Vanagonlife started with Dave's five-year old son Chase, who had never been interested in the hot rods and bikes he was always working on. When Dave bought his white tin-top, the back end was totaled. He intended on using it as a parts van, but Chase wanted to fix it. Chase ran over to the toolbox, and grabbed tools to start taking off the wrecked rear bumper.
That’s when Dave realized this was his opportunity to get Chase interested in automotive work. They completely rebuilt that van together, and now it’s his daily driver. A year later, Chase asked if they could make an Instagram page for the van. Again Dave started to object, but Chase kept pushing, so they checked to see if @vanagonlife was available. The rest, as they say, is history.