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Van Life as Long Term Housing Solution for Solo Female

Atli has chosen full-time van dwelling as a long term housing solution because it helps her spend less money, work a flexible job, travel when she wants, and have her own mobile home in the city.


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Her Ford Transit camper van conversion is gorgeous and she did most of the work with her Dad. They installed a Suburban furnace, insulation, and roof vents to control the temperature inside the van.

There’s tons of storage under the platform bed, in the closet, and in the kitchen.

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One of the best things about Atli’s van is that she prioritized keeping it stealthy so that she can park pretty much anywhere without being disturbed. Because no one knows she’s in there, she hasn’t have any issues with safety or finding places to park.


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There are no windows in the van, but there is a skylight above her bed. They even installed a bulkhead between the cab and cargo areas, and painted it grey so that it really looks like a work van from the outside.

There’s no bathroom (toilet or shower) in the van because Atli can use the facilities at work, and at the gym whenever she needs to.

Watch a full tour of her van in the video below!

VIDEO: Van Life as Long Term Housing Solution for Solo Female

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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.




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  • Tracy December 6, 2017, 2:33 pm

    We love this article. Exploring Alternatives is a great channel.
    thank you!

  • Melissa December 6, 2017, 5:16 pm

    This is perfect! Super jealous! Just perfect! Well done!👍🏼

  • damian dolan December 6, 2017, 5:40 pm

    Fine van, would you think is possible for mercedes sprinter camper conversion? thanks again for showing your van ;^)

  • Lauren December 6, 2017, 7:06 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing Atli. You are adorable and so is your van. I love it! You and your dad did a beautiful job and it seems so spacious with lots of storage. You’re inspirational.

  • Tom Osterdock December 7, 2017, 3:09 am

    I like it but don’t think it would be big enough for me.

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