Customized Cargo Van Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Great price
  • Good quality
  • Can stand up (with custom top)
  • Decently easy maintenance; can be maintained by a regular car mechanic
  • Easy to set up and break camp
  • Great mileage
  • Decent safety and security
  • Great accessible locations and maneuverability
  • Great extensibility and customizability
  • Can get almost anywhere

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Travel Trailer Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • 4-Wheel Drive (depending on what’s towing it)
  • “Right” size; big or small depending on needs
  • Good price, depending on the size
  • Can stand up in it
  • Easy maintenance
  • Easy to set up and break camp
  • Don’t need to break camp to go somewhere
  • Fairly good accessibile locations and maneuverability (especially on the smaller ones)
  • Great extensibility and customizability, and many choices
  • Decent ease of transition
  • Good tank capacities (usually)
  • Good hookups (usually)
  • Simple and common
  • Widely favored, so good community support

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How to Deal with Natural Disasters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV_5vmLsIXY

Natural disasters are bad enough in a sticks-and-bricks, but living in your vehicle adds entirely new elements to the equation.

It’s gonna happen.  You can plan your route to the tee, you can snowbird, you can follow the weather, but it’s gonna happen. One of these days, you’ll end up stuck in a flash flood, or in a blizzard, or next to a tornado. So what do you do then?

Obviously, also do your own independent research. Each of us is responsible for our own safety. What I offer here is merely the free advice of one unqualified man. Continue reading “How to Deal with Natural Disasters”

General and Unsorted Advice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQNRS3nJflM

These are some points worth consideration, which I have discovered or thought up in my own research. Some may work for you, some may not.  Some will apply to van life, some will apply to RV life; some both, some neither.

Your GPS, Wifi, and Cell signals won’t always be there.  Carry physical maps, an atlas, and ideally the Motor Vehicle Use Maps for the areas you plan to visit.

National Parks require dogs to be on a leash, and they are not allowed on some hiking trails. Continue reading “General and Unsorted Advice”

How to Spend Your Time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8k25XrAgzM

You may find yourself with lots of time on your hands; even more than you’re used to. Some of you will therefore easily become bored. Here are a few ideas to help get you through the “boring” parts.

Firstly, if you have the means and the flexibility, you should be traveling. The world has countless amazing places to explore. But you can’t be exploring all the time. Continue reading “How to Spend Your Time”

What Motivates Me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feLbUma4ymE

Clean Slate: We all have skeletons in our closet. We all have people and things in our lives and in our pasts that we would rather be without. Most of us have worked our way into a comfortable rut. Fulltiming gives us the opportunity to start over, from scratch; and this opportunity renews itself every time we move.

Exploration: I’ve found the happiest moments of my life have been when I’m exploring the National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks, and the other amazing sights this great land has to offer. Why should the happiest times of my life be limited to one or two weeks a year? Why should the other 50 be spent making someone else rich? Why should I spend a quarter of my income on a big house of which I only use maybe 15%? Continue reading “What Motivates Me”

Why not van dwelling?

After espousing some of the advantages of van dwelling, it seemed important to balance the picture with the downsides. Every decision in life carries risk — otherwise it wouldn’t really be a decision — And it’s important to do our cost/benefit analyses along the way. After a major decision is made, it’s also important to review the results and ensure they were what you expected.

As with any lifestyle, van dwelling certainly isn’t for everyone. Especially when you don’t have the time to plan things out, if you don’t have an ongoing source of income, if you have little or no savings, or if your research was incomplete, you may find the results very different from what you expected. Continue reading “Why not van dwelling?”

Why van dwelling?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feLbUma4ymE

Humans have a tendency to pursue the familiar and comfortable. We find our way into a life that provides a seemingly reasonable compromise between happiness and security, dig ourselves into a rut, put down roots, and wait a few decades for death to find us. Some of us tend to move around and do it several times, but the pattern is the same. In doing so, we basically throw our hands in the air and declare “Good enough.” While people have the right to pursue happiness, at some point, they just stop doing so. This is an antipattern that demands fixing.

Why do we move from place to place every few years or decades? Because we get bored with that place. We pick a new location, tell ourselves we’re going to explore it and see what it really has to offer. Ultimately, however, we end up right back in the same rut we just came from, and probably with more debt. The cycle itself prevents us from pursuing happiness, let alone finding it. Continue reading “Why van dwelling?”