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Seven Years of Van Life with No Stop in Sight

Patrick was in college, but it wasn’t working for him. When he saw a video about #vanlife on YouTube, he decided to drop out and chase his dreams! Seven years and six rigs later, he’s living in his dream van with no plans of ever stopping.

“Gadget” the van is bursting with innovative features, including a hidden kitchen inside, a pull-out kitchen outdoors, hammock hooks, and a pull-down convertible couch/bed. He has little cubbies for everything and stunning woodworking throughout. Which feature do you like the most?

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His 6th Rig w/ Amazing Convertible Features

7 Years of Vanlife w No Plans of Settling Down 2

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He painted it with exterior house paint.

7 Years of Vanlife w No Plans of Settling Down 3

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The hidden kitchen is in that bench!

7 Years of Vanlife w No Plans of Settling Down

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VIDEO: DIY Camper Van w/ Bed/Couch on a Slide System


  • Patrick dropped out of college after being inspired by a #vanlife video on YouTube, and he has been living the van life for seven years with no plans of stopping.
  • He is currently living in his dream van named “Gadget,” which is filled with innovative features.
  • The van includes a hidden kitchen inside, an outdoor pull-out kitchen, hammock hooks, and a pull-down convertible couch/bed.
  • Patrick has meticulously designed cubbies for storage and incorporated stunning woodworking throughout the van.
  • The post includes images showcasing the features of Patrick’s sixth rig, including the exterior painted with house paint and the hidden kitchen inside a bench.
  • A video is provided, offering a closer look at the DIY camper van with a bed/couch on a slide system.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Sophia
    May 25, 2023, 5:35 pm

    Very creative, love the kitchen set-up and the color of the van. The only thing I don’t care for is that it appears that because the toilet is under the bed frame, if you have to go in the middle of the night, or if you are sick and in bed all day, you can’t access it unless you slide the whole bed back into couch mode. Otherwise, beautiful job!

    • James D.
      May 26, 2023, 12:34 am

      Well, you could just get into the habit of leaving the toilet out. So it’s easy to reach when the bed is out, and only put it back underneath during the day…

  • Liz
    May 26, 2023, 8:48 pm

    Amazing wood ceiling. Beautiful!!

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