Quality resources on Van Living? (Books are most useful to me)

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Post by theanimal » Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:20 pm

I like Lee's setup. Very well thought out.
bryan wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:47 pm
noticing how lame suburbs are for van living e.g. amenities, hours of operations, things to do
+1. I have limited experience but have found this to be true as well. Many suburbs also have laws prohibiting overnight street parking. Late last night I was made aware of this by a couple of police officers. A "neighbor" had called in saying my van looked suspicious. How neighborly.

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Post by bryan » Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:22 pm

@halfmoon, sorry, no. I don't like writing much so tend to avoid it. Even on facebook it's not too many posts (about #vanlife) over the two years. Obviously a vlog/blog would be too much of a bear (and why I don't have an ERE journal either); even my thread I planned on updating every couple days (Bloomberg review) has fallen a month behind. Instagram could work but I haven't had much incentive to go there..

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Post by halfmoon » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:14 pm

@bryan, excuse not accepted. :D If you've written even a little on FB, you could duplicate that in an ERE journal for me to read...because it's all about me. Your points about the realities of van life seem practical and interesting even to someone who will never live in a van (me again!). Imagine how useful they could be to others who might want to live that life.

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Post by bryan » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:53 pm

I'll probably stick to posting in other threads :)

http://vandogtraveller.com/ announced he is releasing a book. That site's build log was the resource that convinced me to do the van thing. It's too bad the site pretty much turned into a travel blog after he wrapped things up. Maybe he was hoarding the good, van stuff for the book?

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Post by bryan » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:07 pm

A cyberpunk, collapse, day-in-the-life type of feel: http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2017 ... ier-day-1/

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Post by jennypenny » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:47 pm

I enjoyed this video of a young couple and their baby who are living in a sprinter. Nothing earth shattering in it. I just liked their vibe.

https://youtu.be/J1VoFWWcHhc

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Post by C40 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:22 pm

jennypenny wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:47 pm
I enjoyed this video of a young couple and their baby who are living in a sprinter. Nothing earth shattering in it. I just liked their vibe.

https://youtu.be/J1VoFWWcHhc
The other day those people's little baby got stung by a scorpion. The dad caught the scorpion and was making posts about it on his Instagram story. He seemed really happy that the baby only cried a little bit and then seemed to be fine/happy.

I was thinking "dude, you shouldn't be fucking around on Instagram, you should be checking how dangerous a scorpion sting is for a baby"... but I figured maybe he was plenty familiar with scorpions and there is no danger.. Well... an hour or so later, they've got the baby at the hospital, and they're all freaked out, asking for prayers and everything. He said the baby started foaming or salivating or something and vomiting.. something like that. And he shared a bunch of updates from the hospital :shock: Anyways, I think the baby was ok. Their van looks sweet.

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Post by TopHatFox » Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:49 pm

Thought-provoking article on adventure as a marketing tool:

http://tomallen.info/somethings-happeni ... i-like-it/

Marketing sure likes to turn countercultural themes into a tool to sell more. I remember punk culture being sold through Hot Topic, or hippy culture through Forever 21. Adventure is next on the docket.

This is beneficial to an ERE-adventurer who profits from the growth and dividends of these companies. It also means the ERE-adventurer can refuse to take superficial bribes from the companies. For example, sponsorships, logos, panniers, etc. Then the ERE-adventurer would appear morally superior to their social media followings, and get more views. Fascinating.

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Post by Ego » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:44 pm

I really like Tom Allen.

I used to feel very strongly about not selling out. In fact, about ten years ago I made a little logo that said "No Sponsors" and posted it on our website because I was rather proud that we earned it all ourselves without selling out.

We did our first long adventure in 1993/4 before the internet as we know it existed. Tom did his first big trip just before Facebook took off and long before Instagram was invented.

The world has changed.

I guess today I can see that my desire to gain cred with my followers with the "No Sponsors" logo was really not all that much different than someone taking the free panniers. Branding of a different sort. I don't know. I go back and forth about it. It's not as important to me as it once was. But, you know, I kinda sold out too, so that has skewed my view of it. :lol:


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Post by bryan » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:34 pm

That looks dumb as hell (will probably be re-designed closer to the end) and 4 years away seems a bit conservative, too late.

Definitely a big fan of electric-drive vans. I think a hybrid model (with a large battery and small diesel motor (like maximum speed of 65mph)) would make more sense. Most driving would be electric plus the bonus of the electricity (and maybe diesel heat) while living, but you don't need to worry about range anxiety so much.

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