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Photographer’s $40k Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro

Riley started his nomadic life living out of his CRV, but after discovering how much he enjoyed nomadic life, he decided to purchase a Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro. He lived in it for some time without any upgrades, but when he got some garage space for three months, he was able to do his full build-out. Believe it or not, he can sit up to four people for dinner inside his low-top rig.

He kept the counter surfaces open so he can put all his camera gear out or bring up a portable cooktop when he needs to make meals. He doesn’t have a bathroom in his rig, but goes to the gym almost daily and hasn’t found a need for one. You can follow his journey on YouTube!

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From Honda CR-V to VW Vanagon Van Life

Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro

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His cabinet doors lift up and become a table.

Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro 3

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And the couch converts into a comfortable bed.

Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro 2

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  • Riley didn’t grow up camping or doing adventure sports, but found himself on the road because of his photography.
  • He lived out of a CRV first, but decided he was committed to life on the road and found his Vanagon.
  • He had 3 months he could use a garage for the conversion, so managed to get the conversion done fairly quickly.
  • Between the van and the conversion, he spent $40,000 on his home on wheels.
  • Right now he’s living on his photography income, a lot of savings, and some money from social media.

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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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