Stealth Van Dweller, this is the start of my new life. For those just signing on, I started this journey building a one man camper of sorts from a retired Chevy Express van back about 5 or 6 years ago. Throughout the process I documented my progress with various articles and pictures. Sadly much of that material is about to disappear. Yahoo, in their infinite idiocy, had determined that portion of their offering is not longer profitable and will be disabling access by the end of this month.
The timing is ironic because it is this month that I start my new life as a full time RVer in my upgraded dwelling. Hardly stealthy any longer, I am a bit at a lose as to what to call my rolling home, but with input from you and others, hopefully something worthwhile will stick.
Getting a solid +30 MPG on the open highway, economy made this a great way to clock up a lot of miles without going bankrupt.
This was a simple setup that was completely stealth. With the windows blacked out with panels, it looked like a normal Mom's soccer van no matter where you parked at night.
Yes it's older, but it is very solid. No slideouts, and no wear and tear on major mechanical systems that affect the integrity...If you note I am not a fan of slideouts, you would be correct. Inevitably as they age they become a maintenance headache and very likely a source of water infiltration.
Everything I own is tucked away in this 37' highway cruiser. It's been a summer of drastic downsizing. If I haven't used it in 6 months, I got rid of it. All the trappings of maintaining a country home, gone at pennies on the dollar. Having done this a number of times, the physiological adjustment that many would find hard, was nonexistent for me. It was nothing more than a good house cleaning. I always did like a simpler lifestyle.
Of course, at 10 MPG, this doesn't make for an economical around town grocery getter. I had to add a couple things more to my entourage. There is my spare tire. A Yamaha scooter that can be used around campsites, and for short distance errands. My primary toad will be a 2012 Jeep Wrangler.
The Jeep was a compromise between economy and fun. Yes, it gets over 20 MPG on the open road, but more importantly it will allow me to explore off road most anywhere I could dream up of going. Arizona ghost towns, Colorado mine sites, and Minnesota Northwoods. This thing is the pack mule of the automotive world.
Over the past few weeks I've been scrambling to get things all ready for the road. I installed a towbar on the Jeep, and rigged extra lights on a cargo rack on the back.
A simple rack was made to carry the scooter on the back of the motorhome, and now I can travel with everything very easily.
If you want to travel and do it in comfort, even on a modest budget, it is entirely doable. Just get off your butt and do it.