Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Perfect Computer for Van Dwellers

With no extra room to spare, Van Dwellers need a computer that doesn't take up much room. This one's small, but powerful. Click on the link and check it out.
Acer Aspire One Computer
 Photo by: Rico Shen

Friday, December 26, 2008

Folding Houses, Move it with a Pickup Truck

Believe it or not, this house folds up to 8' wide and can be towed with a pickup truck. More roomy then a van, but still maintaining mobility. Click on the link to find out all about these easily movable homes. 
Folding Homes That Are Easily Moved
Picture by: VOJBD

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Propane, How to Carry it

Do you carry the bottle inside, or strap it on the outside. Click the link and then you can decide.
Transporting Propane
 Photo by: Code Poet

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Maximize Your Storage Space

The neater and more organized your van is, the happier you'll be. Here's some ideas to keep things clean. Click on the link to get the whole story.
Storage Tips For Van Dwellers
Photo by: Dazed81

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Homemade Camper on a Mini Pickup Might Work

It doesn't have to be fancy, just weather tight. Click on the link to see how it's done.
Build a Camper For Mini Pickups
 Photo by: rds

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Your Never Alone, Unless You Want to Be

Networking is how you find answers to many things. Click on the link and find out more.

Networking, The Van Dweller's Family

Friday, November 21, 2008

Plan "B", Everybody Needs to Be Ready

It takes more time then over night to create a financial disaster. When you see the signs you better have a plan in place. Click on the link to read more.
Making Plan "B"
 Photo by: Senor Codo

There is Light at the End of the Tunnel

Today's economy is ruining a lot of good folks. As hard as it may seem, getting on with your life is still possible. There's lots of help out there, click on the link to see what's available.
Surviving Hard Times
 Photo by: Vidiot

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hard Times, A Simple Solution

Staying afloat these days takes a cash only approach. Here's why.
Tips For Dealing With Hard Times
 Photo by: Mandie

Monday, October 27, 2008

Choice or Necessity, Why do Many Chose to Live in a Van?

It's become a hot topic of debate, given the choice would many Van Dwellers prefer to be living in more standard housing? Click on the link and find out the answer.
Van Dwelling - Choice or Necessity?
 Photo by: Carlos62

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Looking for a Place to Stay?

Go West young man, the mantra of old. With good reason too, there's plenty of places to stay. The best part is there all free!! Click on the link to read all about it.
BLM Land, a Good Place To Stay.
 Photo by: slworking2

Friday, October 17, 2008

Need the Intenet, It's Everywhere

Wireless Internet Service will keep even the Van Dweller in contact with the Tribe. Finding free service is really quite easy. Click on the link and find out all about it.
WiFi For Travelers
Photo by: Mike Goldberg

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Staying Warm at Night

It's all about getting some quality shut eye. Click on the link and read all about it.
Staying Warm at Night
 Photo by: Hackintosh

Friday, October 10, 2008

Are You a Member of a Tribe?

A Tribe can mean many things, click on the link and find out what makes up a Tribe.
What Tribe Do You Belong To?
 Photo by: Camera.Newbie

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Every Journey Needs Some Highlights

Throughout your life there are certain events that just shouldn't be missed. For the sake of the experience everyone needs to make the journey. Click on the link to see some interesting destinations.
Places that must be on your bucket list.
 Photo by: smartwentcrazy

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Generators, Noisy and Dangeous

Using a portable Generator in the rain might be a shocking experience. Click on the link to read up on some good safety tips if you plan on using a Generator for electrical power.
Use Caution When Using A Generator
 Photo by: kylmac

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Food, You Don't Want to Run Out

We've all been there, to much month left at the end of the money. Being short of funds will leave you in a bad way when it comes to satisfying that growling in your belly. There's a reasonably priced way to make sure you can comfortably survive a food shortage for what ever reason. Click on the link and find out how. 
Emergency Food Supplies
Photo by spitzgogo CHEN

Monday, September 22, 2008

If Your in California, Santa Barbara Has a Place For You

Being Mobile and Homeless means you need a safe place to park for the night. This is one city that is making a place for you. Click on the title and get the full scoop. Photo by: Quiiver

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Home Cooking is Always Better

Everybody like a good home cooked meal. Fast food gets old quick and it isn't good for you either. Click on the title and you can find all about how you can cook a quality meal with no fussing.

