According to social media and other forms of inflated self-promotion, the vanlife is nothing but freedom. Wide open roads to drive on, national parks to get lost in, and hammocks strung (illegally) between Joshua trees to nap in. Every night is a new sunset and every day a new adventure. But when was the last … Continue reading Loneliness and Community Through the Vanlife
Van dwelling is different for everyone. We’ve all come into this through different walks of life. A great many of us are outdoor enthusiasts and some are just college students or 9-5er’s trying to make ends meet. Regardless of what brought you to the mobile life (why I chose the vanlife), and regardless of what … Continue reading Van Dwelling: Being Houseless Isn’t Being Homeless
I hear some dogs only go for car rides every once in a while. I hear some dogs only go for car rides to the vet. I also hear some dogs only get to sit in the passenger seat. I live with Dad in a car ride, and we barely ever go to the vet … Continue reading Vanlife as a Dog: The Eternal Car Ride
If you Google “Top 5 Essentials for Living in a Van” (go ahead, do it), you’ll see list after list of useless items that you would barely call worth the space they take up. REI Chairs, cheesy cheap solar panels, garbage inverters, fluffy socks, Settler’s of Catan and all other types of stuff you wouldn't … Continue reading The Realistic Top 5 Essentials for Van Living
Somebody once asked, “What mistakes did you make when building your van?” My answer was, “Literally everything.” Building out a van is hard. Things will go wrong. For me, it felt like everything went wrong. What makes the difference, though, is how we react to those mistakes. It’s easy to admit defeat or become discouraged … Continue reading 5 Ways I Went Wrong in my Van Build and What I Recommend.
One of the single most important (and tedious) step in starting your vanlife is properly insulating your new mobile home. Insulation will not only keep your metal tube of a house at a reasonable temperature, but it can also drastically cut down on outside noise. The second most important project you’ll perform is installing a … Continue reading Stay Cool: Van Insulation and Fan Installation
Congratulations! You’ve decided to live in a van. Whether it’s a part-time gig, a full-time lifestyle, or dirtbag climber van, choosing a vessel to call home is still a big decision. And depending on your needs, the type of van for you may differ from the norm. Though I personally live in a 144” wheelbase … Continue reading Choosing the Right Van for Your Vanlife
So, you want to embark on a van-dwelling adventure but not sure whether to bring Fido or not? No problem! I’ve had my tiny life companion sharing the van with me for two years with minimal issues. That being said, there are some things to consider. You probably shouldn't just throw your dog in the … Continue reading Vanlife With a Dog: Achilles the Copilot
One of the most asked questions, by far, is how Frieda powers herself. The non-vanlifers are usually pretty amazed just to find out its solar power. However, the veterans of our craft obviously already know that and are simply inquiring about the more important specs. I already covered the basics in The Basic Build-out of … Continue reading Van Solar Power Setup. Tips and Calculations.
To the right eye, Frieda can be quite the head turner. And to anyone interested in the vanlife she is definitely a conversation starter! Sadly, I never documented the build out of my van to share with everyone. It seemed like a lot of work, and I didn't realize at the time how much it … Continue reading Frieda: The Sprinter Campervan