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Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You

What’s the right mobile living situation for me? When you’re day-dreaming while looking at gorgeous images, living mobile can seem like an amazing lifestyle. Being free to travel where you want, when you want. Not having a mortgage to pay. Being able to get yourself to remote places and be self-sufficient out there with all the luxuries of a home. Bonus points in a zombie apocalypse. But once you’re really ready to put dollars behind your dream, there are A LOT of options as to what kind of vehicle or trailer to choose. Personally, I’ve lived in a car, a van, and a bus, and I’ve helped build a handful of tiny houses on trailers. I can say without hesitation that the experiences are very, very different.

The Right Mobile Living Situation for You

In this article, I’m going to break down some of the more common vehicle choices for mobile living/camping and dig into the pros and cons for each. There are many variables that will influence each type of mobile situation so be forewarned, this is a glass slipper situation, not a one-ring-to-rule-them-all situation. Think about what you want to do, what lifestyle you’re wanting to live, and balance the pros and cons to figure out which option is going to make that day-dream come to life for YOU. Oh, and if you’re in a rush, just read the “Round-Up” at the end.


Vans come in all shapes and sizes. Old conversion vans, “work vans”, mini-vans, old VW “buses”, and larger “sprinter vans”. The size of a van can offer a lot of benefits; It’s easy to park, easy to drive and navigate in a city environment, and it’s stealthy – meaning that from the outside, people might not know you’re living in it. The drawback on the size being that compared to the other options on this list, you have less living space. Think ahead to how you’ll respond when side-walk comedians yell Chris Farley’s classic line “You’re gonna be livin’ in a van! Down by the river!”. It will happen, and it doesn’t make living in a van any less cool. Be strong my friends.


These old VW “buses” have a lot of aesthetic appeal, and that’s likely to earn you a lot of waves, high-fives, and parking-lot-lookers. There are newer models of these classics that come with tons of bells-and-whistles, and a price-tag to match. From what I gather, the old ones are notoriously low on power and can struggle with big hills and top speed. You can expect to be doing some impromptu road-side maintenance at some point if you go this route. The insides are often already built out as campers with beds and mini-kitchens. Safety ratings by today’s standards would be comparatively low. Some have the famous “pop top” that would allow airflow and standing inside, but others you may not be able to stand upright inside the van. I believe most, if not all, of these are manual transmission.

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  • Classic, nostalgic aesthetics
  • Easy parking and maneuverability
  • Some come “ready-to-move-in”
  • Fuel economy ~ 15 mpg


  • Mechanical issues due to age
  • Low power drive-train
  • Fewer safety features

Work Vans

Work vans are plentiful so if you’re handy enough to build out the inside to your liking, you might be able to do this on the cheap. Again, because they’re so common, you probably won’t draw too much attention to yourself. Some models have 4-wheel drive which can be a plus for off-road situations. There are companies who convert these into bad-ass adventure campers, but keep in mind that these will come with a price-tag to match.

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You


  • Widely Available
  • Relatively low cost


  • Limited headroom

Sprinter style vans

Most famously made by Mercedes and also by Dodge among others are the top end of the van class for mobile living. The Mercedes Sprinter vans are regaled for their drive-train’s ability to keep-on keepin’-on well into the hundreds of miles. Another bonus is that they are available as “high-top” meaning an average sized person can stand up fully inside the van. They can also come with 4-wheel drive, and extended bodies for more interior room. You can expect safety ratings to be comparatively high. Expect a price tag to match, but as always, deals do pop up for used vans. There are also many companies that do gorgeous conversions, again with a hefty price.“Sprinter Vans”

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You


  • Known for drive-train reliability
  • Easy parking and maneuverability
  • Some come “ready-to-move-in”
  • Fuel economy ~ 20 mpg
  • Higher safety rating
  • Cruise control, A/C etc. common
  • Headroom and interior space


  • Tend to be more expensive

School Busses

School buses come in short (15-20 ft), medium (20-30 ft), and long 30+ ft). Many school districts have a program that retires the buses after a specified number of years hauling the kiddos, or a specified number of miles. As you would expect, the older the bus, the cheaper it will be. It’s not out of the question to be able to pick up a school bus for $1-2 thousand, but keep in mind that it is probably going to need some mechanical and/or body-work done. Speaking of maintenance, if you break down on the side of the road, it’s going to be harder to get a tow, and finding a mechanic that can work on the bus will be harder than finding a mechanic to work on a car or van. Some of the short buses can come with 4-wheel drive. Older models will likely be manual transmission, but newer models will be automatic. Most will be diesel. The drive-trains on many of these are stellar and can run for hundreds of thousands of miles if properly maintained and treated well.

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One of the huge benefits of the school bus route is that it’s probably the cheapest way to get the most square footage that you can still drive down the road. They are also built VERY robustly, with tons of massive metal beams you can fasten to while you’re building the living area. Lots of windows offer a great view out, but also a great view in. Also, the windows are awful when it comes to holding in heat or cold.


