Van Life – Couple Saves $18,000 a Year by Living in a Camper Van

Van Life – Couple Saves $18,000 a Year by Living in a Camper Van

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Tyler & Sarah from Life vs Art ( are a couple living the off grid van life full-time in Vancouver, BC, Canada. A couple of years ago they realized they were spending close to $18,000 per year on rent, and with such a mild climate in Vancouver, they realized they could live in a camper van and save that money to live life the way they wanted to.

They live in the van with two sweet dogs, who spend weekdays at work with Tyler so they aren’t left alone in the van.

They’re basically living off-grid and rent free in the middle of the city with a propane Dickinson fireplace heater, water jugs they fill up at work, solar power for electricity, and a small portable toilet.

Tyler plays drums for the Magik Spells, and Sarah is the drummer for Nixie. The one thing they miss after having downsized their belongings is an electronic drum kit they used to have set up in their living room. Now they store their music instruments at the studio where they have band practice.

We really enjoyed meeting Sarah & Tyler this summer and were so inspired by how easily they make full-time van dwelling work for them.

Here are some links to their projects if you want to check them out:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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  1. Andrew Karczewski on July 23, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Wow, the guy looks like a Nerd version of Josh Barnett and the Girl is a cutie…

  2. Kristine Kristine and Peter on July 23, 2022 at 2:06 am

    In Toronto I’m paying $25000.00 pr yr. I’m done time to get the hell out.

  3. JJ Fresh on July 23, 2022 at 2:06 am

    That haircut from his right profile view 😵

  4. Obidiah Goldshekelsteinovitz on July 23, 2022 at 2:06 am

    IMO the whole lesson of all these mobile living videos is perspective. We all believe we need "this" but just don’t.

  5. funkyjones on July 23, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Van life…try it oat.

  6. brian4480 on July 23, 2022 at 2:08 am

    5:16 That owner is sinking his dong in that girl… Just 100% facts.

  7. joe schmo on July 23, 2022 at 2:08 am

    they look miserable

  8. Ivan Rivera on July 23, 2022 at 2:08 am

    You have the necessary stuff to survive

  9. Natalie on July 23, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Does she remind anyone else of April from parks and rec?

  10. Kari Hupka on July 23, 2022 at 2:10 am

    Dude convinced Aubrey Plaza to live in a van.

  11. Michelle Irigoyen on July 23, 2022 at 2:14 am

    she looks like april and he looks like andy <3

  12. Sandra Petrykowski on July 23, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Just wondering, can they legally park up anywhere in a public space overnight in Vancouver?

  13. Damien George on July 23, 2022 at 2:18 am

    Chicks dig van life obviously

  14. Saroja Krieg on July 23, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Very good idea
    I have my children living with me so they can save their salaries
    All the bills are paid by my husband so my children can live in comfort
    We all work from home and have terrific time

  15. Aa Ron on July 23, 2022 at 2:20 am

    She looks like Aubrey Plaza from Parks and recreation…

  16. Crystal’s Pets on July 23, 2022 at 2:24 am

    Great video. Do what works for you and don’t worry about what everyone thanks as long as you’re happy that’s all accounts

  17. Jamie Granger on July 23, 2022 at 2:25 am

    Cute doggies!

  18. Pen2paw on July 23, 2022 at 2:26 am

    The golf battery advice is good. Thanks.

  19. Ilcia Vargas on July 23, 2022 at 2:26 am

    They do make a lovely family with those two lovely dogs. I really hope they are rescue dogs.

  20. Alexis Perez on July 23, 2022 at 2:26 am

    That girl is soo cute

  21. kingafendi kingafendi on July 23, 2022 at 2:28 am

    18K is not a lot but still very very good, if you save physical money bit by bit you can make a mountain : I m asd 🤪

  22. Jalisa Echols on July 23, 2022 at 2:29 am

    I love their Jack Russell

  23. Ryan Jeanes on July 23, 2022 at 2:29 am

    I did not know that Aubrey Plaza lived in a van.

  24. CH C on July 23, 2022 at 2:29 am

    I live in Hong Kong. i totally understand who/what cause this real estate so f high.

