Van build: Superstructure

I decided to tear out my van bed and kitchen and more-or-less start over. The insulation and paneling are good, so I’m leaving those.

You may recall the bed I had built previously (see below left). The weight was all on one side, it wasn’t anchored very well to the van structure, and we almost never collapsed it into bench mode even when driving. Furthermore, I chose the openable bench design because I wanted a hallway to get to the back door, but I never use it, which makes it pointless. Finally, in the event of a head-on collision, not much is keeping it from flying forward.

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How to Make Money While Living in your Vehicle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3IwVzhh3c4

This lifestyle may be much cheaper than living in a house with a mortgage, or an apartment with a four-digit rent; but everyone still needs some money.  Unless you’ve got a few hundred grand stashed away, you’ll need an ongoing supply of it. So where does it come from? Continue reading “How to Make Money While Living in your Vehicle”

Heating Pros and Cons

Heat Pump

Pros:

  • Dry heat reduces moisture
  • Electric, so good when you have hookups or a generator

Cons:

  • Uses lots of power
  • Expensive to run
  • Probably can’t use them when boondocking
  • Won’t work below 40F
  • Noisy
  • No basement heat
  • Large

Built-in Furnace

Pros:

  • Heats up quickly
  • Routed throughout the vehicle
  • Uses propane
  • Included in many RVs
  • Heats the basement
  • Vents externally
  • Expandable fuel source

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Backup Systems

Things are going to break. Things are going to fail at the worst possible time. Therefore it’s critical to have backups for everything, especially if you’re going to be dispersed camping in the middle of nowhere.

Below is a list of things you’ll need to consider, and some options for each one. For each system, you should consider having at least two choices while you’re on the road. These are just the ideas I’ve found. Continue reading “Backup Systems”

Living in Your Existing Vehicle – Pros and Cons

Obviously this will vary a bit, depending on your vehicle, but I figured I’d give it a quick rundown anyway.

Pros:

  • 4-Wheel Drive, depending on the vehicle
  • Best price (you already own it)
  • Best possible mileage (usually)
  • Can get basically anywhere
  • Minimal startup cost
  • Great stealth; blends right in (just be sure to cover the windows)
  • If you really have to, you can do it right now

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RV Fulltiming Problems You Rarely See on YouTube

It’s not always the wonderland you see on the Internet. Your troubles aren’t merely eliminated; they are replaced with other, less familiar ones.  Here are a few of them you might experience.

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Fifth Wheel Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Huge (it’s basically a bus)
  • Great quality
  • Can stand up in it
  • Great amenities and luxury
  • Great safety and security
  • Great extensibility and customizability
  • Great tank capacities and hookups
  • It’s basically two yachts on wheels
  • Tons of storage
  • It’s literally designed for this
  • Room for the whole family, and possibly a small orphanage

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Class A Motorhome Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Huge (it’s basically a bus)
  • Great quality
  • Can stand up in it
  • Can walk around while in motion (questionable legality)
  • Great amenities and luxury
  • Great safety and security
  • Great extensibility and customizability
  • Great tank capacities and hookups
  • It’s basically a yacht on wheels
  • Often has a washer/dryer combo unit built in
  • Tons of storage
  • It’s literally designed for this
  • Room for the whole family

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Class C Motorhome Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Medium to large size
  • Low to medium price
  • Decent to good quality
  • Can stand up in it
  • Can walk around while in motion (questionable legality)
  • Fairly easy to set up and break camp
  • Good amenities and luxury
  • Good safety and security
  • Decent accessible locations and maneuverability
  • Great extensibility and customizability
  • Easy transition
  • Great tank capacities and hookups
  • Very common
  • Exhaustive community
  • Widely favor
  • It’s kinda designed for this

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Class B Motorhome Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Cheaper models usually have a decent price (especially used)
  • Good quality
  • Decent stealth
  • Decently easy maintenance
  • Easy to set up and break camp
  • Decent mileage
  • Good safety and security
  • Great accessible locations and maneuverability
  • Decent extensibility and customizability
  • Decently easy transition
  • Simple

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