Van Dwelling: An Expert’s Guide to Nomadic Living

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An expert’s guide to Vehicle Dwelling and Nomadic Living providing you with everything you need to know to achieve a happy and balanced life living off-grid and on the move.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior looking for short adventures in an RV or wanting to upgrade your lifestyle and pursue full-time van life, this book guides you through everything from finding and customizing your rig, to how you can live a fulfilled and sustainable life out of a vehicle.

Size: 250+ Pages of advice, information and inspiration.

Published: Fall 2017, 2nd Edition

Format: eBook (12.3 Mb PDF) Full Color Photographic Edition




Most people choose the life that is easiest, the one with a defined path. We as humans tend to bury our heads into our work and distract ourselves from the imbalance in 100-percent-guarnateedour lives by purchasing material possessions which ultimately offers phony fulfillment. We go to work all week, to pay for the house that we leave vacant all day and the car that waits for us outside of our workplace. During our extremely limited time that isn’t spent working, sleeping, commuting and completing chores, we are supposed to carve out a life for ourselves, if we have any energy left that is.

The good news is that there is a solution to this imbalance. By minimizing your possessions, simplifying your life and living in a vehicle, you will find that you need to spend less time working, you’ll have more time for your passions and ultimately the freedom to pursue the life that you would not otherwise be able to obtain.

This book is here to act as the ultimate guide to enable you to live a happy and healthy life based out of a vehicle, regardless of whether you are considering a series of short trips, or a full-time lifestyle change. The information within these pages will answer everything you have been deliberating, and more importantly it will also answer the questions that you didn’t yet know that you needed to ask.

living-in-a-vanWe’re not here to sugar coat van dwelling. We firmly believe that living nomadically from a vehicle can and will (if done correctly) enable you to live a happy and enriched life. However, we are not here to peddle a one-sided #hastagged promotion of ‘van life’. Yes, you can wake up to a champagne view on a lemonade budget and that is a major factor in why we have been traveling in our van full-time for over half a decade. That said, it isn’t always easy, in fact sometimes it is downright challenging – and that is why we have put this guide together for you.

This book fuses our extensive experience with hundreds of hours of research. We have combined what works for us with the best solutions adopted by the wider vehicle dwelling community to give you the soundest and most complete information possible.


This van dwelling guide helps you through 3 key stages


STAGE ONE – Preparing For Life On The Road

Everything you need to know about finding and customizing your vehicle for living a comfortable life on the road, as well as Van-Life-Preperationessential person preparations required to live or travel in a vehicle.


STAGE TWO – Living On The Road

From stealth camping and wild camping to how to stay clean and healthy, this section is all about the fun part, life on the road! We’ll be showing you how to stay safe in your vehicle, how to stay connected and even how to manage pets.


STAGE THREE – Lasting and Making Your Nomadic Life Sustainable

Do you remember that we said this lifestyle isn’t as easy as the social feeds would have you believe? Well in part three we share with you how you can mitigate the biggest challenges you’ll face and how you can make this lifestyle perpetually sustainable through a wide range of nomad employment opportunities which can actually result in you having more disposable income than when you lived on the grid!



Van dwelling Guide
Van Dwelling: Work Off-Grid, where and when YOU want to.

BONUS CONTENT – Off Grid Electrical Systems

Off-Grid-Electrical-Systems-Van-Life guide-book

OFFER ENDING SOON: For a Limited time this guide includes our bonus 56 page Guide to Off Grid Electrical Systems.

This guide introduces you to DC vehicle electronics and shows you how to properly design a custom off grid system to meet your needs.

We take you through how to calculate your power requirements, we’ll discuss the best battery options for all budgets, and how to get the most out of your solar equipment.

This guide also includes recommended equipment to help you build the best off grid electrical system and discusses the most effective methods of battery recharging, for On-Grid, Off-Grid and whilst you are on the move.

We’ll also show you how to maintain this system and how to avoid costly mistakes, so that your system provides you with sustainable off -grid power and so that you can feel at home wherever you wonder.

37 reviews for Van Dwelling: An Expert’s Guide to Nomadic Living

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aylish (verified owner)

    This book gave me answers to questions I had never even thought of asking. It has given me so much piece of mind for my upcoming van adventure. Thank you for the priceless advice xx

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brittani Karpinski

    I purchased this book but never received it 😢 I was so excited to read it but it’s been months and I don’t think it’s coming anymore.

