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I converted a Ford Fiesta into my permanent home for less than £2,000 – now I shower in the gym and cook on a camping stove but I love my nomadic lifestyle


A man who describes himself as a modern-day ‘nomad’ has revealed how he got savvy when his rental property fell through – by converting his car into a home. 

Yavor Dantzarov, 33, from Bulgaria, claims he was renting a room within a flat in south-west London for £600 per month – but decided to get creative when he was kicked out.

The HGV driver moved to London from Eastbourne in June when work started drying up, settling for a room in Kingston-upon-Thames which he described as ‘disgusting’.

Yavor didn’t sign a formal tenancy agreement, so when his landlord promptly asked him to move out months later, he didn’t have any other option but to leave.

He took matters into his own hands and bought a second-hand Ford Fiesta on Facebook marketplace for just £800, and transformed into a permanent home after being inspired by a friend who’d recently converted his van.

Yavor Dantzarov, 33, from Bulgaria was renting a shoebox flat in South London for £600 - but decided to get creative when he was was kicked out

Yavor Dantzarov, 33, from Bulgaria was renting a shoebox flat in South London for £600 – but decided to get creative when he was was kicked out

His 1.2L petrol 2001 Ford Fiesta, which is ULEZ free, was turned into a house on wheels for less than £1,000 – with most of the money going towards a new speaker system – a 700 watt amplifier and JBL subwoofer.

Yavor spent four days and nights taking out the back seats and equipping his car with a bed, an extractor fan and insulation to keep him warm during the winter.

He said: ‘I took everything out, removed the seats and built a simple wooden frame to level the floor’.

Next, he ordered foam panels on Amazon which are normally used as wheelchair cushions and can be assembled to make a mattress.

‘They are 10cm thick, memory foam, and cost me around £100 but they are really good and very comfortable.

‘I have put a lot of things in that are not necessary – but the actual build is not very expensive – less than £1,000.’

Yavor bought a gym membership, so that could access showers at more than 300 locations across the country.

‘I got a membership for £23 per month and you have 24-hour access to showers with hot water, good pressure and free toilets’, he said.

His 1.2L petrol 2001 Ford Fiesta, which is ULEZ free, was turned into a house on wheels for less than £1,000 - with most of the money going towards a new speaker system - a 700 watt amplifier and JBL subwoofer

His 1.2L petrol 2001 Ford Fiesta, which is ULEZ free, was turned into a house on wheels for less than £1,000 – with most of the money going towards a new speaker system – a 700 watt amplifier and JBL subwoofer

And to cook, he uses a gas camping stove which he places on the floor in front of the driver door.

‘I just put the stove on the ground and start cooking’. 

Yavor admitted that the beloved camper-car was his last resort. He said: ‘I started looking for another room but I didn’t have the money to pay for a deposit so it was impossible for me.    

But now the HGV driver is so keen on his unconventional home he could never think of going back to living in a normal home.

He said: ‘To be honest, I love it and I don’t miss anything. If I could go back in time, I would have done this 10 years earlier.

Now, the HGV driver is so keen on his unconventional home he could never think of going back to living in a normal home

Now, the HGV driver is so keen on his unconventional home he could never think of going back to living in a normal home

‘I don’t want to just go to work and go home, go to work and go home, go to work and go home, that’s prison and I don’t want to be in prison anymore’.

A driver by trade, Yavor said: ‘I’m a driver in my soul… I just like to drive and be on the road. No more houses for me, I’m finished with that’.

He even feels that ‘having four walls around you is like a prison and you have to pay for this – no thank you’.

Yavor also described himself as a ‘nomad’ – and claimed he ‘was not born to be in one location’.

The agency he works with gives him the flexibility to line up jobs in different places, most recently in Croydon.

‘Last month I was in Croydon and found this really nice place, literally five minutes away from my work, next to the park on a dead end road’, he said.

‘But I prefer to be in the countryside, in the woods or by the beach, far away from people’.

Regarding security concerns, the unfazed HGV driver said: ‘Sometimes I fall asleep with the boot open looking at the stars. I’m not afraid – I feel so alive now’. 

The single man doesn't view his camper-car as a barrier to finding love either. Speaking of his future partners, he explained: 'They've got flats, or at least most of them do'

The single man doesn’t view his camper-car as a barrier to finding love either. Speaking of his future partners, he explained: ‘They’ve got flats, or at least most of them do’

Since his Fiesta’s revamp, Yavor has ensured to travel to as many places as possible and is currently staying near Bournemouth.

As of right now, the HGV driver has visited more than 70 places across the UK, all of which he plots on his Google map.

He joked: ‘When you see my map it looks like an Amazon delivery driver’s’.

The single man doesn’t view his camper-car as a barrier to finding love either. Speaking of his future partners, he explained: ‘They’ve got flats, or at least most of them do’.

He has no intention of moving back into a flat but hopes to save up one day so he can convert a Porsche Panamera into a camper van. 



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