Swiss Engineer Designs Ultra Functional Van w/ Indoor Shower to Travel the Americas

This is Desiree and Andres. We live in our
van since eight months now. In the past we traveled with the Toyota Land Cruiser and we want
to go on a bigger trip. I’m too old to stay two years in a Land Cruiser. We think
we like to travel slow and we like to see how the landscapes change and we
want to have our small home with us on four wheels. It’s the reason why we
are actually in a van. This is our van. We call it Papa Pitufo. It’s Papa Smurf in Spanish and yeah because it’s blue. It’s a 4×4 Sprinter in the age of 2004. We
imported that from Germany to Switzerland. That kind of van was never
sold in the US. 4×4 system it’s from Ober Eichner. I think that it’s
a joint venture between Daimler and Ober Eichner. Small engine inside. It’s just a 2.2 liter engine. Yeah we have done some small modifications because we like to
travel down to South America. For us it was important that we have an additional
diesel filter system. They clean the diesel additionally and it also it takes
out the water of the diesel if you have inside. It’s a Euro 3 engine. That means a really old engine. They have not a problem if
the diesel starts to build paraffin. We mounted an additional pump that if we
run out of diesel that could pump easily the diesel from from the tank back to
the engine. In Canada we saw that all the locals they drive with that additional
mosquito net and we mounted too just to see how many bugs we collect here. Have
done some modification in the lights, additional LED bulbs inside. To the
cockpit area we have done also here some modification to see the
temperature. We have here for the voltage we mounted some additional USB
ports. Safety things, we have here a bear lock system. If we pump, we do the back gear in and then we lock the complete part. That means if somebody steal our car you have to do that in the in the back, back gear. Is that correct in English? Reverse. Reverse gear. We put some additional lights here for one it’s a blue light. It’s if I’m driving
that the light doesn’t have an influence when I drive. In the back additional LED’s,
we have a camera system mounted here. Under the door are LED’s. If the door gets
opened they light up the complete area outside. Here on that side we have
external fuel station for propane that means we are able to refill
the bottles from outside. Propane for us was also important that we have our own
bottle because about safety reasons. We have a mini wood stove and we have a
propane heating system. The system to refill our water tanks. 160 liters, I think
that is about 42 gallons of water. We have three different water tanks. One
it’s directly here under the car. They’re specially built for the Sprinter. If
you’re in area where it’s minus ten or minus twenty degrees we are not
able to use that but we have hundred liter inside. BF Goodrich tires an
additional one here on the back and the pipe here for the stove. From the
backside here is our Swiss number plate. We are from Switzerland. For us was
important that we have a good solution to store all our things, what we have with
us. That system is called Roco box system, you have that in all different
dimensions and we have here a water filter system with three filter units.
Here you can see some some parts about the heating system. Those pipes they
are bringing the hot air here to that area and because if we fold the bed
out like in that direction, our head is directly here. We have 200 watt
solar panels. Generally we have an additional battery. It’s an AGM battery, it’s directly here. 230 amp per hour.
We have a/c tech control system, that battery management system. Load that
battery with the alternator of the engine if the car is running and if not
we have 200 watt solar panel on the top. One of that panel it’s able as I’m able
to dismount that we have here additional connectors. Normally if the sun is
shining I really like to park the van in the
shadow and bring the panel’s to the Sun. In Germany that’s a normal system. It’s called Kaiter Chevey. Yeah we have that additional Jerrycan. We have also
two more under the van. That means we have additionally 60 liter of diesel. We
have here major control system for propane. We say for us it’s important
that we have that directly here on the door because if it’s not directly on the
door I think we yeah you get lazy and you you you don’t use it. The same with
electricity we have here one major switch. Here an additional table. We have
here a fridge SnoMaster yeah they build very very good fridges.
They are built specially for off-roading. Actually we have three different sensors.
One of them looks for propane and other gases and the other tools are for Keo
gas. I think that’s not a big topic actually in US but in Europe it’s a big
problem. If you are asleep on a rest area on a highway that some bad people they
let gas in your van and then you get really hard to sleep and then they steal
everything in the van and you are laying in the back and sleep for 12
hours. Wow, Desiree! *laughter* Hi and welcome inside to the van.
Start with the kitchen that’s where we cook. We also have running water system which is very practical and Andres did a very good job he just cut out all this the
wood we don’t really need because we don’t have so much weight. Here’s the rest of our cooking stuff like all the pans and all the spices. Here we have our
trash, olive oil, all the big bottles because the drawers are not high enough here. That’s where the gas bottles are. That’s where our toilet is. You can slide it in or out. Here is a wardrobe. For everybody we have like one drawer and yes it’s full because it’s mine. *laughter* And Andre’s, yeah. Andres knows that I always have cold
feet and yeah we had to build all the pipes of the propane heating system in
the car and he thought it’s maybe a nice idea to have this it’s like it canal
where the hot air is going through and this copper plate gets very warm and so
you can warm your feet here and yeah which is perfect for every woman. Here we can switch out the free water and when one is empty you can go
to another. Talking about water, that’s how we shower because for us it was very important to have a shower because we love to make sports and we said if you
are on a two years trip maybe we won’t do so much sport as we want when we don’t have the option to shower afterwards. We don’t want to lose room
because of the shower and this is the best solution for us and it works so
well. Yeah first we thought we have to do like four walls that nothing gets wet, but we
realized that it works good enough with just three walls. So we also decide you
want to have a big bed because we will go to so many places where it’s so hot
and yeah you need space when you share the bed. We have that piece, additional
piece of mattress, we put it then in the front or in the end. If we are in warm
places we can leave it like this the whole day because we can sit outside we
don’t need the table and this area for for dining. When the propane heating
system works on this there comes also out warm air, which is very perfect on my
side so yeah. Andres just did that for me. What makes me very sad is when when I
talk to people and they say, “What? You’re travelling like this. That was always my
dream” and I think what why haven’t you done it? It’s like it’s possible and a
lot of people told me in my age you have to focus on your career and don’t
be scared of your career or also of countries. A lot of people told us, “Oh,
don’t go to Mexico – Mexico it’s so dangerous”, but if we asked them, “You
you went to Mexico that you have bad experience?”, they said, “No, we never been in Mexico, we saw that in the newspaper”, and then we talked with people they are
really ranting (about) Mexico and they said, “Yeah! Do it! Do it!”. We really want to say also
thank you to a lot of friends, they helped us to build the van. Especially to
Winston and Alex and Chrishi that’s three person they are yeah were really
involved in that project and guys, thank you so much for your time and everything. Yeah, we’ll never forget about that. I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode.
If you did be sure to LIKE comment and subscribe. And follow our trip on or on Instagram, also on Facebook. Have a great week…bye!


