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25 Year Old’s Van Dwelling Lifestyle

See how this 25 year old man, Robin Raindropcatcher, moved into a van that he converted into a mobile shelter after losing his job.


Now while living in only 50 sq. ft. he shares what it’s like living in his van, his struggles, hopes, and more, as Kirsten Dirksen and the team at Faircompanies takes us into his life.

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25 Year Old’s Van Dwelling Lifestyle

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Video: Life on the Road in Converted Van

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  • coffeewitholiver March 10, 2015, 3:52 pm

    Tiny living comes in lots of varieties, and for even more reasons. I think his little space is wonderfully cheerful and bright.
    Thanks for sharing this story.
    Parker

  • John March 10, 2015, 4:09 pm

    I lived away from home in a full sized, hi-top van while working away from home. The freedom of this lifestyle is positively addictive and infectious. You can stop anywhere and sleep, cook or chill out. Positively amazing. If I were not married I’d live this way full time.

    • Robin March 10, 2015, 5:08 pm

      I absolutely agree! I’m so happy, I made this change in my life.
      I enjoy living in hermes even more than ever before now, after five months 😀

    • Diane March 12, 2015, 1:06 am

      Yes I understand your thinking. I rent rooms to educated men here on my Estate. IT men that would otherwise be stuck in an Extended Stay. I give them an option of staying in a beautiful Estate in Scottsdale Arizona. I am a Designer of Tiny Homes and have several choices on my Estate. I am creeper free and live wonderfully sharing my gorgeous large lavish Estate with others in Scottsdale. Only the educated well mannered guest it welcomed.
      Harvard Girl,
      Diane

      • Robin March 12, 2015, 1:49 pm

        That sounds like a wonderful thing, Diane!
        I’ve considered tiny houses for a long time 🙂

  • Robin March 10, 2015, 5:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing my interview with Kirsten! Much appreciated 😀

  • Donna March 10, 2015, 10:22 pm

    Love it ! I’m planing on Buying a van shortly myself. I have a job I love but i’m not paid alot for it, and it got to the point all the bills were going up year after year, and My Pay rate has been the same for the past 4 years. It got to the point I couldnt afford rent any more, To make matter’s a bit more difficult, I was told I have cancer, was going to have to give the Flat anyway. Fast forward, Made it thru Chemo and Rad treatments. 🙂 So looking forward to getting on with Life. Keeping my job since I love it, (Security Officer ) Coverting a Van and not going to worry about paying for a flat that I have to work more to pay for the rising rents. 🙂 I wish You the Best of Luck I’m gonna sign up to follow you. I might even Blog so you can follow me too. 🙂 Cheers !!!

    • Robin March 11, 2015, 10:35 am

      Wow. Congrats for beating cancer! That’s such an inspiring story, you should definitely start blogging at some point! Where about are you currently located? I’m asking, because I’m frequently looking for great people to feature on About Wings. At the moment only in Europe, but who knows…
      If you are subscribed to my newsletter, you should have my email address and can always fetch me an email. I would really love to know how things progress for you.
      Power to you!
      Robin

  • Molly March 10, 2015, 11:55 pm

    Love this ideology. Love you Robin. *:0)

    • Robin March 11, 2015, 10:37 am

      Thank you for the lovely words! 😀
      I’m glad to hear you liked the interview. You might want to consider checking out http://aboutwings.com
      I’m documenting my journey with a video series there and give out advice and thoughts for others 🙂

      Robin

  • Jean March 11, 2015, 12:20 am

    Living this lifestyle will change you.
    I know. I have lived it.
    Hats off to this young man and his van/home!!!

    • Robin March 11, 2015, 10:39 am

      Thank you for your kind words!
      It’s very true. It can change you. So far, I’ve found my life diving into a so much better direction than before and even after five months of living in the van, I’m more happy about my choice of living in Hermes than I was ever before!

      Best Wishes!
      Robin

  • Betty Polley March 11, 2015, 12:02 pm

    A truly beautiful young man who has his head on his shoulders, so refreshing. Many years ago I raised three babies in a larger size cargo van for four years till I got enough money to rent, I am 80 years old now and Live in a A huge van cargo style that I’ve been living in for five years and it is pure joy I designed it a lot different from yours but I can go anywhere and I write for the first time in my life I’m free to write. God bless you young man

    • Robin March 12, 2015, 1:53 pm

      Wow. And so many people say they can’t travel because they have family… You are the living example that it is possible to do it with children!
      A very inspiring story! Thank you for sharing, Betty. And thank you for your lovely words! In case you wanna see more of my journey, feel free to hop over to http://aboutwings.com 🙂

      • Betty Polley March 12, 2015, 6:57 pm

        Thank you for replying Robin although so many people think it’s not a good way to live once people get over the curiosity and I prove I am really 80 years old I see nothing but envy and that’s exactly what I wish that others could see, there’s more to life than eating sleeping working and paying bills. God bless you Robin have a great life . Before I forget time does not exist when your life is full and the way we live your day starts and you turn around and find you have to go to sleep and all you can remember is Joy.