Photo by: Seattle Municipal Archives

Monday, September 8, 2008

Who's That Knocking on My Door?

You just got to sleep, and some fool is pounding on your driver's door. Is it vandals, is it the cops, what should you do? Click on the title and get some first rate advice on how to handle this problem.

Photo by: Travis S.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thinking about Upgrading? Now's the time

The housing market is down, it's a buyers market. Same goes in the auto and RV business. You can go to the back row and they'll almost pay you to take it off the lot.

If your at all interested in upgrading click on the link and learn more.
Now's the time to Upgrade!

Photo by: Curtis Carper

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Bit Eccentric Isn't a Bad Thing

The Stealth Van Dweller prefers to go unnoticed. Sometimes being in your face flamboyant, or not all there eccentric can provide a better cover that will let you get by Noticed, but Ignored.

Click on the link and the article will appear.
Crazy Like A Fox!

Photo by: Marshall Astor

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jobs that Travel

The whole point of being a van dweller is to travel and see new places. The adventure of traveling from town to town. Here's a way to do it and make a living in the process.

Click on the link and see the whole story.
Run Away And Join The Circus?

Photo by: Andrew Dunn

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Dream Machine for any Stealth Van Dweller

The Shuttle Bus, this is the perfect rig for so many reasons.

Click on the link to get the full scoop.
Airport Shuttle buses, Luxury!

Photo by: Curtis Carper

Monday, July 7, 2008

Think Portable, Think Low Cost, Maybe This Gas Crunch Thing Can Work For You

Who says you need a van to be mobile. Mostly you need nothing materialistic that places a financial drain on your budget. This will give you a way to stay for a while, and leave when you want. After all isn't that the main goal.

Click on the link and find out how.
Making Shelter

Photo by: Ryan Bushby

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Sprinter Van, Built Just For Van Dwelling

Finally a rig with room to STAND UP. Now we have to wait for some to reach the end of their commercial life so we can join the Van Dwellers around the world and get our new digs rigged for living.

Click on the link and get the full story of The Perfect Stealth Van Dwelling Rig.

Photo by: C-C-Baxter

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Riding the Rails

During the Great Depression thousands of out of work people traveled the country by hitching a ride on a passing freight train.

Though not as common today, the practice never completely died out. Following the methods and routes of earlier generations, today's Hobo still leads the life of the wandering nomad. With an itinerary determined by the next freight train schedule, they head out in another direction. Ever searching and sometimes not know for what.

Click on the title and more information will be presented enlightening you to life Riding the Rails.

A Hobo's Life  Photo by: Sean Lamb

Saturday, June 7, 2008

What's in Store for the Future

Have you noticed how many new people are becoming Van Dwellers? Is it just me, or does it seem the population of people living outside the norm of society is growing steadily. I think there's a trend involved. Check out this latest article to find what's behind all this new found interest in living without the benefit of a stationary dwelling.

Click on the link to see the whole story.
The Changing Economy Photo by: Joe Mabel

Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Teardrop Trailer, You Can Live in This Too

Here we go, a small investment will get you a cozy little home to pull behind your economical gas miser car. Most smaller cars are rated to pull up to 1,000 lbs, most teardrop trailers are much lighter then that.

You can have everything you need neatly tucked away in your little trailer.

Click on the link and you will be taken to all the good scoop about Teardrop Trailers.

