Six months after we’d received our brand-new Fiat E-Ducato, it stopped moving. We initially hoped the problem would be easy to fix, but it turned out to be so complex that it ended up taking three months and three weeks to repair. This is the full story: from our electric van breaking down to the issues that were found, how we dealt with it all, and finally: the fix.
At the hight of the pandemic, when we felt the walls of our apartment closing in around us, we packed a tent for a camping micro adventure close to home in the Netherlands. We booked a stay in a local’s spacious backyard via Dutch start-up Campspace and experienced how easy it can be to switch off, as we spent an evening by a campfire sharing stories with a stranger.
We were among the first in the world to order the brand-new Fiat E-Ducato and unfortunately, we’ve had to deal with a fair few issues since it arrived. We’ve compiled the biggest setbacks we experienced in our first nine months of being electric van owners and the solutions we’ve found so far.
In 2021, we bought a fully-electric Fiat E-Ducato to convert to a campervan. As far as we know, we’re the first in the world to do a DIY camper conversion of an electric van of this size. Which is why we’re so excited to share our experience: why we chose this EV, which options we went with, our range, and what we paid — the full specs.
Deep in the forests of Värmland in the west of Sweden lies a collection of incredible green stays. At Naturbyn, you can sleep in a floating hut on a lake, in a wooden cabin with a green roof, or in a magnificent treehouse 10 meters (30 feet) above the forest floor. We got the chance to stay in the treehouse for an incredible back-to-nature experience.
Our former backyard UNESCO World Heritage the Wadden Sea is one of the most beautiful parts of the Netherlands. The sea is heavily influenced by the tides, full of tidal creeks and sandbanks populated with seals, and crowned by five small islands that are all popular Dutch holiday destinations. While regular ferries service all the islands, there’s a much more adventurous – and greener – way to discover the Wadden Sea: Eilandhopper. Every summer, this sailing ferry takes passengers to hop across the islands and back again.