Van life has become quite popular in the past few years. No longer is the stigma of ‘living in a van down by the river’ for just the downtrodden, gypsies or vagabonds. It’s also become a way of mixing nomadic life with the minimalist lifestyle. So, if you’re thinking of trying the van life yourself, you’ll want to read how to prepare and downsize for van life or tiny living.
When you live in a small space, whether it’s an RV, tiny home, apartment or even boat, it makes you rethink what’s really important in your life. If your stuff is getting in the way of living, then it’s time to buckle down to declutter and organize your living spaces. Because when you free yourself of unnecessary clutter, you can focus on those more important things and enjoy life better!
Living in a van down by the river is a figurative expression meaning being a complete failure at life, a drain on society. However, nothing could be further from the truth for many, including us, who choose to live minimally in vans or even downsizing to small RVs and campers while enjoying freedom and travel.
Downsizing from our big 42′ fifth wheel to a small Class C motorhome, we found our outdoor camping gear was too way big for our tiny exterior storage compartments. So, we had to get rid of all of camping accessories and literally start over. We found new camping gear that’s more conducive to our smaller fun-size RV lifestyle.
When we traded in our 42′ fifth wheel to our tiny 25′ Class C motorhome, we also had downsize our kitchen and bathroom accessories to fit our new minimalist lifestyle. Most of our RV kitchen and bathroom accessories didn’t fit into our tiny cabinets, drawers, and storage compartments. So, I had to come up with smaller solutions without sacrificing function and needs.
Is the Winnebago View an RV or is it a van? That is the question! While it provides all the comforts of what we’re used to in an RV, it offers much more compact RV design when it comes to maneuverability. We downsized from our big fifth wheel to this amazing little compact Class C motorhome to enable us to experience and explore on a much grander scale.
We thought things couldn’t get any better than living full-time in our beautiful Heartland Landmark fifth wheel. However, our decision of downsizing RVs allows us more nomadic adventures! And, our much smaller RV gives us access to places we could have never fit with our fifth wheel. While yes, we do miss the comforts of our former fifth wheel, downsizing RVs gives us many more opportunities to explore and visit off-the-beaten-path places in our tiny Winnebago View Class C motorhome.
People ask us all the time how we downsized our home in 9 short months to go live full-time in an RV to travel the Country. Just downsizing our home size is gut-wrenching enough. But the process of getting rid of all of our belongings and crap is truly an eye-opening emotional roller coaster experience.
There’s lots of tears and anger during the whole downsizing our home process. However, we accomplished our goals, stayed married and true to each other. Dreams DO come true! Here’s how we did it!
We’ve been asked numerous times to share our story of how our dream began over lunches, dinners, campfires, happy hours and small talk. Though our story resonates with other full-time RVers our age, it still piques interest of those who may think we’re crazy. Though we’ve been doing this for over a year now, we thought a thorough explanation might help some appreciate the process we went through to get to where we are now.