>>734177549 No, no skydiving, but I'm not hard-up for places to stay. I go wherever, never plan ahead. >>734177556 Right this second, pretty bad tbh, I'm in the desert and it is 104 degrees during the day, I'm here because I've receded to do some van repairs and I've been working and not showering. That's also why I'm posting this AMA now, kinda bored waiting to move on. That said, I have a shower inside my van, hot water and everything, it all works off grid, my hygiene does not suffer from circumstance. Usually I smell perfectly pleasant. >>734177597 My van actually has a toilet and full RV style holding tanks, but I choose not to use them. My preference is to poo out in the woods/desert/etc if available. If not available, I will shit in a bag and fling it in a trash can. This is perfectly legal. >>734177614 Okay. Here's one of a sex harmess I designed because of reasons.
>>734177779 I work carpentry/construction. I actually make around $50/k year. Not getting rich but with that money I do whatever I want, travel, buy expensive beer, hit up women, whatever.
>>734178168 Stop being a faggot and spreading misinformation pls.
I have my own shower in my own space. Many vandwellers do as you describe, showering at a gym. Or they use spray bottles/baby wipes. I separate myself from that as I was not willing to do this life without a shower in my own space.
you lucky motherfuckers I am sick of wasting my god damn money on rent (heavy living in anaheim california) and have been dreaming about this for some time but with a boat so I have a chance to do some backpacking in other countries
>>734177401 Do you have solar anon? I'm curious because I have a slide-in truck camper and I want to put solar on it this month, but I am unsure how much wattage and how many batteries I would need for 1-2 people to use electricity comfortably.
>>734178620 I don't recommend a boat if you want to live on the cheap. Apart from maintenance issues, a boat practically necessitates that you have to pay for a slip and hookups... I don't pay for these things, I live entirely off-grid with solar panels, onboard water propane etc, never pay for parking.
>>734178625 My greatest expenses are gas and beer. Analyze that one.
I park wherever I want. Generally I park somewhere *nice* like by a lake or whatever, but if I'm in a city then legal street parking is perfectly adequate.
I do not cook meth, but that joke is second only to the "van down by the river" Chris Farley sketch.
>>734178682 Oh yes. You'd be surprised how many girls would climb into the back of a van with a bearded drifter they just met.
>>734178776 Yes, 300 watts. 210ah battery bank. How much solar you need is a question that could be discussed for ten pages but basically, think of what you want to run, figure how many amp hours that requires, then double that for the battery bank you need (as your battery bank should only be discharged to 50%) then figure out how much solar you need to keep that battery bank charged..... oooooorrrrr just get as much as you can afford. A 300 watt kit like mine is around $350 on Amazon. Then the batteries.
>>734178889 Thanks man. Yeah I'm always upgrading my van. Today I repaired brakes. Control arm bushings tomorrow. As far as features? I'm pretty pleased with my automated dump valves... >tailgaters, watch out
pirates. boats are much less efficient and require a lot more $$$ to fuel, sail boats are a lot of work to maintain and you don't always have prevailing winds to sail wherever u choose. i'll never own a boat they are money pits, i know a lot of people who do own them, it's nice to go out on a boat once in awhile but i'd rather rent one.
>>734178974 Craigslist yeah if I'm looking for under the table work, although I have a few regular gigs on different sides of the country that pay me on the books any time I need.
>>734178987 Nah, this thing is a 1999. Paid $10k for it and that was a good deal.
I wanted something "permanently attached to the engine" as I wanted one self-contained unit with a pass through. But there are plenty of options for 5th wheels etc if that's what you want. Just look for leaks and don't buy garbage.
>>734179486 I fill my water wherever. Public parks, cemeteries are good locations. In the southwest water is more scarce and in that case, yes, gas stations are a good option as they have to provide it for radiators overheating. I never pay to fill my water ever.
>>734179498 You are speaking bullshit sir. If my van is legally parked then it is legally parked. It is only if a city imposes restrictions about "habitation in a vehicle" or similar that it becomes illegal.
Question: What's the difference between being legally parked and inhabiting a vehicle? ...the difference is whether you answer when the police knock.
>>734179660 Yes. 12v dc compressor refrigerator. All the cold beer I need.
Hold on a few minutes /b/ I'm making a laptop change.
>>734179784 Walmart will let you park there pretty much as long as you want so long as you stay to the back of the parking lot. Why? Because chances are you will go in and buy shit. I knew people that would go "camping" and just hop from one Walmart lot to the next. We call these people cheapskate-charlies.
>>734180145 Many RV forums claim that golf cart batteries are the way to go.. So I'm not sure. But don't want to waste my money.
And although my marine battery for my boat is deep cycle, it's a starter battery so it isn't designed for long use. But I guess I can easily distinguish between a starter battery and a storage battery at the shop.
I take it back, THIS is the 2nd most common after Chris Farley sketch. Please stop saying that. 1) Who wants to live at Wal-Mart? 2) Many Wal-Marts are imposing restrictions because 90% of uninformed people default there. 3) Even if Wal-Mart does not impose restrictions, the city may, and if so police will look at Wal-Mart lots to enforce first because 90% of people default there.
>>734179968 Too many! As far as big cities I like San Diego and New Orleans, but there are plenty of little niche areas I like more. Little east coast lakes where you can crash for days in your underwear cooking over a camp fire and not be bothered... can't do that on the west coast.
>>734179996 I know people who do this lifestyle on $5k/yr. You can choose to spend as much or as little as you want.
>>734180619 I've overnighted in many Walmarts. I always buy something and confer with management first though. Walmart car parks are private and are only enforced through private security.. as long as I have giving my tags to management, the security guys never bother me. I've been woken up in the night at one that was closed before I arrived though.
>>734180622 Real freedom is making enough money to do whatever you want, go wherever you want, never work again, at the drop of a hat.
This guy is tied down to shitting into bags and an old van that could break down at any moment. He still works, still has to make money.
Look, I lived this lifestyle when I toured and played in bands. Showering at gyms, living in a van, where I lay my head is home shit. There were times I didn't eat for days. I know the whole deal, and I loved it because of my passion for music.
But there is no way in fuck I would do this willingly otherwise. The only things that would make me do it again are: music, and zombie apocolypse. In that order.
I live comfy now and have money to travel in airplanes and stay in nice corner suites. It's a lot better.
>>734180459 Marine batteries are not deep cycle batteries, please stop spreading this misinformation.
>>734180109 You're on the right track. Golf cart batteries aren't the "best," but they are generally accepted as the cheapest way to get true deep cycle capacity. Marine batteries are not deep cycle batteries, they are compromised deep cycle/starter batteries.
>>734180607 Because then I'd have to empty the tank at a dump station. And I don't like being tethered to the next dump station.
>>734180622 Freedom is the gist, yes. Not just in terms of travel but also lifestyle, finances, work opportunities, etc.
Picture is my van in front of some abandoned kiddie place.
>>734180827 I'm not saying it can't be done I'm saying fuck you for perpetuating that this is the standard of the lifestyle.
>>734180924 I don't have that much contact with it. I line my toilet with a fresh 13 gallon trash bag, shit, (piss separately), tie it off, then put that into a quart ziplock bag. Could juggle the package and not get any on you.
>>734181156 I have never been for want of money and if needed I could live for a dollar a day and just not drive my van anywhere. Instead I work because I choose to fund my adventures and I gallivant all across the country with that.
living in an RV with a bathroom and shower, is way different than touring in a shitty van without amenities. it's glamping if you have a nice RV. living in a new airstream is living in luxury. all depends how much you put into it, people spend $200k on luxury RV's and i assure you they aren't starving or lacking for anything.
now if you're dirt poor and essentially homeless and this is the only thing you can afford, that's another matter.
Please read the thread. I have solar power, battery reserves, onboard water, propane, toilet, holding tanks, shower, water heater, refrigerator, stove top, sink, furnace, catalytic heater, etc.... all the amenities needed. I can have a hot shower and a cold beer in the middle of the desert. I designed this very deliberately to have everything I need but to fit in a parking space.
> 9-5 workdays at the same place > credit cards and debt > city lights and pollution > small-minded individuals > talk talk talk > constant advertisements > consumer-driven culture > sitcom laugh tracks
>>734182213 https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/marine-and-boat/deep-cycle 12 Volt deep cycle batteries are specifically engineered for heavy charge/discharge cycling; perfect as a house battery or running a trolling motor, depth finder, live well pump, bilge pump, or fish locator.
real freedom does come from building a remote self sustaining system with the potential to generate a non stop income that would fund whatever lifestyle you would consider paradise for the rest of your life
>>734182675 Not many. I suppose a few times I've railed some drunk chick which might be construed as technical rape but she 100% wanted it before getting wasted.
I have lots of consensual sex. I've lost count of how many girls I've had in the back of my van.
Picture is some girl I picked up one night. I had sex with her, pierced her nipples, and fucked her in the ass all on the first day I met her. All in the back of my van. I don't even remember her name. Just digging through pics randomly.
>>734182911 I have mobile 4G LTE internet. Off-grid means without an address, conventional services, self-sustaining etc, not "underground." I still pretend to be a normal person on paper. I pretend to have an address, I file taxes, have a credit score of 760, whatever. I just happen to live in a van and do whatever I want.
>>734183026 Yeah I have a bunch of interior pics but I'm having a hard time finding them. Hold on.
Could take more but I'm trying to keep up with replies. Here's a tasty friggin' dinner I made one night.
>>734183109 Correct, this is how deep the misinformation runs.
>>734183286 As said, carpenter/construction. I don't have much money saved up - actually I had more saved before ever doing this lifestyle. Now I find it comforting knowing that I don't really need money so I don't worry about it.
What's the worst case scenario for most people? "Ohh I hate my job, but I have to go, if I don't go I'll get fired, won't be able to pay my mortgage blah blah..."
>>734184225 get on the p2p bandwagon and start downloading gigs of movies/tv shows
heres the only thing I got you beat on I have a 4tb drive filled to the last 30 gigs with nothing but old sitcoms, cartoons, anime and another 4tb drive with games (windows, roms, visual novels) and a +30k size music library on top of gigs of ebooks and lynda tutorials, documentaries enough to kill the boredom for the rest of my life
>>734184494 No, she was my girlfriend at the time. Halloween. Hence outfit.
>>734184602 Ladders are for construction, yes, but the comealong is used for vehicle recovery mostly. Maybe six weeks ago I had my van buried up to the frame in the desert east of the Salton Sea. I went out on foot, found some old tires, dug a hole about 6' deep, filled the tires with sand, wrapped a rope around them, threw them in the hole, filled it in, hitched my comealong to the rope and the van at the other end, pulled it free...
>>734184674 How often does a girl come over for date night and want to take a grunt? Girls pee all the time and I let them pee in my toilet but I tell those bitches not to put other shit down there. Hasn't been a problem yet.
I respect your lifestyle. Good for you man. Questions: Why do you need two ladders? What happens when Mom dies and you have nowhere to receive mail \ file taxes \ register the van \ etc? Is this a long term plan or?
>>734185140 Okay, yes, you're not going to cool the van interior without A/C. And you're not going to run A/C without a generator. It's too energy intensive for solar to be viable. But my 12v fan will exhaust many times greater than the volume of my van per minute, I can choose which windows to open/close to get airflow where I'm sitting, and if I'm *really* too hot I'll mist myself with a spray bottle while doing so.
But again, this lifestyle for me is to live outside of a van, not inside one all day. I go do other things.
Where a microwave is concerned, use a double boiler. When I cook I put leftovers in a glass pyrex container. When I want to reheat it, I put that pyrex container in a pot of boiling water.
>>734185270 Ladders for carpentry work. Yes this is for the long term. You correctly assume that I am using my mother's address. This is only for convenience, not necessity. There are many mail forwarding services that will allow full-time RV'ers to use a real physical address, for around $100/yr, and they will forward your mail to any address specified when requested.
Different states are known for catering to this lifestyle, for different reasons. South Dakota is the most prominent.
>>734185929 >how much did it cost $10.5k for the van when I bought it, plus $8.4k when the fucker blew up and I put a new engine and trans into it, plus solar/batteries/etc, so like $20k total.
Some might say that's expensive for an old van. But it's cheap for a house, and my house goes faster than your house.
>and what did it take? Cojones.
>>734186030 During the day if cooking and such I have a Fantastic Fan I installed in the roof which exhausts well greater than the volume of the van interior per minute. At night though, for sleeping and such (and to remain plausible deniability if I need to pretend I'm not inside around police) I use computer fans to exhaust condensation from my sleeping quarters away from my windows. These use very little electricity and make very little noise.
>>734186484 The two areas with the worst driving are SoCal (LA through San Diego) and the whole strip of the east coast through like NYC to DC.
Those two areas both bite balls for inconsiderate drivers.
