Yeah, you know what the crumple zone of a VW van is? Your knees.
Plus, as okirun said, this ain't "camping".
With things the way they are in this economy, we should all read this wonderful blog about preparing to be "on the road."
Effin' awesome! My heart yearns for this kind of life. I'm not very materialistic, so this would be perfect and I'm not afraid to travel with that flimsy piece o'sheet metal between me and other vehicles. Ferk, if it's my time to go, it's my time to go. I wonder if he finds odd jobs in the various places to which he travels or was he just a smart retiree? Regardless, I love how close to truly being free he is....
You really need to drive around California. We have some of the best scenery there is!