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Freedom on the Road in Her Van Conversion

Abby’s love for an adventurous lifestyle led her to convert her own van! She fit a bike, paddleboard, camping gear, and tools under her bed, so she can enjoy the outdoors. Her conversion was a DIY build, that cost her $37,000. She used plenty of reclaimed materials to keep costs down, but the van’s aesthetic isn’t compromised by her frugality!

She has a fixed queen-sized bed in the back of her van, and a workspace in the front where she does her full-time marketing work. Her kitchen has a sink made from an industrial coffee pot, and a two-burner propane cooktop. Enjoy her energy and excitement for life in the video below.

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Her $37K DIY Van Conversion

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She has a high-up bed and a ladder to help her hop in easier.

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The doors on her kitchen cabinet open to expose the plumbing.

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She works full-time in marketing while on the road!

Freedom on the Road in Her Van Conversion

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  • Abby had childhood cancer, which shaped the way she thinks about life and the time she has. She wants to live every day to the fullest, and life on the road gives her that opportunity.
  • She’s especially proud of building her very own home! She and her uncle worked together on the build, using plenty of reclaimed materials to keep costs down.
  • Because she loves to be outdoors, she made sure her garage could accommodate all of her outdoor gear like a paddleboard and bike.
  • She works in marketing full-time while she travels nomadically, and made sure to create a functional office space for herself in the build.

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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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