Blogue Van Life

Date published: 05/17/22 4:52 PM

Minivan Camper Conversion Kit or SUV Camping Kit?

Camper conversion vs camping kit There are several differences to consider between a minivan converted into a camper with a removable RoadLoft conversion kit and an SUV equipped with a RoadLoft camping kit. They all stem from the space available and the configuration of these two very different types of vehicles. Superior minivan space  Most… View Article

Date published: 03/30/22 2:45 PM

Vanlife Budget : How much does it cost?

To this question on the budget to plan, we will answer, as many articles, that it depends! Indeed, it depends on your lifestyle, if you prefer eating out at restaurants or if you like to cook your own meals, where you travel, how far… Still, in this article we will try to help you define… View Article

Date published: 03/11/22 8:19 AM

Is it legal to sleep in your minivan?

New to the vanlife community, you ask yourself where to sleep legally and safely? We are here to help you determine your options. First, main question : is it legal to sleep in your minivan ? The answer is yes but it depends where! Prohibited places Rest stops They could be appropriate spots for a… View Article

Date published: 01/31/22 4:28 PM

Building a Factory for the RoadLoft Workshop

From the end of our first year of operation, in 2019, we began to plan the construction of a infrastructure to adequately meet the growing demand.  We needed a modern workshop, tailor-made for our needs, ergonomic for our employees. Where to install an automated line to produce more and maintain a higher level of quality…. View Article

Date published: 01/5/22 10:08 AM

Year in review 2021 at RoadLoft

Pride and gratitude towards our team and our customers are the two feelings that sum up our year 2021. In our first two years, 2018-2019, everything had to be done. In 2020, to meet growing demand, we had planned a lot, organized our future. We had to make the leap from artisanal to industrial fashion… View Article

Date published: 12/23/21 9:47 AM

Tips for using RoadLoft blackout curtains

The RoadLoft blackout curtains are really practical for finding privacy in the evening and blocking the light in the morning, if you want to sleep in the morning! However, some customers have difficulty with the suction cup system used to secure them to windows. Here are our tips for using them well. Installation of curtains… View Article

Date published: 11/26/21 9:36 AM

RoadLoft, three years already!

I remember the excitement of November 29, 2018, of the slogan that summed up the RoadLoft adventure: Follow your dreams, they know the way! From the moment we put roadloft.com online. From the moment when, 40 minutes later, we saw a first order appear (thank you Michelyne and Pierre for your trust). It was an… View Article

Date published: 11/17/21 8:57 AM

How to properly store your battery in winter

With winter approaching, many are putting away their RoadLoft conversion kit while waiting for spring to return. With its storage comes also the storage of the lithium power station. In this short article, we will walk you through how to properly store your battery this winter to ensure it’s operating at peak performance next spring…. View Article

Date published: 10/25/21 10:34 AM

Open borders, road trip in the US!

A road trip in the USA in November and December With the opening of the US borders on November 8, travel enthusiasts can not only dream of their next destination, they can now finally live it! This news brings back lasting memories in my memory. Because we made several road trips in the southern US… View Article

Date published: 10/7/21 4:05 PM

Why buy a minivan conversion kit now?

Van life is more accessible than you might think. Here are 10 reasons to buy a minivan conversion kit now. Stop dreaming, start living! 1. Ride in an RV for less than $ 5,000 (yes!) Most people don’t live the road trip of their dream or put it off over and over again because an… View Article

Date published: 08/27/21 11:40 AM

Van life : where to sleep? Vanfriendly municipalities

With the vanlife popularity, nomadic campers are multiplying. Faced with the excesses of 2020, some municipalities have closed themselves off to this type of camper, but this is not the case for all. Today we want to share with you some of these vanfriendly municipalities, which offer boondocking spots. Let’s celebrate them, thank them and… View Article

Date published: 08/4/21 10:35 AM

Best camping recipes and cooking tips

Our Best Recipes In this post, we will be showcasing some of our favourite recipes, featuring ideas shared by fellow RoadLofters on the Roadloft van life group. In our minivan, we are able to pack a food supply of about one week. Our pantry allows us to take a lot of dry food with us,… View Article

Date published: 06/8/21 11:47 AM

The #roadloftcare movement to take care of nature

From the start, RoadLoft’s mission has been to bring people into nature, while respecting it. This year, we had the idea to push this intention a little further. This is why, on May 27, we appealed to everyone: to go and clean up their favorite spot in nature, together, at the same time on June… View Article

