Van Slam 2017!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Third Annual Van Slam!

This year’s event was our biggest yet and included live music by Ukes of Hazard, a Yukon Brewing beer garden and freshly-roasted Firebean Coffee.

As part of the Ford Drive 4 UR Community program, Whitehorse Motors made a donation to the YuKonstruct Makerspace Society for every Ford test drive at the event. With your help we were able to raise $1,800!

Janna found her “dream home” camper for free!

Making a Van Slam Poster

Illustrator Eric Button was born in Whitehorse but is currently based in Vancouver. His artwork often features nature, Canadian culture and his cynical sense of humour. He’s recently taken on the project of designing and drawing the poster for YuKonstruct’s 2017 edition of Van Slam.

Van Slam is a showcase of the many unique DIY camping vehicle conversions in the Yukon. The “expo for vagabonds” has featured everything from converted ambulances to monster off-road campers. (See the blog posts about the 2015 & 2016 events) This year’s event will be happening in May and YuKonstruct is currently looking for volunteers and vehicle owners to show off their creations (check the forum for details).

Eric will be working on the poster during his live art broadcasts on pocketLIVE.tv. His broadcasts are an interactive art experiment. It is a collaborate effort between the artist and the internet.

Last week he started work on the Van Slam poster; first coming up with a general concept and overall composition, thumbnailing out ideas, and taking audience feedback.

You can tune in this week while he’s working on an initial rough drawing to work out the finer points of the design. YuKonstruct members can sign in to the chat to offer suggestions on the ultimate Yukon camper van and watch them be incorporated into the design. He’ll be broadcasting at 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and earlier during the afternoon on Friday.

The next step in the process will be a larger drawing done in pen and ink. Finally the image will be coloured in Photoshop.

Watch the live broadcasts Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm and Friday afternoons:
Eric Button’s Pocketlive Channel

Hoser Drawings with Eric Button

Van Slam 2016

Building on the success of last year’s Van Slam at the end of the season, YuKonstruct decided to kick start the 2016 camping season with the second edition; and what a kick start it was! With a sunny 22 degree backdrop, Van Slam 2016 was another great success. Over 80 people came out to see 10 vehicles, ranging in size from a dodge caravan to an ambulance, a RAV4 to a lifted monster of an overlander.

Lots of great ideas and innovations were discussed and shown off and it might be safe to say that everyone attending was able to learn a little bit about the DIY world of campers, conversions and 4x4s.
From how to create a customized mosquito net to fit onto a car window, to the variety of customized awnings and bed systems, lots of great ideas and innovations were discussed and shown off. Not only was there a tour of the vehicles, but we were able to get some new faces into the doors of YuKonstruct and show off the space and equipment available to members, some of which has been used for the very same conversions.

A big thank you to all the vehicle owners and the volunteers that helped plan and organize the event, as well as all the people coming out for the tours.

Feeling inspired? Here are some links that can get you started out on the right track to either getting yourself a vehicle or basic foundations on converting a van from scratch (even for beginners!)
Some auction sites to find your own van or ambulance: bcauction.ca govdeals.com gcsurplus.ca
Great blog posts and purchasable ebook: http://vandogtraveller.com/
Plans for Allison and Chris’ cargo van bed: http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Bed-in-the-Back-of-your-Van/
All Smith Overland’s blog: http://www.allsmith-overland.ca/the-ground-truth-blog

Finally, now that you won’t be using hotels on your next road trip, you might enjoy Andrew’s tips for the best places to find showers on the road: http://www.instructables.com/id/Finding-a-good-shower-while-on-a-road-trip/ 

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