Posted Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 10:30pm

How to Build Out Your Subaru Forester for $350 or Less

I could give you the spiel about my love of the vanlife concept—I’ve wanted to do it since before Instagram was a thing, I’m a camping nerd, I think travel is good for a healthy economy—but I’ll get straight to the point: I don’t think people should build out a vehicle for a price tag that has more than two zeros before the decimal.

Instead, like any twentysomething with a low-to-average paycheck, I looked at what I already had—a 2008 Subaru Forester—and thought, ‘I bet I could make a cheap build in the back of that.’ So I called up Larry Dube, my dad and a software engineer with a knack for woodworking, and hatched a plan. Here’s what we came up with.