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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 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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  • 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
      September 10, 2020, 2:57 pm

      I’m all about the cabin aesthetic.

  • Eric
    September 10, 2020, 1:05 pm

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

  • Alison
    September 10, 2020, 3:21 pm

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

  • Marsha Cowan
    January 22, 2021, 11:39 am

    Fascinating! Love the diggs! That tiny wood stove is precious! Where did you get that thing? As always, I have a couple of suggestions (not that you need either one of them–your home is perfect). A thin piece of plexiglass over that wooden counter would not show at all, but would keep fluids from dripping beneath. Are you familiar with Goal Zero solar company? They have portable solar equipment just made for what you are doing that is super efficient, and has an all-in-one battery/inverter/etc. box that fits in a small space with easy hookup. Being portable, if you find yourself in a shady place, but need to charge your battery, your can move the whole outfit to the sun. Used them for years. Just thought I would put that bug in your ear. You have a great place! I am impressed by your ingenuity and obvious respect for nature, beauty, and life. Safe travels!

  • Eric Williams
    January 22, 2021, 1:12 pm

    It’s really awesome. Is it too heavy in curves from the extra height?

  • Joyce Rader
    February 12, 2022, 8:11 pm

    I do like the rustic look. A couple things I did notice. There does not appear to be a guard to protect the front seat or cabinet from excess heat. Adding a piece of stove board, like the ones designed for underneath wood stoves would help. Also in our experience, the chimney should be above the roof line to improve draft and reduce smoke from getting inside your vehicle. A fire would be a disaster for you should things get too hot. Safe travels. I hope the extra wood does not slow you down or cost too much in mpg. Put a hitch on the rear and take your horse along for some fun. Happy Trails to You!

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