    • Kombi Life (verified owner)

      Looking at our system, it seems you have already downloaded the guide, but I’ve sent you the link again via email for convenience. Let us know if you need further help.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dawson (verified owner)

    great guide from very experienced people living life to its fullest.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fernando Mestre (verified owner)

    Excellent Guide!!! I strongly recommend the purchase of the ebook Van Dwelling…
    Even for those who doesn´t want to have the van life…just have a van or motorhome for vacations/weekends purpose, it’s very interesting…
    Congrats from Portugal

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jess (verified owner)

    Even for someone that has travelled in a bus before, I was amazed at how many little things I’d never thought of that Leah and Ben have. They’re experience is obvious while reading. VERY comprehensive.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim (verified owner)

    I’m just an old vanner always travel alone not in a pack just like to do my own thing my own way with no hassles I got two of these ebooks ” Outstanding books both of them well written easy read informative as was said above in another comment you can tell ” They Actually Walk The Talk ” ***** I also follow them on YouTube amazing stuff they put out there happy travels my new found friends be safe and keep us informed I enjoy your travels

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gina (verified owner)

    A good comprehensive intro to van life. Has some tips that I’d never seen before, and it’s a lot easier to purchase this ebook than to spend hours and hours surfing the web trying to find the same information. This book is helping prepare me for my dream mobile lifestyle

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Colin Morley (verified owner)

    We are just going 4WD and camping in Western Australia. I like to be prepared and have loved your book and all its practical information. Your writing style is ideal, practical, down to earth and just what we need. This must have been a lot of work. Thank you all and wish you well in your adventures. I am working my way through the videos and have just got to California. I am addicted to them. You do it all so well.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kandis (verified owner)

    This was such an amazing and inspiring book! A “must read” for anyone thinking about joining van life. I thoughly enjoyed every part! I have always wondered about the electical side of van life. Thank you for giving me the tools and tips I need to live my dream! 🙂

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Don R (verified owner)

    Delightfully thought provoking insights into living on the road in pretty much the most challenging of conditions. Plan to do a more sedate version of this in a couple of years and the many tips are great for planning. The Kombi Life videos are inspirational and allow you to calibrate what you want and need in nomadic travel. Bravo to Ben and Leah.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sissy (verified owner)

    This purchase was worth every dollar! It’s a great overview for everything especially for a newbie van dweller like myself! It covers so much that I never even thought about and has been a really awesome jumping point to delve into things further. I haven’t read everything just yet but so far I’ve just only one complaint–obviously not bad enough to warrant below 5 stars 🙂 but about the solar panels section, I wish there were recommendations of good brands to buy, as there was a recommendation for the AGM Deep Cycle Batteries. I’ve just been digging myself a hole in research with solar panels and it’s been mind boggling!! Aside from that, I love what you guys have put together and I’m happy to have stumbled upon this guide!

    • Kombi Life (verified owner)

      Glad you love the guide Sissy – The latest version of our book has recommendations for solar gear, you should have already received a free copy but we will send you one now via email.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob Riddell (verified owner)

    Planning van life drive around the globe, start Mach ’17. Pragmatic, helpful book, works very especially when cross referencing and bringing into perspective key points in other first class guide reference books – buy it!

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    Grant (verified owner)

    Excellent read. Was very impressed with the information and topics discussed. Job well done guys. All the best for your travels.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tony Hall (verified owner)

    Has very good information and considerations to help get started if you are considering Van camping/ living.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tadej (verified owner)

    I am so happy and grateful that i found this book. I am preparing to move off grid myself in a month or so and finding Kombi life on youtube really gave me A LOT of new enthusiasm. The book really covers all the sections that need to be thought through when preparing for a van life. All the different options are presented, the technical aspects are very simply explained, yet still correct and on the dot regarding optimal solutions 🙂 (can vouch for it as a physicist). The book helps me a lot as i tend to over complicate and overthink on the technical aspects.
    For sure a must have for anyone planning to travel in a van for a longer period.
    Thank u both sooo much for sharing your knowledge and experience with the rest of us!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Will Boudle (verified owner)

    Love the book. I have several pages bookmarked and it really answers most of the questions you might have before embaring on van life.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hannah P

    Fantastic ebook! If you are interested in van life, full time travel, overlanding, or anything of the sort, definitely check this book out. Ben and Leah give tons of helpful information and this book is a great investment. Extremely useful and interesting, with extra tips and details you won’t find in any of their free content. Highly recommend!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelley (verified owner)

    Loved the book….had no problem downloading it. I’m in the preparation stage of my journey, all of this information was very helpful!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erika (verified owner)

    Very realistic and relevant!!! Excellent resource!

