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Swapping a steep monthly rent for life in a cozy camper van [Video]
Unsatisfied with his apartment-bound existence, a young Santa Barbaran takes up full-time residence in a 1985 VW Westfalia camper van.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 06:00 PM
At the close of 2013, twenty-something Sam Jacquette made a New Year's resolution: "stop doing everything I didn't enjoy doing and start doing everything I want to do."
A short time later, Jacquette followed through with his grand plans for 2014 by quitting his job, whittling down his possessions, and decamping from his high-priced (Santa Barbara County isn't exactly cheap) rental digs. He now calls a 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia camper van — a little bit Scooby Doo, a little bit 80s soccer mom, a little bit Santa Barbara beach bum — home. As for income, he went out and found himself a new and totally sweet gig: rehabbing vintage Airstream trailers
alongside Matthew Hofmann
of Santa Barbara-based architecture firm HofArc
. While Jaquette hopes to eventually upgrade to more spacious aluminum digs
like the ones that he helps to restore as project manager at HofArc, for the time being he's perfectly content living in his Craigslist-procured pop-top Westy — his very own mobile "beachfront condo" that rings in at a mere 80-square-feet.
"It forces you to get out and explore each day as it is ... this is just a spot to lay my head down at night. Simple as that."
More — including Jaquette's daytime and nighttime parking arrangements, the bathroom/showering situation, and some hammock wizardy —over at always excellent and very Westy-friendly
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