That said, many in traffic will assume because of my vehicle that I am some hapless old fuck who can't keep up in traffic. They soon find themselves crushed by the battlevan. I can weave this thing between vehicles and drive like an asshole no problem.
I don't ever stay at campgrounds or Wal-Mart, so I'm not sure I can answer your question there. But the worst campers are the ones that run generators all goddamn hours of the night. Generators are unnecessary and they're the loudest fucking thing associated with this lifestyle.
This a pretty great thread OP, looks like a great way to live. I wouldn't mind doing something like this after college, also post more pics of inside and outside also if you have pictures of cool places you've been id like to see them.
>>734187583 There are a few things I was worried about getting into this lifestyle. One, Internet. I'd looked at my usage while in a residence and (at 100+gb/month) realized it was not feasible off-grid. However this is totally doable for me managing what I need on my own 4G LTE, and the rest on public wifi.
Same for cooking. I like to cook, and worried it would be difficult. It isn't. Clean up is a little more difficult while conserving water, but, still doable.
People should understand two things. This is a lifestyle that is what you make of it. If you're a shut-in introvert and you want to become more open, then, become more open first, and live in a van second. Otherwise you might just be a shut-in in a van.
Second this is a lifestyle that necessitates some degree of self-reliance. If you break down, you either fix it yourself, or give your van to a mechanic and resign yourself to being homeless while it's fixed (or get a hotel, or couch hop or whatever).
I mentioned recovering my van with a comealong and a tire. I've jump-started it off my solar setup before. Hacked out a clogged catalytic converter when it wouldn't run on the side of the road. Troubleshot a melted ignition wire grounding out to the manifold. Stuff like that.
if he was smart he would, work for cash / under the table. carpentry / construction, you can find a lot of work laboring for cash. fuck taxes, taxes are theft. but op has already said he pays taxes.
a bit part of the appeal of this sort of lifestyle to me is not only the self reliance aspect of it, but the ability to avoid a lot of government shake downs, like property taxes and the like. then again, when you're traveling on the road they get you with various fees, tolls, fuel / consumption taxes.. and the various fees that must be paid to keep a vehicle registered, insured, inspected, etc...
>>734187893 Normally I am not in places that are so hot. Coastal California for example stays 65-70 degrees this time of year. I just came from there two days ago.
But when you have to sleep in heat, you sleep in heat. Fans to circulate air help a great deal. It's only when air is stagnant that I really can't sleep.
>>734188050 >why do you keep your shovel and tools attached to your hood like that..
Because I need them, and because they wouldn't fit nicely in my living room.
>could be a hazard if there's an accident. This is true. As soon as I finish the garage and tool shed addition out back I will reconsider their location. Until then, have fun eating my overweighted hood in your back glass.
>>734183043 > lives in portable apartment > freely travels country with it > meets women and pierces their nipples/fucks their asses
You are my hero, dude. I live in San Diego. If you're back in SD soon, let me know. I'll buy you a burrito. I'll restock your beer fridge. Just teach me how I can get women to give up the booty on day one.
I have never received food stamps, welfare or any other form of handout. I work roughly 50/50 on the books and under the table. The only reason I work on the books at all is because it conveniences me to receive a W2 to file taxes and continue pretending to be a normal person on paper. Why continue to be a normal person on paper? I ask myself the same thing. Every day I'm closer and closer to falling off the grid entirely and omit any such bothersome paperwork.
Attached is a picture I took from my van of a girl going poop in the bushes.
take them to the desert in a van with no A/C .. they will have to shed their clothes so they don't die of heat stroke, and they will neither have the energy to resist, nor the inclination, for fear they may end up buried in said desert.
i would imagine op pays insurance like any other vehicle owner. but i am curious, if the insurance rates for recreational vehicles are different / more costly. can you get special insurance, like renters insurance, to insure your RV / mobile home / trailer, and that also insures all your valuables within it?
>>734188707 I have been to San Diego many times, and I just left on Sunday for this year, but I will likely be around again. I would teach you my ways over a few beers sometime.
Been considering writing a book on it, in fact.
>>734188830 Funny, I have had a girl or two fear that they would end up buried in the desert.
I don't hurt women that way though.
>>734188910 With money. I do all of my bill paying online/paperless when possible. Checks can be deposited with mobile apps. Banking in general is real easy.
