Living in a van can look pretty great. You’ve seen the sunrises lighting up the wood-paneled interiors, steaming coffee cradled in hands that are dirty from the previous days adventure, and cute dogs curled up on Pendleton blankets on a cozy, custom bed.
Van life can also look like a flat tire on a long, hot road, and using the sink at a gas station to “shower.”
We think that both ends of the #vanlife experience are worth celebrating; from the freedom and the beauty to the dust-covered breakdowns. This time, we’re focusing on the latter, with some not-so-pretty, hilarious-after-the-fact #VanLife moments.
Here are 11 times That #VanLife Wasn’t Pretty
Let’s get real. Van life kinda sucks sometimes.
When they couldn’t find the door:
When the wheels fell off in the middle of nowhere:
When you realize too late that you forgot to bring chains:
When you need to reach the tools that are buried behind EVERYTHING else you own:
When you decide it’s time to put AAA on speed dial:
When a bird read that New Yorker article and wanted in on the action:
When a day at the beach looks like this:
When the road is a little rocky:
When you run out of gas. And then do it again. And then oops! One more time.
To say that @themackenzielife and @higgle saved my ass is a bit of an understatement. Yesterday I managed to run Nancy Jean completely out of gas not once, not twice but three times. Thankfully I was convoying with these two handsome handy men! The adventure was fun 🤙🏼 I love and appreciate you two very much! 📸 : @clarissakiing + Follow @Vanlife.Magazine + #CamperLifestyle
When even the dog is over it.
When duct tape will have to do:
A big thank you to all the #VanLife Instagrammers who share a slice of the real life behind the pretty pictures.
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Keep livin’ the dream, folks.