My First Van & My $$$ for Vehicle Living.........

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Bought my first van for van living back in 1978. Was in the service at the time and had returned stateside in 1978 from what was some extensive off & on over the years of overseas duty and was able over those years to save what was at that time for a young guy in his 20's a lot of money. I used about 7000$ of those $$$ to buy & pay CASH! (The rest of it I invested) for a brand new 1979 model ( tho purchased in late '78) G20 short wheel base Chevy van. Charcoal in color; red interior, 350 cu" 4bbl automatic trans. Van was shell, sliding side door, windows in the back doors. Put a vent in roof, louvers over the back windows, table/bed combo, under seats storage, etc; usual stuff for a 70's style build but never did the shag carpet crap thing no never went shag carpet, no, just no; etc........

Early 80's married a gal, we camped a lot in it but eventually it was sold as I was attending grad school and she was doing her best trying to "domesticate" me....... We always were able to buy vehicles and pay cash cause we never had a vehicle payment. Even while attending grad school on the GI Bill we put $$ in the bank. Eventually, I became a self employed Engineer; she & I divorced; blah, blah you know.........Life!

After the divorce, I continued to invest $$ however. Being self employed, health insurance monthly premiums were expensive as hell and I was like; The hell with buying it, I can do what those insurance companies do - take my money and invest it. I had always been extremely healthy, physically fit, proper diet & nutrition, my parents gave me basically nothing in Life but they did give me great genetics! and I didn't do anything in my life to wreck my health so was more than willing to, you know gamble on me staying healthy - which is what insurance companies basically do. So every month I invested at least 250$ which I considered my "health insurance" premium.

After my 1979 initial investment from my service $$ left over after buying my van along with some 30ish years of about 250$/month today its quite a chunk of change and to this day I have no health insurance. When ever I need some medic/dental work, I dip into the stash & I pay cash!
Today I live in my vehicle because I LOVE the lifestyle not because its something imposed on me because of outside circumstances or my own negative resultant lifestyle choices......... I built this life I live and I embrace all of it; don't view myself as a victim and have never looked for a pity party to join, rather enjoy my independent, individualistic, stand on my own 2 feet, vehicle liven beautiful life and never looking for any1 to take care of me!

Everywhere I go, today, on the beaches I hang at all across Murahka, I am always approached, sometimes inundated by young people who have a billion questions about "van life" nomad, vagabond living/lifestyle. Its amazing how many young peeps - high school & college age - are interested in embracing this life style, JOYFULLY!! even if only as something to experience for a year or 2. They always hit me with, "John, you are the coolest old dude we've ever met! What do we gotta do to live like you enjoyin life when we're your age?
My general answer, like much of my life & lifestyle is somewhat complicated but, simply, it boils down to this:

Save $$$ live in your vehicle with no payments & no regrets!
Live healthy: proper diet, nutrition, exercise, no drugs - Life's hard enuff sometimes without being your own worst enemy!
Job wise: carpenter, bar tender, traveling nurse are good jobs for the nomadic vagabond lifestyle - unless you want to do the "campground' thing - not for me ; theres plenty of options but mostly tho; follow no1! U B U!

Maybe More.....
intjonny boi luzsha baybee alway have alway will!
 

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/\...John, as long as you didn't get bad paper from your years of service, the VA will cover part/most of your medical bills, if you don't mind using VA facilities for any issues along your journey.

I served from 78-85 and found a need for continued medical coverage after I medically retired from my civilian employer after 22 years.

I eventually got upgraded to100% non-service connected disability and the VA covers me now at no cost out of pocket for any health issue that arises.

YMMV. Good luck...
 

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Ur cracking me up. Having been in from 72-82 and 2 1/2 years in SE Asia m well aware of what’s there from the VA.
My point is I’ve built my life where I don’t need nor desire to receive anything frum The Guvmunt. I take care of me and enjoy doing so.
Independent in the true sense of the word.

Even as a self employed engineer I never sought any Govt work contracts. Me & Uncle Sam been devorced for 40 yrs now. Only clients I had were mostly private individuals; I didn’t even care to work for large corporations.

Besides I spent 40,000$/ year putting my daughter thru med school & today she’s an oncologist sooo I get some “free” medical advice once in awhile from that route. A return on my investment. Yep.

And I tell young peeps save that cash and make a stash. Live free without selling ur soul to the Murahkan indentured payment slave rat race. It can be done.
Jonny boi livin 2 damn good n dah wood. :cool:
 

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I served from 80-95 and I still use the VA for all my medical needs. If you were divorced from the gov, I hope they are paying you good alimony!! :ROFLMAO:
😂😂 what makes ya think they paid me alimony? I pay them. It’s called taxes. Besides The Guvmunt’s the one over 30 Trillion$ in debt. They need it worse than me. I don’t owe anybody anything. 😎 jonny boi with Lynard singin Free Bird!
Sayin……..🤙😎
 

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Bought my first van for van living back in 1978. Was in the service at the time and had returned stateside in 1978 from what was some extensive off & on over the years of overseas duty and was able over those years to save what was at that time for a young guy in his 20's a lot of money. I used about 7000$ of those $$$ to buy & pay CASH! (The rest of it I invested) for a brand new 1979 model ( tho purchased in late '78) G20 short wheel base Chevy van. Charcoal in color; red interior, 350 cu" 4bbl automatic trans. Van was shell, sliding side door, windows in the back doors. Put a vent in roof, louvers over the back windows, table/bed combo, under seats storage, etc; usual stuff for a 70's style build but never did the shag carpet crap thing no never went shag carpet, no, just no; etc........

