It's a Saturday morning in Port Charlotte, Florida and I've now been on the road with My McVansion for 27 days on this first trek of 2014. It occurred to me that, you, my loyal reader and follower of the "Living Free" blog might be interested in what life is like in My McVansion on the road over an extended period of time. So, this post is going to give you an idea of my current life on the road in my 50 square foot very efficient condo on wheels.
While many of you are vandwellers (full-time or part-time) yourselves, this may not be a big deal for you, but for those of you who are future vandwellers, full-time RVers or just Walter Mitty types living the life vicariously through others of us who are out here, this may give you another peak into a unique lifestyle. And when I say unique lifestyle, I mean that each vandweller and full-time RVer is motivated differently, so each of our lifestyles will vary. You will relate to some more than others, but this gives you another taste of life on the road.
I also want to point out that My McVansion is not complete, yet. I have a number of things I still need to do and I'm learning of things I want to modify or add to my previous thinking and planning. So, this is going to be a pictorial of my life on the road in My McVansion. I hope you enjoy the tour and please feel free to comment.
So, here goes:
On The Surface
Here are some external photos of My McVansion parked at long time Living Free reader, Tommy Head's house in Port Charlotte, Florida. Tommy has been a vandweller himself, having built up his own custom van in which he ran up a couple hundred thousand miles. Currently, he has a 22-foot motorhome, a Mazda Miata and a beauty of a motorcycle. One of the most enjoyable parts of this lifestyle is meeting people who are of kindred spirit and who follow your exploits on your blog. The stories are endless and everyone learns something new.
|Parked next to Tommy's house looking down the street.|
|Tommy's 22' motorhome dwarfs My McVansion|
|Bringing up the rear. Note the black shore power cord coming out of the right rear window.|
Here is the nerve center or the bridge, if you will, of my micro condo on wheels. Lots of decisions made in the "Captain's Chair."
|The view from the right door shows the waste basket and a side view of the "power" module.|
The Interior Looking Toward the Rear Of The House Part of My McVansion
|There was some space behind the drawer unit and the base of the workstation. I had been thinking about where I would store shoes. Well, guess what? Viola! This space is perfect for storing three pairs of shoes.|
|This is my view when laying in the bunk. It actually reminds me of being in a small stateroom in some kind of boat. I personally find it very comfortable,relaxing and appealing with the rich wood and light burgundy cloth interior of the van.|
The House Section Of My McVansion From The Rear Looking Forward
|This photo is from the back of the van. In the foreground is the bunk on the left and the workstation on the right. Straight back are the black, felt, knock out curtains I used to separate the cockpit from the house section of the van.|
|Once again, here is a clearer photo of the black out curtains separating the cockpit from the house section.|
|Bungee Cords are our friends, especially if you're a van dweller. Here these useful, stretchy cords, are securing the Walmart plastic storage units I use for clothes, dry foods, utensils, basic kitchen essentials and miscellaneous other things.|
Storage A Plenty
|Lots of under the bunk storage and there's a lot more than this. You'll notice my 12 vdc electric blanket that comes in handy on the occasional frigid night.|
|This is one of the cubbys over the cockpit. This one is over the passenger seat and houses sanitary and hygiene necessities.|
|This cubby is over the Captain's seat and holds extra toiletries, vitamins, first aid supplies and other similar items.|
|There are four of these cubbies, two on each side of the van. The only one I've assigned so far it this one for the AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt batteries.|
|This is a large cubby and is in the center over the workstation in the rear of the van. There is still plenty of room in this cabinet, but it houses my stash of water crackers and my extra tea bags.|
A Room With A View