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Photo By Dandy Denial
Photo By Dandy Denial

Hello, my name is Cud Eastbound & on june 6th 2014, I set off on an adventure to move to the Yukon.

I packed/gave away everything I owned, released a new album, left Halifax and went westward on a 2 month cross Canada tour, leading me all the way up to Dawson City Yukon.

I toured with my 77 Dodge Camper van, who’s name is “Night Danger” (like those moose signs through northern ontario). Night Danger has been around the continent a few times and I found it was time to find a place for it to rest for good. I’ve made a few modifications, and love living out of the van, so I figured I would try and see if I could survive a Yukon winter by living in my van.

The first challenge was to find a way to efficiently heat my little abode, so before I left Halifax I constructed a wood stove that would fit nice and safely in the back of the van. Second Challenge was to find a way to hold in the heat I would produce to stay warm all winter. I was not keen on using traditional insulation, because at that point I might as well just build a little shack, so I came to the conclusion that straw bales would be my best bet. Once I was finished with the first winter, I could donate the bales to folks who have live stock, or dog sled teams or something.Strawbale3

I was lucky enough to have a friend lend me some land in Bear Creek to try out my project on. (<3 thanks Cat). I have since cleaned up a lot of the dead trees laying around, made the road a little nicer, built a wood shed, an outhouse and wrapped my entire van in 117 Straw bales.Strawbale10

The adventure continues as I try and seal up leaky doors and windows, its a constant learning process. There are many folks helping me out with ideas, labour, time and most important of all support. Thanks to all of you <3

I have to go stoke my wood stove now, its starting to get cold, the ferry is getting pulled out of the water tomorrow, and I am so very excited for my first winter up here in the Northern Yukon.

Heat & Safety

Had to rebuild the chimney 2 times, but alas! it is done, and retrofitting the van went well!

I made a platform for the stove to stand on, that is off of the wood floors. I also put metal against the walls, then using aluminium spacers I laid down some more metal about an inch away from the metal on the walls. This way, as the metal heats up the cold air rushing past it and cools it.
The chimney is also tripled walled now, there is the insulated stove pipe, then I put corrugated tin, then a metal casing to hold it all in place as it exits the van window.
For added safety, I started putting down my collection of sings and licence plates, this is just in case an ember or spark flies out of the wood stove, instead of landing on my “hard wood” floors, it will burn out harmlessly on the metal!

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Step 2 Laying the floor

So, with the help of a friend named Quigs, we placed the old sidewalks in position, so I could “level them” as well as replace any boards that were missing or rotten.
I did not want to get too intense with levelling everything, because my van weighs so much… and I knew that I can jack up the van and put posts under it to make it level later on in the project.flooring4 flooring3 flooring2 flooring

Step 1 Clearing & Acquiring

So, first things first I guess…
visit the dump every day to collect as many free supplies as possible.

Thought it would be a great idea to have a floor, to keep me/the van & the straw up off of the ground… less moisture…. keep away from the permafrost.

So I collected (with the help of Olin & Devon) 6 6″X8″ Pieces of old sidewalks from Dawson City… Yes, these beasts are made entirely of 2″X6″‘s.
I plan on laying them out so that I end up with a platform that is 6 inches off the ground, and that measures a wopping 24 feet by 12 feet. Also, something strong enough to support my 1 &1/2 ton camper van.

Also, I forgot to mention, first off… I had to clear out the brush.. and find a nice spot!
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