5 van homes that take "glamping" on the road

  • 1985 Volkswagon Vanagon Westfalia

    Photo courtesy of Mary Ashley Krogh and Owen Chikazawa

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    Mary Ashley Krogh "MAK" and Owen Chikazawa have been living out of their 1985 Volkswagon Vanagon Westfalia, nicknamed Stanley, since 2016. The van came partially renovated when Krogh and Chikazawa bought it in 2015 for $7,000. A new engine and additional renovation to the interior and exterior brought their total up to about $45,000 for their first home.

    "It's an unfortunately high number," Owen said about the total cost for their van build. "If you're buying a vehicle that doesn't require the mechanical upfront to ensure reliability, you can do it a lot cheaper."

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