Of course, technically I am committing insurance fraud because my vehicle is not parked where I say it is. But if I ever had to make a claim the phone conversation would go "Hi, I was vacationing in East Bumfuck, Ohio and...."
>>734189031 Good question. Actually, your valuables are insured under your homeowner's policy. Someone steals your car, that's auto insurance. Someone vandalizes your car, auto insurance. Someone breaks your car window and steals your laptop, the laptop is covered under homeowner's insurance. For this reason I maintain a renter's insurance policy. Again, technically fraud, but they'll only deny it if they find grounds to do so.
>>734189131 Let me know when your book is published. I'd enjoy narrating this audio book. Here's a sample of my work. contact details contained therein. -jake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyYaANLEyAY
>>734177401 You are living my dream life. I'm not even trolling. I'm honestly envious. I watch van dwellers, rv guys, and truck camper guys on youtube literally EVERY day. I want that life so fucking bad... but i'm poor as fuck. I dunno how you guys do it.
>>734190439 Which, the D2 bit? Wasn't even sure kids these days would get the reference.
>>734190467 You don't understand though. My van has broken down. And I've resurrected it. I'm not tied down. I do whatever I want and go wherever I want. And when something goes wrong, I'm able to pay for it because I have no living expenses.
Picture related, it is my van getting a new engine.
>>734190603 Most people I talk to are on some level either cautiously interested or outright jealous. Nobody is ever like "that's just dumb." People tend to envy this lifestyle in some way.
And that's great. There are lots of different reasons for it. Wanderlust, hippy nostalgia, what-have-you. My way of coming here was not the same as most. I never had ambitions of travel and my highschool friends are still surprised I wear sandals now. But I ended up here and I can't see life any other way now. For me it is self-sufficiency and freedom to do what I want.
If you want to do it, just do it. What's the worst that could happen? You don't need any grand plan for income, you can work however you need along the way.
Picture is not my van but from someone else's at a vandweller convention.
seriously though, that is why i want my RV to be modular.. if it's cheaper to just get a new vehicle / drivetrain, then u can just hook up your camper / trailer to a new vehicle.. otherwise you're tied to the chassis and must do engine / tranny swap, etc.. or your "home" is gone.
if you can work on trucks, you can find pretty reasonably priced used trucks, probably cheaper than dropping new engines and transmissions into a van. just saiyan' ... i understand the appeal of an all-in-one solution but i think for self reliance modularity means options.
Vermont allows one to renew registration through the mail or online, so that's not difficult. However in order to remain VT legal my vehicle requires an inspection once per year, which happens in person. This means I return to Vermont every year. That's not an issue for me, since I go there anyway, to see my mom, and for the nice New England summers.
But as I said, different states have different perks which cater to this lifestyle (such as South Dakota). One day I will transfer my residency to such a state. When I need to or I feel like it.
>>734190999 > that is why i want my RV to be modular.. if it's cheaper to just get a new vehicle / drivetrain, then u can just hook up your camper / trailer to a new vehicle.. otherwise you're tied to the chassis and must do engine / tranny swap, etc.. or your "home" is gone.
Yes, I understand that thinking. However it is only strictly applicable if you intend to go stay at campgrounds or BLM land. I am from the east coast, where BLM doesn't exist, and I never pay for parking. I wanted a vehicle that was self-contained and legal to park anywhere.
To each his own.
>>734191117 Yep. Used to play it myself, back in the day. Even had an original build once. I still fire it up occasionally.
Folks took us outta school when I was 13 for a year, did a lap around Australia. It's an awesome life. No tv or PC, but there was always shit to do. Caravan park 2 nighs a week or when in town, but mostly free camps, national parks etc.
No real itnery, we had a few spots we had to hit, but mostly just following our nose. If it was nice stay a week. If it was shit, move on.
Pretty much everyone you spoke to in that community were really cool, swapping stories, tips, places. countless meals with random folk you'll never see again.
The only real douchebags you met were people in rental campers.
Totally changes your perspective on life. If you can, go for it. Campervans don't deprecate much (I think our bus was 32k, sold for 29k, but we also downsized the 4x4 and boat.). Food is food. Fuel was way cheaper than rent, provided you free camps, n there are alot more suitable places than you'd think. We only got harrased by rangers twice in 12 months. Just don't stay in towns. Why would you want to?
