Living in a Van
Lucas Meadows stashed this in Redneck Culture & Values
From the blog post:
There are people who live in vans by choice. For some, living in a van allows them to travel the country. For others, it lets them save money to pursue a passion like starting a new company. And still others are just drawn to van living because they want to maintain a lifestyle of minimalism and self-reliance.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the VW Westfalia. Boasting 2 interior "modes" (bedroom and living room), a refrigerator, a stove, and a storage cabinet, the Westfalia is the Porsche of family vans.
Living room mode:
Here we catch a rare glimpse of a Westfalia in bedroom mode. Yowza!
Select Q&A from the blog post:
How do you go to the bathroom?
The majority of online contributors (many of whom appear to be male) use pee-bottles and public bathrooms for more, eh substantial bathroom breaks. Some have small chemical toliets which they try to avoid using except for emergencies.
How do you shower?
If you live in a van, you can basically kiss your daily shower goodbye. If you plan on living in one city, you can get a gym membership. However, that’s not really a good solution if you want to maintain a mobile lifestyle. For the mobile van traveler, truck stops offer showers for $10. Other than that, most people living in vans get by cleaning themselves using wet ones or some variant of dumping water on themselves.
Is this legal?
If you pay to stay at a campsite, it’s most certainly legal, but then this lifestyle ceases to be inexpensive. If you park on the streets, it’s generally illegal, but this varies by city. For people that live in vans, the primary rule they appear to follow is to be inconspicuous - blend into the environment and don’t make it look like you’re living in a van. Whether that is easy to achieve is another question. The burden of having to move the van constantly and be on the lookout for police appears to be one of the biggest reasons people ultimately abandon van living.
Ok, so there are some downsides to Westfalia living. But there is also an undeniable shabby chic appeal, which will no doubt improve your luck with the ladies.