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    JD (verified owner)

    Nothing ever gets 5 stars from me but if I did give them this book would get it. Great job Kombi Life.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeannette Lemieux (verified owner)

    Loved the book, I really enjoyed reading it. Well written and easy to read. It’s very informative and extremely helpful if you are thinking about living in a van on full or part time basis. I would recommend this book very much.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Hill

    Just what I was looking for – Love the pictures and info – very happy with this. Thank you

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    Celeste (verified owner)

    I purchased the ebook and it has been extremely helpful until it would no longer download stating I’ve reached my download limit. Hoping for a helpful response so I can continue reading ?

    • Kombi Life (verified owner)

      Hey Celeste, We’re stoked to hear that you are enjoying the guide. We sent you a personal message today to help with any issues you are having with downloading on your device. We recommend that you save the ebook to your device rather than downloading it each time you wish to read it, let us know via email if you need further help with this.

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Michael (verified owner)

    I alr bought the book but now I can’t seem to open it again help pls?

    • Kombi Life (verified owner)

      Hey Michael, Don’t worry we’re here to help. It looks like you’ve downloaded your ebook twice so you can still access the book. If you are having technical trouble with your device, just let us know and we will do our best to help you through it. We sent you a direct message via email.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had a bit trouble downloading the book since I’m clueless with eBooks but Ben helped me through the process and was super helpful and determined to help fix the problem! I’m super excited I discovered this book and even more excited to read it!! ❤️

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Skylar (verified owner)

    Hi I just bought the book! It didn’t give me a link to the OffGrid Electrical Systems Guide though. Please help, that was a big selling point for me. Thanks!

    • Kombi Life (verified owner)

      Hey Skylar, Thanks for purchasing our guide. You will find the Bonus 36 pg Electrical System Guide included within the pages of this First Edition Vehicle Dwelling guide. Please check the contents page and do let us know if you run into any problems. We’ve also emailed you directly to offer assistance should you need it.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Debbie Tenore

    I would like a hard copy, please, please, please.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phil Stace (verified owner)

    I’d love to print a version to keep in my van… any advice on how I might do that? Thanks

    • Kombi Life (verified owner)

      Thanks for your purchase and review Phil. We’re stoked that you like the guide. Unfortunately at this time it is not available as a printed version. We wanted to keep the cost down as much as possible to keep it accessible to all. Thanks an Happy Travels

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very complete information of this lifestyle. Perfect for anyone who is planning to do vehicle dwelling full or part-time. Very good tips, you can tell they know and lived what they are writing about. Thanks!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Denese Gentry (verified owner)

    Thanks for helping with download. You have a great support system.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janne (verified owner)

    loved the book! They share such great tips and talk about things that never crossed my mind while thinking about vanlife. I could recommend this to anyone!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacob Baseluse (verified owner)

    I loved it. I was so hungry for all this information and it was so much easier to read this book than to sift through 1000 blogs and YouTube videos. Thank you.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    B. Moss (verified owner)

    A very practical book on living out of your van. You can tell they actually walk the talk. Very helpful suggestions. I highly recommend this book. Thank you for putting this out there!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Felix (verified owner)

    Very nice! Very complete! Thanks!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    PJ & Elise (verified owner)

    This is the perfect read for every one wishing to start his own adventures on the road, with a VW Kombi or any other vehicle! Easy to read, full of useful details, it helped us to nail down our needs (choosing a camper and how to make everything fit in, what to/not to bring, how to secure your belongings…) for our next road trip in South America. We warmly recommend it!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kent (verified owner)

    The information you present in the book is spot on and relevant for anyone wishing to join the van life, or just upgrade a van for more practical use.
    I would recommend this book for anyone considering an extended stay in their van. It gives great ideas, but also gives you the not-so-fun aspects that may not have been considered. Such as bathroom alternatives. 😮

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicole (verified owner)

    I am so impressed with this book. This is the most completed guide of it’s kind that I’ve seen. You talk about EVERY aspect of nomadic life. Everything is on point. You must have spend so much time and effort gathering and writing it. IMHO this is the only guide one needs for a successful life on the road. Good on you guys.

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