One of my biggest regrets is I didn't do a trade, my skillset isn't really suited for short-term/cash jobs. Still, the temptation to up stumps n buy a bus n sign out of normie life gets pretty huge. Do it if you can.
sure, even then there are pretty good options.. truck bed campers for example. the larger ones have about the same amount of room as most camper vans, and u can park such a truck in most of the same places you can a van. pic related.
only real downside i can see is you can't usually go directly from the truck cab to the camper. there's lots of reasonably priced used truck bed campers on craigslist.
i know not what this "untoward" is you speak of, but i do not like it one bit. i add my vote to "MOAR" of the last girl you posted.. she was nice, but that pic was a little more blurry than i would have liked.
>>734190687 I would be here all night if I tried to explain that. SIMPLE SHORT explanation? I have a lot of health issues that prevent me from working and I have zero income...you have to have money to live in a van. Have to be able to BUY said van, insure it, AND have money for gas, food, etc... none of which I can do right now.
>>734190938 I am definitely jealous. As I said, I watch a lot of the main guys on youtube. (Nomadic Fanatic, Living Free, Justincredible, One Awesome Inch, etc...) guys like that. I crave that lifestyle more than anything else in the world but I don't have an income (I have a lot of shit wrong with me and I have a hard time holding down a job). So life is EXTREMELY stagnant for me. Even if I managed to get some kind of income, I still don't know how you guys are able to travel all over the USA and make money. I fear not having a source of income, so the idea of being out in the middle of no where just trying to find random jobs scares the fuck out of me.
Anyway... I just have MASSIVE wanderlust. I love trees, I like the idea of parking out in a wooded area, having a campfire and just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. I like the idea of not being stuck in one place, where I can go wherever the fuck I want to... but see.. it's that lack of income that prevents me from just getting out there and doing it. I think if I could ever afford it, a Class C RV is definitely the way I would go. (Much like Eric Jacobs - Nomadic Fanatic). That would be how i'd wanna go about things. But again... I don't have the money to buy a rig and live that lifestyle.
Anyway....... this is the best thread on /b/ i've seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures and answering questions. Stay cool man... I live vicariously though guys like you. Keep doing what you do.
>>734192633 That's actually an interesting commentary. The previous American Dream, the 1950s nuclear family, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence, has given way to something else entirely. Not we see more and more people wanting to break free and live a lifestyle like this. Free of government regulation.
Vandwelling is the new American Dream, and you are not the first to say so.
I work 6 months a year, broken into 8-10 week outages/shutdowns, and enjoy equal time off living life how it should be rather than being tied down with a fear of the gubbernment telling me how to live, jews and their banking dictatorships threatening me with taking my house from me, and societal norms telling me I'm not doing it right.
>>734192747 a lot of the main guys on youtube. (Nomadic Fanatic, Living Free, Justincredible, One Awesome Inch, etc...)
I know some of them personally. If you watch those guys, you may well run into a video interview of me.
>Anyway....... this is the best thread on /b/ i've seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures and answering questions. Stay cool man... I live vicariously though guys like you. Keep doing what you do.
Thanks man. In all seriousness, I have precisely two pieces of life advice to give to you or two anyone else. They are: 1) If you're not happy, it's time to move on. 2) Anything you've given serious though to, do it or you'll regret more later not following through.
>>734177401 hey man have you ever considered leaving the continent of north america in your van? like europe or south americas? the most interesting/relatively cheap way to get a van to europe I guess would be ferries from canada to greanland/icelannd and than to great britain.. also cheers from Latvia. I have been wishing to do a trip around europe in a estate/wagon subbie myself in a similar fasshion.
Right now I work most of the year with a few random weeks off whenever I feel like it or am traveling. Working under the table has these advantages. But more and more I consider saving up for 6 months and spending the other 6 months living cheap in Mexico - with the exchange rate, I could take a few grand, park my van on the beach, eat fish tacos and have a little brown girl keeping me company.
>>734192829 I'm from england and government regulation is huge here. I'd love to get a van and just live off the land. The conservative government wants to regulate internet access and increase security cameras and other Orwellian legislation (still probably a better option than the labour party).
In this country, if your van surpasses 3.5 tonnes (metric) you have to get another license. Add insurance and huge road tax on top of the price of the actual van.
