Are you considering van life? At least once a week we meet someone who is interested in getting a Class B van for part time or full time travel. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about what it’s like to live out of a van.

New to the camper van life video series? You can watch all the episodes from the beginning right here.

Camper Van Life FAQ

The FAQ section is broken up into two sections: General Questions, Solar Questions.

General Questions about Van Life

We hosted a live stream to answer general questions about what it’s like to live out of a van. You can watch the entire live stream below or browse the list of questions answered in the video and jump to the answer to that question.

How do you like the Class B van and if you could change anything what would it be? Answer.

Will you tow a vehicle with the Class B? Answer.

What do you think about the bathroom? Have you taken a shower? Answer.

Is the cassette toilet easy to use and where do you dump? Answer. We also wrote an entire post on how to use a cassette toilet.

Is the camper van equipped with solar? Answer. For a more extensive answer about our solar setup scroll down to the RV solar section.

What is the MPG of the ProMaster van? The average is around 14 MPG. We share the MPG each month with van life costs at Cost of RVing.

What is it like to live in a van with a dog? Read our post on RVing with dogs.

When can we see a full van tour? Right now. Watch the full van tour.

Is it easy to cook in an RV? Answer. Check out our Favorite Kitchen Gadgets for RVing.

How do you run the Instant Pot in the van? Answer.

Is it easy to find urban camping or street camping? Answer. You can also check out our video where we spend a week street camping in San Francisco.

How do you deal with being off-level? Answer.

Would you go shorter or longer with the next van? Answer.

Have you seen any similar sized RVs with slides? Answer.

Why didn’t you build out your own van? Answer.

Is a Class B 4×4 at 24′ too big for National Parks? Answer.

Would a camper van be a good fit for a student? Answer.

How do you find the ride compared to a Class A motorhome? Answer.

Do you regret the decision to go from a 29′ Class A motorhome to a 20′ Class B camper van? Answer.

How is the clearance on the van? Answer.

Do you ever take any alone time, do you even need any? Answer.

Which direction do you sleep in the van? Answer.

Have you experienced any negativity for being a full time nomad? Answer.

Do you filter the water in the van? Answer.

How do you decide where to travel? Answer. For a more extensive answer, watch Stressful Side of Van Life.

How long do you plan to travel full time and continue this lifestyle? Answer.

How do you make money while traveling in a van full time? We hosted a separate live stream to answer questions about working and traveling in a van.

How do you do laundry on the road? We made a video all about laundry day.


Solar Questions – Off-Grid Van Life

This video covers many of the questions we’ve received about solar and battery. You can watch the entire video below or browse the list of questions below and jump directly to the answer.

What type of solar setup do you have in the van? Answer.

Can you run the air conditioner off solar? Answer.

How do you run the Instant Pot when you’re not plugged in to power? Answer.

Why didn’t you get a generator for the van? Answer.

How is the VoltStart system working? Answer.

How much solar should I get for my RV? Answer.

How often do you have to plug in to shore power? Answer.

Does the system charge well on cloudy days? Answer.

How do we keep your dog cool in the van? Answer.

How do your panels do during hail storms? Answer.

Is the RV solar system standard or aftermarket? Answer.

Where do you get drinking water? Answer.

How long can you stay off grid? Answer.

Have you tried off grid cold winter camping? Answer.

How do you access internet on the road? Answer.

How is your WeBoost cell signal booster setup? Answer.

Would you upgrade to an 800 amp hour battery bank? Answer.


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