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  • Marirose

    Dylan! Idk what’s up w/YT; I’ve noticed for awhile they’ve been hiding the progressive YTers I watch & not notifying me when a vlog has dropped BUT they’ve also been doing abt same to my fave van dwellers & tiny home channels. Why’d they suppress THs/Vans? To keep real estate market booming?? WTH?!?

    Anyways,, today was 1st time in awhile I was notified of a vlog of yours. There were no ads tho! Very weird & not good. #WhyYTDisappointsMe #EndGoogleCensorship

  • Marirose

    PS OMG This is coming across my newsfeed on August 5, 2019 But was published in 2018 when I was def subscribed to you. I don’t like that I’m not getting so many of my fave van/TH vlogs!!😡

  • the TOMSTER

    I really like the Bed-Design… was that custom or is this a standard design?

  • Shen

    Absolutely love this van design – I've never seen a van with all those details so well thought out. The owners seem to be nice as well. The only thing that really bothers me by now is this "you can do it, everyone can do it! You don't have to focus on your career!" attitude. It is impossible to live that way without access to a huge amount of material and immaterial resources. While they obviously have those resources, and I hope they always will, others unfortunately don't. A recessive economy and poverty are not a matter of individual choice and we need political action for a fair distribution of wealth. And I need this van 😀

  • Thomas Welch

    Imagine a world where self-sustaining solar-powered nomads could roam the protected lands and actually help preserve them!

  • Squirrel

    Amazing how people spend so much effort to live miserably, 😂

  • tbx59

    Best Wan I've seen

  • JoShi Ji

    Why their is radha krishna god photo in engine?

  • Anna K

    I love the layout!

