Living in a Van: Everything You Need to Know

Everything You Need to Know for Living in a van

Housing is one of the biggest expenses for the average person or family. One option that hasn’t gotten as much attention is living in a van or recreational vehicle. Although this option costs a bit up front, your ongoing expenses are significantly reduced.  Here we will cover everything you need to know about living in a van.

What Are the Setup Costs?

Vans do not typically come equipped to live in, so most will need to spend extra to get their van set up for full-time traveling and living. Setup costs will depend on the type of van you have and whether or not it will become your permanent home or just a place to lay your head while traveling.

What’s it Like Living in a Van?

Both Michelle and Lauren/Steven love living in their van because of the convenient and simple life it affords. For Michelle, “it’s easier to drive than a bigger RV and can fit in more places. So, this means that we aren’t limited by size as much and can get to some really amazing places.

What Are the Ongoing Costs of Living in a Van?

The costs of living in a van include normal living costs such as food and insurance. Michelle also mentioned that the ongoing maintenance costs of your vehicle will likely be higher due to increased use. 

What Are the Parking Options?

Luckily, there are tons of options for parking, including RV parks, campgrounds, State and National Park campgrounds, public land, wineries, and more. Another great free option is Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and National Forests.

What Are the Advantages of Living in a Van?

Both Michelle and Lauren/Steven agree that there are a plethora of advantages to living in a van. There are so many advantages of living in a van. I love having my belongings with me, because we like to do a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and climbing.

Who Should Consider Living in a Van?

Living in a van isn’t perfect, but it can be a great option for a lot of different people. Michelle recommends living in a van for: 1. Someone who wants to get outdoors and be closer to the trails. 2.  Someone who wants to travel more small/minimalist.

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