Well Op, i just read all this post and now i am quite upset. I live in europe and a van life in europe is litteraly impossible: regulation, tons of regulation. If you have a RV you need to parc specific places, fuel cost a lot of shit, if you travel a bit language is a big barriere. the gipsy in europe are seen with a bad eye around here, and if you are not one of them you cas quickly be in big trouble.
Now two question: would it be possible for a europoor to head US buy a rv and follow your lifestyle for few years ? papers would be a problem i guess.
how old are you & do you plan to settle down maybe one day if you meet thre right one ?
>>734193344 nevar izbraukt pa eiropu, ja neatstāj mammas pagrabu
>back to english EU van life is possible, but it's going to be so much more miserable. we don't have much uninhabited land left. remember eurokids, if land isn't owned by anyone here, it's owned by the government! who can just put a sign in front of a road and impose fines for those who trespass.
I used to be a camper, but eventually I stopped because it became near impossible to camp near nice places like lakes, scenic views, parks, etc. Cops just show up, give you a fine and send you on your way.
Shit, can't even put up a tent in the middle of a nice field without someone coming up to you and starting to nag about muh property
Actually, in more seriousness - it is illegal to do what I do in all of San Diego county (where I spent the last several months). I did it anyway. There is a difference between what is illegal, where it is enforced and what you can get away with. Use common sense.
>>734193344 I often have people ask me about travel abroad. My usual answer is, "My van can't swim."
But South America, yes, I could drive there. I've had some hippy chicks try to talk me into it. I dunno. For me, the van life is about sustainability and self-sufficiency. I can do that perfectly well in the continental 48.
I'd stilll travel down to South America under the right circumstances. I guess I just haven't had enough of those circumstances crop up to outweigh the threat of being stranded somewhere without mechanical parts or in the middle of a civil war. Or worse, stranded without decent beer.
Come to the US on a tourist visa (or waiver) and just never leave. The US is so fucking stupid on immigration that they literally don't track who leaves the country. You can stay for decades without getting caught. You might even get citizenship if you are here for an amnesty. But if you get caught, there are ZERO criminal penalties.
>>734194353 What about health care/banking/public services? Let's say I jump on a plane and come to Freedomland. I sprain my ankle somewhere and I need medical help. No SSN number, no place of residence, thus no medical insurance. How does that work?
I fish, ride the jetski, fish, take the dog and my boy out into the wild to shoot deer, pigs, goats to fill the freezer. I live life how I want to for the "Equal time off" I spend away from working.
For contexts sake, I'm a Rigger/Scaffolder/Crane Operator. Work is mainly scheduled maintenance outages for up to 10-12 weeks at a time, usually makes me in the area of 28-20k AUD, yep Aussie /b/ro here.
I own my little home on 30 acres, and I figure when i'm approaching the arse end of my thirties and living a life that a lot of my mates and work colleagues envy, I must be doing it right. Mind you I did live like a fucking jew for 11 long years, flogging myself into the ground to own everything I have.
Now it's my fucking time, and fuck everyone else.
Like I said in my OP, you are doing it right bud, fuck everyone else and their opinions.
Here's some proper buffalo t-bone (yeah he has a few head over here) that we "rustled" off the guy behind the grill a while back, I built him a hide so he could shoot the boars who were eating his spring lambs, cost me 2 hours and 6 rounds for the 7mm RemMag, we lived off buffalo for months hahaha.
>>734194353 WOW THIS is really insane, i would not have thought of this one second! From europe i have always thought US is very strict on immigration policy and i would get my ass banged if i stay 1 day too much "out" of visa.
French welder here, i think i could do like OP but working steel instead of wood logs. Thank you, i now have a glimpse of dream in my life :) Keep beeing cool VanBro.
Here's some little truth. OP is more self sufficient than you imagine. He's in carpentry/construction business, which means he can find work anywhere, even outside of large cities. He can find jobs that pay under the table. He can find odd jobs now and then to make a buck or two.
If you majored in gender studies or feminist dance therapy, then you need to start by sorting this aspect of your life out.
Professions that can(and should) live a nomadic lifestyle: carpenters contruction workers electricians programmers freelance artists aka people who can draw shit that SELLS translators freemasons
I'm pretty sure there are more professions/skills to add to this list, but it's not that exhaustive. The key to living on your own is to be able to get money on your own. There are more people that don't want to meet you in person/don't want you walking in their office every day, but want shit done, than you can imagine. Trust me bros. Start with learning a trade that does not require wageslaving in one, fixed place. It's a beginning.
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