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Digital Nomads Forum The #1 free community for digital nomads. Ask questions and get answers. Share experiences, knowledge and your adventure. No more paid and private clubs, just one awesome community! Welcome :) 2018-11-25T16:19:41-05:00 https://digitalnomadsforum.com/feed.php?f=33 2018-11-25T16:19:41-05:00 2018-11-25T16:19:41-05:00 https://digitalnomadsforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3718&p=5769#p5769 <![CDATA[Van Life - Digital Nomads Community Forum • vanlifer and conversion grants]]>
I’m currently a college student and I’ve been looking into buying a bus to live in when I’m grad school, and I have a few trips planned for before then. I found two buses that I really love and I was just wondering if anyone knows of any grants for sustainable or alternative living, or for van-builds and other types of conversions? I’ve always loved to travel, see new things, and meet new people and this is one of the things that has always drawn me to van life. The other would would be that it would make me more conscious of the resources I’m using and the waste I’m producing in an effort to help save our planet.

Thanks so much and happy wandering!!

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2018-10-06T17:52:41-05:00 2018-10-06T17:52:41-05:00 https://digitalnomadsforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3674&p=5669#p5669 <![CDATA[Van Life - Digital Nomads Community Forum • upgrade to a step bumper on your MB Srinter van??]]> I will miss because it is awesome for rear van work access.

So I have a 2014 step rear bumper that I need to remove and replace with a no-step bumper. If another Nomad or local Sprinter owner (2006-2017?) wanted to upgrade from the standard bumper to the step bumper in the So Cal area, we should consider a bumper swap!

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2018-09-03T14:15:13-05:00 2018-09-03T14:15:13-05:00 https://digitalnomadsforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3577&p=5602#p5602 <![CDATA[Van Life - Digital Nomads Community Forum • Re: Question about Security]]> https://www.tempvaninsure.co.uk/ ) for temporary insurance.

On the other hand, pepper spray, knife or pistol can keep a woman safe from the evils of the society? I think you should choose the right places better to go with an elderly woman etc, any Aunt. I don't know what should I recommend. But, better to visit safe places where security agencies are the best in their services and have zero rape, molestation or abuse rate. Or what I can say.... :?

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2018-08-08T04:52:37-05:00 2018-08-08T04:52:37-05:00 https://digitalnomadsforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3577&p=5520#p5520 <![CDATA[Van Life - Digital Nomads Community Forum • Re: Question about Security]]> never ever think that a gun could protect you. This could really end badly. Instead of weapons, visit courses for self defense. You will learn how to defend yourself, use pepper sprays and react correctly in every situation. The presence of crime depends a lot on the country you visit. Watch out for choosing save parking areas/places.

Hop this could help you
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What do you do for personal security? Especially as a single woman on the road alone, I feel like I should have some kind of protection. I do know how to shoot a gun, but not sure that would be the best weapon of choice for a small space. Plus I don't know what the laws are in each state, how to be legal with it. So I'm wondering, taser maybe? Pepper spray? Or do you just keep your doors locked and hope for the best?

I wasn't worried about it until my mom voiced her concerns. Now it has me wondering...

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2018-05-29T19:59:40-05:00 2018-05-29T19:59:40-05:00 https://digitalnomadsforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3530&p=5341#p5341 <![CDATA[Van Life - Digital Nomads Community Forum • Need help with 1999 chevy astro seats]]>
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Here is a link: http://spencerfield.me/van-life-map
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2018-04-25T02:54:59-05:00 2018-04-25T02:54:59-05:00 https://digitalnomadsforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3499&p=5258#p5258 <![CDATA[Van Life - Digital Nomads Community Forum • Re: Help please! On the verge of buying our first van...are we doing the right thing?]]>
I think the 2003, while it may not have creature comforts, can be converted to your needs. It'll feel more like a home and it sounds like a better deal altogether for long-term. But again, not having seen either in person and not knowing what y'all want from your van it's quite difficult to tell you which to buy - it's the same as 'which house...?' :)

Good luck on getting whichever van you choose road ready and personalized, guys. Wishing you the best of luck and keep us posted on your progress, eh?

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2018-04-24T10:25:37-05:00 2018-04-24T10:25:37-05:00 https://digitalnomadsforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3499&p=5256#p5256 <![CDATA[Van Life - Digital Nomads Community Forum • Re: Help please! On the verge of buying our first van...are we doing the right thing?]]> We'd been searching extensively and these are by far the best options within our budget. Some sellers are a bit deluded, and some vehicles are just not for us. Also, we have a lonnnng list of items still to buy, so am thinking that the money saved on the 2003 will certainly compensate that.
The rust wasn't so bad, but a clear sign that van hasn't been quite so well cared for. I think we're ready to make a deal on the 03! Wish us luck!

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Based on what you just shared here I would lean to the 2003 but would likely keep shopping personally.

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2018-04-24T04:13:35-05:00 2018-04-24T04:13:35-05:00 https://digitalnomadsforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3499&p=5253#p5253 <![CDATA[Van Life - Digital Nomads Community Forum • Help please! On the verge of buying our first van...are we doing the right thing?]]>
Important factors
Time & money: as always, we need as much ready to go as possibe.
Space: My husband is 2 meters or 6ft8 tall!

The vans -

A 2012 transit xlwb conversion for about £13,500- Positives: much newer, better MPG, emissions etc. 500w solar system already installed + 4 batteries. Comes with many extras (awning, toilet, cooker), is more stealth
Negatives: Couldnt test drive, Higher mileage, rust in doorways, ex delivery van (not treated so well poss) Shoddy conversion, no passenger seats in the back, very dark and cramped inside, benches very low to floor, less rapport or trust with seller,

A 2003 transit minibus conversion for about £8,500 - Positives: feels much larger inside, lighter, better dimensions for a big guy, converted using marine industry products and tricks, top spec rust treatments etc, marine issue large 12v fridgefreezer, engine mint, drives beautifully, ex-hospital transport so low mileage (55k) and well cared for, 2 passenger seats in back, new diesel heater unit/system, intelligent mastervolt charging systems + 4 batteries
Negatives: Older vehicle, way worse on MPG and emissions, Way less extras (more to buy), No solar, awning, toilet or cooker, much less stealth would need tint windows.

Brain says GET THE NEW VAN AND SPEND LESS ON FUEL! Heart says GET THE SPACIOUS VAN AND AVOID DIVORCE FROM CRAMPED FRUSTRATION!

So I want to know other expert opinions! We have talked ourselves into the 2003 older transit, currently. I think weighing it up we're inclined to think that living space trumps fuel efficiency in the long run (they are BOTH so important in the long run!) and the 2003 is not exactly a heap of shit either... Are we letting sentimentality get in the way of logic? Will we kick ourselves down the line? Or does it sound like a good/fair decision?

Thanks in advance to any 10cents you have to offer!!! :)
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