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‘Van Life’ in his Organized Tesla Model Y

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Just when I think I’ve seen the tiniest living quarters, someone like Jimmy comes along and completely astonishes me! You might think someone living out of their car must have a messy, packed-full vehicle, but not Jimmy. Everything inside his Tesla has a home and is perfectly organized to maximize space and efficiency.

He even built in a cool storage system in the back which allows him to pull out his kitchen set up (that includes a sink, grill and even “running” water). Somehow he carefully included everything he needed and absolutely nothing more or less into his design. Check it out!

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Living out of his Super-Organized Tesla Tiny House

This is Jimmy’s entire 4-season wardrobe in his sub trunk.

A little glimpse of his kitchen setup.

The mattress will fold out to give him a place to sleep when he doesn’t use his one-person tent.

VIDEO: His Tesla Model Y Electric Tiny Home Setup


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  • Lives and camps out of his Tesla
  • Portable shower
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  • Pull out kitchen set-up (including a sink!)
  • Doing this during the Canadian winter!

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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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  • Husabergchamp
    March 21, 2022, 11:10 am

    I see the posts like this and have mixed emotions. Yes, you can live like this. BUT …………… to me this is surviving for a short period of time till other options open up. Even a full size van makes more sense in a longer term. Cross country trip, fine. A long vacation, fine. But full time, month after month? No.
    For the price of a Tesla get a used van camper. But t0 each his own, just not my cup of tea.

    • James D.
      March 21, 2022, 2:03 pm

      It’s definitely not for everyone but a growing percentage of the population are living in vehicles. While for many of them it is temporary but there are those who it is their way of life and have no plans to ever change it.

      Mind, it’s a form of affordable housing and it allows for nomadic lifestyles that traditional housing doesn’t support, as well as allow people to live in areas otherwise too expensive for traditional options. Allowing people to retain jobs and access to other resource that would otherwise be unattainable to them.

      So, it has its place and those it can serve…

  • jerry dycus
    March 21, 2022, 8:14 pm

    Great vid and excellent job making a great adventure mobile. This is obviously for traveling dirt cheap I might as lots of free charge points. With covid might as well have done it.
    Barely mentioned is heating, cooling on demand, comfortable seat makes this a fairly comfortable way to travel.
    I’ve looked at the Y and replacing the hatch with an aero camper shell is very doable for more comfort.
    Personally I’d have built an ultralight aero trailer with head, shower instead for more than traveling to, from things or more than a month.

  • vee
    March 22, 2022, 3:13 pm

    Well of course this truly isn’t for everyone –BUT a great idea for a man who obviously loves the outdoors and adventures. If he tires of it, he can always pull out everything and still have a really super car!!

  • Marsha Cowan
    January 25, 2024, 4:52 pm

    Wow! Extremely well organized! I’m really impressed. Great job!

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