Living in a van may have once been thought of as a lifestyle choice for fringe demographics, but now this trend is gradually becoming more mainstream. Ford’s reliable, spacious vehicles are playing a central role in this development. The brand’s vans — such as the Transit and Transit Connect — are empowering female entrepreneurs across the nation to adopt more portable lifestyles and flexible careers.
Surfer and graphic designer Tasha Rivard points to the low cost of housing that living out of her 2010 Transit Connect gives her. Though based in Carbondale, Colorado, she now has the freedom to live in a variety of locations that she might not have been able to afford via traditional housing. She spoke on the independence that not paying housing rent has brought to her life: “[It] has allowed me to go after new job opportunities and live basically anywhere while keeping life simple.” Rivard’s van even includes a portable electric shower rigged to a freshwater tank.
Freedom and flexibility as a lifestyle
Another female entrepreneur, Rebecca Gross, testifies to the freedom and versatility she has from living out of her 2017 Transit cargo van. A former Air Force captain and champion cyclist, Gross drives around the country to attend mountain biking and cyclocross events. She explained how the Ford van enhances her sport: “I can coach and work on the road — anywhere I choose — then stop when I want and go for a ride.” The fact that the Transit was significantly less than rival vans was an additional factor that helped Gross decide on a Transit for her home-on-wheels.
If you’re ready to embark on a new adventure of frugality and flexibility in your life, converting a van into a tiny home is a great option. The Ford Transit embodies three of the top draws of this “road warrior” lifestyle: affordability, mobility and utmost freedom.
This article is presented by Jannell Ford in Hanover, Massachusetts.