University, we hit the road and have never looked back!


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