Vehicle Dwelling: A Decent Option

Not everyone who lives in a vehicle are homeless.

Next time you encounter someone vehicle dwelling who isn’t unkempt or begging, consider asking them: Are you happy with your living arrangements? Chances are they’ll answer, “Yep!”

Or, if they’re like me, it’ll be along the lines of “Well, it’s a lot better than in a house that’s for sure!”

People end up in a vehicle for all sorts of reasons. For some, it’s to travel. For others, the frugality of avoiding rent draws them. For me, a combination of physical and psychological health factors prevented all standard housing options from being an option for me. The story that isn’t as uncommon as you might think.

Regardless of whether the transition occurred purely by choice or was pushed by some other factor, there are those who decide vehicle dwelling is their best shot at happiness. They don’t view it as inherently unstable, but rather as freedom and flexibility. I am one of them.

With this in mind, I invite you to step inside the pages of my world. I’ll show you around the different set-ups I’ve had and share a few stories along the way.

My Rigs:

1980 Toyota Corolla — a 2-door hatchback!
1986 Chevy G20 (coming soon!)
2004 Toyota Corolla (coming soon!)

Resources on Vehicle Dwelling:

  • Cheap RV Living forums – excellent community of folks living in a vehicle of any type. Mostly DIYers.
  • Suanne Online shares about her “Prius RV”, which she travels in for months at a time.
  • Survival Guide to Homelessness written by someone who was initially forced into homelessness, then spent years remaining so by choice while sucessfully moving up in the professional world.