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Writer’s DIY Low-Top Van Conversion

Kath set out to live nomadically in 2017, when she purchased an RV and hit the road — for three days. She didn’t like pulling her house and hated the black tank — and ended up moving abroad instead! But she had nothing to come home to, so she decided to build a van conversion and live out of that when stateside.

She intentionally chose a lower profile van so she could stealthily park just about anywhere, and she’s made very few exterior modifications. On the inside, she wanted a fixed bed so she could crawl into it and fall asleep whenever she felt like it. She travels with a roof pod filled with her materials to do craft markets for her real flower jewelry, and a typewriter for creating poetry. Enjoy the tour!

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Her Low-Top Van Conversion

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She chose the low top van on purpose!

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Her space is so cozy.

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She has a two-burner cooktop.

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  • Kath makes a living selling handmade jewelry made from real flowers and writing poetry and short stories on a vintage typewriter.
  • Her build was $20,000, and she chose her van because it was stealthier than larger rigs and less expensive.
  • After watching hundreds of videos about what people hated about their vans, Kath chose to put in a fixed bed that she doesn’t have to convert every morning.
  • Her walls are covered with art she’s purchased from local artists as she’s traveled the U.S.
  • She settled on a camp toilet so she doesn’t have to deal with blank tanks.

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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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