Living in a van

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  1. bblue777

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    I know Sam Querrey used to drive a van around to his tournaments.

    I am thinking about getting a van, just to go around places, and maybe play tennis with people I meet.

    Has anybody done this? what's it like to live out of a van?
     
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  2. atatu

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    Google Derrick Rostagno, actually John Valenti would be better, check out his website.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    I lived out of my van for 1.5 years, out of a 25' sailboat for 1.5 years.
    Van.
    First, you need a quiet, secure spot to park it at night.
    You need good locks, 24/7 ventilation, a pee bottle, and an accessible bathroom.
    A curtain advertises you live in that van. Better to sleep low, have a bike or something block between the seats, leave a CLUB on the steering wheel, crack the windows slightly, stay low profile, don't use interior lights, leave the spot by morning, make your van look like a work van and not a sleeper with chrome everything and view windows.
    If you need to park at a residential district, look to park at a row of hedges, or in front of a dark quiet house. Leave my early AM. Arrive at 10Pm or so's.
    Enroll at a 24 hour gym, for bathroom/shower priveleges.
    Be quiet after 10PM.
     
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    Decals on the sides of the van saying "Acme Plutonium Disposal Service"
    No burritos after 6 PM
     
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    Don't park it near Fenway on "clinch" night
     
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    Why don't you share a van with LeeD?
     
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    You're welcome to stay in my van, parked out in front of the house I"m typing from. It's a little dusty, not having a regular resident for 3 years now. But it still starts up and makes it around the block 3 times a week.
     
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    Hi Lee - is yours a conversion van? how tall are you? do you feel you have enough height / space in the van?
     
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    I'm 5'11" and 150 lbs.
    I used to sleep in a HondaCivicHatchback, a 1985 model, and that gave me an extra 15" headroom and about a total of 29" width, hip to head.
    My van is a '79 FordEconoline150 standard. The bed is 8' long, almost enough length.
    But I actually slept under a plywood separator held up by the wheel wells, where I store 15 windsurf sails, 5 boards, and 4 booms.
    Height of sleeping area from thigh down to feet is 12", I use an airpad, my feet size is 10.5, and I can just roll over. I have the full height of the van for my hips up, but obviously, don't stand up inside the van.
     
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    Won't you need money? I'm not sure the unemployment benefit will cover the costs of travelling around in a van...
     
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    You can easily live on 12 bucks a day for food.
    Gas is how much you drive.
    Assuming you can save SOME money, $2,000 can last you almost 4 months.
     
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    "I live in a van, down by the river!"
     
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    I want to have a beer with LeeD.
     
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    He can probably brew some up for you in the back of his van
     
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    Nothing interesting if you care about work, retirement, making money, haveig prestige, family, or new cars.
    Sports maybe, and lots of insight on what it takes to succeed, and formula's for failure.
     
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    you need to install a shower in the van. otherwise, it can get kind of smelly
     
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    Do you have a shower in your bedroom?
     
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    lol First thing I thought of when I saw the thread title but then was immediately captivated by Leed's posts. I don't know why I'm finding it so fascinating.
     
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    At least a van has gravity, try living in a space shuttle or satellite for 45 days.
     
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    OMG...somebody else here knows of the legendary John "Blaze" Valenti! Actually, John has revamped his traveling style and, as recently as I am aware, now travels the Futures circuit in an ancient Benz sedan, which he converted the diesel engine to run on recycled cooking oil!
     
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    Vans are so last century. I live in a yellow submarine.
     
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    That must have come in handy during your recent typhoon!

    Watch out for the Green Meanies!
     
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    What about Van Winitsky ? Did he also not use it?
     
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    Yeah, it was a VW version!:twisted:
     
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    Saw one of those at a local soccer tournament.... way cool!

    This thread, combined with my deer encounter thread..... I am thinking I can put a small cc bike in the van, drive the van around and park somewhere, and ride the bike off into the woods/desert/whatever.

    That, or just the bike, with a tent and sleeping pad.
     
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    Is it true Harold Solomon in the early days of his career used to get around tournaments in a Winnabagel?
     
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    I think anyone who has ever been around the futures tournaments knows who he is. How can you miss the guy he is one unique individual.

    Also living in a van sounds like alot of using bushes for a toilet and I for one enjoy my bathroom time.
     
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    I heard that he used a matzocycle...
     
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    His bosom buddy, Eddie, had Dibbs on the shotgun seat!:twisted:
     
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    The part I love is how he always stalks out the grand opening of chik-fil-a's so he can get free food for a year.
     
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    Folks hang out for a week in the parking lot in tents trying to get the hook-up.
     
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    This is awesome. I have no reason to but I feel like I want to try this for a whole myself haha!
     
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    It's kinda nice to have no roots, to park anywhere and hang out all day, to change scenery and still have most of your possessions with you.
    Sleep is what your really need the van for.
    You can eat at restaurants, BBQ near your van, or anywhere there is hot water, you're good to go.
    Entertaining is limited, but there are lots of different people in the world.
    Bathroom previleges must be planned somewhat in advance, or visits to restuarants are needed.
    24 hour gym membership is recommended.
     
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    "Blaze" has an angle on everything...now that he has "graduated" from his old bus, he uses a website for finding a free night in private housing; bcoz he owns rental property in Charlotte, he can reciprocate. He also use to "harvest" used polyester string from me at the events I offered stringing services, simply by helping me remove the old stringbed and seeing if there was at least 20 feet of unnotched cross/outside main string in a 1-piece full-poly bed. He also recycles "seconds" t-shirts, putting his "Grinder" messages on them.

    What a character! Living his dream still, hopefully!
     
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  38. sureshs

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    That is where LeeD is often spotted!
     
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    Actually, I stayed at a boat marina with over 12 locked bathrooms sprinkled over about 10 different gates with about 3 docks each. Of course, I had the keys to the dock, gates, and bathrooms. Lost them two years ago, actually.
    Don't you love the fact I reply here and also on the thread about Porsche Boxer's?
     
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    OK Porsche Boxsters.
     
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    How do you take a bath? Or don't you hehehe
     
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    LOL at most you can take a shower thats all. Depends on how big this van is.
     
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    Our gym a mile away has a 20x20 whirlpool, steamroom, and sauna. And a parking lot full of vans.
     
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    The Marina where I parked the van has 7 showers located in some of the bathrooms, which I had the key's to. I only needed one shower a day, as I was windsurfing maybe 200 days a year.
     
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    Van life.... sounds funky and is it a new ' noble' prenomen.. instead of Von.
     
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    he gets dos equis for free;-)
     
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