Greetings & Welcome!
As a newbie, older, smaller Class C motorhomes can save you a ton of money. I’ve bought many for under $2500.
It’s a much easier transition to a MH too. Much more room, storage, & amenities. A cheap MH will also hold it’s value while a DIY project will lose half of it’s value before it’s ever completed.
Forget about any of the “cargo vans are stealthy” baloney, it’s a bold faced lie. People who try to hide are suspicious at best, while campers and tourists are typically welcomed. “Good Neighbors” don’t generally have problems. Notice all the cargo vans parked in the middle of nowhere, that’s because it’s the only place they’re “stealthy”.
Money first, everything else later. You need a stable, sustainable income to work with this lifestyle. Forget the “Just Do It & Do It Now” crowd, they’re losers who are just after your money, and they have no remorse when you wind up broke, jobless, & homeless.
Spending big money to save money is a total scam. The freedom you seek isn’t totally free, but it can and should be extremely cheap, like under $5k total for your rig and everything you need to hit the road and enjoy it. Use your MH as it was intended and don’t get conned into remodeling it, or adding solar, or expensive 12v compressor fridges etc. etc. Unmodified MH’s are worth much more than modified ones.
The way to save money starts with your vehicle purchase, not somewhere down the line MAYBE! I don’t care how much they justify the insane amounts of money they want people to spend, it’s all very bad choices that will never pay for themselves. I buy cheap, live cheaply, and bank huge amounts of money while literally living the dream. You can too!
"Always avoid expensive solutions to cheap problems." ~ OffGrid