Living In A Van Full Time 1 Year Review | Part 1 | Fall and Winter

  • Published: 08 October 2019
  • #vanlife #promaster #vanconversion

    So its officially been 1 year living full time in my van and since I live in Indiana I’ve dealt with all four seasons of the year. There have been some really great moments, but there have also been some rough ones….

    In this video I cover what it was like living in a van during the brief fall season, as well as the never ending winter. The fall can be great, but it was quickly followed up with a bitter winter where temps managed to hit a low of -30 causing a couple issues when it came to my plumbing.

    Since there was so much to talk about we decided to split it into two episodes so Part 2 will cover Spring and Summer. Make sure to check it out!

    If you have any questions make sure to leave it in the comments or shoot me a DM | @dogcatmanvan

Comments • 236

  • William Monahan
    William Monahan  2 days back

    Bubbly, ewww. Flavorless seltzer water.

  • Annelies Joss
    Annelies Joss  2 days back

    Yep, you’re now my favorite Youtubervanowner😆. Making me realize that where we now live, New Mexico, is the perfect place to do van life. Yes, the summer days are hot, but it’s dry heat, and summer nights are perfect, usually in the 60’s, sometimes 70’s. As long as the van can get heated for the colder winter nights, this is perfect. Also, the sun shines almost 365 days a year, so perfect for solar, and........ no mosquitos,, and very few other flying nasty bugs 👍🏻

    • Z A
      Z A  3 days back

      Um... OMG WOW. Well at least I've learned from your (many) mistakes. Thanks for making them, I think.

      Love the humor, especially pet bits. Request: make the pets' comments easier to read. Thanks in advance.

      In case you didn't know, your friend Joe is a slob. Just saying. Nasty. 🤪

      • BJR
        BJR  2 weeks back

        I like the videos dude. It’s cool that you stay in the van, I applaud you for doing all this. I haven’t watched all the videos, but is “Joes place” your permanent spot?

        • DogCatManVan
          DogCatManVan   1 weeks back

          Yeah pretty much. That's mainly where I park when I'm not on the road.

      • Chasing Forever
        Chasing Forever  3 weeks back

        I did the same thing to my batteries about nine months into my full-time RV life. I got them up and running, and they still work OK, but they will not charge as high as they did initially. New batteries in my future, but not needed yet...

        • Dragonwar
          Dragonwar  3 weeks back

          Put fan on the floor and aim it at the bed area .

        • Brandy Mendoza
          Brandy Mendoza  3 weeks back

          I've seen people use suction cupped dildos to pull out dents.. give it a shot? ;D

          • GoldenPanda3x3
            GoldenPanda3x3  3 weeks back

            “Oh man! I left my wallet at home” can’t use that excuse anymore 😩 I plan to convert a pro master too and do seasonal work hugging trees all day. I have a kitten and I want to adopt some pups, so I this is great.

            • Madison Gilstrap
              Madison Gilstrap  4 weeks back

              Do you wanna hangout?

              • Renae Melody
                Renae Melody  4 weeks back

                “A rusty nail, just incase you know you’re up to date with your tetanus shot and want to test it out” 😂
                I’m here for the van updates and tips 100% but your sense of humor defiantly keeps me here!

                • CC S
                  CC S  4 weeks back

                  I wanted to do the van life but having a cat and dog makes me feel super worried lol specially where would I put the litter box!??

                  • DogCatManVan
                    DogCatManVan   4 weeks back

                    @CC S It's the kind of litter box that has a lid on it so it stays in place and keeps everything inside

                  • CC S
                    CC S  4 weeks back

                    @DogCatManVan lol oh ok that's a good plan! Does it not move or spill while on the go? Or do you empty it before driving?
                    Thanks for the tip 🤗💚💚

                  • DogCatManVan
                    DogCatManVan   4 weeks back

                    I keep it under my bed behind a trap door to keep the smells at bay!

                • kevin g
                  kevin g  4 weeks back

                  I'm hooked ! Absolutely the funniest and most real van life guy. The cat and dog are the icing on the cake. Looking forward to the next one. You can get a dent puller that has a large sheet metal screw on the end. Drill small holes ( SHALLOW) in the crease and gently pull out the dent and fill with body putty. No sparks no fire.

                  • DogCatManVan
                    DogCatManVan   4 weeks back

                    @kevin g Alright then I might give the Harbor Freight stuff a go. We might do some snowboarding out that way this winter actually.

                  • kevin g
                    kevin g  4 weeks back

                    I bought mine in 1972 when I went to work at a body shop after high school.Yup, I'm at least as old as your dad. Harbor freight tools are fine I've shopped there for 30 years. Not the best but good enough. Head east to Vermont someday with your crew.

