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The Ultimate Crash Course to Living On the Road: How You Can Afford a Life of Travel & Adventure

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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (5h 34m)
    • 1. CLASS 1 Introduction Overview

    • 2. CLASS 2 Class Project Details

    • 3. CLASS 3 Money

    • 4. CLASS 4 Overcoming Fear

    • 5. CLASS 5 Getting Rid of Stuff

    • 6. CLASS 6 Types of Camping

    • 7. CLASS 7 Choosing a vehicle

    • 8. CLASS 8 Boon Docking and RV Parks

    • 9. CLASS 9 Stealth Parking

    • 10. CLASS 10 Building Out a Vehicle and Commercial Vehicles

    • 11. CLASS 11 Cooking On the Road

    • 12. CLASS 12 Bathroom and Shower

    • 13. CLASS 13 Living Room and Bedroom

    • 14. CLASS 14 Jobs and Working on the Road

    • 15. CLASS 15 Mail, Residency and Driver's License

    • 16. CLASS 16 Solar Made Simple

    • 17. CLASS 17 Heat and Cold

    • 18. CLASS 18 How to Get Internet

    • 19. CLASS 19 Closing

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About This Class

How to Lead a Life of Travel and Adventure while Living in a Car, Van or RV.

Learn How You Can Get Out of Debt, Travel and Find True Freedom!


There are 3 main reasons you might  be interested in living on the road: 1) You're being forced into it by a bad economy, divorce, or unemployment, or 2) The "American Dream" has become a nightmare for you and you are tired of the rat race.3) It is something you have always thought about doing and you are now ready to see if it is the right lifestyle for you! Additionally, you might just love to travel and camp and  be out on the open road

Whatever your reason, this class will tell you everything you need to make it the best possible experience it can be. We'll cover details like: which vehicle to live in and how to find it, where to park, staying clean, going to the bathroom, how to cook in a van, get out of debt, get a job, survive any bad economy, travel on a budget, how to get your mail, how to stay comfortable in the heat and cold, how to get electrical power, choose a solar option and so much more.

You may be asking yourself, does this guy know what he is talking about? That fact that I've been living in a vehicle for over 18 years should ease your mind. But you can find out for yourself by going to my website and YouTube Channel to see if I have information you may want: and the CheapRVLiving YouTube Channel.

My concern isn't that I've given you too little information, but too MUCH! I hope I don't overwhelm you with it all. I tried to remember back to my first few months living in van, and answer every question you may have. I think I have, but let me assure you that if anything isn't clear I will do everything in my power to make it clear to you by answering your comments for each of the videos.

Let me apologize for the long length of the class. I know it is very detailed and longer then most Skill Share classes. I wanted to give all of my expertise in one place. So that you can easily make a wonderful life for yourself on the road and be assured you have all of the tools you need.

What I am, is a guy with a huge passion for van life and a strong sense of empathy for anyone trapped in our society who wants to break out. I'm also a guy who, in the last 18 years, has made just about every possible mistake pertaining to living in a vehicle and would like to help you avoid them. By dogged persistence, and lots of study on the Internet, I have learned how to make my life as a vandweller into a wonderful life I want to share that with you.

"Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone."

Billy Cox

In this class, you will learn:

  • Class 1¬† Introduction
  • Class 2 Class Project Details
  • Class 3 How Do I Make Money on the Road?
  • Class 4 Dealing with Fears
  • Class 5 How to Get Rid of Your Stuff
  • Class 6 The Three Types of Camping
  • Class 7 Which Type of Vehicle to Choose
  • Class 8 How to Find Boon Docking and RV Parks
  • Class 9 Stealth Parking
  • Class 10 Should I Do an Interior Van Build?
  • Class 11 How Do I Cook in a Vehicle?
  • Class 12 All About Bathroom and Hygiene
  • Class 13 Creating the Living Room and Bedroom
  • Class 14 How to Find a Job on the Road
  • Class 15 Where Do I Get My Mail?
  • Class 16 How Do I Get Solar and Electricity?
  • Class 17 Dealing with Heat and Cold
  • Class 18 How Do I Get Internet?
  • Class 19 Closing

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Bob Wells CheapRVLiving

YouTube Personality & CoFounder HOWA



My name is Bob Wells. I am the owner of CheapRVLiving YouTube Channel and Website. I teach skills to inspire, educate and motivate you on how to live your best life possible. 

I am also the President and Co-Founder of Homes on Wheels Alliance (HOWA). A 501(c)3 non profit to assist people who are on the edge of homelessness with alternative housing options and emergency assistance while on the road.

I’m trying to reach out and offer hope, compassion and a better future to a large segment of society who are being left behind and are desperately in need of it. Some are in such desperate financial straights that they have no idea where they will live or how they will eat tomorrow. Others are fin... See full profile

