Understanding VanLife MTL Rental Vans – Part 2

This article follows up on Part 1: Interior Comfort and Amenities

PART 2: AUTONOMY AND ELECTRICITY

One question that comes up frequently is how autonomous the VanLife MTL campervans are. It is rather difficult to answer this question since it depends on how you use the vehicle. What I can say, however, is that its level of independence will likely surprise you! The best example I can give is our trip to Eeyou Istchee James Bay, where, for 10 days, the two vans we used never had to be plugged in and never ran out of energy. Note: we did a lot of driving!

AUTONOMOUS VANS

The cabin batteries are independent of the vehicle’s and recharge in three ways :

  • The connection of the vehicle to an external terminal;
  • The 310 W solar panel, ensuring that the panel faces the sun;
  • When driving, the engine operation recharges the cabin batteries.

All three of these (except for plugging in your van) are autonomous; you do not even have to think about it and your batteries recharge! There is a device in the camper to monitor your battery levels.

ELECTRICITY

Most of the electrical components in our campervans run on 12 V, but we have three more powerful components that require 120 V. To use these three components, you just have to turn on our inverter, which transforms 12 V power into 120 V.

Here is a complete list of the electrical components found in our vans :

12 V components :

  • LED lights
  • Water pumps
  • Refrigerator (with a mini freezer)
  • Fans (2)
  • Heater
  • USB outlets

120 V components:

  • Induction cooktop
  • Water heater
  • Electrical outlets

More information on the limitations of the vans:

  • You must use one 120 V element at a time, or you risk blowing the fuse. In other words, do not use the water heater, the induction cooktop and your hairdryer simultaneously.
  • The 120 V elements use up your battery power faster. Consider alternatives, such as using a BBQ instead of the induction cooktop. And let’s face it, a BBQ while camping is a must! To prevent discharge, we also recommend heating your water while driving, as the battery is recharging.

THE BATTERIES

Our rental vans have three lithium batteries. They are powerful and will enable autonomy in both summer and winter.

Each rental comes with a twenty-minute training session on how to operate your van and a user guide that you can consult along the way. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@vanlifemtl.com

On the menu for the next and final instalment of the “Understanding VanLife MTL Rental Vans” articles: Four Season Entertainment and Preparation. Coming soon!

Want to live the adventure? Or who knows, to test the autonomy of our campervans?
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by Justine, Rental Manager and Development Assistant

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    GIFT CERTIFICATES - VANLIFE MTL CAMPERVAN RENTAL

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    The gift certificate will be emailed to you with your receipt following your purchase.

    • This gift certificate is valid on the VanLife MTL camper van rental service, packages and extras.
    • This gift certificate is also transferable for the VanLife MTL online store. However, it is not possible to make this transfer directly online. We therefore ask you to contact a member of the VanLife MTL team at info@vanlifemtl.com or by phone at 514-903-1995, if you wish to use your gift certificate on the online store.
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    • By using this gift certificate, the holder confirms his acceptance of the terms set out on the VanLife MTL website, related to the products or services purchased with this gift certificate, which may be changed at any time.
    • All sales of gift certificates are final. No refund or exchange possible.
    • The value of the amounts is in Canadian dollars.
    • The customer must keep the invoice for the gift card as proof of purchase.
    • VanLife MTL cannot be held responsible for replacing a lost or stolen gift certificate.

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    GIFT CERTIFICATES - ONLINE STORE

    SHIPPING:

    The gift certificate will be emailed to you with your receipt following your purchase.

    • This gift certificate is valid for all purchases on the VanLife MTL Online store.
    • This gift certificate is also transferable for the VanLife MTL campervan rental service. However, it is not possible to make this transfer directly online. We therefore ask you to contact a member of the VanLife MTL team at info@vanlifemtl.com or by phone at 514-903-1995, if you wish to use your gift certificate for the VanLife MTL campervan rental service.
      Include the following information:

      • Your gift certificate number and the amount
      • Your full name and contact details
    • By using this gift certificate, the holder confirms his acceptance of the terms set out on the VanLife MTL website, related to the products or services purchased with this gift certificate, which may be changed at any time.
    • All sales of gift certificates are final. No refund or exchange possible.
    • The value of the amounts is in Canadian dollars.
    • The customer must keep the invoice for the gift card as proof of purchase.
    • VanLife MTL cannot be held responsible for replacing a lost or stolen gift certificate.

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    DELIVERY – RETURNS – PRODUCTS DESCRIPTIONS

    DELIVERY

    Orders are processed within 1 to 5 working days. The delivery time depends on Canada Post.

    ORDER TRACKING

    Once you place your order, you will receive a confirmation email indicating that your order is being processed.

    • If you have chosen in-shop pick-up, you will receive an email when your order is ready for pick-up (in-shop) during our business hours. Business hours are between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
    • If you have chosen to have your order sent by mail, you will receive an email when your order is shipped. A Canada Post tracking number will then also be sent to you by email. The tracking number will allow you to track your package until it has been delivered.

    To add an item to your order, contact customer service at : info@vanlifemtl.com

    RETURNS

    We do not issue refunds on clothing.

    However, we will gladly exchange your item within 30 days of the date of purchase if the item does not suit you.

    For an exchange to be possible and authorized, the returned item must never have been worn, washed or damaged in any way.

    To return an item you must contact us by email at info@vanlifemtl.com and include the following information:

    • Your order number
    • Your full name
    • The item you would like to return and the reason for the return.

    The only exceptions for a refund to be authorized are:

    • If your item is out of stock when we process your order.
    • If your item has a manufacturing defect (you will need to send us a picture before returning the item).

    The customer is responsible for the shipping costs related to the return of the item. VanLife MTL will pay the shipping costs in cases of manufacturing defects validated by sending a photo.

    Items on sale are considered final and therefore not exchangeable.

    Furthermore, during sales and promotions, we do not offer price adjustments on items purchased before the sale is in effect.

    Promotions may not be combined with any other offer (discount, promotion, sale).

    PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS

    Please note that the product colours you see on our website may vary slightly depending on the resolution and brightness of your computer screen.

    All sizes are approximate, but we try to provide you with the most accurate measurements possible.

    VanLife MTL is not responsible for publication and web posting errors associated with products sold on the online shop (price, promotion, discounts, quantities available, etc.) Customers cannot use such arguments to claim rebates or discounts on their purchases.

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