  • Built like apocalypse tanks
  • Often have strong drive-trains
  • Lower cost per square foot
  • Lots of interior space
  • Generally lower cost
  • Bigger might mean a bit safer


  • Harder perking & city driving
  • Not stealthy
  • Fuel economy ~10 mpg or less
  • Not for off-road
  • Expensive maintenance
  • Harder to insure

Tiny Houses on Trailers

I’ve had the opportunity to help build a handful of Tiny Houses, and I’ve visited friends in many more. They can be fantastic living spaces for short or long term, and I’m happy to see them becoming more popular. The main attractions here are a house-like feel, with a heavy dose of minimalism (usually), and the allure of not paying a mortgage. In terms of frequent movability, this is not your best option. Tiny houses are better suited for moving every couple months, or years, not every week and definitely not everyday.

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You


  • House/cabin aesthetics
  • DIY = cost effective
  • Easier to insulate
  • Easier to modify to your liking because you’re not working within an existing structure (like a van)
  • More square footage than van


  • Manufacturer = expensive
  • Not stealthy
  • Need a vehicle to tow it
  • Nor for off-road
  • Harder to insure
  • Not easy to park/maneuver

Traditional RV

Traditional RV’s are a tricky category to cover, because there are many, many variations. Old, new, big, small, tow-behind, 5th-wheel… the list goes on. These can be a great ready-made option if you don’t want to modify/customize your living space very much. Prices will vary drastically from model to model, and from old to new. For a brand new luxury RV, the sky is the limit for how much it can cost. For an older, used, livable-condition RV, you might be able to get into it for $15,000 or less. Watch out for water damage. For some reason, it seems like traditional RV’s are a bit more susceptible to water damage from roof leaks than, say – a van or a bus.

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You


  • Ready for move-in (unless repairs)
  • Cruise control, A/C common
  • Lots of interior space
  • Bigger might mean a bit safer
  • Lots of options – drivable, tow behind etc.


  • Harder parking & city driving
  • Not stealthy
  • Low fuel economy
  • Not for off-road
  • Expensive maintenance

Airstream Trailer

Airstream trailer have a ton of aesthetic appeal and an almost cult-like following. As with the other options on this list, you can get the used for a discount (although still I wouldn’t consider the used market of this option cheap), or new for a solid chunk of change. What’s unique about them from the other options on the list (aside from tow-behind and 5th wheel campers in the RV section) is that you tow it behind your vehicle. They are aluminum construction which makes them relatively light, so you have a wider array of vehicles that you could potentially use to tow it. The insides come “ready-to-move-in”, but in speaking with friends who have gone this route – older ones will likely need moderate to significant repairs. Water damage seems to be the main enemy in the form of leaks, mold and chassis rust.

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You

Finding the Right Mobile Living Situation for You


  • Classic, nostalgic aesthetics
  • Light and easily towable
  • Ready for move-in (unless repairs)
  • Design = probably better fuel economy than tow-behind trailer
  • Lots of interior space
  • Once you set up, you can unhook and drive around normally


  • Harder parking & city driving
  • Not stealthy
  • Higher cost than bus or van (often)
  • Not for off-road
  • Expensive maintenance



If you are moving every day or every week, and want easy parking, maneuverability, city-stealth and some potential off-road ability. You’re ok having less interior space for living and storage of items.


If you are moving every week or month+, and want more space, the ability to build your living area, and a more budget conscious option, but are willing to give up easy parking, city-stealth and off-road ability.

Tiny House on a Trailer

If you’re moving every few months to a year+ and want a house-like aesthetic, but don’t care about easy parking, city-stealth, or off-road ability. Budget conscious if you build it yourself, but a bit more spendy if you hire a builder.

Traditional RV

If you want an off-the-shelf solution. Price, maneuverability and interior space vary by age and size.


If you want a (sometimes) ready-made solution with classic looks for a medium to high price-tag, and don’t mind limited maneuverability and off-road ability. Probably want to move it every month to year+, not every day.

To paraphrase the dude, “These are just like, my opinions, man.” I know there is a lot of pride and passion around people’s choices in this department, so remember that this is from my experience and my research. Your research and experience might be different and that’s valid too. If this article helped you out, let me know in the comments. And if you think there’s things I missed, let me know in the comments as well. Happy mobile living.

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NYC Adds Nearly 4,000 People Who Never Tested Positive To Coronavirus Death Tolls

New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.

The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.

The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.

“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”

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How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar

The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!

This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.

So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?

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Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know

Why Make Sauerkraut?


Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.

So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.


  • 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Tools Needed:

  • knife
  • bowl
  • mason jar
  • smaller jar
  • rubber band

Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients

Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.

You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.

Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.

Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips

Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.

Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt

Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.

TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.

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Step 4: Massage the Cabbage

Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.

TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.

Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar

Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.

IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.

Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar

You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.

Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.

Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band

Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.

Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily

Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.

Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures

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After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.

NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.

You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.

Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut

  • Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
  • Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
  • If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.

Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!

So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.

What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!

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Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!

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In this article:

  1. Tomato
  2. Eggplant
  3. Beet
  4. Spinach
  5. Pea
  6. Carrot
  7. Radish
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Asparagus

Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!


Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.

Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.


Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?

Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.


Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.

If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.


Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!

Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.


Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.

Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.


There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.

They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.


A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.

Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.


Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.

Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.


Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!

Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.

All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!

So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!




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