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They Saved For Retirement & Learned to Weld This Van


Greg & Jess have been living #vanlife for more than three years now — two of which, they lived in a professionally-built rig. But they ended up tackling a DIY build to see if they wanted to convert vans for a living. While their van looks awesome (especially the welded steel cabinets), the experience taught them they wanted to find a different way to earn income!

The couple had high-paying jobs and saved up a sizable nest egg in mutual funds for their retirement. Now they need about $24k per year to keep their lifestyle afloat, and are getting creative finding seasonal and remote work to make it happen. Enjoy the tour!

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Function Over Form in their DIY Promaster Conversion

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They keep a motorcycle on the back and surf boards on the side.

They Saved For Retirement & Learned to Weld This Van

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Their bed is on lifts, and giant drawers pull out from their garage.

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VIDEO: DIY Promaster w/ Welded Steel Cabinetry

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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
    October 12, 2021, 8:19 pm

    Sounds like their retirement plans are on track. It’s great to be able to follow your dreams and not worry about $$$. Great time to be traveling and seeing the country and if they do need to take some short term jobs there are certainly many around.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 13, 2021, 5:59 am

      So true! No shortage of work these days.

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