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Van Dwelling Basics: How to Live in a Van on Any Budget by [On, Chris]
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Van Dwelling Basics: How to Live in a Van on Any Budget Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1881 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
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  • Publisher: Confunction, LLC (5 Dec. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N0NNESR
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Very enjoyable read. Honest and very helpful. Thank you Chris!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good primer on what must be considered 18 Dec. 2016
By Another Floyd - Published on Amazon.com
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I've already done a lot of online reading, built the van, and look forward to increasing my travel time. I wanted to try book format, to see if there may be either new information, or, perhaps I would find a concise reference book with continuing value. From the subtitle, at least, I had expected more of a lifestyle book. It's really a primer on what one must consider, with regard to equipping a van for living or camping: What options you have for a basic vehicle, then, bed, electricity, water, heat, cooling, toilet, cooking, etc. There is not a lot of how-to, and, what there is, is very basic.

The book is well-written, and, I did not see any major errors. All topics covered DO need to be considered, by prospective van people.

I would take issue with the estimated expense ($100-200) of adding an auxiliary (house) battery that will charge with the vehicle's alternator. A decent deep cycle or marine AGM battery will use up most of the estimated cash, and you still have to add charge controller and/or relay, cables, main fuse, distribution fusebox, wiring, and some 12v sockets, at minimum. I would double the given estimate.

The yellow, kayak-laden pop-top van on the book's cover seems too flashy for the topic. I think a more modest and typical van would be better suited.
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3.0 out of 5 stars but she does a good job of laying it out in an organized manner 17 Dec. 2016
By Charlene Swankie - Published on Amazon.com
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Chris has compiled a lot of information in a very organized and well-illustrated format. I think this would be a helpful guide to newbees. I have been living this life for seven years, with almost the same van as Chris has, but my build was much less extravant and I did not have the resources she had. I know many of the people she mentions in the book, and am familiar with many of the products and links she uses. I can't say she is offering any NEW information that isn't already out there, but she does a good job of laying it out in an organized manner. I would recommend it to others.

I also want to point out she made mistakes in her own build, but she realized what they were as she went along and points them out clearly. I admire her for doing that. There is not just ONE way of doing things.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondering about van dwelling? Start your dream here 26 Dec. 2016
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
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Chris On's Defying Normal is the first information on van dwelling I read, so I am familiar with her style of writing, personal but engaging. I felt the beginning had more personal information than was useful. However, the rest of the book blew me away. She covers topics of living in a van that I had not even considered, like laundry, furniture, mail, showering. Every topic is very thoroughly covered. The breadth of information provided was inspiring. Who knew there were so many options for cooking? Her anecdotes about how she does it are very helpful, too. Not everyone will do things the same, but it was useful for perspective. Seeing how she does it, helps me imagine what I might do. Besides the detail she provides on a given topic and the options available, her Final Thoughts and Pros & Cons segments really help one to evaluate what path might be best for your own situation. The subtitle is "how to live in a van" not how to build a conversion, so for anyone wondering about the lifestyle, Chris's book provides a lot of food for thought. This is a very good book for anyone considering van dwelling and perhaps for someone recently in, to see what else can be done.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Constructive Information 31 Dec. 2016
By gusp201 - Published on Amazon.com
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The author outlines both the good and bad aspects of van dwelling. She explains, in detail, how to turn your van into a custom home on wheels. Beginning with how to choose a van, she takes the reader through insulation, furniture, beds, high tops, solar, and all other considerations, including how to handle toilet needs.
I think what impressed me the most was the author’s honesty in explaining how readers can avoid the mistakes she made when converting her own van. The book is well worth the cost.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend! 17 Dec. 2016
By H. Foley - Published on Amazon.com
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Packed full of great information, organized and well written. Chris's conversational writing style makes the book fun and easy to read, and she covers everything! Pros, cons, work arounds, mistakes she made that the reader can avoid, and suggestions for every budget. If you're even considering van dwelling, save yourself a lot of headaches and read this book first! Chris has got you covered.
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