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Living out of the van

There are two main philosophies to vandwelling:

  • living out of the van, as if it were a camping tent one sleeps in
  • living in the van, as if it were a tiny apartment

living out of the van

This approach basically spends as little time in the van as possible. One might sleep, bathe and use the toilet in the van (for privacy) but otherwise life is lived outdoors. Cooking is outdoors, hobbies are outdoors.


  • house power systems can be minimal since the 'dweller unlikely to be running a bunch of electronics
  • the van can be low-roof, a mini-cargo, mommy van, etc. This can cost less in initial price, maintenance, insurance, and fuel.
  • the build can be minimal - cot and sleeping bag.

living in the van

This approach is more common for digital nomads who need a functioning office space.


  • standing room may be easier for elder or injured 'dwellers
  • less chance of cabin fever, as the interior can be set up for comfortable living
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