Nate and Steph Yarbrough specialize in teaching people how to build the DIY camper of their dreams through their business, EXPLORIST.life. Initially, their “explorist” lifestyle started when they began a life of full-time travel in an RV and then later transitioned into a Sprinter van. As they shared their travels on social media, Nate and Steph had a goal of not being stuck in a “vanlifers” box, so they emphasized their exploration and began living the “explorist life.” After building out their own Sprinter van, Nate and Steph were inspired to take everything they had learned and help others build their own. Through EXPLORIST.life, they offer various free and paid resources with all the tools needed to empower others to take on a build of their own DIY camper van.
The Ultimate Step by Step Guide to a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
Throughout 2022, Nate and Steph have been walking step by step through their upfit of a 2021 Ford Transit. As they complete each step in the process, they share YouTube videos and blogs that show exactly how they completed it. Recently, Nate finished the electrical system and show cased the entire process … from start to finish.
Included in their electrical system are: 2 – 270Ah 12V LiFePO4 Heated GC3 Battle Born Batteries, Victron MPPT Smart Solar Charge Controllers, a Victron Multiplus, a Lynx Shunt and Distributer, and more! Nate goes step by step through wiring the battery bank and heaters, adding additional components, rooftop and ground deploy solar, shore power, alternator charging, and final system programming and testing.