#3 – Living in a Van for 8 Years with a minimum van build. | Amanda from Tidelinetoalpine

#3 – Living in a Van for 8 Years with a minimum van build. | Amanda from Tidelinetoalpine

In todays Episode of Vanlife and Chill I talk with Amanda from tidelinealpine about her 8 years of experience living in a van. She shares her story of how she moved out of a place she was renting because she didn’t want to pay for someone elses mortgage and participate in land ownership so she was going to move into a tent in the winter but someone on her facebook gifted her a vintage camper which ended up having some bad engine problems. She went from the camper, to a tent, to a minivan, and for years now she has lived in a GMC cargo van. She finds that the time alone without distractions has helped her work through a lot of mental health issues and allows her time to be in nature, she is also able to work less and focus more time on things she enjoys because her living expenses are so low because of living in a van.
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  1. Tasha Mitchell on October 31, 2022 at 7:43 am

    I am 5 minutes into this video and so far there is nothing that she hasn’t said that hasn’t resonated exactly with the same reason why I am living in my car I also have a dog going through the same type of thing mental problems I was hitting a head on collision so my memory is not that great and as far as my job I do delivery for an independent company it’s something that I can have my dog with me at the same time so yeah not even 5 minutes in and there isn’t a word that she hasn’t said that hasn’t resonated except I haven’t been gifted a van

  2. Show me mojo on October 31, 2022 at 7:44 am

    This is America and to the people who say it’s the number one country on earth I say how can that be America ain’t a country it’s a corporation we have been told that all are lives and the reasons is because GDP will back up that statement however that happiest countries on earth are all Scandinavia countries and they have been for a long time and you know what they have that America doesn’t the smallest wealth gap
    There’s also a reason America has the lowest percentage of its citizens of all developed nations in the world without passports so we the people don’t catch on

  3. a lamb on October 31, 2022 at 7:44 am

    I agree with her, I shouldn’t work most of my life just to pay off the mortgage. But if you have kids, I guess that’s a different situation.

  4. Charlie Crow on October 31, 2022 at 7:44 am

    Wish you weren’t in such a hurry to get through the questions! This is an important concept for a podcast but your guests probably don’t feel very heard with you immediately bouncing to the next thing, especially towards the end of the episode! Not trying to hate, just an observation ❤️

  5. 2 Blue Cats on October 31, 2022 at 7:44 am

    💫🙌 nobody’s business where your money comes from! Your happiness is most important…the Universe wants you to be happy❣ not "homeless"…we say "nomadic"!😸 There are more and more people choosing this way of life as waves of change ripple through our whole planet…it is RE-evolution 😉

  6. Tasha Mitchell on October 31, 2022 at 7:46 am

    Okay oh my gosh that’s 100%. She said I would go outside and get to moving around to get warm yes that’s 100% And it is harder when you already have the heat to go out and be out in the cold wow yep I kind of realized like I’d rather it just be that way I I’d rather it be easier for me to be able to get up and get out in the cold then harder for me to get up and get out in the cold so once I do progress actually into a van I don’t think I’m going to even worry about a heater just insulate my van really well and be all right with that

  7. Nobody on October 31, 2022 at 7:46 am

    "There’s no Freedom in doing what everybody else is doing" that’s a bumper sticker right there!

  8. Bruce Frank on October 31, 2022 at 7:46 am

    Amanda, you are a sharp cookie. You are a true Nomad with a very logical mind. Good Luck to you.

  9. George Wagner on October 31, 2022 at 7:50 am

    I don’t understand why she said no options when her parents have a house

  10. Ak Hamp on October 31, 2022 at 7:51 am

    I would have to hear how she was able to live in a tent when not having a van again for a while.
    How does that work ..living in a tent..no way to get anywhere , probably no job ..no shower…was in winter or warmer whether etc.
    Then getting into another van.. how did that happen from living a tent?
    Had to be more to it
    That’s what I would like to know.
    Did her parents help her out?.
    Just wonder how that transition worked. Cause I can’t imagine what you would do.
    Thank goodness I have never been in that kind of situation.
    Just saying. ..guess some kind of opportunity happened that you got back on your feet or you were helped by parents or what?
    I have thought of trying vandwelling only cause it seems freeing and sometimes like most paying so much living in a home.
    But I am not still convinced I would be the vandwellers type person. I love the idea of traveling but like some have said there are challenges and pros + cons to all things .
    But never know ….I may try it one day in the near future.
    Probably nothing to lose to try it a month or two first just to see if it is for me. I can live simply…that’s not an issue. But the weather bothers me some ..with it being so in unpredictable more + more
    as time goes on. But who knows ….

