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frater_secessus [FAQ for Newbies and the van-curious]
start [2021/03/20 23:37] (current)
frater_secessus [Living the Good Life]
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-====== Begin your adventure! ====== +====== information for new vandwellers ====== 
-This wiki collects and organizes information to help full-timers get the best out of the lifestyle.  Everyone is encouraged to [[meta:contribute|edit and contribute]]!+ 
 +This wiki collects and organizes information to help full-timers get the best out of the lifestyle.  As such, it chiefly concerns vandwelling as a voluntary lifestyle ("houseless-ness"
 + 
 +If you are facing involuntary vandwelling (homelessness) start with [[lifestyle:involuntary|this emergency quick start]]
  
-Much of it has been gleaned from the [[http://www.cheaprvliving.com/forums/|Vandweller Community forums at Cheap RV Living]] and similar forums.  
  
 ===== FAQ for Newbies and the van-curious ===== ===== FAQ for Newbies and the van-curious =====
  
   * **start here!** for basic info   * **start here!** for basic info
 +    * What are some [[opinion:frater_secessus:beginner_mistakes|avoidable beginner mistakes]]? (rant)
 +    * What is [[rv:intro|the best van]]? 
 +    * Should I buy a [[lifestyle:faq_prebuilt_camper|pre-built campervan or build my own]]?
     * How much solar do I need to [[hvac:solar ac|run an air conditioner]]?     * How much solar do I need to [[hvac:solar ac|run an air conditioner]]?
     * How will I [[electrical:12v:laptop|charge my laptop]]?     * How will I [[electrical:12v:laptop|charge my laptop]]?
 +    * Should I get a "[[lifestyle:faq_solar_generator|solar generator]]" like a Goal Zero?
     * How will I [[food:coffee|make coffee]]?     * How will I [[food:coffee|make coffee]]?
     * [[lifestyle:why|Why would anyone live in a van]]?     * [[lifestyle:why|Why would anyone live in a van]]?
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     * will it be [[lifestyle:faq instagram|just like instagram]]?     * will it be [[lifestyle:faq instagram|just like instagram]]?
     * what do I need to [[rv:build:minimal|get started]]?     * what do I need to [[rv:build:minimal|get started]]?
 +    * [[rv:build:bed|where will I sleep?]]
     * won't my friends and family [[lifestyle:faq objections|freak out]]?     * won't my friends and family [[lifestyle:faq objections|freak out]]?
     * [[lifestyle:expenses|How much does it cost]] to live on the road?     * [[lifestyle:expenses|How much does it cost]] to live on the road?
     * How can I [[lifestyle:workamping|earn money on the road?]]     * How can I [[lifestyle:workamping|earn money on the road?]]
 +    * How will I do my [[lifestyle:faq_laundry|laundry]]?
     * How do I know if my [[electrical:solar:status|solar is working]]?     * How do I know if my [[electrical:solar:status|solar is working]]?
     * How can I get [[electrical:solar:car|solar power in my car]]?     * How can I get [[electrical:solar:car|solar power in my car]]?
     * How will I find [[lifestyle:guides|things to see and do]]?     * How will I find [[lifestyle:guides|things to see and do]]?
     * What does that [[meta:acronyms|acronym]] mean?     * What does that [[meta:acronyms|acronym]] mean?
 +    * Is [[electrical:solar:faq_MPPT_series|MPPT required for series panel configurations]]?
  
   * going "full time"   * going "full time"
     * How will I [[lifestyle:mail forwarding|get my mail?]]     * How will I [[lifestyle:mail forwarding|get my mail?]]
     * What do I put as [[lifestyle:domicile|my address]]?     * What do I put as [[lifestyle:domicile|my address]]?
 +    * [[lifestyle:living out of the van|living out of the van]] vs living in the van
  
