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He’s Been Living in His Rustic Cabin Van Conversion for 4 Years

Meet Frye — he and his dog have been living in his Volkswagen Westfalia now for four years. He gutted the van and turned the interior into a rustic cabin, complete with unfinished wood floors and a cast iron wood stove.

Frye has mainly used his home on wheels to explore the woods of the West Coast, getting closer to nature and learning to become his own handy-man. He added a cool wooden roof extension to give about 10 feet of head space in the van, which really opens up the space.

Watch the awesome video tour and interview with Frye done by FLORB at the end of the post, and follow Frye on Instagram here.

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Frye’s Van Life in the Woods with His Dog

From this angle you wouldn’t know this was even a van!

He cooks on the wood stove and has a 5 gallon water tank.

He’s been living in his rustic cabin van conversion for four years

Images via FLORB/YouTube

Solar power lets him charge his camera batteries.

He’s been living in his rustic cabin van conversion for four years

Images via FLORB/YouTube

What do you think of the roof addition?

He’s been living in his rustic cabin van conversion for four years

Images via FLORB/YouTube

VIDEO: Budget Micro Cabin in the Woods Van Conversion


  • Volkswagen Westfalia Van
  • Log cabin interior
  • Cast iron wood-burning stove
  • 5 gallon water tank
  • Bed & couch that makes bed larger
  • Loft storage
  • Rooftop access via ladder
  • Solar-powered
  • Fridge console

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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 Paul Larsen
    September 10, 2020, 8:53 am

    This is really great! I love the cabin style look of the van. and so personalized for the owner.Looks like a proper cabin that could be out in the woods, at least from the inside :). Only thing that would concern me is the weight issue of the wood . But judging from the pictures of the outside , still looks like lots of wheel clearance. And all the heavy stuff, batteries , water etc is down low too for a low centre of gravity. Wishing you many more years of great traveling in your van!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      September 10, 2020, 2:57 pm

      I’m all about the cabin aesthetic.

  • Avatar Eric
    September 10, 2020, 1:05 pm

    Just hope he’s been able to stay well ahead of the wildfires. Stay safe!

  • Avatar Alison
    September 10, 2020, 3:21 pm

    Looks cozy and fun. I enjoyed seeing this. Nice guy.

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