  11. 4nathalyna on October 31, 2022 at 7:55 am

    Congrats to this young lady! She is a real one, it’s so refreshing ! May the best be with you Amanda!

  12. ALASKA on October 31, 2022 at 7:55 am

    Yay..Amanda !!@%
    Thank for being so open and honest about your mental health.
    I was going to ask you on your chanell about living the way you do with mental health issues… I want to believe that it will do me good because I am starting to believe that living in town and paying rent and trying to live a "normal" life for s9 long ( I am almost 50) is not good for me and even bringing me down more and more …

  13. Clemens Brückner on October 31, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Hallo, what you told is the real situation of Vanlife from a homeless sight. Real live with the seasons. You are a authentic person living your own live. I say respektabely tank you for this Video.

  14. Tom Holbrook on October 31, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Amanda is AWESOME

  15. allthings nu on October 31, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Forrest, you are a really good interviewer. This is the second one I’ve watched today and they both held my attention from beginning to end. Amanda is a breath of fresh air. I love her authenticity and views on life, society and everything you discussed.

  16. Evelyn C Mawk on October 31, 2022 at 8:02 am

    Your upbringing sounds alot like mine.

  17. patrick dehertogh on October 31, 2022 at 8:02 am

    I wholeheartadly agree with Amandas views on housing should not be a commodity. what is happening in the rental and housing in this country is getting out of control. these videos are inspiring . owning a vehical is a major expence never mind an apt living a simpler life less worrys expences. were being enslaved by housing transportation communication. time to quit this insanity. hats off to all these folks.

  18. Doris Mc Coy on October 31, 2022 at 8:03 am

    Keep a journal. Write a book(s). Very interesting person. Residual income.

  19. Kara Buccs on October 31, 2022 at 8:04 am

    I really like this womam and her story is interesting we can all learn from her, thankyou love these videos..
    Aussie girl

  20. Lauren Weisse on October 31, 2022 at 8:07 am

    I like her!

  21. Tasha Mitchell on October 31, 2022 at 8:07 am

    That’s awesome she talks about her own bubble I feel the same way I went two and a half months living in the car by myself and now my husband’s been living in the car with me and it really does drive me crazy I just want him to leave but then I don’t but then 🙃 I’m still working out within myself as well
    Also I do not like the whole on the clock thing either I don’t work well that way either this is cool

  22. Shey Baby on October 31, 2022 at 8:10 am

    👍🌳📹!!!!!

  23. Melinda. Mc on October 31, 2022 at 8:11 am

    I like her dog! That was her heat source before the battery!

  24. Willow Way on October 31, 2022 at 8:12 am

    I was following Amanda and you, so what a delight to stumble on this! Brilliant interview. Ty 🙌💕🌿

  25. YesHappyNomad on October 31, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Amazing interview!!! Thank you so much for sharing your authentic self with us, Amanda.

  26. Karla Olson on October 31, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Freshest ru Ning water comes off the mountain s along hwghy 99

  27. Nobody on October 31, 2022 at 8:18 am

    I’m not interested in social media either. I dont upload any videos but I do comment on videos. I don’t want to be known any more than I already am.

  28. Bonnie Mullen on October 31, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Gas is expensive how do you handle that ! ?!??