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1. CLASS 1 Introduction Overview: way one. Welcome to my classes of the ultimate crash course toe living on the road How you can afford life of travel and adventure. You know, I've been living on the road in a van or a pickup for over 18 years now. And I started. I felt so deeply in love with the nomadic life and just traveling and look where I'm camp. This is a regular camp. I come and camp here on a regular basis, and I love being out in nature and enjoying my life and thriving in it. And so I started ah website and then a YouTube channel. And I tell everybody this puss, this life is possible for you to and over the years I have told thousands Ah, thousands and thousands. I have millions and millions of views on my YouTube channel, and thousands of people have written me and said, Bob, thank you so much for letting me know there was an option. I had no idea there was any other possible way to live other than the way I've always lived . And so I started this course so that I could put all that I know and I have taught in tow. One simple outline. Now it's not complete details. Not everything you need will be in here. But the outline of everything you need to know will be in the next a few classes. And then you can go dig mawr and make more decisions. But I'm going to give you all the information you have to have. Now, before you do that, I want toe and I've gotten people that say I don't give enough of the cost. I want you to know right up front what I'm offering you and what it will cost you because it's not free. I am offering you an incredible life and of the thousands and thousands of people who have followed my example and come out here and live in a car van or RV Ah, they so many of them write me and say thank you so much, but it isn't free. And ah, it has a cost. And I want you to know what you can expect if you do what I say and what it will cost you. So what I'm offering you is freedom. You know, there is a continuum of freedom. Uh, first, we live in the freest country in the world, and that kind of goes without saying we have a lot of political freedom. But you know, what we don't have is monetary freedom. There are two kinds of tyranny. There's the tyranny, political tyranny. And then there's tyranny of the marketplace, and those are very different things. We have almost no political tyranny in this country. Thank God we live in such an amazing, wonderful country. We're all free were some of the freest people who have ever lived. But the price of that political freedom is the tyranny of the marketplace. We are owned and controlled and dominated by the dollar bills. You have to have a dollar to live. You don't have a dollar, you die. And so we have sold ourselves on the market. As in capitalism, everything is capital. Everything is for sale in your time and your energy and your talent is put on the market place. You create a resume and handed out and see who will buy my resume. Who will buy my energy? Who will buy my life that I'm giving away. And so you hand out your resume and with it goes your whole life. Your whole life goes with it. And so we become wage slaves. Your boss tells you, went to work, tells you win to get here. What? When you get there, he tells you what to do. If you want to go somewhere else and do something else, you can't just go. You have to go on. Ask him for a day off or leave time or a vacation time he owns in controls your life. Now he gives you your evenings, He gives you your weekends. Maybe maybe you have to work two jobs and you never get a weekend. And you never get a day off. Maybe. Ah, you and your wife are working your way up the corporate ladder and you're both working 60 70 hours a week. And then you bring your work home with you. You never get time off. Your boss owns your whole life beginning to end. How many choices do you make in a day that you decide and not your boss? And the answer, sadly, is mostly not very many. My job owns my time and my energy and meat, and I do what he says. So while we're very free. We're not free of the dollar. And you can say I'm not going to chase the dollar anymore. I'm gonna live my own life. Well, then you're gonna starve to death. And that's that's so there's no one with a gun saying you will work. Obviously, we're very free in that way. But there's a dollar bill that says you will starve to death if you don't work. So we're all weighed slaves. Whether we want to admit it or not, we sell our soul. We sell our time, our energy and our knowledge on the capital market. And if you're tired of that, I'm offering you a way out. And there are a bunch of you out there who ah, are on fixed incomes down. You've you've paid. You know, you've been the wage slave for the last 40 years. 2030 40 50 years. And now you're on a fixed income. So a bunch of you have already paid your price. You've been a wage slave. You've been paying your boss. You've been obeying your boss, and now you're on a fixed income. And what happens? You live in a high rent low wage nation. Now your wages are fixed and you can't afford to live on them. You are promised golden years. So you traded 40 years of work where you gave your whole life to someone else for your golden years. And now you're in your golden years and they're not golden at all. They're very tarnished because you can't live on it. So you get $800,000 a month, $1500 a month on your so security and then you pay $800,000 a month out and then you turn around with that money and pay your rent or your house payment and it's all gone. There's nothing left. You're not living. You have to make choices. Sometimes many of you who are living on $800,000 a month and paying $800,000 a month in rent you have to choose. Will I eat? Or why pay my rent? Will I? Will I go to a doctor or will I or will I pay my electric bill? Those are your choices. At the end of the month, I'm offering a way out of that. The way out is very, very simple. If if the if the beginning of every month it instead of giving the landlord 800,000 month Mawr orm. Or and the answer is very, very simple. Instead of giving the landlord $800 a month, 1000 and then paying the electric bills Ah, and then paying your you to all your other utilities. What if you put all that money in your pocket? How could you possibly do that? How? What kind of a quality of life would you have if you put that money in your pocket and you were the landlord of your life instead of someone else? Well, that's what happened to me. I was forced to move into a van because I couldn't afford to pay the landlord anymore. And then I started putting that money in my pocket every month, and suddenly I was just I was before I was barely surviving, and all of a sudden I was thriving. At the end of every month, I had extra a lot extra, and I thought, Why have I have been paying for rent when everything I want and need is in a van? So it's really simple by living so cheaply and so frugally in a car van or RV, you can live a high quality life of your choosing. This course is to show you how to do that. So, like I said, I'm offering you freedom from being a wage slave. But freedom isn't free. And so living in a car Vander RV means you will have much less comfort. You will have less safety and less security. It's a continuum on one hand, if you live in a house, Ah, and you know it's big. It's nice. It's very, very comfortable. You lock all the doors, you put bars on the on the windows, and it's very safe, very secure, very comfortable. Um, and then, on the other hand, you have no freedom because you have to keep working and obeying your boss to pay for all that. But on the on the extreme opposite, into the continuum. If you move into a car or van, you have no Paus payment. You have very little payments. You just basically have to eat and buy your Internet and a few other