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The Van

Here’s where you can find all the info about our home on wheels. We have a 1999 Dodge Ram Van 3500 Extended passenger van. As of August 2016, we are just getting started on transforming it into a completely self contained home on wheels, complete with cooking and sleeping facilities, plumbing, mobile internet, solar power and even air conditioning!

Why did we choose a van? Basically, we wanted the most amount of freedom, whilst affording ourselves the most amount of livability. All one really needs is a place to lay your head at night and food to eat. Livability for us also includes the ability to get online and have access to a bathroom. You can easily get a lot of livability with a big rig such as a Class A or large travel trailer. The problem, which we’ve already experienced, is the sheer size and maneuverability (or lack thereof) in a big rig. That can really limit your freedom. There are plenty of of full time RVers that have big rigs and enjoy a very full life, with as much freedom as they know what to do with. That’s not to say that we’ll never change our minds. We just want to take advantage of the size advantage. In this case, smaller is better! What about a small travel trailer? Again, functionality, maneuverability, freedom etc. Read the blog post here for the full story on how we settled on building a van for our full time, location independent dwelling.

Follow along and come here for all the details. Below you’ll find spec sheets, links to products, how to videos, budgets etc.

Georgie Part 5

Whew! We made it! Now to get to the business of fixing and upgrading things. While Georgie had good bones and was serviceable as he was, he certainly needed some love to be comfortable and easier on the eyes. As you can see in these pictures, it was quite a bit...
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Georgie Part 4

Dad was on his way up from Florida around the same time I was planning on heading back to Georgia to pick up Georgie. So, it worked out just right for him to meet me there and help get Georgie going. I took my tools and a new carburetor rebuild kit and headed...
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Georgie Part 2

Continued from Georgie Part 1 I started searching forĀ motorhomes within a ridiculously cheap budget, over an area covering most of the southeast. I looked high and low, from Virginia, all the way into Florida. There were a lot of cheap RVs to be had, but most of...
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Story of Georgie Continued

Read the rest of the story by following the links below. Fresh links as each part of the story is posted. Part One Here. Part Two…
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The Story of Georgie

My first real exposure to RVing was in the summer of 2013. I was joining my friends for a weekend at Starlite Trailer Lodge in Globe, NC. They had rented a vintage 30′ Avion from the campground, one of a few rental units they had. Our campsite was right on...
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