In my attempt to downsize my life I am sacrificing a lot of belongings as well as a lot of space. My three main concerns with living full-time in a smallish camper van were as follows:
The cats and ensuring their happiness & health.
Being able to stand up since I do have a herniated disc in my neck.
My bed and being able to stretch out (even though I do tend to sleep curled in a ball)
The cats will do fine and I can stand up in the van so that brings me to concern #3 - sleeping. The dinette in the van does convert to a bed and if I was a foot shorter would do me just fine as far as sleeping arrangements so but I'm not so it won't. This means that I can not convert the attic into a kitty corner as I was originally planning on doing. Making that a full-time cat spot would deprive me of much needed sleeping space. After oiling up the attic slide I pulled it out and was thrilled to see that it's actually much bigger than my bed in the house (a full sized platform bed). The attic bed is a full queen sized sleeping area. The original cushions that are there are firm - a little too firm for my sleeping. I discovered today that my 4 inch thick memory foam will fit up there and has the ability to fold up when I push the slide in. Even though I imagine I will leave it out if I am parked anywhere for any length of time because it will give the cats more space and save me the trouble of having to set up the bed every night.