I've been interested in the concept for many years. I had envisioned touring Canada in an RV in the late 90's. My hobby is genealogy and at the time I had a desktop. I figured an RV would be nice to hold all the books that I use for research, and the computer tower and the massive CRT monitor.
Then came the laptop. Expensive at first, then rapidly becoming affordable. That reduced the space needed. Then the cameras were good enough to take pictures of books which I have several in digital form today. And finally free wifi at certain locations.
So I'm thinking, downsizing to a van is not impossible. I've been following a few vandwellers on YouTube, mostly from Canada because we have harsh winters and unless you go South to the USA, it's a problem. And at the same time I don't want to sell everything and live on the road endlessly. I'd like to try it for a few months.
We have camped in a van before on holidays, but always in campgrounds. In the rv, we went half in campgrounds, half in nature. What I like is the adventure. Living in the same town or city would be kinda boring in a van. It's another lifestyle that interests me at this time, just because I could do it.
Just thinking out loud on this Saturday morning.