                  • DogCatManVan
                    DogCatManVan   4 weeks back

                    I've looked into something like that. Do you have one that you could recommend? I've been looking at what Harbor Freight has, but I don't have high hopes.

                • Sam&Tei
                  Sam&Tei  1 months back

                  Great to watch. I’m hitting 8 months now but mines stationary for now and I can’t believe how fast it’s flown by even with all the random things you deal with when things go wrong 😂 love the way you tell stories!!

                  Ps the heat and fan thing is too real!!

                  • Ondrea Torrence
                    Ondrea Torrence  1 months back

                    I love your attitude. Even though you faced alot of difficulties you kept your head up and stayed positive. 👌👍👍
                    Very inspiring.
                    I hope things keep looking up for you now that you have learned so much .

                    • Katherine Strotman
                      Katherine Strotman  1 months back

                      Soooo, if you're single, I'd love to meet you ;)

                      • Aubrey
                        Aubrey  1 months back

                        Your are so hilarious! I love your videos about van life but honestly I'm mainly just here for the Archer and Rocky quips. I LOVE those! That's your brand, man! :-)

                        • Kelly Mitchell
                          Kelly Mitchell  1 months back

                          Very entertaining and informative too ;)

                          • TheWarrrenator
                            TheWarrrenator  1 months back

                            @30:00 I would a beat his ass! This why people don’t get behind my wheel unless I am drunk and they are sober. Great video bud! Subbin’.

                            • Kimber*Love & Van'Debt'ta

                              Great video. Im converting my 2014 Ram Promaster cargo van. Originally I bought it with intentions of living in it once my baby is 18..His B-day is Dec 31. Its coming up quickly.. ("VanDebtTa" My 5 year plan to get out of debt...). I learned a lot and laughed till I cried. Anyway I totally dig your van and this vid. Its really funny & informative. I subbed and I'm gonna look around to see what else I can learn.. Thanks ...Make a funny vidd about dating in a van....assuming that happens.

                              • DogCatManVan
                                DogCatManVan   1 months back

                                Sounds like a good plan and good luck! We've actually been playing around with making a humorous video on dating/couples in a van!

                            • thomas
                              thomas  1 months back

                              Hey, I have checked even brought but cancel a wifi gps cat tracker collar. Friend researching all of them. Beside a monthly bill or not you have to recharge the collar ever day or two. But leave you if lucky 1/2 day to find you cat or the battery dead.
                              Here what I brought and can't be beat. Battery life 1 month. Use 2 on a diy collar. Twice as loud in calling. And 1 Battery will alway work. Work through bush and walls.
                              It has save my cat that jumped the window as a cat outside was to close so she chase it.
                              I when outside that night. And walked a head her beeper as she chase him way in the bush and I found her under some thick straw grass way inside. Well worth the money.

                              • Yuli K
                                Yuli K  1 months back

                                Such a funny video , lol , loved it!

                                • Nik Zer0
                                  Nik Zer0  1 months back

                                  i didn't know your f#%!' cat does voiceover work, email me his agent's contact info

                                  • DogCatManVan
                                    DogCatManVan   1 months back

                                    I'll get right on that. He's pretty pricey

                                • Isabella Santucci
                                  Isabella Santucci  1 months back

                                  it’s so funny bc i genuinely enjoy his videos, they’re funny helpful and well edited, but every time i see i’m i just can’t get over the fact that he is so fucking attractive

                                  • oscar monte
                                    oscar monte  1 months back

                                    SUCH SWEET DOG AND CAT, THEY LOOK HAPPY, BYE

                                    • Darth Papi
                                      Darth Papi  1 months back

                                      This guy has a lot of friends haha that's cool

                                      • Multiallmusic
                                        Multiallmusic  1 months back

                                        you give joe alot of shit

                                        • Multiallmusic
                                          Multiallmusic  1 months back

                                          @DogCatManVan Fair enough bro, thanks for responding

                                        • DogCatManVan
                                          DogCatManVan   1 months back

                                          Yeah I wanted to share my honest first reaction when I started living there since it's funny to look back on. He's an awesome dude and has helped me more than I could've ever asked for! I was just being a cranky ass haha

                                      • Lady-T Survival
                                        Lady-T Survival  1 months back

                                        the old saying.... you live and you learn. is appropriate sometimes lol

                                        • John A Mac Lachan
                                          John A Mac Lachan  1 months back

                                          Cat attack thats Brill Wishing u Well , Wishing Well to Alright Now bit dated but . 2020 = 21 Exselarating , u got some good mates , am thinking the with out being pretenshus sp u going to meet that g... Hope shes a Media a content loll so when you split you only get 700mil out 2 Bill ATB Fan older fan and dont get the Bird flue , get their feel it in ma BONES .