  25. Yogesh on July 23, 2022 at 2:30 am

    So this is what Ed Sheeran does when he is free

  26. 🌟 MORNING STAR⭐️ on July 23, 2022 at 2:32 am

    Imagine fighting with your partner in the van..

  27. analiensaturn on July 23, 2022 at 2:32 am

    There was a time not long ago when you could go off into the wilderness and build a cabin. That was when no one owned the land. Then the government decided it should own it to protect it for you so you could come and look at it. Biggest scam and land grab ever

  28. Showdown on July 23, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Fortunately you can not do this in Europe as it is not allowed…………………………………………

  29. Exploring Alternatives on July 23, 2022 at 2:34 am

    You can check out Tyler & Sarah’s van & band websites here:

  30. Sonika Bhardwaj on July 23, 2022 at 2:37 am


    He,s Ed Sheeran,s lost brother

  31. oasisbeyond on July 23, 2022 at 2:37 am

    It’s cool, but most jobs will not hire you without an address… just facts.

  32. Renee Cannon on July 23, 2022 at 2:38 am

    I love the windows over the cab and Sarah’s black romper ; )

  33. PHOTON on July 23, 2022 at 2:39 am

    i give them 3 months.

  34. Daddy Tube on July 23, 2022 at 2:39 am

    It’s not " saving" 18k it’s not spending 18k.

  35. V* & M* on July 23, 2022 at 2:42 am

    ❤️one word “Smart”🙏

  36. WinnipegWhatever on July 23, 2022 at 2:43 am

    Vancouver’s Ed Sheeran and Aubrey Plaza

  37. myalfaulty on July 23, 2022 at 2:44 am

    What about when you need to get a new piece of identification or something and you need a permanent address???? Asking for myself & also I’m from Canada.

  38. Neo Anderson on July 23, 2022 at 2:45 am

    you’re gonna hook up the solar panel to the alternator ? hahaha

  39. roaming gnome on July 23, 2022 at 2:45 am

    I always just wonder what women who live this lifestyle do when Aunt Flo comes for a visit – esp. with no bathroom! I mean, what do you do?! I can’t imagine it’s a pleasant experience.

  40. Robert Demeter on July 23, 2022 at 2:46 am

    You are both infinite and Eternal Spiritual beings of Divine Magic and Endless Wonders, infinite Light without boundaries, Majestic indescribable Beauty far beyond the limits of space and time. You are Abundance Overflowing, Alchemy Miracles, Divine Light of Nature Spirit, Timeless Formlessness, You are Sacred and Divine Manifestation, Creativity in Creativeness Joy, and infinite Cosmic Multi-dimensional Consciousness with no end !! Namaste ! Aho ! OM to you my beautiful magical friend of Light !! .. Thank you Mother Ayahuasca, Infinite Endless Eternal Gratitude ! <3 .. Nature is my church, , and Rock N’ Roll and Heavy Metal music (and a touch of Psychedelic Trance) is my religion 😉

  41. Arik Thompson on July 23, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Two dogs in a small van…? Shame on you.

  42. Igor Kuon on July 23, 2022 at 2:49 am

    It looks cool but how do you get mail?

  43. Alexander Vasilyev on July 23, 2022 at 2:50 am

    Get rid of the TV and ps4. Profit

  44. TheRealTruman on July 23, 2022 at 2:50 am

    Living in a van in Vancouver that’s a whole new level.

  45. Sue Brurell on July 23, 2022 at 2:52 am

    I wish I could do this! Bravo

  46. Dorito World Order on July 23, 2022 at 2:53 am

    How are all these dudes finding beautiful women who are willing to live in a van with them?

  47. Dean Goody on July 23, 2022 at 2:53 am

    Hi dean from England.I think you to are fantastic living in a van.

  48. Leandro Lopez on July 23, 2022 at 2:54 am

    The chick looks like Aubrey plaza

  49. Joel Cruz on July 23, 2022 at 2:55 am

    Saludos desde México. Ok.

  50. Pınar Yaylagul on July 23, 2022 at 2:57 am

    What I am wondering is: What if I live in a bigger one( with the shower and toilet inside) in Vancouver in a stable place? How much do the people have to pay for occupying?

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