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He Sold His House To Chase VanLife with His Dogs


This woodworker had been thinking of vanlife for about 6 years, but when he neared his 30th birthday he decided it was time for a change for himself and his dogs. He sold his house, outfitted a gorgeous stealth van (he’s a woodworker, so the woodwork is amazing!), and hit the road.

While he planned to start a trip from Alaska to Argentina a few months back, that plan got derailed by COVID. That said, it’s still in the works for the future. For now, he’s enjoying getting in touch with himself on the road.

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Woodworker’s Amazing Van with Front Bedroom

He Sold His House To Chase VanLife with His Dogs

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His gorgeous pups are ready for the road!

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Look at that bamboo ceiling! So cute.

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Here’s his huge kitchen! He loves to cook.

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Woodworker Sold His House & Build a DIY Stealth Van

Highlights:

  • Bed in the front of the build
  • Giant chef’s kitchen
  • Beautiful mermaid tail tile
  • Cedar interior
  • Bamboo mat ceiling
  • Traveling with 2 dogs
  • Planning an Alaska to Argentina trip

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Natalie C. McKee

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 two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Alison
    October 3, 2020, 2:38 pm

    I’m always curious about insulation—did he insulate the walls and ceiling? I like how spacious it feels, due to his design and decor. Great plan for a guy who loves to cook. I wonder where the video was filmed; I like that campground.

  • Avatar Delos Turner
    October 3, 2020, 3:43 pm

    Wow I love his wood work skills very nice.

  • Avatar Sandy
    October 3, 2020, 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the idea of bedroom up front. I’m working on a floorpan for a short Skoolie and really hate blocking the “back door” with a bed to climb over. Would be great to have the kitchen/seating area next to an open door. Now to figure out how to fit a wet bath/composting toilet into the mix!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:19 pm

      I saw someone put their bathroom in the back of the bus, so it was easy to empty their composting toilet!

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    October 3, 2020, 6:39 pm

    Wow! That is the most beautiful van conversion I have ever seen, and so livable. It is a piece of art! You thought of everything. Amazing work, incredible story. Keep us posted of other projects you do.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:14 pm

      My daughter was especially in love with the “mermaid” tiles haha.

  • Avatar David Pedersen
    October 4, 2020, 2:19 am

    Nice craftsmanship. Though it looks more like a kitchen on wheels.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:08 pm

      From what he said in the video, that’s what he wanted most of all.

  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    October 5, 2020, 9:12 am

    That is beautiful. He’s quite talented. I hope he gets to make his trip because I think his van building business will really take off.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:03 pm

      Ya that sounds like such an amazing trip!

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