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They Paid $50,000 in Debt with Van Life

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Lovell and Paris got into vanlife largely out of necessity — with nearly $50,000 in consumer debt, they needed a way out of it, and not paying rent was the first step! They started in a very basic low-roof van they already owned, but after paying off their debts in 2 years, were able to upgrade to their current Sprinter.

Six years into #vanlife, the couple say there are pretty much no cons to their lifestyle. Now that they have a rig that includes everything they love — even an ironing board, so Lovell can iron his “fashionista” wardrobe — they have no desire to get a sticks-and-bricks home.

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This van is a big upgrade from their first low-roof one.


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The extended version allows them to stretch all the way out in bed.


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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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  • Alara
    October 6, 2022, 9:18 am

    But,,, if I get my roadtrek,,, where can I park at night so cops don’t hassle me?
    I want to be on a quiet street or parking lot,,, not a campground.
    ????? Wallmarts near me apparently won’t allow it. Put in a few calls to churches. I’m a senior and am chemically sensitive,,, so apartments r not working for me.
    I see these type parking near me,,,, you just can’t appear to be living in it.
    Why do they make it so hard for nice people?

    • James D.
      October 6, 2022, 12:51 pm

      While there’s a number of reasons why, the main reason that it has gotten harder recently is basically a referral to the old saying, “This is why we can’t have nice things”, because there have been too many people who abused this option and now it’s harder on everyone.

      There’s still places you can go, there’s apps and social groups that share info on where to find places to park, places you can park for free like BLM land, parks you can get up to annual permits for a small fee, etc. but restrictions have gotten more wide spread and stricter in many places.

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