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Her RV Was Too Big So She Bought a Van

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Madilyn struggled with van life when she started. She missed her boyfriend, her family, her friends — and she had severe driving anxiety! But with frequent exposure and monthly trips back home, Madilyn has overcome the worst and successfully lived on the road for a year.

Her 32-square-foot camper van is her second rig. The first was an RV she renovated before realizing it was more than she wanted. She found this mostly converted campervan on Facebook Marketplace for $15K and then upgraded the kitchen and added some excellent shelving for $1K to make it work for her needs. What do you think of this conversion?

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Adorable Astro Campervan For Woman & Her Dog

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She and her dog fit snugly in the fixed back bedroom.

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The exterior is simple gray, but it works great.

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Look at that gorgeous countertop!

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  • Madilyn first heard of vanlife from her boyfriend and was going to get started in an RV she renovated before she realized the rig was too big for her.
  • She got this 32 sq. ft. campervan second-hand from another solo female traveler, and it fits her lifestyle much better!
  • When she first got started, she had severe driving anxiety. But with frequent exposure, she powered through, and now she’s driven all over!
  • She had a refrigerator in her adorable indoor kitchen before it was stolen — but she’s still on the road despite that setback.
  • Her fixed bed in the back perfectly fits her and her dog, Athena.

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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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  • Barb
    April 12, 2024, 12:12 am

    I am glad she is doing ok. But, why did someone have to take from her something she needed.? It a good thing she has her dog also. Best wishes to you.

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