  29. Tasha Mitchell on October 31, 2022 at 8:19 am

    That’s crazy the way she ended up in the van is kind of the same way I ended up in my car I was homeless and it was winter so I started as well in the winter and now that it’s summer I’m like okay you know it’s summer my friends and family are like oh my gosh this is record breaking Heat and you have no air conditioner and I’m like hey I’m good it’s all good yo it’s all good I was like born and raised for this I’ve spent so much time outside but I never cared for the AC whenever I was in the house I was always cold and wanted to turn off the AC so even though it’s 103 or 106° outside here in Texas I’m not freaking out about it I’m not having a hard time with it I was constantly outside mowing yards as a child here in Texas and so it’s no big deal for me my family even though they were there and they know that I was always outside they still just don’t get it

  30. Kristen Niemi on October 31, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Amanda and Frank are awesome! 😊

  31. CJAM on October 31, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Yea! sounds pretty normal she is. Van dwelling and vehycle dwelling has been around scents vehycles were first made, this is nothing new in any scence nor is the length of time and years people have dwelled in them, that goes clear back to liveing in a covered wagon which didnt provide near the refuge a metal box on wheels and drives buy an engine, right, lol. Id have to say those that live on the road with there motercycles which also has been going on scents motercycles were first made, Yea! now you want to learn real baisics and urban survival just follow some of those guys, yea! there still out there liveing out of there saddel bags, I’m 58 , Iv done over 30 yrs in a van. Always kept it simple, I’m about to step out of the box. and share it soon. For full timers, Keeping it organized and functional is key, most never figure that out, Been fun listening, Be safe on the road my friends.

  32. Richard Riley on October 31, 2022 at 8:23 am

    She is a really interesting person. Thanks for doing this interview.

  33. Von Fields on October 31, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Amanda you are 👍great, thanks for sharing!

  34. hermit crab in a van on October 31, 2022 at 8:24 am

    I learned so much, thanks!

  35. vavavoomsp1 on October 31, 2022 at 8:27 am

    I love her outlook on life she seems like an amazing person….

  36. Nomad Professor on October 31, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Amanda lives stoicism. I would not be surprised to find that she has read and knows the pillars of stoicism because she stated most of them in this interview.

  37. Nobody on October 31, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Sweet soul.

  38. Jack Carter on October 31, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Too cool!

  39. Tiny Home Cooking with Sherlei on October 31, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Where is the giveaway link ?

  40. a beach♡ on October 31, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Yeahhh ‘our’ Amanda *#TidelinetoAlpine* & ‘the’ co-pilot
    of all sidekicks Frankee baby #GreatCDNBeaverDog haha.
    Great interview and discussion but how can it NOT be…
    she is made for this. Also you have to track her down late
    Summer or Fall as she is redoing her van to make it better
    as Frankee ages etc.

  41. Christina Marshall on October 31, 2022 at 8:31 am

    I’ve been vaning it for 3 4 months and wow what what a shocking exciting experience 💜this person,.

  42. Tasha Mitchell on October 31, 2022 at 8:31 am

    I have recorded a little bit of my car living experience and posted it on my Facebook not sure if I actually want to do a Blog about it but there are I think some things that I’m learning pretty quickly that may help others who knows but I wouldn’t really know the first thing about recording and Publishing my life like that

  43. Michelle Moyers on October 31, 2022 at 8:33 am

    👍🌲 🎥 Nice interview. Amanda is so genuine and I am glad that she is able to find the life she deserves on her own terms. I can relate to many things and just wish her and Frank the best! I look forward to following her updates and more great content from this channel. 👏 Well done.

  44. carolyne k on October 31, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Loving your interviews!!

  45. Cilantro on October 31, 2022 at 8:35 am

    👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  46. Patricia Hand on October 31, 2022 at 8:35 am

    That’s true thriving, surviving wow!🙏🏾Transparency. Yes, I remember your interview with her. Twice this one. Wonderful. Wonderful. Haven’t seen the first one though.

  47. Helene D on October 31, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for sharing your life. It’s great that you have a van and could paint it. Some things take time and you will increase more all the time. It’s wonderful that you have a van because many don’t have that. I would encourage you to envision what you desire and keep seeing that, and you will attract it. I’ve created great things in that way. PS. I love your dog and the loving way you are with him. It’s a beautiful thing. Stay strong and you will get where you want to be! I’m sending love.

  48. Teresa Oneill on October 31, 2022 at 8:37 am

    I just found Amanda’s channel. This interview has given me the opportunity to get to know her better. So glad she is still here. ❤️

  49. Karla Olson on October 31, 2022 at 8:38 am

    Hey grew up.in Squamish hi 👋

  50. Monika Lenz on October 31, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Superb Q&A , insightful.

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