Van Dwelling

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For those readers who would like to know more about converting and living in a 2013 Nissan NV van, I’ve created a Topic just for you: VanDwelling.

To see VanDwelling posts in chronological order (starts with the conversion process), follow this link: From the Beginning to the Present.

To see VanDwelling posts in standard blog order (starts with the most recent articles), follow this link: From the Present to the Beginning.

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Unfortunate Situation #1: I can’t help you with your RSS reader.

Unfortunate Situation #2: There is no way of receiving just the VanDwelling posts via email.

Unfortunate Situation #3: How can you not like my other posts?

A Non-RSS Alternative

No RSS? Another simple solution is to set a recurring reminder in your calendar app, say once a week, with a link to this page: From the Present to the Beginning and you’ll be able to catch up on anything new in the VanDwelling category.

Thanks and enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Van Dwelling

  1. Well it’s true that there are metaphysically and spiritually deadbeat (grin) readers — like me — who have no interest in your metaphysical speculations.

    But wouldn’t it be interesting if this bunch of deadbeats (grin) were to acquire more interest in your metaphysical ideas, as a byproduct of this indirect approach of discussing converting a van!

    Time will tell. But if it happens, it probably illustrates a general principle and technique.

    • It’s all old news — remember Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?? A person whose life work it is to plant the Curiosity Virus in others is shedding viruses every time he speaks, regardless of the topic. I can only aspire to the every time part, but I try, starting with myself. Currently exploring juicing raw cannabis on YouTube.

      I’m 70.

      Love the van — and the metaphysical meanderings — two of my comfort zones in one!!

      • RE: Nancy
        LOL, spoken like a true hippie. If the whole world remained silent, in that single moment we’d vanish… into the mystic.
        Never tried juicing cannabis, should be a smooth trip 🙂

  2. I like your van!!! If I had the money I would buy one just like it.
    I too have a van and what I do is I had 3 different sets of magnetic business signs made up with different names on them. It helps when Im stay at different motels / hotels because to them its a different vehicle. Sounds odd but thats the way it goes. Wal-marts are tooo noisy for me. Most of the time but never 3 days in a row I will eat the free breakfast at the motel. I figure if Im ever caught I could just say that I didnt think I could check in until 10am and pay the $60+ a night stay which is well deserved once a month anyway. Ivr never been caught yet so I will keep on doing it. Most places serve breakfast from 6am to 9am with a shift change at 7am so I fit right in. The front desk is usually busy checking guests out so its always fine to say you didnt think that you could check in until 10am. Note* I dont go to the small motels, only the big ones that have eggs, bacon etc… Who needs cold cereal or sausage gravy that looks like plaster? Always take a couple of their coffee cups with you because 1, the motel name is on them. 2. When you come back in the next day they will assume your already staying there because you have their styro-foam cup with their name on it. They also just assume you were out smoking anyway since smoking in the room isnt allowed. Ive smoked with staff many a time and they never knew I wasnt staying there. You only go 3 days in a row though because thats the average stay for a tourist.

  3. My boyfriend has a sprinter 2500 turbo diesel conversion van. It’s an amazing little mobile “home” when we travel to the mountains. The headroom is amazing, and panoramic windows to enjoy the scenery. I like your layout as well. Have fun!

  4. Thank you for the information you posted on this conversion. I will be doing a similar conversion in the coming months when I’m ready and the universe leads me to the right Nissan NV. I just stumbled upon your site and I’m very interested. We seem to have a lot in common, for most of my adult life (I’m 47 now)I’ve been a van dweller and up until 4 years ago I’ve been on the road living that lifestyle. When I sold my converted GMC Safari van 4 years ago, I began traveling the country by alternative means (train, bus, hitching, ridesharing etc) and WWOOFING on farms and living in work exchange Zen communities around the country. It has been a great learning experience in manifestation and now I’m looking to have my own mobile residence again. Your blog is a great motivator to get back to that life again that I miss so much.
    Peace brother…
    “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
    ~ Buddha

  5. Hi Wayne,

    Came across your website listing as a result of my being a subscriber to Bob Wells CheapRVliving YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing your rig setup!

    I’m enjoying your website and sorta chuckled at some of the comments especially the one where he writes:

    “I too have a van and what I do is I had 3 different sets of magnetic business signs made up with different names on them. It helps when Im stay at different motels / hotels because to them its a different vehicle. Sounds odd but thats the way it goes. Wal-marts are tooo noisy for me. Most of the time but never 3 days in a row I will eat the free breakfast at the motel. I figure if Im ever caught I could just say that I didnt think I could check in until 10am and pay the $60+ a night stay which is well deserved once a month anyway. Ivr never been caught yet so I will keep on doing it. Most places serve breakfast from 6am to 9am with a shift change at 7am so I fit right in. The front desk is usually busy checking guests out so its always fine to say you didnt think that you could check in until 10am. Note* I dont go to the small motels, only the big ones that have eggs, bacon etc… Who needs cold cereal or sausage gravy that looks like plaster? Always take a couple of their coffee cups with you because 1, the motel name is on them. 2. When you come back in the next day they will assume your already staying there because you have their styro-foam cup with their name on it. They also just assume you were out smoking anyway since smoking in the room isnt allowed. Ive smoked with staff many a time and they never knew I wasnt staying there. You only go 3 days in a row though because thats the average stay for a tourist.”

    Too funny despite his likely being genuinely honest about the way he goes about certain things. Personally, I have a difficult time using a restroom in a restaurant or elsewhere without either buying something or doing something to leave the establishment in a better position than it was before I arrived and deposited my waste.
    I tend to see the idea of taking food without compensation not too dissimilar to ‘dining and dashing’. That’s not to say I’ve been or am Mr. Perfect….far from it.
    I imagine some difficult and specific situational circumstances may bring about expedient and convenient rationalizations which aren’t exactly shall we say…normal civilized & widely acceptable behaviors?
    As a full time vehicle dweller, maybe you can shed some light on your experiences with other full time vehicle dwellers and their finding themselves compromising when it comes to their morals, etc. and to what extent? I recognize this sorta of understanding might require you to have known what the persons were like before they took to full time vehicle dwelling. Figured it couldn’t hurt to ask.
    You seem like a person who’s fairly comfortable with your mindset and by all outward appearances living the dream epistemologically speaking and otherwise as well, so I’d be interested in hearing your take. Thanks in advance!
    Happy Travels!

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