                                          • John A Mac Lachan
                                            John A Mac Lachan  1 months back

                                            Indi Film ?

                                            • John A Mac Lachan
                                              John A Mac Lachan  1 months back

                                              You guys 501 Film ? .

                                              • John A Mac Lachan
                                                John A Mac Lachan  1 months back

                                                10.42 to 11.00 fook that am straight if not got a partner fook , PS i am .well done DOOD .

                                                • John A Mac Lachan
                                                  John A Mac Lachan  1 months back

                                                  Thats good the vol sounds the same loll

                                                  • Gene
                                                    Gene  1 months back

                                                    the best way to make your heater work better in the winter......point the front of the van south, then drive

                                                  • Sheridan Cracknell
                                                    Sheridan Cracknell  1 months back

                                                    You're a bit of a hottie I must say!
                                                    Good work on all that you have achieved so far keep it up loving the channel!

                                                    • Juda Buda
                                                      Juda Buda  1 months back

                                                      The cleaning is so satisfying 😂

                                                      • Gil
                                                        Gil  1 months back

                                                        Really enjoyed this vid.

                                                        • Jazz Wave
                                                          Jazz Wave  1 months back

                                                          Love your dog and cat.

                                                          • Jeni Park
                                                            Jeni Park  1 months back

                                                            I can listen to you all day 😍

                                                            • afringedweller
                                                              afringedweller  1 months back

                                                              Your honesty is refreshing. And the humour. Love the pets. too!

                                                              • Nathan Marsh
                                                                Nathan Marsh  1 months back

                                                                Im at the 50% mark and about to move into my mates place thats in a similar condition!

                                                                • bakupcpu
                                                                  bakupcpu  1 months back

                                                                  Nice video! Thanks for sharing little parts of your life and best of luck! I'm getting ready to move to van life eventually. Cheers

                                                                  • Larissa Siqueira
                                                                    Larissa Siqueira  1 months back

                                                                    I love that I just watched half an hour of what not to do in a van build, thanks! Hahahh

                                                                    • Sarah Burrell
                                                                      Sarah Burrell  1 months back

                                                                      You said you had a bee on your arm but the emoji was a wasp I think. Was it a bee or a wasp? I need to know. For real. This is important question. Cause if it was a bee I'm like ' awwwww' but if it was wasp I'm like' GET THE F*&Kin thing off you!!!!!!' also extra plus ps - your friends, your animals, your van and you - 100% sweet!

                                                                      • DogCatManVan
                                                                        DogCatManVan   1 months back

                                                                        @Sarah Burrell haha no, all the bees remained unharmed

                                                                      • Sarah Burrell
                                                                        Sarah Burrell  1 months back

                                                                        @DogCatManVan ok then I am going to assume 'no bees were injured in the filming of the video' :)

                                                                      • DogCatManVan
                                                                        DogCatManVan   1 months back

                                                                        It was a bee in real life, but I think you're right with the image being a wasp haha. Thanks!

                                                                    • Paula’s LittleThings
                                                                      Paula’s LittleThings  1 months back

                                                                      So much fun to watch you and your animals.

                                                                      • Lucy Guerra
                                                                        Lucy Guerra  1 months back

                                                                        Love your name and your story telling. Your cat and dog are such a great part of your stories. They seem so happy. You all look like you have so much fun. Keep living your best life and having fun.

                                                                        • Adelina Craval
                                                                          Adelina Craval  1 months back

                                                                          Did you insulate your van and buy two fans to circulate air

                                                                          • DogCatManVan
                                                                            DogCatManVan   1 months back

                                                                            Yeah you can check out my videos on insulation and installing fans to see how I did it. 1 year in a van pt.2 will show how I use them to circulate air.

                                                                        • Pamela Chadwell
                                                                          Pamela Chadwell  1 months back

                                                                          poor little pets

                                                                          • Pamela Chadwell
                                                                            Pamela Chadwell  1 months back

                                                                            Why didn't you do like everybody else does and watch youtube videos learn what to do and what not to do.

                                                                            • kay dee
                                                                              kay dee  1 months back

                                                                              @DogCatManVan 😂😂😂😂 the sarcasm is epic

                                                                            • DogCatManVan
                                                                              DogCatManVan   1 months back

                                                                              Pamela Chadwell you’re telling me there’s other videos out there of people living in vans?