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Gnomad Homies: Divine on the Road

By Jayme / April 18, 2019 / 0 Comments
girl and dog hugging on driver seat of van

We are extremely excited to share with you all the wonderful story of Sydney and Ella from Divine on the Road! Nothing inspires us quite like a strong and independent woman traveling on her own with her trusty, furry, four-legged side kick! Enjoy reading Sydney’s story, and begin to feel inspired by her fire and […]

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Gnomad Homies: The Open Road Trip

By Jayme / April 4, 2019 / 0 Comments
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We’re stoked to introduce you all to a wonderful family of three – Haley, Miggy and Layla! They are traveling around in their 2005 Sprinter, Ferdinand, that was built out by the fine couple over at Always the Road! Feel inspired by their story as they share all the pros and cons life on the […]

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Gnomad Homies: The Wayward Home

By John & Jayme / March 28, 2019 / 0 Comments
A van sits in the middle of the woods.

This is the story of Kristin and Tom! Kristin is from Oregon and tom is originally from Minnesota. They have an exciting story that bounces around from living in vans to Prius’ to sailboats and more! Read on and feel inspired to strive for that nomadic life no matter what vessel you may have at […]

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Gnomad Homies: Chasing the Wild Goose

By John & Jayme / March 21, 2019 / 0 Comments
Girl and guy stand in front of white sprinter van holding a small dog.

Today’s Gnomad Homies feature is this wonderful family of four, Shawn, Brie, their dachshund Milo and their newest addition (puppy) Jax. They are traveling around in their self-built Sprinter they have named Mosby! They quit their life in the big city of Seattle, chose to pursue their own businesses, built out their second rig, and […]

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Gnomad Homies: When You Wander

By John & Jayme / March 14, 2019 / 0 Comments
Couple sits on the edge of their van built to be a tiny home with their side doors open. There is a bonfire in front of them. They look at one another happily.

We’re pumped to introduce you to some more Midwesterners! This is Tom, Liana and Stan the Tan Van, who are originally from Wisconsin but lived in Portland, Oregon for 11 years before they hit the road. They chat all about life in their 1995 Ford E-150 Conversion Van and the endless streams of creativity that […]

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Gnomad Homies: Ubu the Van

By John & Jayme / March 7, 2019 / 0 Comments
A white sprinter van sits at the edge of a cliff overlooking mountains with a dusk sort of haze to the background.

We are super pumped to introduce you all to two dear friends of ours! This is Meghan (Meglie) and Stephen (Kilty Man) from @ubuthevan! They are from the suburbs of Chicago, IL, although originally Stephen is from South Africa. They have an epic build they created with their own two hands filled with wonderful features […]

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Gnomad Homies: Camper Overland

By John & Jayme / March 1, 2019 / 0 Comments
A white van decked out with adventure gear and a high top sits on a sandy beach.

We’re totally stoked to introduce you to a great buddy of ours, Jeff, and his wonderful girlfriend Rachelle and their pup Cash. Jeff is from Plymouth, MA and Rachelle is from Modesto, CA. Cash is a Tennessee dog that came into their lives via a rescue dog. Jeff and his family not only live out…

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Our Adventure Becoming South Dakota Residents

By John & Jayme / February 25, 2019 / 9 Comments
Jayme standing next to the van showing off the new SOuth Dakota license plates

Some of the biggest logistical problems that full-time nomads face revolve around not having a permanent residence. When you don’t have a fixed address, it can be very difficult to do many things that you need to do in today’s society, such as: Get a driver’s license Register your van Apply for insurance (auto, medical, […]

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Domicile for Nomads: Establishing a Legal Residence on the Road

By John / February 21, 2019 / 2 Comments
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If you’re a vanlifer, RVer, or backpacker, you live out on the open road, free from the restrictions of a fixed location. But when you live wherever you choose, that also means that you don’t actually live anywhere – or at least, not how society wants you to. Unfortunately for people like us, the legal […]

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Mail and Packages on the Road: A Guide for Vanlife Nomads

By John / February 18, 2019 / 0 Comments
vanlife mail and packages on the road

How do you get mail and packages when you’re traveling long term and you don’t have a fixed address? This is one of the challenges of life on the road, but it’s not an insurmountable one. No matter what you need to have shipped to you – a letter, a package, an important piece of…

