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European Travel in their Awesome DIY Campervan


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This couple wanted a chance to travel Europe — and do it inexpensively. So they decided to build out a campervan! Before it became their home, the van was a 4-wheeler transporter and completely gutted inside.

Now they have a folding couch/bed setup, a bench couch, and a nice kitchen space. Enjoy the photo tour below and then read our Q&A with the couple.

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An Inexpensive Way to See the World: In A Van!

Their bed folds up into a couch during the day.

There’s upper storage on both sides of the rig.

They have a hammock to set up when camped.

That’s a good-sized countertop!

They have a sink and mini fridge.

They have an outdoor cooking setup as well.

A little construction photo.

An awning extends the living area.

They have a fun exterior design.

Bug netting protects the interior from buzzing intruders.

Do you like their rig?

Make sure to read our Q&A with them below.

Interview:

What got you into tiny living?

We wanted to start traveling Europe on the cheap and our van is perfect for that.

Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?

We bought the van from a competitor who transported four-wheelers in it. She was completely naked. I completely rebuilt it on the road in front of our house with the help of the neighbors.

How do you make money on the road?

The van serves as a window repair service vehicle from Monday to Friday.
On weekends, it becomes residential.
I also manage social networks.

How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?

Living in a van is great! You are at home everywhere, in the forest, in the parking lot, in the middle of a foreign city.

What’s the hardest part of tiny living?

Life in a van isn’t just about pretty photos on Instagram.
The van quickly becomes a mess and needs to be cleaned up immediately. A lot of heating and ventilation is also needed.

What’s the most rewarding part?

Freedom! Cheap travel! Be together!

Any advice for people looking to go tiny?

Life isn’t just about taking pretty pictures for Instagram. Live for a while without a mobile phone in your hand and enjoy nature and the surroundings.

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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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  • Daisy
    March 4, 2023, 1:36 pm

    YAY! 🎉 dirty dishes and not a perfectly made bed! Living real! Thank you 😍

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