 More advanced topics are listed below, or you can use the search box in the upper right of each page.  More advanced topics are listed below, or you can use the search box in the upper right of each page. 
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       * choosing your [[rv:build|type of build]]:  minimal, luxurious, or otherwise       * choosing your [[rv:build|type of build]]:  minimal, luxurious, or otherwise
       * [[tools:intro|tools]]       * [[tools:intro|tools]]
-      * [[electrical:intro|Power]] - +      * [[electrical:12v:intro|Power]] - 
         * [[electrical:solar|solar]] - [[electrical:solar:charge_controller|solar charge controllers]], [[electrical:solar:panels|solar panels]], [[electrical:solar:shallow cycling|shallow-cycling microsolar]] for cardwellers and minimalists         * [[electrical:solar|solar]] - [[electrical:solar:charge_controller|solar charge controllers]], [[electrical:solar:panels|solar panels]], [[electrical:solar:shallow cycling|shallow-cycling microsolar]] for cardwellers and minimalists
         * [[electrical:shore power|shore power]] - [[electrical:converter|converters]],         * [[electrical:shore power|shore power]] - [[electrical:converter|converters]],
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       * checklist for [[lifestyle:hitting the road|hitting the road]]       * checklist for [[lifestyle:hitting the road|hitting the road]]
 +      * [[lifestyle:core_skills|core skills]]
       * collected [[lifestyle:words of wisdom|words of wisdom]]       * collected [[lifestyle:words of wisdom|words of wisdom]]
       * [[lifestyle:retirement|Nomadic retirement]]       * [[lifestyle:retirement|Nomadic retirement]]
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       * [[camping:intro|Camping]] - [[camping:snowbirding|snowbirding]],  [[camping:dispersed|boondocking]] (dispersed/free camping), [[camping:private campground|private campgrounds]], [[camping:public campground|public campgrounds]], [[camping:truck stop|truck stops]], [[camping:walmart|walmart]], [[camping:stealth camping|stealth]], [[camping:lvta|LVTA]], [[camping:rest area|rest areas]], [[camping:safety|safety]], [[camping:canada|camping in Canada]]       * [[camping:intro|Camping]] - [[camping:snowbirding|snowbirding]],  [[camping:dispersed|boondocking]] (dispersed/free camping), [[camping:private campground|private campgrounds]], [[camping:public campground|public campgrounds]], [[camping:truck stop|truck stops]], [[camping:walmart|walmart]], [[camping:stealth camping|stealth]], [[camping:lvta|LVTA]], [[camping:rest area|rest areas]], [[camping:safety|safety]], [[camping:canada|camping in Canada]]
       * hobbies - [[http://www.cheaprvliving.com/forums/Thread-Is-it-possible-to-Boondock-with-an-electric-sewing-machine?pid=165956#pid165956|sewing]], geocaching, reading, writing       * hobbies - [[http://www.cheaprvliving.com/forums/Thread-Is-it-possible-to-Boondock-with-an-electric-sewing-machine?pid=165956#pid165956|sewing]], geocaching, reading, writing
 +      * [[lifestyle:involuntary|involuntary vandwelling]]
  
 ==== Further reading ==== ==== Further reading ====
  
 [[learning:intro|Learning from others]] -  [[learning:website|websites]], [[learning:forum|forums]], [[learning:mailing list|mailing lists]], [[learning:book|books]], [[learning:blog|blogs]], [[learning:youtube|youtube channels]], [[learning:podcast|podcasts]]. [[learning:intro|Learning from others]] -  [[learning:website|websites]], [[learning:forum|forums]], [[learning:mailing list|mailing lists]], [[learning:book|books]], [[learning:blog|blogs]], [[learning:youtube|youtube channels]], [[learning:podcast|podcasts]].
 +
 +unoffical [[lifestyle:faq_reddit_vandwellers|reddit /r/vandwellers FAQ]]
 +
 +Synopses:
 +  * [[electrical:solar:synopsis_puzzle2|HandyBob's RV battery charging puzzle]]
 +  * Cruisers and Sailing forum [[electrical:12v:lifepo4_batteries_thread|LiFePO4 batteries thread]]
  
  
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   * [[meta:contribute|edit this wiki!]]   * [[meta:contribute|edit this wiki!]]
   * [[meta:disclosure|affiliate info]]   * [[meta:disclosure|affiliate info]]
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