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Gnomad Homies: Irie to Aurora

By John & Jayme / February 11, 2019 / 4 Comments
gnomad homies irie to aurora

We are super pumped to introduce you all to two of our road besties, Dustin and Noami Grevemberg from @irietoaurora! Noami is an island girl from Trinidad and Tobago. Dustin is a country boy from Lake Charles, Louisiana – but they call great ole New Orleans “homebase”! They have a lot of big and exciting…

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Vanlifer’s Guide to Sleeping, Camping, and Overnight Parking

By John & Jayme / September 4, 2018 / 14 Comments
Vanlife Guide to Camping and Overnight Parking

So you bought a van, converted it to your new home, and now you’re about to hit the road. But once you’ve left the comfort of stationary dwelling, you’re faced with that looming question: Where do you sleep? No need to worry – there are plenty of places all over North America for you to […]

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Mounting an ARB Awning on a High Top Van (Without a Roof Rack)

By John / August 27, 2018 / 15 Comments
how to mount arb awning without a roof rack

We didn’t install a roof rack when we built our van. At the time, we didn’t see the need for one. “Our roof is going to be taken over by solar panels and a vent fan,” we thought. “There’s no reason for us to get a roof rack.” How wrong we were. We know now […]

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How to Sell Everything You Own to Travel in a Van

By Jayme / August 20, 2018 / 2 Comments
How to Sell all of Your Belongings

The seed has been planted! “That’s it! I’m ready for a big change! I’m going to buy a van, turn it into a tiny home on wheels and I’m going to travel wherever I desire!” Yes! Such an exciting time! Once you get your van built out you’ll have to move in all of your […]

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9 Vanlife Hacks to Make the Most of Your Home on Wheels

By Jayme / August 12, 2018 / 2 Comments
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When you first hit the road, you learn pretty quickly what works with your build and what doesn’t. What changes you need to make here, and what would be great to add there. It can be a lot of fun coming up with your own personal tweaks to your new living situation, but the trial […]

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The Best 12V Power Inverters for DIY Campervans and RVs

By John / August 7, 2018 / 11 Comments
Best 12V Power Inverter for Vanlife

It’s tough to live without electricity in today’s world, even when you’re traveling in a van. And if you want to keep your laptop charged, or if you like to make super healthy smoothies for breakfast, or if you prefer to freshly grind your coffee every morning – you need an inverter. An inverter is […]

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Gnomad Homies: Always the Road

By John & Jayme / July 9, 2018 / 2 Comments

We are super stoked to introduce you all to Pete, Tay and Snoop from Always the Road! They are an incredibly talented and totally hilarious family of three, who are not only great musicians, they are also as handy as it gets. They built their beautiful home on wheels with their own two hands! Enjoy […]

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Waste-Free Vanlife: 13 Tips for Ditching Single-Use Disposable Items

By John & Jayme / July 3, 2018 / 16 Comments
Waste Free Vanlife

We generate an insane amount of waste in modern society. There are all kinds of disheartening facts and statistics out there – like how the average American throws away nearly 7 pounds of trash per day. Or how we don’t recycle 91% of the plastic that we use. Or how 8 million tons of plastic […]

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Vanlife Mold Prevention and Redoing Our Floor: Tips and Lessons

By John / June 26, 2018 / 20 Comments
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It’s every vanlifer’s worst nightmare. There’s a leak somewhere, and a good rainstorm brings a steady drip of water that might not seem like a big deal at first. But that water ends up leaching into some dark, unventilated corner of your van, and before you know it you’ve got a mold problem. This is […]

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Reflecting on the 2018 Midwest Vanlife Gathering

By Jayme / June 4, 2018 / 0 Comments
Midwest Vanlife Gathering Reflection

Every time I’ve tried to write a reflection of our first Midwest Vanlife Gathering, I’ve ended up typing one or two generic sentences before suddenly feeling frozen in time. How do you verbally explore a weekend so powerful and moving? Saying the weekend was “awesome” or a “great success” or that we had an “absolute […]

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