things. And so now you've got total freedom, but you're living in a car or a van. You're giving up comfort. You're giving up the security of the job and knowing what's coming. Got a job, but pay by cheque coming every wake, Uh, and you're giving away some safety because you live in a van. I live out here, and I would rather live here than any house in America. But I'm less safe and secure here than I would be locked up in what we call a house. But in fact is a prison. And so I would rather be here and free and do without those comforts and safety insecurity . That's a great price for me to pay. I gladly pay it. If you're willing to pay that price, it could be here for you too. Now, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. Let me say that, too. Right away. Maybe. Maybe you're retired, and you've got plenty of money. And, yeah, you traded the 40 best years of your life, and now you got some pretty darn good years. Now you can just take trips and you want to keep Ah, say you You don't want to become a full time nomad. You don't want to live in a car van or RV. All the time. Well, you could keep your home base and then travel to 34 months out of the year. So there is a continuum of of how you live this life. And if that's what you want. If you want to, just keep your home base, spend your summers at home in the Northern State and where it's beautiful in the summer but really cold in the winter. And then you want to spend your winners in Arizona or Florida or wherever. Mexico. You need to go to Mexico in a car banner, RV. Then you have that choice. So this life can be for nearly anyone and when we're done, my goal in this course is to answer all your questions. A lot of your God of questions going around in your mind now. Well, how am I gonna go the bathroom? How am I going to get a job? How am I going to get the money? I need, uh, just many, many questions that you will have about living in a car banner RV, and I'm gonna answer them all over this course, so if you'll keep coming back, I will tell you how to grab freedom and be free And how you can have your very best life and get out and see places like this. This is I see places like this all the time. This is where I live and you can, too. And so if life has ah become dole and monotonous or worse, you're on a fixed income and you don't even know how you're going to survive the month. Would you get an eviction notice? Whatever your role in life if you got a great home but you just want to travel, whatever your situation in life, there is something in this course for you. So keep coming back. I'll answer all your questions, give you a broad outline. I'll give you an ultimate crash course toe living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure by living in a car van or RV. You can do it. I've done it. Thousands of thousands of others have done it. The life is waiting for you. So will feel on the next class 2. CLASS 2 Class Project Details: Hi everyone, welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road, how you could afford a life of travel and adventure. Now one of the things we wanna do is to have a class project. I don't want you to just sit and watch videos. I want you to get out there and do things. So we'll have two assignments and you get to choose one of them. And I'll describe the assignments here in this video. And we'll also have homework. So as we're going through classes, I will give you homework for that particular class. And of course we're not going to grade it. You're not going to send it and you're not going to get a grade or anything. But I would really hope that this becomes more than just an intellectual exercise or thoughts that this becomes a part of your life. Whether you go all in and live this way And, and sell everything and do this, or if you just take bites of it and make start making trips, I believe your life will be far, far better. So I'm really going to encourage you to make this a reality in your life, whether it's baby steps and part-time or full-time or whatever works best for you. All I care about is your life is better because of this course. The first assignment and you get your choice of number one or number two. The first assignment is to create a little vehicle home inside your current home. So if you're a department, then find a space in your apartment, most of you will probably do it in your bedroom, you maybe your roommate, and that's all you have. But find a place in your bedroom where you can create a vehicle home. So if you're in a car that's not very big, the space of the car is like maybe five foot by eight foot at most in most cars are SUVs. If you're in a van, there could be up to six by ten feet or a, a an extensive n could be six by 12 feet. So it's a small area. What most of you could do is just standard bed up and set it aside. And we're that bed was create your own vehicle home. And then I want you to move in. And you're actually going to get the experience of what is required to live in six foot by ten foot or six foot by 12 foot space. Now if you're going to move into an RV than you would have a lot more and you'll just have to maybe take a part of your living room and move everything out of the way. And that will be more along the lines by eight by 20 or even more. If you get a bigger RV, it could be even wider. But most your RVs, you're going to be eight wide and the living space is going to pry BB 23-24 feet or more. But I'd suggest that you just make it as eight-foot widen as long as you can. And that will mimic an RV pretty well. But we're going to assume and and really not a lot will change because you're going to have a bathroom, you're going to have a kitchen, you're going to have all the facilities. And it's just really living in a smaller space. So this project is mostly for if you're moving into a car, SUV or van, something small. So how are you going to actually create the illusion? Well, I want you to find furniture, so arrange your dresser. So put your dresser at the end. Say where are we going to put it in your van? You need to start doing your research now. And that's a lot of the homework I'm going to give you is start researching, go online, go to YouTube in particular, and find different designs that people are using for cars or vans or as you these, how are they doing it? So maybe you'll find one where the bed goes along the side of the wall. So on the side of your ball and your bedroom that ten foot long, if you're in a six by ten, then put a bed and maybe by a cot, or go to a thrift store and find a cot or a small bed, or just recreate it and you can't actually sleep on it, but just recreate it. One of the things that I do encourage, we'll talk about what you're going to sleep on later in the class. But one of the things I encourage our backpackers sleeping pads. So maybe just by a backpacker sleeping pad that you're going to use as your mattress? Personally, I use a thermo arrest mondo king. So by the thermal rest mondo King. It's expensive, but boy, it's a great backpacking pad and you can't have you can't backpack on it. So by that and start sleeping on that. And then if you could elevate it under some plastic totes, That's a even far better, that's what you'll probably do an event you elevate a bad build a platform, use underneath it for storage. So bring your dresser over and make that part of the bed that your your bedroom and you're creating in your van and buy plastic totes and anything else you can need. Mainly because you don't know what you're going to end up with. Go to thrift stores, find used furniture, find plastic, totes, find anything cheap. Because if you buy some furniture at a thrift store and you don't like it and you probably paid 1020 bucks. It's most furniture, you know, just buy dealt by great furniture and use it in your practice bedroom and then give it away, give