  • Thomas Dukes

    Wow this is by far my favorite one. You guys have literally everything you need I love it !!

  • 10908070605040302

    Love to you guys ! from Ireland

  • Nancy Valladares

    Let's switch tiny or rv living to gadget living.
    Every video is gadgets and more gadgets fold this
    Swivel that bend over
    Roll over the heck.

  • Dappa


  • Mark Weis

    I love these guys. Cool van. Interesting ideas.


    1:33 loard Krishna
    I guess previous owner ws Indian or hindu

  • Dirk Nachtergaele

    Super goooooooooood looooooking 🙂

  • Rudi Rudi

    Der Verladekeil ist nicht richtig. Man sollte eine feste Achse nehmen also hinten. Anfänger.

  • okmmauh

    At last someone built the shower in the middle. I have been trying to imagine it

  • First Last

    Thank you for sharing. I'm using recycled furniture and going to do cut outs for weight purposes.

  • nino dolche

    Saludos desde uruguay..papà pitufo!!!

  • Ivonne Giles

    Brilliant build!

  • Ectra Lardge

    This video makes me want to be an engineer

  • Dean Flaco

    If its from Zurich it works. Good job guys!

  • Bharat Aildasani

    Hi .. I saw your vdo .. it’s too good .. I have a sincere request on 2:04 seconds .. check the picture inside your bonet .. on the engine .. that picture is for God .. lord Krishna . ( Hindu religion .. ) please remove it from there an get it pasted inside your van ..
    please please
    Thanks 🙏

  • Mahi Raj

    Radha krishna picture in engine

  • Betania Lima


  • Bobby Drawson

    Andres added little touches for his gf.. What a great guy and super cute couple!!

  • Cindy Straith

    Have fun traveling, thanks for showing us your van

  • Marc Hernandez


  • it's me CL

    Beautiful van and couple, TFS! I wonder home many languages they speak total since they are Swiss but also speak English and used some German and Spanish words. How cool.

  • Lady In Red

    V A N

  • Bella Shwing

    Only van I've seen that includes a spare tire lol

  • Del Mytruelement

    Does anyone know the septa filter is it connected from the main line from the tank or after the interior filter. Thanks

  • Del Mytruelement

    Does anyone know the septa filter is it connected from the main line from the tank or after the interior filter. Thanks

  • Sarah Dell

    Bad ass wan

  • Chris G.

    Awesome setup and such cool people !

  • falt007

    Wow!! What an amazing couple-

  • Autocross Racer

    Probably should just buy an RV at this point. More room, cheaper, easier to resell.

  • Scott

    Amazing bed! 10:05

  • Bina Bonelli

    This is amazing! Thank you! I would love to follow the papa pitufo couple on insta, fb or your website but can't find anything about them! … Can someone help me out with links?

  • Alan H

    Dude this van is sick. Love the bed.

  • Saday Rodriguez

    you know nothing Jon snow

  • Dana Lissy

    It is not a… ooooan but a van… 😉

  • Andreas A.

    wow! well done! 🙂

  • Sander van der Horst

    Does anyone have more information about this canopy system he mentions? Could not find anything online… What does he call even call it? Kreterschiene or Kräterschiene?

  • Awake andreborn

    They are so cute and genuine.

  • Piyush Kakkar

    Damn this van is pretty overkill. You have each and every thing all set up, great intelligent work

  • Brian Burke

    When I read Swiss and Engineer I knew it was going go be quality

  • Eduardo Coelho

    what is keo gas?

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  • Artytom Inquisitive Minds

    Very ingenious and a lovely couple.

  • Lena Lyman

    Wow, I love this van!!

  • Ankit Das

    Are u guys Hindus???


    What a happy couple!!

  • Lena Lyman

    What model van is this?

  • Em Burke

    I wish I could afford this! Potentially will be living out of a 2008 Chevy Cobalt coupe until I can find another living situation after paying off debt.

  • James

    They like to “make” sports lol

  • mui robson

    That has to be like the comfiest wan I'd ever seen

  • Dave Dawson

    Favourite set up so far.

