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FROM SHUTTLE TRUCK TO YEAR-ROUND RESIDENCE, THESE RIGS SERVE


DOUBLE-DUTY FOR PADDLERS WHO LIVE ON THE ROAD AND ON THE RIVER BY SIERRA STINSON


“You’ll be living in a van down by the river!” Chris Farley always said it like it was a bad thing. “You’re not going to amount to jack squat!” the Saturday Night Live comedian would yell in his classic sketch. To paddlers, Farley’s idea of being a deadbeat sounds more like living the dream— stay where you want, when you want, with minimal money and a river within reach. From shuttle truck to year-round residence, some boaters go the extra mile and deck out their rigs to live comfortably, cheaply and best of all, happily. These paddlers have traded mortgages for moving water and stress for stunning scenery. With the perk of paddling on a whim, who wouldn’t drop everything to live in a van down by the river?


Eat, sleep, paddle, repeat. PHOTOS: SIERRA STINSON


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