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Five Years on the Road in Her Simple Van Conversion


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Eloise and her van are proof that you don’t need a high-end Sprinter van with a professional conversion to be happy and fulfilled in van life. In fact, she test-drove a brand-new Sprinter and says she’d still prefer her rig to one of them! She actually test-drove dozens of vans over the course of a few years, and every time the van life itch would start. However, she always found a reason to stick to normal life until she finally gave herself an ultimatum in 2018.

Either she was doing van life, or she was never allowed to think about it and research it again. Once she found the perfect van, she spent about 6 months renovating it, thinking she’d use it in its rustic state for a year and then get a new van or upgrade her set-up. Turns out, she doesn’t mind the simpler design with limited electricity and plumbing! And she’s kept the same van this whole time. See it below…

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She uses a YETI cooler instead of a refrigerator.

Five Years on the Road in Her Simple, Awesome Rig

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Her dinette/office becomes her bed at night.

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VIDEO: Self-Converted Camper van – Solo Female Traveling with Pets

Highlights

  • Eloise prefers her simple van conversion over high-end Sprinter vans with professional conversions.
  • She test-drove multiple vans before committing to van life.
  • In 2018, Eloise gave herself an ultimatum and decided to pursue van life.
  • She spent six months renovating her van and has kept the same van ever since.
  • Eloise doesn’t mind the simpler design with limited electricity and plumbing.
  • She uses a YETI cooler instead of a refrigerator.
  • Her dinette/office doubles as her bed at night.
  • Eloise’s journey as a solo female traveler with pets is featured in a video.

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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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