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Why She Moved Into A Van At 20

This is the story of Jennelle Eliana and why she moved into a van by choice at 20-years-old.

She decided to make a big life change with the help of a van that she bought for $2,500.

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She Moved Into a Van At 20 (Here’s Why And How)

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The main reason she moved into a van? To stop paying ridiculous rent.

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Images via Jennelle Eliana/YouTube

Her closet/wardrobe… (Proof that you can live tiny and still have plenty of clothes!)

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Images via Jennelle Eliana/YouTube

By the way, some of these clothing items are available on Jennelle’s shop.

She was just working and going to school, paying high rent, and hardly ever being home.

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Images via Jennelle Eliana/YouTube

So she bought a van for $2,500 and then started turning it into her home.

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Images via Jennelle Eliana/YouTube

Be sure to enjoy her videos below because they’re well-edited, funny, entertaining, and educational.

VIDEO – Why She Lives in a Van (Q&A)

VIDEO – FULL Van Tour – Solo Female Traveler Living Vanlife w/ her Pet Snake Named Alfredo

VIDEO – A Day In Her Life…:)

VIDEO – Showers And Handling Water

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Matt
    August 21, 2019, 8:37 am

    Good on her. People must begin to understand that there is no government regulation or political solution for the high housing prices. It is all a matter of our mindset. The more people that start to break away from the system, the more the system will have to adapt to better serve the people.

    • Russ
      October 26, 2019, 11:49 am


      Lot of dreck about this. Two facts, NOT reported —

      1. Vans have *engines* and systems that need to be maintained. Can be costly $$$.

      2. That young lady is in her peak earning years that are foundational to a solid base for Social Security. Period.

      You don’t do that .. your later years are going to be a nightmare. Do the math.

      • May 6, 2020, 7:33 am

        Houses have systems that need to be maintained and they are more costly than the systems in a vehicle.
        Social Security…greatest Ponzi scheme ever created.

        • Russ
          May 6, 2020, 4:05 pm

          So, you did NOT do the math.

          You can work for Pelosi and Schumer. Congrats.

  • Jenn D.
    August 21, 2019, 2:54 pm

    Awesome to see Jennelle on here. I watch her on youtube, great channel. I love how homey, her van is and how big it seems. Great job.

    • Eric
      August 21, 2019, 7:46 pm

      It might seem big but in reality it isn’t. My 20 year old self would never have been able to do this. My 65 year old self is getting a hernia just thinking about doing this… 🤣

  • Bill Burgess
    August 21, 2019, 5:05 pm

    Every Grandparents wish for their Children and Grandchildren….Intelligent managing of herself and doing what she can do to be independent and successful…She will LIVE and Inspire her whole life…Most of us 75 year olds WISH we had her courage and commitment at her age…She is a pioneer and true goal setter for all to come after. KUDOS

    • Alex
      August 23, 2019, 7:09 am

      Well said, Bill, thanks so much. Hope you have a great day.

    August 22, 2019, 3:06 pm

    Looks like beating lack of housing and high rent in either Humboldt or Santa Cruz?

  • Jackie
    August 23, 2019, 11:40 am

    Hard work for her to convert that mess to this beautiful home. Love the set up, the colors, and most of all ALFREDO!!

  • Jenny King
    October 26, 2019, 7:29 pm

    Do you work and go to school? Where do you park your van to sleep most of the time?

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