  • yourr namee

    I don’t understand the wan thing. They clearly pronounce v in other words. Eh?! Great van and all

  • jem

    i lived in switzerland for a year and it’s so nice hearing them speak even tho it’s not in german:’)

  • bricksbaksteen

    Thanks for sharing. This is an amazing build. Have fun on your travels!

  • Conrad Boerner

    The Land Cruiser could’ve been modified to a Westfalia type car. You can use the sun roof as a means to enter the bead.

    Pls don’t steal my idea. I want to build it myself before anyone else does, and I’m only almost 17 so I need time.

  • Flat Swiss

    Nice work Brother, I love all of the mappings, The Globe on the dash really needs to be upgraded.. All of your adventures are taking place on Gods Plane Earth.. Peace and Love From Ticino, CH

  • Keila Prevette

    This is the best thought out concept I have seen by far. And the best build I have seen. I love that it’s not so crowded like other van builds. Awesome job you guys!!!

  • M M

    When they show the setup (around 11:00) with the bed folded up into a couch (with pillows), and the table out – a couch, table, seats by table, a kitchen (even a toilet and shower!) – it looks pretty perfect.

  • Sha Wilson

    words can't express how much I love your van. Good luck with all your travels

  • Lesley French

    Your van is beautiful, it's just how I would like one. Safe happy travels x x

  • VeteranCape

    Don't wanna be a dick but it takes an idiot to move from Switzerland to America

  • Andrew Eells

    I love the shower design!
    Would it be possible to get a link to that shower pan?

  • RichMartin FreeweightsAndSpeed.

    so excited to get to the comment section for this

  • Damian Wipfli

    The way he explains everything, is so swiss. I could have guessed that he is from Zürich, even if he didnt show his plate

  • Yuyu Mu

    I mean really!!!!???? first u import it from Germany to Swiss and than again import it to America… damn…
    you could buy a 4by4 at America only… ffffssssshhhhhh

  • ManInTheBigHat


  • Joshua Lander

    One of the best van conversations I’ve seen.

  • john Jones

    I'd rather shit in my mouth than live in a stinking little space like that.

  • Ameute

    People putting sleeping gas in your van sounds scary. I love how you can get to all your pipes and gas. So if anything goes wrong you don’t have to tear apart the van.

  • Lewis French

    This van has been thought out to the max. She ain’t the prettiest. But she is the best I have seen on this site. And the thought that’s gone into things like van safety is brilliant. People want to just see pretty vans. But the owners of this van have sunk money into their home not being stolen as well. 10/10 love this van.

  • Marcel F

    Best van vid .. and kickass van.

  • Fabiola P.

    The little oven is super!

  • Scally Wag

    Can't understand how Germans can't pronounce V at the start of a word. So easy to do.


    You are welcome in Mexico!

  • Hassan Ahmed Raja

    This is the most perfectly practical vans I have ever seen on the internet. That cozy homely feel, i have seen no where else. And that Map on the wall looks perfect. Beautiful couple with well deserved vehicle.

  • 00 00

    This guy is a freaking genius. Best van build on YouTube.

  • Dubious

    Nice van, shitty editing

  • Bob Bobbertson

    That's my dream home right there. I'll be looking back at this video for inspiration.

  • Rajiv Balai

    Why there is krishna and ratha's sticker

  • Debbie Woolard

    I absolutely love this van. Totally doable.

  • AlamBarzakh99

    I really want to concert my sprinter LWB to a camper. My biggest concern is I’m a sucka for hot showers and that would be hard work to build in a van.

  • Scott Johnson

    The music isn't too loud but the guy isn't speaking loud enough.
    Sorry, thumbs down.

  • Liquid Peace

    very nice

  • Victoria Peipei Valenzuela

    YES!!! México is wonderful, I hope one day to life in a van too and drive all over my country (México). ¡¡¡VIVA MÉXICO!!!
    Thnak you so much for sharing this video.

  • Gayle Sankey

    Lovely couple. I hope you have a great adventure!

  • Leila L

    Very cozy and cabin-like 😊

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  • Your Majesty

    The wan has good woltage. Yass

  • Monarnyc R

    Where did you purchase the world map? It's very nice.

  • Shawn Clarkson

    Y'all need Jesus. With all that pagen garbage. 😃

  • Emile Mutch

    Bravo! It's an incredible design.


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