it back to the thrift store. So you really kinda rented it for 20 bucks, 30 bucks for the time you're living in your bedroom, so in your van, in your bedroom. So that's a good way to get the furniture. You're not gonna spend a lot of money, get plastic totes. You probably have a bunch around your house. Get defiled bags. You get cardboard box, score round. Start looking for cardboard boxes, big ones, small ones, medium ones, and build a bedroom out of cardboard boxes. I have a video on my YouTube channel, cheap RV living. And what you'll find there, I have a video of a guy who did exactly that seek did a fantastic job. I was so impressed with the job he did out of building a van in his bedroom. We made a video of it. And that'll give you a lot of really good ideas of how to recreate your your van home in your bedroom, and then move in it and do all your cooking. And how you do your cooking, how well you'd go to the bathroom. So you'll be start solving these problems and have the experience of living in a tiny space before you ever move out. Maybe you'll find out, this is crazy. I can't do this, but doing the best you can. And remember I one of the things I suggest is doing it in a corner of your bedroom. So you have two hard walls, your, and then you're going to create the walls, the illusion of the bet the van or car or SUV with the other two wall, with walls that you create. And remember, of course you have to leave space to get in through the door. So if it's a van, you have the entry way between the two front seats. You have a side door and you have a backdoor. Decide which one you're going to close. You'll probably want to close at least one of them. A lot of people put their beds across the back, you'll have to play with it. So when six-foot wide, if you're six foot two, how's that going to work? That's what you're finding out in this class project. How is this going to work for me? Okay, so that is number one, and I think everyone can do this. You're living somewhere now and buy cheap furniture, just use cardboard boxes. And I think you can do this. The next project, if that isn't for you or maybe you want to do both, I suggest that you start going camping. So you must mostly your own going to own a car, go to Walmart, buy a cheap tint, go to a thrift store, find a cheap debt, just the cheapest it, and you can find 304050 bucks and go spend a weekend in a state park somewhere near and spend the night in the tent. Because that's what you're doing. You're going to spend the rest of your life camping in a car, van or RB. And so you need to go and start practicing overnight in a temp. Now if you have a car, I would really suggest that you start spending nights in your car in your driveway. So the first thing you're going to have to do is solve the problem of privacy. Where or how are you going to be in there without people knowing you're in there, you've got to have that. And so start figuring out privacy. Again. We'll cover it in this, in this course. But all the different options are on YouTube. So just go to YouTube or I have a book where I covered this quite a bit. So you should check you. I would really strongly suggest you can get it for $3 on the Kindle and you can play Kindle on any device for free. And the book is $3. So it's not like I'm charging you a lot and I cover a lot of privacy options. Cardboard, you can do as simple a thing as buying cardboard by Adar, a can of spray paint at Walmart, spray paint it black, cut around, forfeited n, And then you've got privacy. And it can be that simple and cheap. You, so you have to solve the privacy issues. You've got to figure out where you're going to sleep in a car and then spend the night and, you know, you're not going to modify the car. Probably sweats might be very scary. It might be really, really uncomfortable, but I really suggest you spend the night in that card. You can if you can then move up to the vehicle you want to live in, a minivan in particular would be ideal or a bigger car if you can pull some of the seats out of your car, start camping overnight in town. And a Wal-Mart, go to Wal-Mart and find out if it's okay to sleep there and spend the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot. This is going to give you a real word, world experience out living this life. What's it like to live in your car, overnight and your cardboard clothes and be uncomfortable and real-world experience. Another good idea, I think it's a great idea if you can afford it, is to rent a U-Haul van. Now this is going to cost you quite a bit more money. A U-Haul then only costs $20 a day. And so the cost of the riddle is really pretty cheap. And but then they charge you by the mile, so don't drive very far. I mean, if you rent a U-Haul van for the day and all you do is go to a Wal-Mart. There'll it'll be empty. So all you do to a go go to a Wal-Mart and sleep in it with a sleeping pad. Or are the bare basic minimums that's going to cost you very little. You can, you can gain a lot of knowledge. What's it like to sleep in a van, in a Wal-Mart parking lot? That knowledge is worth what you're going to pay for it unless you just can't afford it. I'm going to really encourage you to do that. If you have the money, rent it for a weekend, again, is $20 a day plus I think it's $0.80 a mile for gas probably varies. You'll have to find that out. Just give you all find type in U-Haul naming your town and it'll come up, you'll can, you can contact them and find out all these details how much it's gonna cost you, because it'll be less than you think. So go camping, go camping overnight in a van and a U-Haul van that you rent. I think you're going to find that is really going to help you know what you need to live on the road. And then finally, if you can rent an RV, do you really need an RV? So practicing the U-Haul and renting an RV or, you know, you can buy you can rent camper vans, which are much less than RVs. And that will give you really the experience, their setup, they have bedridden them. They have cooking facilities in them. That'll give you really a good idea of exactly what it's going to be like living in a van that you've converted. And then finally, if you rent the RV, that will give you this fantastic comparison. Can I live in a camper van or do I have to have an RV? And a lot of you are going to be wanting to know the answer to that question. That's a lot more money. Maybe you can't afford it. So that's, these are the two classes. The first is to set up a the space of a vehicle in your home and live in it. Do all your fists, do everything, go the bathroom minute, cook in it, get dressed in it, um, and practice there or or both. And I really recommend you to do both if you can afford it. If not, then go camping in your car or written a U-Haul or an RV or a camper van. Okay. So those are the assignments for the class project. And we're expecting you to do it and we're going to want you to give us feedback in the comments below. And we'll let you know what we think and we'll answer your questions and there'll be a back and forth thing. So I'm really looking forward to your experience. If some of you are thinking about how to make money on the road, start making videos of this experience, created a YouTube channel, start making videos. Maybe you wanna do a podcasts. Podcasts are easy and cheap. Maybe you're going to want to start a blog on a website. You can do all that. I would really suggest that you practice that is blogging or vlogging or podcasting for you. Cheap and easy way to find out. Just take your camera. I'm Monica, I'm shooting on a camera phone right now. Or I cheap podcasting setup. Okay, I hope that this project will make this real to you and you can take that and know so much more about how to live this life for real, not just talking about it, but doing it before you