GMC Safari Camper Conversion – Part One

GMC Safari Camper Conversion – Part One

After nearly three months of thinking about the van and coming up with a design, it was time to fly down to Victoria, British Columbia to start work. I had a week to transform the van into a camper for my and Carly's week long road trip back up to Whitehorse, Yukon, where I plan on living in the van all summer and exploring the Yukon and Alaska. Here is part one of the conversion. I wasn't originally going to remove any of the van's panelling from fear of messing up, but as soon as I was reunited with the van I changed my mind. So my first move was to get destructive and remove all of
My GMC Safari Camper Conversion Design

My GMC Safari Camper Conversion Design

I haven't seen my new van since buying the it over two months ago, but I have been thinking a lot about how I will convert it into a camper. During this time all I have had to go on are the measurements I took before leaving. Next week I will be flying down to Victoria where the van is being stored and will have a week to work on the conversion. Carly will then be flying down to join me, and from there we will spend a week driving the van back up through British Columbia to the Yukon. I plan to spend most of the summer living in the van, so I really wanted to get the design right. I have
GMC Safari / Astro Van Interior Measurements for Minivan Camper Conversion

GMC Safari / Astro Van Interior Measurements for Minivan Camper Conversion

A couple of years ago I converted a Plymouth Grand Voyager minivan into a campervan which I drove across Canada. After being Astro-inspired by some friends I recently bought a 1997 GMC Safari (also known as a Chevrolet Astro van) while on a trip to Victoria. The plan is to leave it in Victoria til the spring, when I will fly down, spend around a week converting it to a camper, and then drive it up to the Yukon. This way I don't have to worry about winterising it (winter tyres/engine block heater), and we can take our time road tripping/camping up north when the weather is a little warmer. This

Running through a ‘proper’ winter: first impressions

I have been running seriously for about five years now. Despite numerous set backs (see this and the footing section below), I am now running nearly every day. This has required a change of attitude towards running, notably to schedule my life around running, as apposed to trying to 'fit in' a run when I can. This also means that I have chosen to run despite the weather. For the last two months I have been living in Whitehorse, in Canada's far Northern Yukon Territory. It gets pretty cold here. When I arrived in October the temperatures were around the -10oC mark. This quickly dropped to -20oC

Applying For Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program

Earlier this year I applied for permanent residency in Canada through the Federal skilled worker program. This program allows you to apply for residency without a job offer in place, but relies on your education, skills and experience. From the Canadian Immigration FSW site: Canada encourages applications for permanent residence from people with skilled work experience and education that will contribute to the Canadian economy. As you would expect, the application process is complicated and long. To give you an idea, it took me around three months of toil to get everything together in order
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