Trailers Don't Have To Be Big! Photo by: Liftarn

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Not all Traveling Homes are Stealthy

Not all methods of living on the road are small and cramped. Some can be quite palatial. Of course they cost a bit more and being stealthy isn't much of a concern. They can still stay for free at Truck Stops, and your less likely to be rudely treated by authorities when they see a quality machine like this.

Click on the link and see more information on taking a transit bus to heights it hasn't seen before.

Travel Like A Star!

Photo by: Curtis Carper

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Stealthy Cargo Trailer

Mine was a 6'x10' plain white trailer with a big door on the back. When closed you had no idea it was anything more then just a cargo trailer. Opening the back door and tying it back brought you to a second wall and entry door. Completely done in cedar, with a coating of polyurethane it looked like the entry to a small back woods cottage.

Clicking on the link will give you the full story. Be sure to come back, there's plenty more stuff to
read.  Stealthy Cargo Trailers.
Photo by: Curtis Carper

Tiny Houses, Built on Trailers

Tiny 100sq ft houses, while not a van or converted vehicle they are in the right direction of very small living spaces that can move about the country. Built on flat bed trailers, they can be moved as simple as hitching up the pickup truck. Highly energy efficient little dwellings.

Click on the title to learn more about these unique residences. Photo by: Telstar Logistics

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Clean Van Dweller

Even Stealth Van Dwellers need to take a shower now and again. After a week or so not only will the public avoid you, but you'll be looking for ways to get out of your skin. There are some options that can keep you clean beyond what you can get from a sponge bath or some clean wipes.

Click on the link and find out ways to keep yourself acceptable to everyone. Portable Showers

photo by: Libby Baker

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

High Class Van Dwelling/or Maybe a School Bus

Wouldn't be nice to have a rig like this to live down by the river with. Better have some deep pockets, this one will cost you the better part of $100,000. At least you can take a shower in it.

Not within reach of your pocket book, how about an old school bus. Click on the link and you'll find a few ideas that may send you running to the nearest bus dealer.  Make An RV Out Of A School Bus

Photo by: Curtis Carper

Thursday, May 8, 2008

House Truck, an Alternative Lifestyle

We've been exploring the Van Dwelling lifestyle, here's an article that goes a different way. Hardly a Stealthy way of traveling. If your ability to build is calling for your own personal touch on a larger and more comfortable scale be sure to explore this option.

Click on the title and check out this article and the links it contains. You'll be breaking out the hammer and saw for sure when your done reading.

Photo by: Jexcar

The Micro-Mini Stealth Van Dweller

Almost any vehicle will work for Stealth Van Dwelling. Take this Geo Side Kick, it ain't real pretty but it will go almost anywhere and get 30mpg. With some modifications it would work.

Even the modest sub compact car or mini-SUV. Click on the title to find out how you too can travel for penny's as compared to the full sized van.

Photo by: Curtis Carper

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Van Dwelling in a Mini-van

Times are getting tougher, a full sized van is comfy living, but a bit expensive when it comes to gas. It's a tighter squeeze, but you can still be comfortable using a Mini-Van as your Stealth Van Dweller address.

Click on the title and see how you can stretch your gas dollar by living in a mini-van.

Photo by: IFCAR

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Less is More When it Comes to Stuff

Leaving 90% of your belongings behind is hard to do. The space available in a Van is pretty limited. There's nothing worse then feeling like you can't turn around because your stuff has squeezed you out. This next article will help you make those hard decisions and give you some good ideas as to how to maximize your space.

Click on the link and you can read up on minimizing your belongings.

Photo by: Jarekt

How to Make Money While Van Dwelling

Are you new to town, just arrived and low on funds. We've all been there at some point. The freedom of Stealth Van Dwelling provides you with the ability to fold up shop and move on when opportunities dry up. Be it a few hundred miles or across the country, when you arrive at your next location and need to start bringing in some money to survive, this article will give you some good options.

