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riggerrob

apartment or van living?

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Hi folks,

The lease on my apartment expires in January, so I have to find a new place to live. The scary part is that rents have risen dramaticly near Vancouver. Single bed-room apartments now start at $1200. per month! That equals half my take-home pay!

Yikes!

The next alternative is living in a van. Van living is becoming increasingly popular in Vancouver.

I did live in a VW Westfalia camper van for a couple of years while I was in Southern California. Back then I worked 8 days a week at Elsinore, Perris and Hemet with the occasional trip up to Cal. City. Now that I am older, I need more room than just a bed and a hot-plate.

I cannot afford $189,000 for a new, fully pimped-out, Winnebago, bordello-on-wheels. The low end of the scale starts with a boring shop van and installing the basics for solo living. I already have the hammock, camping stove and bucket to P%$#@! in. How much fancier than that depends upon how much I can afford for upgrades. One limit is that my bank will only grant me a loan for a vehicle less than 3 years old. Three year old vans start at $24,000.

Any suggestions?

 

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27 minutes ago, riggerrob said:

Any suggestions?

 

I lived in a van for almost a year due to ridiculous San Diego rents.  Big issue is a place to park.  I'd park at the DZ on the weekends and near where I worked during the week - but the cops did occasionally hassle me.  They'd let me go once they saw I wasn't Hispanic, but it still made it hard to sleep.

If you have a friend whose driveway you can park in (and plug in) that's pretty ideal.  If not expect parking hassles and some more $$ to outfit the van for "dry" living.

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"Nomadland"

I am currently reading Jessica Bruder's book "Nomadland." I also saw the documentary by the same name a few months back.

They detail the lives of a new class of Americans who live in tents, vans, truck campers, converted buses and even Winnebagos as they move from one seasonal job to the next. Many were middle-class until they were bankrupted by divorce, closing factories, etc.

How many dz.commers have lived and worked out of a van parked beside a DZ?

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On 9/19/2021 at 5:18 AM, riggerrob said:

"Nomadland"

I am currently reading Jessica Bruder's book "Nomadland." I also saw the documentary by the same name a few months back.

They detail the lives of a new class of Americans who live in tents, vans, truck campers, converted buses and even Winnebagos as they move from one seasonal job to the next. Many were middle-class until they were bankrupted by divorce, closing factories, etc.

How many dz.commers have lived and worked out of a van parked beside a DZ?

Yep.  I have lived out of my car, at friends' couches, on a small boat, in a tent...  Amazing what you can accomplish when you lose everything and have to start from scratch.  You realise that at least you keep your skills, your friends (not all of them), your resilience...  You try things you wouldn't normally try.  And if/when the same thing happens again you fight HARDER to hang on so you DON'T lose everything all over again.  You learn, you grow.

Yeah, it gets old fast but if it's what you gotta do, it's what you gotta do.

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