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Stealth Cargo Van Life with Her Pets

Pamela wanted to travel but didn’t know how to afford it or how to bring her pets along. When she discovered van life, it was the solution to her problems! She even added a unique built-in screen door to keep her cats inside the van as well as the fresh air.

This is actually her third build-out of the space, which she changed up as she got used to living on the road and figured out what she really wanted from a home on wheels. She chose the shortest wheelbase available, so she can easily fit into parking places and sell her handmade jewelry on Etsy.

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She prioritized seating in her van because she realized she really missed having a place to sit!

The counter-tops are black walnut live edge, and she has peel-and-stick tile.

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  • Pamela discovered van life as a solution to her desire to travel with her pets and limited budget.
  • She customized her van with a unique built-in screen door to keep her cats inside while enjoying fresh air.
  • This is Pamela’s third build-out, as she adapted her living space based on her experiences and preferences.
  • She chose the shortest wheelbase available to easily fit into parking spaces and sell her handmade jewelry on Etsy.
  • Pamela prioritized seating in her van, realizing the importance of having a comfortable place to sit.
  • The countertops in her van are made of black walnut live edge, and she used peel-and-stick tile for the flooring.

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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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  • Liz
    May 26, 2023, 8:18 pm

    Another head concussion from the cabinets above the bed.

  • Irene
    September 19, 2023, 10:16 pm

    I don’t think she sleeps with her head under the cabinets.
    I appreciate her honesty and advice – figure/find out what’s important to You before having to dramatically rebuild, then – go for it! I’m so close…

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