andshespins
Hi there! I'm an aspiring van dweller. Mt fiancee and I want to give it a go but I don't want to lose my car by trading it in. I'd like to store it at a relatives until I decide to stop traveling. A few years ago in filed and defaulted chapter 13 bankruptcy and no one will loan me money not even the buy here pay here lots. I can afford payments but no one will loan to me without a cosigner,and I can't find one. what am I supposed to do?
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jasonodom
I would reread the "We never own anything " chapter of Vanabode. Also see How to simplify my life and why, as it briefly covers storing things. If these points are not enough consider that every day your car sits it is depreciating. Unless it is some kind of antique specialty vehicle it will be worth less when you come back to it than it does when you leave it. Plus ALL vehicles lose value unless professionally stored. 
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andshespins
Well seeing as I hjabe not tested out the lifestyle yet I want to give it a month to see if its for me before I totally decide to keep with it. My fiancee is not convinced yet but could use the van as a work vehicle if we decide to house up again and then I would still have a vehicle.
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jasonodom
I would recommend you RENT a van for a month if you still need to "see if it is for you". This will appear expensive but will save you thousands of dollars and lots of headache if you decide it is NOT for you and your family. I have also seen OLD vans on Craigslist for less than $2,000 posted every day that may not be able to go LONG term but may work short term. Usually these older vehicles have depreciated to the maximum anyway meaning you can resell them later for about the same as you paid for them (almost like renting because you pay for the repairs obviously).
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andshespins
How would you reccomend setting up a bed in a van if you are renting?
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jasonodom

You can simply make a 2x4 bed frame screwed to a sheet of plywood. The only difference in this is that you will be using 2x4 wood for the support rather than the metal cabinets shown in the book. Take a carpenter about an hour to make and it if he uses screws instead of nails, then you could remove with a screw driver one piece at a time when you were done. You do NOT need to screw it TO the van in this case so no damage is done to the vehicle interior. For more see the pages on travel camping help about van bed construction.

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andshespins
Thank you! I'll think it over. Btw I love the current set up in your van. Sad about the bun though. I have a 15 yr old chow mix I'm trying to figure out how to travel with safely but that's another thread!
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Outsource
Andshespends,

I would count it all JOY!  The banks are a danger to our way of life.  I would not ever get into debt again for anything less than 1 month.  You are a slave to the debt, and or the Bank. (Person or organization making you a LOAN)  (ie, LOAN = Jail

If you have to live real cheap, then do what ever it takes to make it happen.  Take your time and find the right vehicle, debt free.  And start like that.  This debt comes with a lot of attachments that will be the fall of any van or RV dweller. I would start with an older camper that is part of some ones estate. A Dead Mans van, or rv is a great place to start.  My first Class B RV had 24,000 miles on it and it was a 1985 Dodge.  I paid $1,000 for it and had to have it towed to my residence. I had approximately $2,100 in it and it was running fine.  I had new break lines, new tires, spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor button on it.  Plus, all new filters on it.  It was great, it was NOT stealth.

Plus you will find a lot of things that can be turned into Cash, by reducing the "Things" you have to rid your self of.  This change will have an effect on the rest of your life!  If you get your heart into it.  The things that have to be thought about is the food you eat, if you stay organic and away from anything that has soy in it. (This is just the start)  Plus, the time left over will make this Extra things to do, Cooking, cleaning, etc. something you WILL look forward too.  IF you CHANGE, and go back to a life in a house, these items will follow you and will have an effect your choices. 

If your heart is in it, you will not change back.  You may go to an RV, (for kids that may arrive) but not a house that has a way of keeping you in your place!

[smile]




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