How to Upcycle a Van into a Tiny Mobile Home

While I enjoy my current life, I freely admit that I sometimes fantasize about living a more itinerant lifestyle: the idea of roaming the country in the spirit of Travels with Charleyย or Blue Highways really appeals to me. ย That includes traveling in a vehicle in which I could also live.

Now, the traditional mobile home strikes me as a really expensive gas hog… not exactly the kind of vehicle I’d want to base this new lifestyle upon. An older cargo van could work – it would certainly be cheaper and more fuel efficient – but who wants to live in a metal box? As Jo Borras at sister site Insteading shows us, though, there is something in between: the DIY makeover of a cargo/panel van into a small mobile home.

Jo focused on one video of this “upcycling” project (at the very bottom of the post below), but creator RickVanMan on Youtube has quite a few more that show the details of steps within the process. What you end with isn’t fancy, but it sure looks ย liveable… at least to my wandering alter ego.

Have you upcycled a van into a mobile living space? What were the biggest challenges? Share your other other thoughts with us…

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