Hello, and welcome to Hiace Hobo..

I'm Chris, and since the 1st April 2012 I have been living full time, and traveling in my Toyota Hiace camper van. 
This website is here to keep you all up to date on my adventures, experiences and insights.

I bought this van in August 2011, and after enjoying the van so much for the first few months, and kitting it out, I decided to plan a timetable to move into it as my 4WD home on wheels, from April 2012. So I sold, donated, gave/threw away many of my belongings, simplified my life, and then started out on the adventure...

Seven years later and I'm still loving the lifestyle. I tend to work in rural parts of the U.K. in the summer months, and travel totally free abroad over the winter in a milder climate. Take a look through my posts, they cover everything from my daily ponderings and activities, to travelogs, to technical stuff, to van living know-how as I've grown in experience. 

You can use the 'Posts by topic' menu on the footer of the pages to navigate through sections that may interest you.

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your time here, and best wishes for you own journey, however you chose to live it! 



Chris Taigen Etsudo


  1. Hi Chris, thanks for the link re the Mitsubishi Delica camper, awesome vehicle.
    I always follow your videos on you tube and wish I could do the same.
    I am at this moment looking for a campervan so that I can escape the rat race (sometimes), please keep in touch re your adventures and if you are ever in Cheshire I would love to pay you a visit and have a chat.
    Good luck

    1. Hi Alan,
      Thanks for your feedback. So have you had a loo at many campers yet? what are you interested in? Its a good time of year to be planning and getting things into gear for the arrival of spring. It can slip by too easily sometimes. I'll be sure to look you up if I'm in the area. Let me know how you get on with finding your van,

  2. Hi! I have a T25 Autosleeper and I'm trying to work out how to carry my sea kayak on it. Can you help??

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