Date published: 06/4/21 10:15 AM

5 essential accessories to be energy independent

With camping-season approaching, we are itching to get on the road and getaway in our area! With the experiences of last summer under our belts, we present you our recommendations for the most essential accessories to be energy independent. 1. Keep food fresh with the Alpicool c40 Fridge/Freezer For those who want to not have… View Article

Date published: 05/13/21 2:47 PM

Why adopt Vanlife

Vanlife is a phenomenon that has spread like wildfire in recent years. Of course, the possibility of installing a removable conversion kit in your everyday vehicle (mini-van) in a few minutes opens wide the doors of accessibility to the Vanlife! But how to define this increasingly popular movement? In the literal sense, it is the… View Article

Date published: 05/11/21 9:31 AM

Decorative tips to customize your van

A camper is, in a way, a little home that you take with you on a trip. Quickly, we kind of grow attached to our vans, because they allows us to have so many experiences and to travel freely. The mini-van becomes a landmark in instability. At the end of a day of exploring, we… View Article

Date published: 04/2/21 2:32 PM

The advantages of a minivan for road trips

Convinced that traveling in our mini-van is the perfect camping solution nowadays, we want to share this alternative to bigger RVs with as many people as possible. Here are the advantages of a minivan for road trips. You can also try the RoadLoft kit in our Quebec workshop to see it for yourself! 1. Big… View Article

Date published: 03/5/21 1:03 PM

10 essential criteria for a better conversion kit

RoadLoft was born of our knowledge of the real needs of the road. This article features 10 essential criteria which guided our conception of a sustainable, non-permanent conversion kit. In 2016, back from a long trip to India and Sri Lanka, we took off to explore the Canadian and American West. We designed our first… View Article

Date published: 11/25/20 3:42 PM

15 Gift ideas for minivan trips

Christmas is just around the corner and the only thing on your mind is to get back to your adventures? Our little helpers have thought of creating a wish list of must-have items for minivan trips, just to make you dream a little. After all, it’s never too early to start preparing for the next… View Article

Date published: 08/12/20 9:03 AM

Comfortable rainy days in your converted minivan

Simplicity and comfort, this is what our mini-van brings us! This is even more true when the weather is bad. In a van, rainy days become a time to slow down and rest, since we have all the comfort needed to do so! Staying dry in spite of the rain! Rain is no longer an… View Article

Date published: 07/24/20 9:39 AM

Ventilation tips for your minivan in hot weather

With the heat waves that are inevitable in summer, controlling the temperature on board your minivan becomes a significant issue. Here are some ventilation tips that help us keep our converted minivan comfortable. Several people often ask us if it is hot at night in our vehicle. Honestly, with these tricks, we usually sleep very… View Article

Date published: 07/16/20 2:22 PM

A tour of the Island of Montreal by minivan!

The pandemic has affected everyone’s daily lives and has even deprived us of access to national, regional and provincial parks during the lockdown. From you to me, nature contributes to our physical and mental health immensely! How can I, a Montrealer by adoption, recharge my batteries despite the closure of Quebec’s regional travel destinations and… View Article

Date published: 06/11/20 6:57 PM

The importance of a layout that adapts to ALL needs

During a mountain bike trip in Arizona, we noticed on the way back from a ride that a strap on our bike rack was broken. As a result, we could no longer put one of the two bikes on its rack to get around and we were at least 30 km away from civilization. After… View Article

Date published: 06/11/20 6:55 PM

Small RV: when space planning makes all the difference

People often ask us if we feel trapped in our little camper. The answer is simple: since we’ve optimized its conversion and have both an interior bench and table AND an extra-long double bed, we don’t feel cramped at all. It must be said that when we travel by van, we spend most of our… View Article

Date published: 06/2/20 5:28 PM

Working on Quebec roads with the RoadLoft kit

by Sophie Corriveau I’ve been traveling the roads of Quebec as a photographer and videographer for nearly three years. My goal is to discover and capture the most beautiful landscapes of our country. Spring, summer, fall or winter… the four seasons make me vibrate. In order to make the most of my work stays across… View Article

Date published: 05/22/20 2:20 PM

Get out of your routine every weekend with our fully equipped minivan

With the its daily grind, the week can get exhausting. There’s nothing like a spontaneous getaway to break your routine. From May to October, our mini-van allows us to find an escape in nature, comfortably. Since our van is always ready to go, all we have to do is pack our clothes and some fresh… View Article

Date published: 05/14/20 12:47 PM

How to adapt your RoadLoft to travel independently

With the warm weather being right around the bend, gradual deconfinement being under way and the opening of the SEPAQ territories, we’ve been preparing to be more self-sufficient in order to be able to make nature getaways happen right now, in our region. While respecting public safety regulations, we will travel completely independently this summer…. View Article

Date published: 01/9/20 3:29 PM

Southwestern USA: Discover the giant cacti of southern Arizona!

