There are drawbacks to living the nomadic life, according to a VANLIFER who shared his story.
Following a tumultuous divorce three years ago, Vinnie took the decision to convert his 2008 Toyota Sienna into a mobile home.
Vinnie described the minivan’s transformation into a functional house in an interview with RV enthusiast Bob, who hosts the YouTube channel CheapRVliving.
“There are a lot of challenges,” he said Bob, adding, “I’ve had a hard time with loneliness after 20 years of marriage.” He had gone through a divorce.
Adjustment and a journey have been my experiences. My first year living in a mobile home was in 1981, and I still consider myself something of a nomad at heart. Back then, I had no idea what vanlife was.
Having a permanent residence is something I’d really want. The sum of £10,000 that I had saved up allowed me to shut down my company and pursue my passion. Because it ran out, I was able to get a new job, and I’m now employed.
Along with documenting his travels and offering advise to other nomads, Vinnie maintains his own YouTube channel under the name VinnieVan.
With its reliable front-wheel drive, his Toyota Sienna has got him through many Idaho winters.
To further reduce the likelihood of snagging obstacles, the owner upgraded to bigger wheels and raised the car. Vinnie also uses a rigged swing away that is fastened to the boot, which has a fold-out table, for cooking. There is a power generator and a mini-fridge that are accessible from the driver’s seat inside.
Over the twin mattress sleeping space, there is a 24-inch smart TV that Vinnie may use to view movies and YouTube videos.
“I have endless WiFi on my phone because of an unlimited hotspot,” said he. With its contemporary gray linoleum panels, the flooring is also more fashionable than your average minivan. I have to be more careful with my belongings since there is no place to make a mess with my wooden storage boxes.
“The wall I built to hang the tv can also be used a coat rack.”
You may access additional storage space from the front and the boot, which is located behind the fold-away bed.
Along with an additional five liters of water, a blender, and a two-burner stove are concealed in the trunk.
“I have realized that I used to bring far too much baggage,” Vinnie said.
On the other hand, the restroom lacked some class.
Along with a bottle, this is my emergency toilet, Vinnie explained, gesturing toward a big white plastic pail.
Though some vanlifers were critical of Vinnie’s trip, one supporter said, “Loved his truthfulness about the downside to living the nomadic lifestyle with loneliness.”
Hey, look who you discovered! Just another awesome dude trying to make ends meet. Another letter writer congratulated Bob.
I think it’s great that Vinnie nailed down the fundamentals before moving on to discover what works, what’s necessary, and how to feel comfortable. A third person also expressed their interest in seeing minivan layouts, buildouts, and alterations, saying, “Since I just got my used minivan,” etc.
Another person commented: “Bob, you are doing a great job removing the stigma of living in your vehicle.”
I really like the inventive ways nomads use their space,” one astonished spectator said. Approaches vary from person to person. He handles it like a pro.
A lot of other folks are also jumping on the vanlife bandwagon. As millions of Britons struggle to make ends meet due to rising costs of living, some are following suit in an effort to cut costs elsewhere.
A guy who took the risk has spoken about how much he enjoys living off the grid and how much he wants to escape the expense of living problem. Paul, also known as The Off Grid Nomad, was sick of paying skyrocketing costs and ending each month with just £100 to play with.
Now he proudly tours the British countryside in his modified military vehicle, a member of the “lorry life” group. As this was happening, another couple transformed a vehicle into their ideal mobile home.
Tom and Iz, who go under the name “Lost in Transit” online, document their nomadic lifestyle. A third lady came clean about her passion of living in a van and how it allows her to save money and travel the world.
The “ideal” van life vehicle is a custom-built camper truck that features a complete wet room, washer/dryer, military-grade wheels, and more. The F550 is a work of art in terms of functionality and design from the folks at Rossmönster, who are known for making top-notch campers for outdoor adventures.
Another vanlifer recently shared an account of his carefree life in a converted camper. Richard shared the details of his daily life in a 2019 Volkswagen Crafter on TikTok under the handle @indi van a jones.