Living and hauling in a converted van

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by JennaJay, Jun 29, 2022.

  1. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You can get a legal address in Florida that's also legal for a CDL.
    Don't have to buy or rent a home/apartment either.
    Several drivers on this forum do that. They live in their van or truck.
    You'll have to drive down to Bushnell, Florida to do that.
    Escapees RV Club (Home) · Freedom Driven
    Can use their mail service or St. Brenden's Isle mail service; whichever you prefer.
    This way, you won't have to pay state income taxes because you'll have a legal Florida address.
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  3. Coover

    Coover Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2016
    Make sure you're able to find a spot, "Down by the river"
  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    You won’t make $2000 a week, those days are long gone.
  5. Tumbleweed TowMan

    Tumbleweed TowMan Light Load Member

    Jun 22, 2022
    Every human that lives in a van will tell you to look deeply at living in a van!

    Especially your proposed scenario, the negative factors may outweigh the thought of a freight van that is also accomodating for living.
  6. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    I did it for a year. Mid roof Transit LWB (medium roof medium length). I could fit 2 standard pallets in it with my adjustable bed above the freight. Had a fridge, stove, sink, swivel passenger seat with desk, diesel heater and tons of room usually. Not all expedite freight is big, sometimes it's a part or two for a machine.

    But, there are too many people in the game. Panther will put you out of business. If you want to sit and 'camp' in a truck stop parking lot all your life in a busy industrial area (the only way to be closest to the freight when the call comes) then enjoy that. You'll starve if you don't freeze or burn up first.

    Transit Ecoboost was fast, efficient and reliable. It was fun during the rare times when I a. had work or b. was in a nice enough place to enjoy it and wasn't either too hot or too cold out to enjoy life. I put 100k mostly trouble free miles on mine in a year.

    @DRTDEVL, 2004 Sprinters (T1n's) don't get 30 mpg, maybe mid 20's if you're lucky, and they're long gone anyway. Every single one has rusted in to a pile of dust by now. If you know anything about Sprinters, or Transits, you should know that the early Transit problems are long since solved unless someone is fool enough to buy a power stroke diesel, and you should know that the newer Sprinters are inefficient steaming piles of crap with months long waits for overpriced dealer service should you have a big problem. You think a modern Sprinter is less of an electrical nightmare than a Transit?

    I'm not calling you out for being wrong but your information is WAY outdated.
  7. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree

  8. Tumbleweed TowMan

    Tumbleweed TowMan Light Load Member

    Jun 22, 2022
    Warning ..... Do NOT try to watch those clips with food or beverage in your mouth!

    DRTDEVL Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Austin, MN
    I still find them regularly, rehab them, and resell them for the "van-life" crowd. They aren't all gone. In fact, I have 6 of them on my property right now in various states of rehab.

    As for fuel economy, yes, 22-24 mpg was the stock fuel economy. A "proper" tune, combined with a 3" straight exhaust (with or without muffler, the factory exhaust necked from 3 at the turbo immediately to 2.5" then 2.25" at the cat) will garner 30-34 mpg at 65 mph.
  10. Another Canadian driver

    Another Canadian driver Road Train Member

    Nov 14, 2021
    100% Truth.
    Eco Boost Transit has improved a lot.
    Sprinter is to be avoided at all cost.
    The reality punching us in the face again and again and again.
    86scotty Thanks this.
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