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Her $20K Minimalist Van Build

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Tori graduated from college and spent 10 months traveling abroad. Her friends were coming home to settle into 9 to 5 jobs, but she wasn’t ready to settle down quite yet. So she bought a van and converted it! When she started, she didn’t even know a drill could go in reverse, but she taught herself everything with YouTube videos.

Because she built her van before lumber prices started skyrocketing in 2020, she was able to do the whole thing for just $20K. It has a simple shower/bathroom setup, a long countertop with a small sink, and a beautiful fixed bed framed by hanging plants. Enjoy the tour.

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Simple DIY Van Build for Solo Travel

Those plants are real!

She pulls a camp stove out for cooking.

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  • Tori graduated from college and decided to travel instead of settling into a 9 to 5 job.
  • She bought a van and converted it into a minimalist living space.
  • Despite having no prior knowledge, she taught herself the conversion process through YouTube videos.
  • Tori completed the van build for just $20,000 before lumber prices increased in 2020.
  • The van features a simple shower/bathroom setup, a long countertop with a small sink, and a fixed bed adorned with hanging plants.

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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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