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Whitney Quit Her Job to Live in a 1989 GMC Vandura


Whitney had always done the responsible thing — kept a desk job so she could pay off her student loans. But she really wanted to jump into #vanlife!

As she approached 30, she realized it was now or never, so she searched for a van until she found something she could purchase with cash. Then she worked on making her 1989 GMC Vandura a home.

You’ll love her simplistic interior and tips for a mini dustpan, outdoor trash can, and even a portable toilet. Watch the video below.

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Whitney leaves her bed in “bed mode” most of the time.

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Her mountain back plash is actually a mountain range from home.

Whitney Quit Her Job to Live in a 1989 GMC Vandura

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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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  • LargeMarge
    August 12, 2021, 7:50 pm

    1:26
    I was exhausted listening to the inventory, so I advanced a minute… several times.
    What kind of college degree?
    How much remaining on the loans she received?

  • Eric
    August 13, 2021, 12:24 am

    mountain back plash… Yes indeedy, can’t go without one of them… lol

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 13, 2021, 7:24 pm

    Don’t be dissing her “plash” now. It’s a nice set up! I really like the way you did the bed where you can stand on either side and reach storage from the closets and from under the bed. Makes life easier. Some clever ideas in the van. Be safe out there!

  • Susan Kim Pratt
    August 13, 2021, 9:02 pm

    Nice van, and that is a good way to get out photograph all kinds of places, nature, and people. I love taking pictures, and admire you in adventures.

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