What led to my interest in living a van life? Well, to start with, my interest in travel drove me to buy a van in the first place. I had previously traveled for 35 years as an over-the-road trucker. I have seen a lot of this country and a little of Canada. But, I was simply driving through places. Time constraints never allowed me to stop, explore, and really get to know the country I drove through.
But, that all changed after the elections of November of 2019. The direction this country was going totally changed, and I knew things were going to get much worse. I was now glad that I at least would have a roof of some kind over my head as long as I could meet payments on my van.
My biggest fear when starting to prepare for living in a van has turned out to be the headache that I feared. I could not afford a newer van. Mine, at the time of purchase, was 17 years old. It is now 21 years old. I have a lot of maintenance and repairs ahead of me. But, the age of the van would be only part of my problems. I had to put a new $7k motor in the van last year. And, two months later I was rear-ended at a stop sign. Another $7k in repairs.
So, after 4 years why am I not living in my van. Well, it is family matters, bad luck, truck repairs, financial troubles, health issues, and lessons learned that have me living in a senior citizen's apartment complex today. I won’t dwell on it in this blog. But, much of 2021 and 2022 was spent living in my van. And now, today, I still get the urge to hit the road.