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“I had a quiver of cuss words I hadn’t used in awhile, so I got myself a Westy.”

Simon had travelled around Europe surfing with his buddies in a VW van when he was younger, and that nostalgia got him into a Vanagon restoration project for weekend travels and camping getaways. This vintage update of a 40-year-old vehicle brings the Westy back to it’s original glory, with some great upgrades such as a flatscreen TV, GPS, and cupholders.

It wasn’t exactly a cheap endeavor (he spent $7.5k on the van itself, and another $15k renovating it), but it brings him joy and he’s constantly stopped by others on the road with memories of the VW van days. Watch his video tour below!

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His Vintage Van Renovation With Modern Conveniences

Simon’s 1980 Westfalia Vanagon 3

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This is a young man who is living in his 87 VW Westfailia Van.

From the outside, you’ll notice a dark grey exterior and pop-up roof space.

When you go inside, you’ll find a couch that folds into a bed, a small desk and kitchenette, and a table that pops up between the two front seats.

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Related: Erik’s 1977 VW Westfalia Restoration

Young Man Living in his 87 VW Westfalia Van

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This is Erik’s 1977 VW Westfalia restoration.

From the outside, you’ll notice a retro green bus ready for the road.

When you go inside, you’ll find a couch that turns into a bed, a small kitchenette and even a table/desk.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Erik’s 1977 VW Westfalia Restoration

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This is a man who lives in a Westfalia campervan to avoid high rent payments.

From the outside, you’ll notice a short white van with a pop-up roof and a sliding door on one side to welcome you in. Inside, you’ll find everything you need including a bed/couch, swing-out table, and kitchenette.

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Man Skips High Rent by Living in his Westfalia Campervan

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When Sam Jacquette was paying $1100 a month in rent and working at a job that he didn’t enjoy just to pay his bills he decided he would make some changes.

He set a 2014 New Year’s resolution to stop doing things he didn’t enjoy doing and to start doing everything he wanted to do. And making this 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia van his home on wheels would be the first step.

After buying it, he got rid of his apartment, quit his job, and has been living in it and focusing on his New Year’s resolution. To do so, he’s decided to only keep his “top 5 favorites” of just about all of his possessions. His wardrobe, for example, is very minimal.

As for work goes, now he’s doing something more in line with his passion since he’s able to afford to make the decision after the drastic downsize. He now works for Hofmann Architecture helping to restore Airstream travel trailers. And Sam’s goal is to upgrade into an Airstream in the near future.

Young Man Moves Into 1985 VW Van to Create His Own Destiny

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I wanted you to meet someone who decided to turn to become a van dweller in his 1991 Volkswagen Westfalia.

Kidding about the down by the river part but seriously: he decided to move into his van while still working at his job.

His reason behind it is because one of his dreams has been to become a photographer. He didn’t have to do this, as you’ll learn in a moment.

So he got rid of his house payment by living in a van made for traveling. In the video he’ll show and explain everything, including his:

  • $99 foam mattress for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag to stay warm
  • Dresser drawer underneath couch
  • Electronics and accessories
Van Dwelling in a Volkswagen Westfalia

Photo Courtesy of Living the Van Life on YouTube

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