Here are some of my favorite resources for tiny living, whether you’re planning on van life, RVing, living on a boat or a tiny home!
Building a campervan
If you’re in the market to build a DIY campervan, you’ll want to check out the Sprinter RV Conversion Sourcebook. . Don’t let the name deceive you! I bought this book, and the 378-page guide would help with any self-built van. Here’s some of what you’ll learn in the guide:
- An RV plumbing chapter on pipes, fittings, tanks, pumps, water heaters, toilets, you name it
- The five criteria to think about when insulating your camper van
- Advice on choosing solar panels
- How to install blackwater, greywater and freshwater tanks
- Fifty pages of information on designing an electrical system and wiring your campervan conversion
- An 18-step checklist to building cabinets in your van
- Specifics on the 34 models or RV inverters
- Six things you may not have realized about 3-way refrigerators and why you might want a 12-volt refrigerator
Finding good campsites
RVer Marianne Edwards has been boondocking for at least two decades and put together these detailed guides to free camping for five different states.
In these guides, you’ll find detailed descriptions of free campsites, including the size, cellular access and location.
I bought guides to Utah and California and can’t wait to use them!
Boondocker’s Welcome requires a membership fee of $30 per year to use the service. Once you sign up, you can browse a huge range of privately owned land to park your campervan or RV. Much of this land is in someone’s driveway!
This is a great way to camp for free across the United States, and you’ll meet some great people along the way.
Harvest Hosts is an annual membership program that gives you access to all sorts of interesting private properties to park your RV. These businesses are anything from wineries, to farms, to golf courses.
The only catch with Harvest Hosts is you need a self-contained RV or campervan to participate in the program, which means you need a toilet!
This amazing guidebook includes campgrounds all over the United States that are $12 or less, including thousands that are free.
Nearly 12,000 campgrounds are in the guide, including national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Corps of Engineers, state parks and forests, and more.
The Ultimate Boondocking Planner is a fillable PDF workbook that lets you track your free campsites and take notes.
This planning guide also includes a gear list, grocery list and tips on finding the best boondocking sites.
Liz Wilcox over at The Virtual Campground is so much fun to follow. She and her RV Technician husband just put out a course called Fix it Yourself, where you’ll learn all about fixing your own RV so you can avoid costly shops.
The course has modules on generators, water systems, roof maintenance, tire maintenance, electrical and batteries, AC and furnace, and more!
It’s basically everything you need to know about RV care and maintenance.
RV expert Mark Polk and his wife Dawn have put together a slew of wonderful online courses for newbie RVers. Through their video lessons, you can learn things like:
- How to buy the right RV
- Driving your motorhome like a pro
- RV essential items training
- How to winterize and store your RV
- and more awesome trainings!
Downsizing for a Tiny Life is an amazing course by my friends Chris and Melody DiCroce. This course is a must-have if you’re struggling with getting rid of stuff to prepare for life in a campervan, RV, sailboat or tiny home.
Downsizing For Tiny Life will show you…
- How to immediately identify what can be thrown away
- How to change your “attachment” mindset
- What to do with the big-ticket items that you spent so much money on
- The secrets to successfully selling your stuff
- How to manage your digital assets
- This course could pay for itself in 1 month, just based on what you could save on storage units alone!
Inspired to Downsize is a course by RVer and friend of mine Ashley Mann.
What’s included in the course:
- Worksheets to help you plan and prepare for downsizing
- Tips for selling your belongings for cash
- A list with links to over a hundred organizations for donating and recycling specific items so they don’t end up in a landfill
- Tips for a successful garage sale
- Resources for helping others including family members downsize
- The method that was most effective for helping Ashley sort her stuff quickly when she sold her home and moved into an RV
Finding remote work
Do you crave traveling full-time but have no idea how to make money? For some people, this is the hardest part about living in a campervan, RV, sailboat or tiny house on wheels.
I was once in your shoes, going from a full-time job to figuring out remote work. My online course, Remote Work for Nomads, gets you from feeling lost to full of ideas on how to make an income.
You’ll learn ways to up your skillset and create a resume that pops.
Blogging isn’t the easiest way to make a remote income, but it can be really profitable! I started my blog in 2017 and now make 5-figures per month running The Wayward Home.
The beauty about blogging as remote work is that even on days you don’t work, you’ll be bringing in revenue with advertising, affiliate marketing and selling your own products.
Profitable Blogging 101 walks you through the basics of getting a blog up and running.