I’m Van(ce) Dweller, and yes that’s actually my real name. It is pure coincidence that I happen to be a Van Dweller too.
I worked construction for many years starting in 1974, and living on or near my jobsites just made sense, so I’ve spent my life being a rubber tramp. Today I work online to support myself.
I’ve had many rigs over the years ranging from a 1961 westy, to big buses and motorhomes, and everything in between including some trailers. Today I have a 1973 Dodge Travco high top camper van that some dummy stripped before I got it, but for $800 it was good deal for a great running high top van. Since my previous van had gotten stolen, I needed it to live in ASAP, so I literally just moved a futon sofa/bed in, some other scrounged furniture and cabinets, and went from there. Later I restored the floor and walls to their original condition using parts out of normal passenger vans at wrecking yards. From the top down, the floor and walls were originally identical to a 15 passenger van, windows, trim, and all.
Over the years I’ve learned how to conquer all those annoying problems that come with living this way in less than ideal weather conditions, and no water, power, or sewer connections. Now I can laugh at all my former struggles, and just wish I would have had the solutions sooner rather than later. For my legacy, I would like to be remembered as somebody that passed on those solutions, to help others, and prevent them from going through all of the struggles I had.
Keep the rubber side down,