A Year of Full Time Van Life & More
I cannot believe April 2nd was the 1 year anniversary of full-time van life for me. This after years of touring the USA in my Fiat. Once again I find that time flew by in certain parts & moved at a snails pace in others. No matter what a year of full time van life has been my journey.
Van life brought so much BAM to the tour beyond the name. Having a tiny home on wheels created so many opportunities for changing the narrative around traveling. Van life is a way of living that many have found to be the perfect alternative lifestyle.
From day one I found it wonderful to have the freedom only a tiny home on wheels can offer.
In one year Gidget & I were able to make time to stop at many national parks such as - The Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Joshua Tree. What great treasure’s these are and having a converted van to take in National Parks brings it to an entire new level. Finding the perfect spot to park and prepare meals, rest and be in nature alone became our thing to do in parks and the BAM van made it easy. We would spend all day in the beauty of Mother Nature fully equipped with our home on wheels.
Touring National Parks in the BAM van is the #1 reason I loved my year in the BAM van.
Although driving the van empty across the USA in the worst weather possible was my truth right after the van was purchased I was still a little nervous about going from a small Fiat to the BAM van on tour. Thankful to say the Dodge Promaster Van is as easy to maneuver as the Fiat and I loved zipping all over the USA in the van.
Mentally life in the van was a huge win while touring. It provided me space to have alone time, unwind and to just be. This was a new and much needed outcome for the tour and I was always grateful to have my own home touring this last year.
Not only my own home, but a conscious home.
My conscious life has me sensitive to not only food toxins, but also environmental. The BAM van helped to limit these for me. Literally I just got back from air traveling and staying in hotels for the first time in 18 months and it takes a huge toll on my body. So much so I got sick.
The BAM van created the space for wellness not offered by hotels and Airbnb’s.
Recycled air in hotels and planes are toxic to my person.
Hotel bleached sheets & towels are toxic to my person.
Most soaps and bath products are toxic to my person.
Sugar filled creamers, non organic coffee and standard American diet foods offered in hotels are toxic to my person.
Van life made it easier to control the level of exposure to toxins which for me was a huge win.
Sadly my year did not come without struggles and challenges. From a small fire to global warming and much more. The worst and scariest brought instant reminders the fine line between wellness and sickness for me. I was food poisoned twice and even months later I am still recovering from both. Sadly I am a fragile flower.
Gluten and grain poisoning for me in the first year of van life made for the hardest of challenges.
I landed in the emergency room while touring things got so bad. This coming from a girl who does not even believe in Western medicine! I take ownership for both poisonings because my gut said no even thought I was told what I was eating/taking were safe foods/products.
Not listening to my gut was my mistake and a big one.
This resulted in my body struggling to tour any longer. My first year of van life also included 8 weeks of bed rest and extreme sickness. Having Multiple Sclerosis (MS) any changes become a big deal and being poisoned proved to be more of a challenge than my body could handle. My daughter sat me down and asked me to consider stopping the tour and taking it all virtually.
As of today the ‘Taking it to the Streets Tour” will be going virtual and the BAM van is for sale. After a year of living on the road the van is now ready for its new owners. Below please find all the information for this off grid tiny home on wheels.
I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone looking for a great new full time home, vacation or 2nd home. The van build is cozy and comfortable making this tiny home on wheels a great place for anyone looking to enjoy the freedom only van life can offer.
FOR SALE - CUSTOM CONVERTED VAN
White 2018 Dodge Promaster 1500 Conversion Van
43,100 HIGHWAY miles
100K bumper-to-bumper factory warranty
This custom van was built for true van life purposes. It's a tiny home. It is self-contained and a very comfortable home on wheels. The build includes:
17-inch stainless sink with faucet
Suburban propane 3 burner stove & oven
Butcher block counter & custom cutting board
5 gallon water and grey water tanks
Paper towel holder
CR Laurence 41 ¼ by 16 ¾ Horizontal sliding window
12 v electric cooler
Corkboard & storage rack
Peg broad with hooks, clips and rack
External Shore Power hook up
2 NPP 6V 200AH 200AGM Deep Cycle Batteries
150 Amp isolator relay automatically recharges battery bank while driving
1500 Sine Wave watt Inverter
Standard DC connector
3 110v outlets
3 LED lights
Reflectix, Polyiso & foam insulation mix of rigid foam and expanding foam
Noico 80mil sound deadening insulation
Custom Insulated Reflectix Window Covers w/ Organic Hand Painted Fabric Covers
Insulated Curtain for Privacy
2 Maxx 4500K Air Fans – remote control - bidirectional fans/vent with various speeds and thermostat
Mr. Heater 12000 BTU Portable Propane Heater
Bunkerwall Leveler Blocks
16-inch magnetic knife holder
Custom organic fabrics and bedding
Custom slide-out sofa conversion to double bed
3-foot custom birch closet for storage
Crystal cabinet knobs
Storage: under sofa, sink, closet and oven
Imported Italian Oak hardwood floors
White eucalyptus bead board interior walls
Birch custom cabinets & closet with extra storage underneath
Custom racks over sofa and kitchen for extra storage
PRICE - 42K
SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY