One If Only
Sep 6, 2018

Sean From Santa Cruz

10 comments

What's up gentlemen, et all? We met up past Davenport, CA and I got a very cool introduction to the whole "Van Life" philosophy as well as a peak at your vans. Found this site having heard Lee say "Vanning ain't no joke" more than a few times, a google search brought me here and I recognized the van! (In reference to Lee, Neal, and Andrew), they were certainly impressive and I had a good time talking with with you three. Anyhow, I was the guy stuck in his car at Greyhound Rock, having come in hot (Literally), ended up stuck there for 2 more days before I finally called in the cavalry. I was hoping to get in touch with you all to see where you're at. As for me, I'm in a hotel for 5 days waiting to get to my car via a family member, it's still there. I hope at least.

Neal Eisler
Sep 6, 2018

Oh man, what a crazy experience. We stopped back there on our way back from climbing yesterday and as of this morning I can confirm that it is still there. Not sure what the future holds for Lee, Andrew and I but it seems like will be heading up the coast to Oregon looking for some dope climbing spot where we can, as Lee puts it, "stop time."

 

Great to meet and hear your story (obviously yet to be finished). Keep us posted!

Lee Eel Eisler
Sep 6, 2018

Hahahaha. Man that was crazy. Yea your car was still there this morning but we are indeed headed up to Oregon for a couple events then I think towards Utah! Who knows!

Good meeting you dude. I hope all goes well!

One If Only
Sep 6, 2018

Definitely a crazy experience, thanks for the update ! Hopefully there's no tickets on it. I'll be running up there tomorrow with a flatbed to get it out of there thankfully. I'm just going to donate it or scrap it. Next vehicle will be a Van, I will accept nothing less. Also, trippy that this chat window works in realtime?

One If Only
Sep 6, 2018

Good meeting you too, my story's far from finished. I'll be checking this site out and on how your magazine is progressing. Good luck out there!

Lee Eel Eisler
Sep 6, 2018

Sorta real time only when we are in real time. Ha. We will see you on the road! Vanning is way simpler then the high cost of rent!

Lee Eel Eisler
Sep 6, 2018

But don't say we didn't warn you that Vanning Ain't No Joke!

One If Only
Sep 6, 2018

I'm already looking for a decent van. I'm thinking Chevy 2500 work van.

One If Only
Sep 6, 2018

My brother is a commercial electrical contractor who runs a fairly large union business, he's got a surplus of work vans. I might be vanning it as early as this weekend. No kidding vanning ain't no joke, but Mazda Protege-ing is really..... no joke.

 

Lee Eel Eisler
Sep 6, 2018

Hell yea thats awesome. Yea I did it in a corolla for awhile but it never looked like it was on fire!

Andrew Martyn
Oct 24, 2018

oh wow, great to hear from you, sorry I am so late to reply! hope you are doing well, stoked to hear about your future build!!!

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A message from the Editor

“Vanning Ain’t No Joke.” This is all my friend Brad Parker said to me after showing him photos of this 1978 Dodge Tradesman 200 I was going to buy to live in. I had no idea what this meant at the time. I had no idea what I was doing. That little saying stuck in my head. I didn’t know why he had said that originally but I sure do now. Living in a van forces you outside your comfort zone. You are constantly learning and growing. You are always facing problems you have to overcome. You are always moving, always going...

Vanning definitely Ain’t No Joke!!!

 

After 4 years of living in a van, many people have told me they live in vans because of me or that I have changed their lives. That’s where this magazine comes from. I thought to myself. If I could change peoples lives just from living my own life and show it on Instagram then how can I do this on a bigger scale? Not only do I have tons of stories and information to share but I know lots of people who also do. 

 

I called my brother Neal Eisler and my buddy Andrew Martyn and asked them if they wanted to start a van life magazine with me. We could change peoples lives I told them. After getting them on board, we got to work to make something we could be proud of...something that could not only change peoples lives but change peoples mindsets. I am really excited to share this first issue with everyone and can’t wait to share future issues we haven’t written yet. 

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