The romance of the high road: 20 examples of transforming buses and vans into comfortable homes on wheels
Modern man is so fed up with the delights of comfort and abundance that he is looking for new ways to change his lifestyle and way of thinking. Adventurous people not only managed to realize themselves in this field, but also to unite in a community of campers and travelers called Van Clan. Many of these extraordinary individuals have radically changed their lives, turning vans, buses, trucks and even fire trucks into mobile homes, and now share with the rest of the achievements and problems in the transformation of their offspring and the pros and cons of nomadic life.
Recently, there are more and more active people who are open to new ideas and adventures, not limited to a “smooth” and comfortable life. And many people prefer not just to fly on a plane to another resort, but to really travel with their family in their own house on wheels.
After all, this romance and incredible adventures will not be replaced by any fashionable hotel or ordinary reclining on a beach sunbed under an elaborate umbrella. That’s why recently the Van Clan group, which was created as a modest page on Facebook, has United enthusiasts who prefer to actively relax, travel, transform and at the same time actively discuss their adventures and achievements.
The most interesting thing is that in just a few weeks of its existence, it has turned into a real community of extraordinary people and more than 200 thousand participants and has an incredible number of subscribers.
Despite the fact that the authors Novate.Ru constantly reporting on the most extraordinary transformations of car platforms into real homes on wheels, today’s review will open new facets of such an original hobby. It will also clearly show how such adventures will affect your lifestyle and how much it will cost.
Thanks to a photo collection of the most interesting results of what enthusiastic people have already been able to do from their vehicles, you can see firsthand that an active and creative person is capable of a lot.
Brandon Saltalamacchia (Brandon Saltalamacchia) – the founder of a popular Internet platform, a big fan of cars and all the unusual and interesting things associated with them believes that the first charm and real love for life on wheels is the freedom that it gives to all who still decided on such an extravagant journey.
“People want freedom to avoid the eternal bills, stresses and restrictions of “real life”. All you need for this kind of travel and existence is insurance, food and fuel, and then you can go wherever your heart desires, and at the same time immerse yourself in the constantly changing world around you, enjoying new opportunities and unforgettable experiences,” the community page says.
Naturally, such a life implies restrictions, so no matter how romantic a person may be when preparing for this kind of adventure, they must clearly understand that they will have to lead a minimalist lifestyle when traveling.
Even if you have managed to make your mobile home as comfortable as possible, there may still be difficulties in replenishing the supply of food, water, as well as technical, hygienic and even climate issues.
Everyone who has passed all the stages of high-road romance, from traveling in an ordinary car or not equipped with a van, and ending with radical transformations of vehicles into real apartments, warns newcomers: “Although today this way of life is one of the most popular among romantically minded users of social networks, but not everyone is sitting on the hood of the bus, enjoying the taste of strawberries, not everyone admires the sunset, sitting next to a dog or a loved one. Of course, this happens, but believe me, you can spend weeks hanging out in a supermarket Parking lot or lying alone on the beach with a book and a cold beer and be completely indifferent to the much-desired freedom and the world around you.”
And, of course, the most important issue that can cross all dreams and fantasies – the material side, starting from the purchase of a camper or a radical transformation of any other vehicle and ending with ensuring a full life. Naturally, the first component requires a considerable budget, because even a decommissioned van, bus, or fire truck will cost at least $ 3,000.
And to bring it into proper technical condition and provide some acceptable residential functions, you will need even more funds. Some members of the group claim that the minimum financial means for the development of a residential area is $ 1,000, and then if you use only recyclable materials and items found in landfills or attach and redo existing old things.
If you want a stylish and comfortable interior with a private shower and toilet, this minimum increases several times (from 10 to 100 thousand dollars!), depending on the size of the vehicle and preferences. In addition, experienced travelers have calculated that monthly insurance, fuel, and sometimes Parking will cost at least 300-400 dollars.
Well, you should not forget about nutrition, but in this case everything depends on the gastronomic preferences and the number of travelers. And this is not counting car maintenance, here the budget should be with a good margin, because if you can save on products, then in this matter, saving is not appropriate at all. Given all of the above, those who dream of such a desirable freedom must have a lot of money, otherwise the trip is not even worth breaking out, well, except for the city for the weekend.
Thanks to the fact that on the Van Clan platform, everyone can not only see what enthusiasts of a free lifestyle and non-standard transformations have already achieved, but also share their impressions and experiences, which is why this resource is so popular.