Early 80's married a gal, we camped a lot in it but eventually it was sold as I was attending grad school and she was doing her best trying to "domesticate" me....... We always were able to buy vehicles and pay cash cause we never had a vehicle payment. Even while attending grad school on the GI Bill we put $$ in the bank. Eventually, I became a self employed Engineer; she & I divorced; blah, blah you know.........Life!

After the divorce, I continued to invest $$ however. Being self employed, health insurance monthly premiums were expensive as hell and I was like; The hell with buying it, I can do what those insurance companies do - take my money and invest it. I had always been extremely healthy, physically fit, proper diet & nutrition, my parents gave me basically nothing in Life but they did give me great genetics! and I didn't do anything in my life to wreck my health so was more than willing to, you know gamble on me staying healthy - which is what insurance companies basically do. So every month I invested at least 250$ which I considered my "health insurance" premium.

After my 1979 initial investment from my service $$ left over after buying my van along with some 30ish years of about 250$/month today its quite a chunk of change and to this day I have no health insurance. When ever I need some medic/dental work, I dip into the stash & I pay cash!
Today I live in my vehicle because I LOVE the lifestyle not because its something imposed on me because of outside circumstances or my own negative resultant lifestyle choices......... I built this life I live and I embrace all of it; don't view myself as a victim and have never looked for a pity party to join, rather enjoy my independent, individualistic, stand on my own 2 feet, vehicle liven beautiful life and never looking for any1 to take care of me!

Everywhere I go, today, on the beaches I hang at all across Murahka, I am always approached, sometimes inundated by young people who have a billion questions about "van life" nomad, vagabond living/lifestyle. Its amazing how many young peeps - high school & college age - are interested in embracing this life style, JOYFULLY!! even if only as something to experience for a year or 2. They always hit me with, "John, you are the coolest old dude we've ever met! What do we gotta do to live like you enjoyin life when we're your age?
My general answer, like much of my life & lifestyle is somewhat complicated but, simply, it boils down to this:

Save $$$ live in your vehicle with no payments & no regrets!
Live healthy: proper diet, nutrition, exercise, no drugs - Life's hard enuff sometimes without being your own worst enemy!
Job wise: carpenter, bar tender, traveling nurse are good jobs for the nomadic vagabond lifestyle - unless you want to do the "campground' thing - not for me ; theres plenty of options but mostly tho; follow no1! U B U!

Maybe More.....
intjonny boi luzsha baybee alway have alway will!
Literally emptying my house as we speak. I am 65 and have a hightop cargo van (2017) and a 2001 Hi-Lo. This was very nice to hear. Already had one yard sale (never again). I could use some words of encouragement. I still have a household full of stuff (some of which I want to keep). I am a bit overwhelmed. I will fly to South Dakota in a couple weeks to do the domicile thing. I need to keep going. Gotta beat the rapture. I want some time as a nomad!
 

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Question is do you own stuff or does it own you! Lol!!! Most people throw it all into paid storage or leave with someone only to find after several years it is worthless to them because it was ruined by neglect or out dated or nobody else values it. Everyone seems to be a keeper of museum pieces that turn to junk. You came into this world with very little, wonder why we have to think we get to keep all the stuff we gather with no cost to future new life adventures? Past mistakes shouldn’t limit future adventures.
 

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The hell with buying it, I can do what those insurance companies do - take my money and invest it.
This is what I did my whole life. Never had a job that gave me health insurance, or if it were offered it would have cost me a third of my income to buy it! Since I dislike the whole insurance scam (as I see it) I have never had any that a law does not require me to have. Insurance companies are the only kind of company in the country that can take money over long periods of time and then when you need the service you have been paying for for years, the insurance company will do everything in its power not to pay out. And if they do pay, then they raise your rates to cover it, so you end up paying for it anyway, only probably paying more than it would have been and would have been better of just saving up to pay for things yourself.

I kept myself healthy with a good diet, staying fit, and taking care of myself. I never went to a doctor unless it was absolutely necessary. If I needed medical attention, I found a sliding scale clinic and went there and paid for it out of the money I saved from not paying for insurance. I have come out a long way ahead financially by doing that. And I have felt a whole lot better not supporting a system that bilks millions of people out of billions of dollars every year.

I do realize I have been lucky not to have catastrophic medical needs. But, as a low-income person, if I had had that happen I could have gotten most of it paid by whatever system there was for low income people in whatever place I was. The truth is, most people do not have catastrophic occurrences, and will be healthy if they just make the effort to be so.
 
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