So this is where I am at the moment.
Thanks to all the advice I’ve received on here I’ve really narrowed it all down now.
The van I posted would be typical of the kind of vehicle I intend to buy, and at the moment I’m deff in the planning and sorting stage, it’s quite exciting!
Yes, I would get an inspection done no doubt about that, there are quite a few very tidy passenger vans for sale here in the UK and I’ve set a max budget of around £7,500 that gets me a very tidy vehicle with under 100,000 miles on the clock.
That type of vehicle is very roomy and I figure I could convert it to be very comfortable with lots of storage, and live quite well.
I rang an insurance company today just to see where I stood with the premiums, and as I have no car at present I do have to start from scratch but hey that’s ok. it is what it is, the worst-case scenario is around £1000 per year.
I’ve done some preliminary calculations on my monthly expenditure and I’ve found that if I went fulltime in the van (once it’s finished) and I’m still doing my despatch job (until I can source some other online income which I’m working on now) Taking everything into account; ins’ and road tax for both van and bike, repairs fund, food, parking, internet, fuel for both vehicles, I can live very comfortably on £400 per week (£1600 per month)
Thats saving me a ton of money on rent and utilities which all goes into someone elses pocket!
Now it’s going to take a couple of years to get to that stage, but that’s ok I’m hoping to quit the despatch job if my wedding photography business takes off, and I could do it part-time on my mountain bike if I needed to. I can earn that kind of money in 2/3 days. This takes the bike out of the equation saving me even more money!
I’m going to look at the building process over the next few weeks and have a look around to see if I can find tradesmen to do the major jobs such as laying the floor and building the wooden infrastructure, frame, cabinets, bed, storage etc, then maybe get an electrician to sort out the wiring, I’m gonna keep it simple, no onboard shower (looking into a portable hanging one, plus there are loads of places to shower in the uk)) run all the electrics of a deep cycle house battery (having a spare on standby) have a generator for backup, basically, I will have a bed at the rear with a “garage” underneath for my mountain bike, tools generator, tent and camp bed, storage lockers etc
one side of the van will house the sink, cooker and cabinets for utensils and food whilst the other will be for seating for working on laptop, eating, storage for clothes etc . I do intend to install a safe for my camera equipment that will be hidden and bolted to the chassis should I get broken into.
Two fairly large containers under the sink for water clean and “grey” and a refillable gas bottle for the cooker.
Not sure about a fridge I would like one but I shall have to research this a little more.
Ive gotta sit down and write up all the gadgets im going to use to determine the output and what size batteries to buy. I have a desktop computer with a large screen for my editing ( but I could just buy a better laptop for this) and gaming, a TV maybe look into an electric blanket for the winters and some charging solutions for my phones.
toilet wise i think its just best to keep it very simple, pee bottle with bucket and waste bag plus kitty litter for the other, tie it up and dispose asap responsibly
I will draw up a floorplan and make it practical. I shall be putting in a partition to separate the cab from the living area with access between the two. with a hefty thermal blanket to drape over in the winter.
Bull bars on the front and a hefty towing bracket on the rear to help with getting rear ended.
Heating is yet to be finalised, but I figure I have a couple of years now to research all this, and to put together a final plan and work towards making that a reality.
I can park the van up on a reserved parking spot on a rolling monthly contract and take off on the weekends to wherever I want to go
Now that to me sounds a whole lot better than sharing a house with other people and constantly being forced to move around coz people suck . . Im to old now to ever own my own house but I can own my own rolling home all paid for, no worries about being homeless, no having to put up with other peoples shit.