actually are all in. So come back to our next class and we'll cover more details on how to live the life in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. See you then. 3. CLASS 3 Money: Hello and welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. Now I can hear a selective exclamation out there. Even from here, I can hear it of people who are saying, oh Bob, I can't afford dad. That's just, I know I would love to have a light beam traveling bitter and freedom. Oh, it sounds wonderful. It's a fairy tale. You, I can't do it. No one can do it. Well, I want you to know that you can. And all the classes in this course are designed to show you how you can do it. The key thing is to break the power of money on our lives, whether we like it or not. Money is a, a tyranny. It's a master in our lives. Yeah. If you want to eat, you have to have money. If you want money, you have to have a job. So our whole life revolves around money and getting a job to get money and are very self-worth is based on money and possessions and power and prestige and productivity. Before P's, I call them possessions, power, prestige and productivity are, our lives revolve around those things. You know, we talk about what are real values are and we think about them and we have words about them. But if you look at your life, those are the four things that you value in your daily life. And so we're going to have to make some changes and get over that and have new values. By breaking the tyranny of money. You know, for a long time, the American Dream was a wonderful thing. The Statue of Liberty and the millions of people that came around the world looking for freedom and advancement. But somehow in the last century with the development of marketing and advertising and propaganda, the American dream has been distorted to an addiction to money and things. And nearly everyone watching this video has that addiction to some degree. If you don't, you're the pretty unusual exception. And so what we need to do is to break the addiction to money and things. And like any addiction, it's because you have it the addiction you have to keep doing it. Getting more money, getting more things, looking for a better job, looking for a better car, looking for more prestige, looking, moving up the chain of command at work and up the corporate ladder because you want more power over more people and you want more prestige and you want more possessions and a bigger house and a better car and a better girlfriend and get to 40 or 50 entailed in that wife and get a better one. That, you know, that's a drive, it's an addiction in this country. And so we need to be able to break that addiction. And because it's so empty and unsatisfying, like all addictions that you have to have more and then more, and then more and more. And for most of us, that describes our way of life. Wanting more, bigger, better, newer, shinier. So to break that addiction and it's a deliberate addiction that's placed on us through marketing, advertising, and through propaganda. How do we break that addiction? What we fill the hole in our heart that we're trying to fill with those things. Money and power and prestige and and lots and lots of things, bigger and better things. So we fill the hole, open our hearts. And that's what this course, this lifestyle is about. Filling that hole that's in your heart. Look where I'm standing right now. This is one of the holes in your heart, a deep and profound connection to nature. So by coming out here and finding this connection, there will be a healing and a satisfying of your heart. I absolutely promise you that it can be scary at times, and at first it can be difficult. But this is what your heart is crying out for, a connection to nature. So the key thing to filling the hole in our hearts and breaking the addiction to money and things and more is finding a harmony and a connection with nature out here. And so that's the first step. The next step is finding a harmony and connection with yourself. You know, we are so all driven by our addictions to money and things and power and prestige and, and all of that that we have no touch with ourselves. We're afraid to be in touch with ourselves. Well, one of the things that's going to happen out here is you're going to slow down and you're going to hear the thoughts that go on in your head. You're going to hear the thoughts that are going on in your head. You're going to feel the things that you are actually feeling in your heart. You won't be able to escape them. And so that's going to make you confront yourself and find yourself and make a deep and profound connection to yourself to live in harmony with your own heart and mind. And that can be scary and it can be difficult. But if you'll do it, you'll break the addiction. The American dream, which is really nothing but a prison of money and things. And the next thing that we must do to break this addiction, to fill the hole in our hearts is to find a, a right harmony and connection to the people around us. You know, we are the most alienated people ever the sociological science is in, and yet certain. We are so alienated and lonely and separated. We live in our four little walls, which are, we become prisons because we're scared of everyone out there. And we put literally sometimes bars on our windows and multiple locks on our doors. And we live in fear and terror in our little shelters because of all the bad people that are outside of us. That's all propaganda and advertising. It's just none of it's true. But we, we fall for it. And so here we are completely alienated. The, what this life offers you is a true heart to heart connection with like-minded people. And I see this over and over again in everyone that comes out here and truly adopts this life. You, as soon as people meet, they, the superficial drops off and we have this connection of this love of nature and this healing we're finding within ourselves. And so we have a connection with each other. And so I know I may not see you again for a month, six months, a year. So when you and I are together, we make a connection and we don't deal valley about nothing so we can run off and hide in our homes again. We make a connection and we live in harmony with one another. So that is what you're going to find out here, and that will heal the addiction to more. And finally, the fourth thing you need to live in harmony with is the sacred. Now I'm not saying God, I'm not saying religion. I'm not saying higher power. I don't know. Have any idea what your concept of the sacred is. It might be nature. And I think for many of you, the idea of the Sacred will be this earth that we love and live on it is for me that's part of it. But I think all of us could accept that the sacred is love and compassion and kindness for another human being. And receiving love and compassion and kindness for myself. That's we can all agree on whatever else our thoughts about what is sacred. I think we can all agree on that. And if you'll come out here and work on making your relationship with the sacred, however you understand it and whatever it is, your understanding of what is sacred is if we can all agree on that, that loving another human being and giving and kindness and compassion to another human being is sacred and I will honor the sacred in my life. If you'll do that. Think if you found a group of people who would be willing to live that way, you change the world, you change each other, you've changed yourself, you'll change the world. That's what we can do. That is what you and I can do together. So that's how you're going to break the addiction because you're going to fill the hole in your heart that will feed the addiction that drives you for more money, more things, more possessions, more power. I need more prestige. I got to have the biggest and the best and the most comfort. That's how you'll bring it. Okay. So how are we going to live? What's talking about the nuts and bolts of money? How can I possibly afford to live that way, Bob, it's just crazy. How are you going to be able to afford this life? Let's get down to the nuts and bolts, lots of clocking. But again, Wherever You Go, There You Are. If there aren't some fundamental changes in your heart, you'll bring them out here and you'll just end up with more stuff and deeper in debt. And you'll you'll crash and burn. And I don't want that for any of you. So first, we're going to eliminate rent and we're gonna do a video on on how you're going to live out here without paying rent, without paying mortgage. I want you to think about that word mortgage. It literally means death grip. Mort, you can hear mortal MRT, You can hear mortgage. That's what a mortgage is. Owning a house is a death grip. The home itself is a mortuary where dead people go to live too. I don't live there. They exist there. We want to break a mortuary or rent because they are deaf grips. They are mortuary where zombies go to spend their time because they're not really living. So the first thing we're gonna do is we're going to get out of mortgages, out of rents, live in a car, van, or even an RV as cheaply as we possibly can't step one, and I'll show you how to do that in the next class. Then you will need to live a minimal frugal, simple life. You will have changed the whole, your heart will have been filled hopefully over time it's not going to happen overnight for most of us. And so that craving need for more and bigger and better and spending more things and surrounding yourself with more things will, will let go and you'll be able to live with just the minimum amount of things. I want you to understand this though, that having more things absolutely will not make you happy, happy, but at the same time, having less things absolutely will not make you happy. It's when you stop looking for happiness out here in things, either more things or less things that you can find happiness inside by living in harmony with yourself, living in harmony with the earth, living in harmony with others, and living in harmony with the sacred. That's the only source of happiness on this planet. If you're looking for it anywhere out here in more things are less things are a different things. You'll never have it because you're not looking for the only source of true contentment and peace and happiness inside your heart. So we're going to live free, frugal, simple lives in cars, vans, and RVs. Number three is we are going to adopt a lifestyle of reduce, reuse, recycle. We're going to start going getting all of our things at their stores. First. We're going to reuse them. We're going to repair our clothes. We're gonna keep our vehicle running good. We're going to repair it all the time. We're going to get one vehicle and use it for a very long time by taking good care of it and repairing it, we're going to reduce, reuse, recycle in that way. By reducing, reusing and recycling, we are going to break the tyranny and power of money. It will no longer be the master of our lives. We will make our own decisions. The next thing you need to do is learn self-reliance skills. So things that you pay other people to do, you should try to learn how to do. If you can learn to do your own oil changes, then that's money you keep in your pocket. If you can learn how to repair your clothes, then you don't have to go to the store and buy new clothes. You just keep preparing the ones you have. If you learned how to put in your own starter, which is a difficult job but not impossible. Anyone can do it if you learn how to get out of being stuck so you don't have to call a tow Drucker, changed your own tire or carry extra gas, learned self-reliance skills so that you do things for yourself and you don't pay someone else to do that, you can start with that right now. Go to take a course in in auto mechanics and learned the basics so that you can take better care of your car without paying someone else to do it, that'll save you a lot of money and let you live a lot cheaper. Next, we want to, we want to learn to live in the tribe, to live in the community, to have harmony and connection to each other. And low and barter and trade in the community want to develop this tribe of people that I care for you. You care for me together. We live better together than we ever could alone. And so if you have a skill, you help me. If I have a skill, I help you. And so in that way, we keep our money in ourselves by we're not paying or if we do pay, we pay a whole lot less. For the things that we need done skills and services. One thing I would suggest everyone do is to find a skill or a craft, or an art, or something good, or a service that you can create and sell. Humans were born to create. One of the reasons we are so addicted to money and things is because we no longer create. And so because we can't create things, we gathered them in, we long for them and we become addicted to them. So being creative, find a creative outlet, hopefully that you can sell or that you can teach, that will help you to live without money. But that ability to create and get the inward, outward will change your life and will really break the power of addiction to things and money. Another big thing we should all be learning is to how to have a multipurpose. So you'll have a fewer things, but higher-quality things. And that's my recommendation here, is that you're not, you don't have less things, but what you have is quality and will last and brings you pleasure. So find things that will last and that bring you pleasure. And, and find multipurpose things. One thing that does many things. You buy one object, spend the money on that, make it good-quality, and have it do multiple things. So you have less things in your vehicle and so you have takes up less space and they're better quality and do more. That will help you a lot in the neat, reduce your need for money and the slavery to money. And finally, most of us, we're going to reduce our expenses as much as we can, but we still are going to need a job. And so we're going to have a whole video on different jobs you can do to bring in extra money. If you're on a fixed income, you're making 800 thousand a month, you can live decently on that, but your finances will steadily go down, your emergency fund will go down your savings. You'll probably need to get a job. And a lot of you are young, you don't have a you don't have a fixed income and so you'll have to work jobs. And so for working jobs, I'll give I have a course, I'll teach a lot of different things, jobs you can have on the road. Then the idea there is that you work a short period of time and then you take time off. So a really common way to do it is to work on the summer, trying to work and make enough in the summer and then take the other nine months off or to work six months out of the year and take the other six months off. Worse comes to worse. You might could work a year and then take a year or two or three years off. And the higher your skill level. So you should be learning skills that are sellable. And you can get more on the marketplace where you go sell yourself for, for a dollar. And so get the most from the jobs you have to add. I'll tell you all about jobs. You can get. Some of the basic jobs that are available to you as a nomad. And then once you have a job, you can work it a little while and get the maximum amount of freedom in your life. That's our goal. Work a little bit of time. Lots of freedom, otherwise, I'm afraid we can't do without money. None of us are that free, but we want to be as free of money and things and the addiction to them as we possibly can be. So now let me give you the homework for the money class. Very simple. It's going to be three things we're going to ask you to do and to do them best your ability, if you will do these things, your life will be better if you never become a nomad. If you have any debt, get out of debt. I highly recommend Dave Ramsey's Course seven baby steps to get out of debt. So Google search that and take those steps and get out of debt. You'll be so glad no matter what you decide about money coming in nomad, if you can get out of debt next, right out of budget and eliminate biggest expense of housing, a rent, mortgage, utilities, all that, and see how much you spend every month right now and keep track of it. That's really something that will help you, is if you actually keep track of all your spending and then eliminate the non-essential, because you're going to start turning inward today to find your real happiness and break your addiction to all those things and spending that money and getting things so you can hold them. That's, that's a false happiness. You're going to start trying today to break that addiction. And then number three, a build and emergency fund, whatever whatever you do the rest your life. Having an emergency fund is one of the best things you could possibly do. Getting out of debt. Knowing a budget, knowing where your money's going and building an emergency fund will make your life so much better. That's your homework. Ok, well, I hope that helped you to some degree and that gives you an idea of how you can afford to live this life. In fact, my question for you is, how can you afford to not live this life? So come back then we'll see you on the next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. And and, and 4. CLASS 4 Overcoming Fear: Hey everyone, welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. And again, today we want to talk about fear because over the years I get lots of emails from people telling me why they can't come out here and do this and they want to so much, but they're afraid. And so I've learned over the years that coping with fear of something, this is such a radical lifestyle change. And it's so unknown and unfamiliar that fear devastates a lot of us. We just can't wrap our heads around this and the fear paralyzes us. And so I wanna talk to you about fear and how you can overcome the fear that paralyzes you and won't let you come out here and do this. The first thing I want you to know is that fear is normal and natural and healthy. It's like any other of our instincts. You know, we have an instinct to eat and to make friends. And we have an instinct to find a mate in life, and we have an instinct to have children. We have all these instincts and they are good and healthy. You want them there to make your life better. So they're not the enemy and fear is not the enemy. I really want to say that to you, that, that the fear you are feeling is not the enemy. In fact, it's there to keep you safe. It's really an ally in living your very best life. And most of us would be in danger all the time without active, healthy fear. It's when fear goes too far and becomes irrational and dominant. And kind of turns into a phobia. If, if fear turns into a phobia that paralyzes you, then it's harmful, and then you have to do something about that. So how do we overcome fear? I think the way you can really understand that idea is to look at our dreams. You know, we all have had bad dreams and you wake up the middle the nine-year kinda sweating. And have you ever woke up in the middle of the night and you were certainly there was someone in the room with the boy that's happened to me. And dreams are a funny thing. And science has done a lot of study and they don't really know why we dream. But the best theory is that we dream to prepare us for life. So in other words, we have these fears and in our dreams, we act out our fears. Waking up suddenly to someone in your room. That's just a normal, natural fear. And all humans all over the world have nearly identical dreams. And so what's happening is the fear is coming to us in our dreams, were acting it out. And it's serving as an inoculation against fear. So you're getting a little dose to the fear and it's, you know, if you wake up in the middle of the night and you're afraid it pretty strong and you really feel it. But you were never endanger, Were you? And so you get a little dose of that fear and you wake up terrified, but you are never any harm's way at all. Nothing bad happened to you. You were just afraid. And so you practice out in the dream your fears and you become inoculated to them. So what is an inoculation? It's a little dose of something harmful. So fear can become harmful. But if you take it in a little doses, it won't be harmful. And so that is really what I'm going to suggest to you. You know, there's an old saying, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Well, in a sense then if you allow it while fear is a friend, so you should keep it close because it's helping you to stay safe. But if it becomes a phobia, you need to keep it even closer and hold it close to yourself and turn it into an ally in living your very best life. And if you will, it will, if you will embrace it, it will become an ally in living your very best light. And next I want to share with you a quote from, from Eleanor Roosevelt. This is one of my all time favorite quotes. I love goats. You gained strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. And that's the famous part of this quote. People always cite that you must do the thing you think you cannot do. And so that is the very most important foundational step in overcoming your fear. Little by little, byte by byte. Approach the fear, embrace it and take hold of it, bring it close and do it just like an inoculation. Take a little safe bite and do it, and then take a little safer by it and do it and keep going at it. Keep bring it in and trying it. Don't run from it. Don't be afraid of it. Don't hate it. Make it an ally in living your best life. So I want to give you some very specific steps that you can take in embracing fear and making it your ally to live your very best life and how you can overcome these fears. Number one is, I would like for you, and these are actual steps I'd like you to do. This is a homework assignment for how you're going to cope with fear. You, the first thing to do is to know your fear. If it's an enemy that what you want to know everything you can about an enemy, you want to know everything about an opponent. And you want to, because we want to bring our friends close and our enemies closer. We want to know everything we can about the fears that are Ines and are holding us back in life. So I want you to carry a notepad and write a list of all your fears as they come up. So write out a worry list as you're going through your day and you're starting to replay something over and over, you're in your head, you're worried about something. Did you do that report for the boss, right. Is the car you know what? I don't know about you, but I used to always have fears about my car. What's that sound in the car? What does that knock in the car or or or your friends. What was that remarked? My friend said. And then you start playing that over and over in your head and you hear it all the time and it becomes bigger and bigger in and you turn it and twist it into, oh, I think I think my girlfriends gonna break up with me. I think my friend is tired to me and is mad at me and what am I going to do? And so we have these worries that pre-play over and over in our minds. And I'd like for you to write them down. And I'd like you to see a pattern in what you worry about, both in your personal life and in this whole new adventure of living on wheels. And, and this is really important about this list. I want you to keep the list. And after a month or two or three or six or a