  • Kay March 11, 2015, 12:12 pm

    I think you did a wonderful job with the van! I feel that getting rid of ‘stuff” and downsizing is freeing and exhilarating. I hope that all goes well with you…keep us informed.

    • Robin March 12, 2015, 1:55 pm

      Hey Kay!
      Yes, I’m happier than ever in the van. There’s more storage room now and less stuff and I just feel this freedom every day!

      If you want to stay up to date, make sure to sign up for my Newsletter on http://aboutwings.com You’ll also get a free chapter of my book, if you do so 🙂

  • MILES March 12, 2015, 4:11 pm

    I ADMIRE UR BED 😉 I THINK IT’S COZY

  • Juliet March 12, 2015, 9:26 pm

    I was living this lifestyle in my own AstroVan back in 1995. I even wrote an essay about a bit of my experience and it was published on a website called, Seven Seas Magazine. There were no organizations or clubs or YouTube sites or blogs to motivate and encourage me but the call of the wild still beckoned and I answered. I was in school full-time and working full-time so there wasn’t any point in having an apartment. I showered at college fitness locker rooms, gyms, beach shower stalls, hospitals, ate in cafeterias, restaurants, used gas station microwaves to warm canned food, and slept in libraries, hospitals, campus buildings when the weather was inhospitable. I can say without pause that it was the most exhilarating, resourceful lifestyle I lived, outside of my RV travels overseas. You have great courage, Robin!

    • Andrea Andrea March 13, 2015, 4:01 pm

      Love it! 🙂

    • Robin March 15, 2015, 9:51 am

      This is a very inspiring story! It’s fascinating to me, that people tend to think you need a lot of money to travel and experience new things, when actually, the best experiences you ake when you’ve got to spend hardly any money!
      Thank you for sharing 😀

  • rick March 14, 2015, 10:02 pm

    I spend a lot of time traveling on the road and sleep in my camper mini van too. My mini van is much smaller than yours ,I usually go to the gym to take a shower. I also carried a popup portable shower and toilet. this is the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SIDdESTX3c 

  • di March 15, 2015, 5:45 am

    Built-ins limit space and future changes. Try a hammock and floor cushions. For easier access, store a wardrobe and kitchenware in baskets. For easy meals, try vegetable soups and sandwiches.

    • Robin March 15, 2015, 9:55 am

      I have to say, I’m quite happy with the interiour I have at the moment. As much as I love Hammocks, they aren’t very helpful when you have to get through cold weather, since they let cold air through from below. Also, they are not very useful for two people…

      Also, I really wanted it to be as homely and comfy as possible. And baskets/boxes didn’t really hit that nerve for me…

      The van has changed a bit since we did the interview. And I still see how things evolve in there, due to the circumstances 🙂

  • di March 15, 2015, 5:46 am

    Personally, I’d rather be traveling in the country.

    • Robin March 15, 2015, 9:57 am

      I like to switch between country and city life. Sometimes I enjoy having the masses of people around and sometimes I simply prefer the silence of the country side. Really depends on my mood 🙂

  • N Browne March 18, 2015, 11:31 am

    Hang in there Robin, good effort.
    I had to live in a van for a job away from home, but it turned out to be too cold in the winter. I had a Chevy Astro van and needed more clearance…
    FOR THOSE LOOKING INTO VANS: If you need off road capability, like I did, Overland Vans offers lift kits for Astro and Safari vans, in both 2 and 4 wheel drive options. These are smaller than full size vans but very capable, and nice alternative. Neat pics over at overlandvans.com

    • Robin March 18, 2015, 3:01 pm

      Thanks for the tips and the lovely words!
      I agree, Winter can be a pain, but I’ve managed to get through the worst of it by going South and taking some work-away volunteer jobs that provided me with a warm room at night. Now I’m back in the van.

      Best Wishes! 🙂

  • Lisa March 28, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Hello Robin, you have some really good wisdom. I spent my whole life trying to get ahead. But as you said in the video stuff get stolen, etc. It is a wake up call. My whole house was blow down in a hurricane back in 2004. This made me realize material things will come and go. But there are alternative ways of living. In the last stretch until I retire 15 years I am planning on being mobile. You have to move to a warmer place. I am in Florida makes it easy to take it on the road. Stay safe and good health. Lisa 🙂

  • Rain June 12, 2015, 3:41 pm

    I’m planning to do this starting August 1, and I’m very excited about it! The only thing that concerns me is where to put it when I sleep! Because I work, I have to stay around the Berkeley/East Bay area during the week. Any ideas? Anyone in this area have solutions?

  • Slim February 23, 2016, 11:21 am

    Robin, I have a question for you, personally. I am at the tail end of my budget after losing my job, having had all of my valuables stolen from me, (and we all know the cliche; “You have to spend money to make money.”) Do you have any advice for someone in my circumstance?

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