Living in LUVe
LUVe stands for Live Uthing Vehicle and in 2017 it became our home. Yep, we are planning to live in a van (at least for a large part of the year). Choosing to live in a small space and cutting off a fat paycheck may sound very strange and frankly foolish to many people. Not to us. LUVe is not just a van. It is the ultimate expression of our life philosophy. To us LUVe is not a random metal box on four wheels otherwise known as step van but a vehicle to
- express our independence and self-reliance
- build a world-wide social network that involves meeting actual people
- reduce consumerism and garbage that comes with it
- end the sneaky spend-and-earn cycle we got caught in
- live on a small footprint to pay respect to our Mother Nature
- pursue our passions without time restrictions
- spread our health philosophy, and share our wisdom
- escape modern life stressors, reduce the likelihood of modern chronic diseases, and finally
- become an example of health, happiness, and wisdom proving that better health is free and available to everyone
In the remote past LUVe was a hard-working FedEx cargo van. When we got it, LUVe was lined with metal shelves like any respectable carrier vehicle. It also had a rotten floor, non-existent heating system, highly uncomfortable jumper seats, and was cold like frozen-over Canadian hell. It wasn’t fun to drive it. We spend about eight thousand Canadian dollars on repairs and mechanical upgrades, before put LUVe’s tires back on the road.
Once our new and improved ex-FedEx could mingle with other vehicles on the road we proceeded with making it more inhabitable. The steps and struggles while building our new home have been documented in the videos. We want those short documentaries to help others who are already on a van-living path or those who are considering building a dream home on wheels. Our LUVe has its own character. It is meant to be maximally functional, durable, and cheap to maintain. See what ideas you can get from our experience.
One year later
The video below was made exactly a year after the first one, and by the same youtuber. See what the difference one year can make.
We also have a few post dedicated to technical/mechanical details of the build. Here they are: