ANSWERS TO LIFE
Real questions, asked by you! People usually have questions for us regarding our lifestyle. We want to help anyone trying to plan their own radical adventure, so feel free to ask us any questions. As we answer them, we'll post them in this section so other people can learn as well. Enjoy!
Did you fiberglass over your front sleeper windows?
Yes. Or we tried to. It's a long story that we'll write someday, but for now, here's the short version. We hit an overhanging tree branch and shattered our front plexiglass windows. After a lengthy runaround, we paid a guy $1500 to take the broken windows out and lay fiberglass over the gaps. He raised the price to $2200 after he was done, and essentially held our beloved Campy hostage. After we paid him the inflated price, we found out that he had used bondo and metal instead of fiberglass. We battled via visa, and were eventually awarded a refund of our $2200. So, although we wish they were fiberglassed, they're bondoed. But it was free.
Why don't you maintain an updated facebook/ instagram/ twitter account?
Social media is not our thing. This site already pushes our boundaries on privacy and humility. We'll leave the status updates and filtered sunset photos to other travelers that are passionate about it.
How do you stay safe/HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED CRIMES?
We go with the flow and let life guide us in the right direction. So far it's brought us nothing but good fortune. Other than a positive outlook, we keep pepper spray and a big knife on hand.
With that being said, we did experience a few minor crimes. First, a young black guy tried to break into Campy while we were inside (the door was locked so he failed). Second, a different young black guy attacked Buck in Las Vegas. He jumped on Buck's back and punched Buck in the face, splitting his lip. Third, we had our side view mirror broken off by an angry, older black guy in Texas. And finally, a middle-aged black lady threw a Mountain Dew bottle at Campy while we were driving through Dallas. We love all people equally, but those are the only problems we've had.
do you make enough money from your website to support your adventurous life?
Nope. We made this site to inspire people. We have to work like everyone else.
What do you do for hobbies on the road?
We spend our free time developing cool skills. We like: playing guitar/ukulele, painting, drawing, slacklining, acro/yoga, meditating, writing, designing, developing our website, longboarding, skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking, cooking, swimming, working on Campy, and duking it out in mario kart wii. To relax we read books, listen to talk radio, surf the internet, watch netflix, meet new people, have great sex often and sleep in every day. We also invented a keychain and recorded some songs during our trip.
What do you do when there's trouble in your relationship?
We can't exactly storm out and spend a few days apart. We actually have one simple rule: Never go to bed upset with each other. It's an old rule of thumb that some people swear by and other people disagree with. Even if we're up all night bickering, we don't fall asleep without solving our problems. That way nothing builds up over time. We heard this piece of advice from someone else and it works for us. Communication strengthens our bond during any quarrel.
How much clothing do each of you have?
We each have about 15 tops and 15 bottoms. It was somewhat relieving getting rid of extra clothing we didn't wear. Clothing is our arch nemesis in keeping Campy clean, so less is better.
how much did campy cost/how long did it take to remodel?
Campy was $2,500 and we've put a total of about $7,000 into it for renovations. We did the initial remodel in about 3 weeks, and kept adding more as we traveled.
How do you keep up with hygiene?
Showers, face washing, teeth brushing etc. can all be done right in Campy. We have a tiny waterproof bathroom inside with a foot pump shower and all of our toiletries. We also have 24 Hour Fitness memberships for access to a hot tub, shower, sauna, swimming pool, steam room and fitness center. Read about how we use it here!
how much money did you guys put away for this extraordinary excursion?
When we decided to buy Campy we had about $4,000 and a Honda Accord between the two of us. We bought the RV for $2500, remodeled the interior and did some engine work for $1500, leaving us with $0. Then we sold the Honda Accord for $3,000. We split that and wound up with about $1,500 each at the beginning of the trip.
how do you fund your travels?
We saved up for our trip by working in Las Vegas. While we were on the road we invented a little keychain. It's Patent Pending and we sell them online and in select 7eleven stores. Click here to learn more.
How do you get mail/packages?
We receive mail at US post offices' "General Delivery" and Amazon lockers in 7elevens. We both use a friend's house in Colorado as our "permanent address" to register our vehicle.
How has RV LIVING changed the dynamic of the relationship?
We left on the trip as best friends and got engaged a few months in, so it definitely brought us closer together. Living in a small space will either make or break a couple. We must have been meant for each other because it bonded us for life.
what is your monthly cost for gas/food/propane/fun?
Do you stay in one city or have you been all over?
We've been all over. Sometimes we stay in a spot for an hour, sometimes a couple months; whatever feels right. The whole point of this lifestyle is to travel and see as much as we can. We stay in or near cities often, but rarely in the same place. We like to experience different parts of the country and enjoy waking up in new places.
How long do you plan on doing this?
We weren't sure how long we'd go for. It wound up being 22 months.
Where do you go to the bathroom late at night?
Late night bathroom breaks seem more daunting than they actually are. We were scared at first and always needed to park near a 24 hour business. After a couple weeks our bodies quickly developed a "regular schedule". Late night pees are covered in our post here!
Are you saving money living like this?
We can save money very easily because our cost of living is so low. We also work in Las Vegas as bartenders/servers. We've had a few situations where we parked on a business's property overnight and worked there during the day. This setup eliminates rent and allows fast money saving.
What's the best thing about RV living?
Living rent free with freedom to explore. As soon as we're bored of a place or hear of somewhere amazing, we leave that minute. No packing, no planning, just start driving and park when we have to sleep. Owning a home (somewhat) and being able to move it anywhere all for under 10k is pretty satisfying.
What is the worst part of living in an RV?
Road rage. Hands down... or should I say fingers up? If you're living in an RV, driving is inevitable. Slow driving. Most people have no patience for a slow-moving vehicle blocking their path, and they become aggressive.
what do you do about "bathroom noises"?
We decided to remove our toilet. There are bathrooms everywhere and when we're in the woods we just pop a squat. There's an app called "Flush" that helps a lot for locating toilets.
Do you hand wash your clothes?
Nope, we're living in a camper, not the 1920s. We go to laundromats and prefer ones that have wifi and electric plugs so we can work on this website while our clothes get clean.
What is your gas mileage?
We get 19 mpg. But we never have less than two people in the camper when we travel so we can idealistically split the cost and get 38 mpg ;) Life is better in twos!
how did you convince your S.O. to go into RV living?
Neither of us needed much convincing. After we met and moved to Las Vegas, we started making great money and filled our apartment up with stuff. Once the apartment was comfy, we got bored. We debated moving to the Caribbean, but didn't want to repeat the job/apartment process. We decided to live in an RV so that we could work less and travel more. No convincing necessary.
Do you get hassled for parking? I've heard that it's better to have a more stealth vehicle for living in.
Parking is the biggest challenge of this lifestyle. While we've been woken up a dozen times and told to move, we work diligently finding "the perfect spot" every night. Check out our blog posts on parking to get a description of how we sleep easy.
While stealthy vehicles (like a van or pickup truck) do have huge advantages over a camper, they also have disadvantages. Our friends with VW vans had amazing setups, but not being able to stand up made living in a vehicle much more difficult. The ultimate stealth vehicle we saw was a converted bread truck in Portland Oregon. It was a large box truck that still had a bread company logo on the side, but the inside was converted into a tiny living space. When we first saw the truck we had no idea anyone was living in it. We may not have the stealthiest setup, but it works for us.
Do you have a fridge / how do you store food?
We use a cooler and a bag of ice for food storage. We usually buy fresh foods daily and eat them right away. If we go out to eat, we split a meal so we don't have leftovers.
How do you connect to the internet? wifi, satellite...?
We do most of our internetting in cafes and libraries. When we're in a pinch we use "personal hotspots" with our phones. Sometimes we even find wifi in walmart parking lots. We've also used laundromats and other random places... we're always on the prowl for a strong signal.
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