For some, living in a camper van and traveling the US on the open road may seem a dream-like lifestyle, but for others, it is an unwelcome reality. 

The van-life movement has picked up steam in recent years, prompting an increasing number of people to quit their traditional lifestyles, convert vans into a livable tiny houses, and travel endlessly. These people typically fill their new homes on wheels with luxury amenities like full bathrooms, full kitchens, and projector screens to watch TV. 

Yet for a growing number of Americans, living out of a vehicle is not a choice - and far less glamorous. Like vanlifers, these houseless Americans live in their vehicles and travel the open road, but they're doing it involuntarily and facing the dangers of the lifestyle without any of the luxuries. 

Jeff Slocum knows the realities of living in his vehicle all too well. He's called his 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van his home since April 2019. According to Slocum, a neighborly dispute forced him out of his living situation, and he moved into his car indefinitely. Since he is disabled, he said he has struggled to find another apartment that fits his needs. With no other options, Slocum has made a home for himself in the back of his car. 

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