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Old 10-12-2017, 08:09 AM
 
Location: USA
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You HAVE electric in a converted van, assuming you're on a campsite with electric. There are also solar panels and generators if you're boondocking. Pump sinks are available, and showers in the campground. But it depends how much luxury you require.
I was looking at rates for the nearest campsite for me. They charge $45 per day for a spot with electrical and plumbing hookup. That's over double for what you can get a 1br apartment for here.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: DC
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RV and van living is not "green". This a green forum. There are lots of RV threads elsewhere.
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Van living?
Are we discussing down by the river parked under a bridge?

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... But where would be the best location to do this? I would imagine living by a state park or a 24 gym would be a must, no? Are there places in the United States that are better suited for this type of lifestyle?
'off-grid' can mean many things.

I own a farm where we are on Solar-Power. So we are 'off-grid' in the context that we do not rely on the power grid to power our home. We have an organic farm where we produce 90% of our own food, and we sell farm produce at a Farmer's Market.
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:50 AM
 
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I'm sorry that "van living" has gotten such a bad rap in public perception, whereas "tiny house living" (same square footage), which is really terribly impractical, is considered oh-so-cool. Whatever!
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:26 PM
 
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How about winter? Winter in a van? What will keep you warm on chilly nights between November-March? Even the southern states get chilly.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:18 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I was looking at rates for the nearest campsite for me. They charge $45 per day for a spot with electrical and plumbing hookup. That's over double for what you can get a 1br apartment for here.
Most van dwellers spend most of their nights in free areas such as permissible commercial parking lots (Walmart being a popular one for obvious reasons), free campgrounds (state and federal) or neighborhoods.

Planet Fitness memberships are popular among van dwellers because they are everywhere and you can use their showering facilities.

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How about winter? Winter in a van? What will keep you warm on chilly nights between November-March? Even the southern states get chilly.
You can drive south. If you can't handle a van heated to 65-70F during deep south nights dipping way down into the 40s or 50s, van dwelling may not be for you.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Thank you for the info! Do you have any recommendations of where would be best to give this a test run of sorts? Let's say I wanted to take a vacation for 2-4 weeks to test out van living. Where would you recommend to go that would have bathroom facilities during my stay?
State and national parks commonly have public restrooms, and many have showers. You could pick out 2 or 3 in your state, and travel between them. You will have to take the season into account though - in places with real winters, they are already being closed down until spring.

Or, if you can do it this winter, you could visit Quartzsite and/or the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. (Google either event for info.) (Not sure about public restroom facilities though - would be porta-potties at best, I imagine.) You would meet literally thousands of people who full-time and love to talk about it. Many of these will be hardcore, fully off-grid folks. Others, like me, are just into taking long trips as inexpensively as possible.

Planning an itinerary can be a lot of fun. Here's one place to start - https://www.allstays.com - tons of details about both private and public campgrounds.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I'm at the point where I'd rather give up basic sanitary comforts than live with anyone else ever again. That's why the lifestyle appeals to me. I'm free to be by myself and live on my own terms. And I know someone brought up the fact that it's not realistic to have this lifestyle when you are much older. Probably not, but I don't foresee having a long life. lol I'll be lucky if I see 40 at this point.
Many retired folks are doing this. Just depends on how healthy you are. Many make the case that they've never been healthier. Because they spend most of their days outdoors and eat less crappy food.

I used to not think past 40 either! It was so unreal to me, I literally couldn't imagine it, and I have a vivid imagination. No one is more surprised than I am that I've turned 70. It's mind over matter - if you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:35 AM
 
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So then I got to thinking that maybe living out of a van may not be the life for me, but rather living "off grid" could be the ticket. That would still entail having to pay tax on your land, but having a little home fueled by solar/wind power and an occasional generator doesn't sound that awful, no? Maybe I'm just crazy and it would be horrible living. Who knows. If I won the lottery tomorrow I'd probably never contemplate such a meager lifestyle again, but who knows....

So does anyone do this-- van living or living off grid?
Tax on land could cost you less than insurance on your van in some cases. I recently looked at a 20 acre piece of land, on a navigable waterway that was priced at 450K.......tax bill was about $500 a year due to agricultural status.

I would think the van living would get more expensive than you think. The simple lack of cooking facilities means eating fast food or eating meal to meal (not being able to store anything refrigerated). In most towns I suspect the cops/code enforcement people are well aware of van dwellers and do their best to kept them moving on to the next town.
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:48 AM
 
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I was going to mention a houseboat because there are no property taxes.
But the dock slip exceeds rent/taxes on real property. While insurance isn't mandatory on boats, marinas require it.
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