If you’re charmed by the idea of spending several days among cacti, these two destinations in southern Arizona are definitely worth including in your itinerary! Boyce Thompson Arboretum or cactus lover’s paradise. One of our favourites of this trip was definitely our visit of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum located in the Sonoran Desert, an outdoor… View Article

Date published: 12/17/19 5:51 PM

Southwestern USA: Mountain biking in Sedona and Arizona’s scenic routes!

Duration: 3 to 5 days minimum. Mountain biking in beautiful Sedona Sedona is definitely a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, whether for hiking, climbing or mountain biking. We had been to Sedona in previous years, but this time around, with our bikes on the roof, we knew we’d spend a lot more time there! With over… View Article

Date published: 11/23/19 8:29 PM

Southwestern US: Grand Canyon and Mythical Arizona Road

Perfect Boondocking Spot in the Grand Canyon As soon as we arrived at the Grand Canyon, we met a fabulous local who shared with us her must-see places in the park. She also shared THE SPOT for us to camp at, for free, directly in the park, completely legally! In fact, the Grand Canyon is… View Article

Date published: 11/12/19 10:47 PM

Southwestern US: 4th time in the Southwestern US

We have to admit, we have a soft spot for this region of the Northern Hemisphere. As a proof, Sam always gets the southwest sauce when he eats at Subway, haha! Desert, Canyon, large open spaces; we love to migrate south in the fall to get some sun! It should be noted that in the… View Article

Date published: 05/21/19 2:43 PM

6 Mosquito net solutions for your van

To get more out of your camper, a mosquito net must be installed. From the homemade solution, to the products available in store or online, you’re sure to find the option that best suits your needs. ”Home” Solutions (DIY) 1. Screen for rear windows This is both economical and more incognito. Personally, this is the… View Article

Date published: 05/5/19 11:38 AM

Make an informed choice: the important minivan characteristics for its conversion

Thinking of getting a RoadLoft conversion kit and you don’t have your vehicle yet? In order to maximize the potential of your purchase, certain minivan characteristics should be known before choosing your mini-van model. This article introduces them to you. You can also read that of our client, Sophie Corriveau, who testifies to her experience!… View Article

Date published: 04/9/19 5:28 PM

Nova Scotia: Our 5 favorites from Cape Breton Island

Have you ever found yourself breathless in front of a landscape, because there is so much beauty in one place? Well, that’s exactly the effect Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia had on us last summer. As soon as we arrived on the island, we found the same feeling of wonder we felt 3 years… View Article

Date published: 03/4/19 11:31 AM

Comfort tips for cold night camping

If we told you that for us, camping season starts on May 1st and ends in December, would you be surprised? Even if we migrate to the United States at the end of fall, we often find temperatures close to 0 Celsius and still, we can easily stay warm. Thanks to our van. It’s the… View Article

Date published: 02/22/19 10:13 AM

Make the road-trip more spontaneous

For us, perfect road-trips are synonymous with freedom. What we prefer is to have a destination goal, without really organizing the trip. Although we have researched the things to see on our route, we prefer not to book anything in advance, so that we have the freedom to take our time. This allows us to… View Article

Date published: 02/5/19 8:07 PM

5 places to take a shower on a road trip

Taking a shower on the road is easier than it looks. Based on our experience, we share with you 5 categories of places where you can definitely find a shower. Enough to simplify your trip!

Date published: 01/22/19 4:43 PM

The passion of traveling freely

Traveling in your van means being able to sleep in your warm bed every night, under a starry sky. It means to take your coffee in the morning admiring a canyon. It means to cook a good meal in front of a turquoise lake. And above all, it means to have the opportunity to move… View Article

Date published: 01/14/19 7:37 PM

Discover boondocking easily with these 4 essential applications

Our converted mini van allowed us to travel 4 times across Canada and United States. It’s a really economical way to travel that’s for sure. In 4 years, I don’t remember having paid for a campground once. Although we have always slept at amazing and allowed places. From Nova Scotia to Yukon and from B.-C…. View Article