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How to Live In a Car, Van, or RV: And Get Out of Debt, Travel, and Find True Freedom Paperback – January 16, 2014
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It is written in the chatty, fatherly manner that I so appreciate from his channel. It was nice to be able to hear his voice in my head as I read.
This is a quick and informative read and set up in such a manner as to allow skipping around to the topics one is most interested in.
What I love best is the great encouragement and confidence Bob generously dishes out without ever coming across as preachy or cultish; just a take it or leave it kind of guy.
What a healthy perspective. Other authors have written this kind of book from the viewpoints of paranoia or the notion that there's something romantic about abandonment of places, people, and or even one's best self. Worst though, some authors have no alternative point of view, they're just inviting the reader to move from their secure house to a secure RV in a secure RV park. I'd rather hear the paranoid guy tell me about the best kinds of bullet-proof glass for my van.
But like I said, Wells is none of that. He fuses his realistic yet positive and hopeful philosophy with a lot of practicality. In that way he prepares you mentally and then he gets you on the road with excellent and specific advise on every major concern regarding living in a vehicle.
At the end of the book Bob doesn't leave you stranded. He steers you to forums where you can ask further questions, meet people, and drive further into the sub-culture of vandwelling, car living, and RVing. He invites you to write and visit him, wherever he may be camped.
I recommend this book to those interesed in mobile living, to those who are into simplicity or life editing, and also to anyone living or planning to live within some form of alternative housing. It's an easy, highly informative, and fascinating read.
Having read a number of somewhat disappointing books on van camping where fluff and preaching overshadows useful information, this author's writing style is straightforward, yet personalized; and compellingly easy to read, with a lot of really here-and-now valuable content. For instance, how to have 110 power--from just enough for small uses to a lot, and the varying ways to buy (or rig) same is presented understandably, even if you know nothing about it, which I don't. I actually have a basic understanding of choices that would be available to me and what it would cost, both in money and weight/space. He covers everything from showering and personal hygiene alternatives to internet/phone choices. All I can say is my book got heavily highlighted because there was just a ton of stuff I wanted to bookmark. Last but not least, in the few places when a topic's choices are too complex to reasonably include in depth, he lists the actual choices with enough explanation so that you can go straight to one that best fits your needs, and have a good idea what you're looking for, and what to watch for.
A really excellent "how to" book. Truly 5-star recommendable!
How to choose a vehicle or how to make do with what you have. How to equip it for living, preferably a van, how to camp stealthily in plain sight, how to live on not much money at all. How to be free in short on four wheels.
It's an easy read and offers insight into the mind of marginal dwellers but as one who has lived in small spaces and enjoyed travel the book falls short on personal anecdote and stories of traveling. As the practical how-to stuff ends the book comes to an abrupt halt and the part I wanted, the stories just aren't there.
Survivalists, recently divorced, the suddenly poor can glean useful stuff. Those seeking escapist literature should look elsewhere.
A quick read and fascinating in its way.
Bob shares his experience and advice here and it's good stuff. He is also the originator of the RTR (Rubber Tramp Rendezvous) and the Cheap RV Living blog / forum. If you are even slightly interested in a nomadic life I encourage you to join the forum.