Click on the link to see many ways a van dweller can make some money. Making Money!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Avoiding Breakdowns

The one event that takes the majority of Stealth Van Dwellers away from their chosen lifestyle is the breakdown. That is the mechanical failure of their home on wheels. It may take your mental state and put it into breakdown as well, but for this section the issue is having your home join the ranks of being dead alongside the road.
Click on the link and you will quickly be directed to the best way you can avoid loosing your home to a impound lot when faced with mechanical problems that have taken your freedom from you.
Avoiding breakdowns
 Photo by: artnoose

Friday, April 11, 2008

Where Can I Hide for the Night

Where to spend the night? The critical question. Some are legal, and others are bordering the other side of the fence. Which you chose is a personal judgment call on your part. This site is not responsible in the event you are confronted by the authorities.

Click on the link and you will be delivered to some good information about where to park when your living as a Stealth Van Dweller.

Photo by: David Shankbone

Making Electricity

It won't be home until you can plug in a fan, power up your computer, or click on the TV. Every Van Dweller will find themselves very restricted unless they can come up with someway to have electricity available to them.

Wiring the rig to be plugged into an electrical source is a good idea. It won't answer all your needs as what do you do when your hanging out in a parking lot, or staying on BLM land out in the desert.

Photo by: KVDP

Click on the link to travel to your next stop toward building your perfect Stealth Van. Using Solar For Electricity

Building the Perfect Rig

When you fit out your van for living the primary concern will be functionality. Being able to sleep comfortably ranking right at the top of the list. In a real bed at home you can stretch out, get rid of the the kinks and creaks making ourself totally comfortable.

If your Van requires that you sleep in a semi fetal position because the bed isn't long enough, you will never get a good nights sleep. Likewise if it's so narrow you can't roll over to your other side, you'll be constantly waking up to change position.

Make sure how ever you build a bed that you do it so you will be comfortable for the long haul.

Do you plan on cooking in your rig? How about washing facilities? Even entertainment needs to be addressed.

As you layout the necessities of life remember, neat and orderly will not only be more comfortable for you, but will help you address the issue of public acceptance.

Click on the link and you will be taken to a good example of how you can set up your van to address the issues of day to day life while enhancing the value and flexibility of your new address.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Picking an Appropriate Vehicle

Picking the right vehicle for your escape from the 9-5 world is truly an individualistic issue. What works for some is totally unacceptable for others. By carefully choosing your Stealth Vehicle you'll be comfortable and able to live undetected. Be sure to give this point extra consideration before you jump for the first rig to come along.

Click on the title and you will be directly taken to information that will help you choose your new home.

Photo by: IFCAR

The Absolute First Step

Before you even consider what kind of vehicle you want to use, the first concern in this quest for freedom is your financial position.

Debt is an absolute killer for this life style. With an existing debt you are never free. You will have to work, you will have to make payments, you will have to be responsible. This isn't freedom, it's only making an existing problem worse.

When living on the road the whole point is to be able to follow the sun, travel on a whim, explore unknown areas. Being able to experience what your new surroundings have to offer.

How can you do this when your first concern must be making enough money to meet existing financial obligations. Do you want to spend the first half of the month working to meet bills, or do you want to be committed to earning what you need to live. What you need to live is a much smaller amount.

Click on the link to continue to the steps needed to financially prepare for becoming a Van Dweller.

There's a Right Way and a Wrong Way

After reading a blog written by a young man who bought a U-Haul truck and headed to Florida, inspiration came to start this blog to help prevent those with little or no experience from making some serious mistakes.

Breaking away from "Normal Life" is a worth while concept that when approached with forethought and good planning can be a satisfying and legitimate way of life.

Exploring the country in the most cost effective manner possible doesn't require you to become a vagrant, to be looked down on by authorities and the general public.

Click on the title of this article to be transported to an example of the "Wrong" way to leave the high cost of Apartment Renting or Home Ownership behind.

Photo by: William J Grimes