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VANJ Podcast #5: Reflecting on Descend On Bend with The Van Kookz, Charco Travels, and Free Tired

So we went to Descend on Bend, it ended and a lot of the full time van lifers went to Smith Rock to rock climb. We kept the van circle going way past Descend on Bend. It was crazy. One person would leave and another would show up. What an awesome thing we had going on. Getting more people outside doing awesome stuff. Plus just hanging out with the van community is always a good time.

In this episode we have myself @freedomthevanbulance, @vandrewmartiandude the alien, @vankookz the kookiest of all van dwellers, @charcotravels the baby of the group and @freetired because it's like being retired but he still works but he's free so freetired.

Well if you listened our podcast you'd know most of us besides Thomas @charcotravels enjoyed our time at Descend on Bend but we are really excited to go to the Rubber Tramp Rendevous and see what that's all about. Look for the Vanning Ain't No Joke Crew and the Van Kookz crew with the killer shade set ups!!!

Check out the Van Kookz Dani and Kevin's Youtube and Van tour

Check out Steve @freetired's amazing build here

Check out Thomas @charcotravels van tour here

Also here are links to our past podcasts.....

Podcast #4: Introducing Vandrew Martian Dude

Podcast #3: Painting The Van Life Adventure's van

Podcast #2: What Were We Doing Before Van Life

Podcast #1: Transitioning From House Life To Van Life


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 asked him 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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