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READER: Mike,

Since you are very sensitive to the plight of the homeless, I thought about you when I discovered these videos, thinking you might be interested in watching them.

In brief: the collapse of the middle class, the housing affordability crisis, and American ingenuity have combined to create a bittersweet phenomenon called "van life." It's where people who would otherwise be sleeping in doorways scrape together enough money to buy used vans and transform their interiors into living quarters. Think RVing meets "tiny houses."

Some of these people buy normal vans (like 30 year old high-roof Vandura conversions) to make their homes in. Most however buy windowless Ford Econolines so they can do what they call "urban stealth camping" -- i.e., so they can park anywhere overnight without the cops realizing that a homeless person is living inside, and harassing them.

These vanners range from the unemployed and the nomadic occasionally employed, to those with multiple part time jobs who still can't afford rent, to college students trying to avoid accumulating debt. Some (during their Youtube interviews) readily admit they're living in their vans because it's all they can afford. Others who can't afford better, you can tell, seem to be in denial and, to try maintaining their positive outlooks, sort of gaslight themselves by talking up the lifestyle as a matter of "choice" and "freedom" and of escaping the "bothers" of having homes or of having to commute to work.

Anyway, it's an entire subculture and it's apparently very big, and as said, the existence of it is a bittersweet eye opener on the state of things. So I thought I'd pass along what I saw. See below.

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"STEALTH VAN LIFE TOUR - Extremely ORGANIZED Cargo Van Conversion"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_nEhOTPUcM

"STEALTH VAN TOUR - Solo Woman lives Full Time Van Life in the Urban City of Vancouver"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy4erT5I6dQ

"Young vets avoid student debt going vanlife in San Francisco"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtQZDSwFYVQ

"VANLIFE GOALS - Hannah's Dialed MTB Van Tour"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PrDyOIS97E

"Van Life - Young Woman Living in a Van as Full-Time Tiny Home"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53_CwfdBBpg

"BEST Urban Stealth Camping Van Tour"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA5wHbRJt_8



READER: peter in los angeles

sure glad "peter" chimed in to set some of the history straight.

the blanket comment that "tom" (the tasmanian devil) made needed the clarification that "peter" brought.

in defense of the germans, a lot of them were forced to join the war, brainwashed and scared shiteless by adolph the stache..

the german Teutonics on design and build is something to be admired.

i don't have german blood, but i do have russian.

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