year, I want you to get that worry list out. And I want you to see and I'm just guessing. But I'm going to bet, if I were a betting man, I'd bet 99% of your worries were completely baseless, unfounded, not true. And so now you've gained information about how your brain and your body work. It creates fear where there is none. It creates a problem where there is none. And I want you to see that by, by embracing a just like Eleanor Roosevelt said. Look at it, touch it, taste it, feel it. No, this is the theater. Hold it in your hand. This is the fear that I have. My my friend said this thing and now he's mad at me and maybe I'm gonna lose my friend and I'm going to be friendless in life. And how will I go through life without any friends? And it just blows up and it just goes over and over your mind and drives me crazy. I don't know if it drives you crazy, but those things happened to me and drive me crazy. And now, you know, by looking back six months later, you look back at that and said he didn't mean that at all. That's not what happened. None of that came true. So I went through this false fear about my friend. And the next time your friend says something, you can know. Yeah, that's not really what he meant. He's my friend. My lover is really my lover. And so on the bus really didn't mean he's about to fire me by this innocent comment. It was just something I've misunderstood. So Reidel, fear list and write down all your worries. Now another part of this is writing and anxiety list. Anxiety moves more out of the mind and into your body. The Clint's teeth, the thought of something and you tense up and you're not even aware of it. Usually you have to actually have to start looking and examining your body. For these anxieties. The butterflies into pity or stomach. And I don't know how better to describe it, but I think we all know what I'm talking about. This, this thought, this gnawing feeling in your stomach that this is wrong, something's wrong here. Maybe that's your intuition, but maybe it's an unfounded fear. So keep a list of the anxieties you have in your life and remember them and come back and check up on them and see. They weren't true. All my anxieties were just anxieties and they did not come true. So next, let me offer the idea that you specifically write down your fears about becoming a Nomad to living life on the road. Some of them are going to be, most all of them will be completely logical. Your car breaking down, I think that's the most common one. So you'll have a fear that your car will break down and you'll be less Chan and left nowhere in the middle of nowhere and bad things will happen. You also have fear for your safety. That's what I hear all the time. Will I be safe on the road? Are there roving bands of murderers and rapists out there and I'll be killed as soon as I go out there. You just have all these fears of big one is wild animals. These are all the fears that come up in our dreams all the time worldwide. We all have these in our dreams. And so there what's coming up now, when you think about becoming a nomad, it's just how are our body evolved and our minds evolved to have these fears. And so we just approach them, we accept them, we offer a solution to them. That's the next step. Once you know what your fears are, you have a plan a you have a plan a for your when your car breaks down. Plan a is to take really good care of it and so it never breaks down. That's plan a. So have when your fear of your car breaking down comes up? No. I've changed the oil. I'm going to make oil every 3 thousand miles. I'm gonna get the belts checked every 10 thousand miles. Have a plan. This is how I'm going to solve this problem with the car breaking down by preventing it. You'll never break down if i take good care of it and then have an emergency fund plan B, if it does break down, I have roadside service or call or get told in I have the money, I'll get it fixed. That's a Plan B. Have a Plan C. It takes a long time to get it fixed. So okay. I have the I carry a bike and attend if the if it breaks down and I can't sleep in it overnight in the shop, I'll take it to I'll get a tit space and RV parks and I'll ride the bike around down while the tense in an RV partner by, Have a plan a, plan B, plan C, every fear that comes up. Your see, this fear is doing you a world of good. It's making you plan for bad happenings. See, that's what fears for it's doing you good. It's becoming an ally in living your best life. So the theory of your safety, I recommend everyone that's listening right now, take a self-defense course. I don't think there's any chance you'll ever use it. But I think the course itself and the confidence it will give you is something you will be grateful for your entire life. So, have an answer. Study the statistics which say that you're extremely safe out on the road. Most crimes are big city crimes or even middle sized town crimes. And you're not going to be there. You're going to be out in the woods, in Boone docking or wherever you're going to be another year. Big fears is wild animals. And so do studies. If you do a study, you're much more likely to be hit by lightning than you are to be attacked by a bear or a guy owed. Attacks are virtually non-existent. Outside of the national parks, bear attacks in Continental 48 states. It doesn't happen. It's just, it's do the research when the fear of the bears and the coyotes and the snakes, snake bites are so rare. Do the research and have the answer, that's what you're doing. You're making these fears and ally and helping you by having a solution. I'm not afraid of snakes because and put those things into effect. I'm not afraid of breaking down because and then put that plan into effect, you'll be safer and your fear will go down. You will have gotten it close. You will have embraced it. You'll have looked at in the face you touched it, you'll be used to it. Now, one last thing I want you to do to overcome your fears for the final step is this. Learn to live in the moment. Nearly all your fears are future base. They're going to happen in the future. So learn to live in the moment. And the best way to do that is through meditation. If you will take up some form of meditation and it doesn't have to be a formal thing, is certainly doesn't have to be a spiritual thing. It just has to be living in the moment in mindfulness. And there's a lot of books and tapes and audio books. And I'm not going to teach you anything about meditation right here and now, but meditation will really help you. And now I'm going to give you an idea that is going to be repulsive to a lot of you. I'm going to suggest that you take up negative meditation. I'm going to suggest that you start thinking. See that's what we've been doing. We thought about I'm going to break down. And when, when I break down, what am I going to do? We're, that's kind of a negative meditation. Let me just think about all the bad things that can happen when I break down. And then let me think about how all the answers for every one of those problems. Well, so I want you to think about all the bad things that can happen. Find the solutions, and have them ready, put them into place, start acting on those solutions. So in a sense, that's a negative meditation. One of our greatest fears is death. Nearly all of our fears boil down to fear of death. And the Buddha did, the Buddhists, and the Buddha is very specifically did death meditation's, they've sent around and meditated on death. This was a very negative meditation. So the Buddha would take his followers out and they would go to a graveyard. They would dig up a body and meditate around it. It's called an impermanence meditation. Everything changes, nothing stays the same. And I embrace and accept that everything changes and that the unknown is coming. I don't know what's coming. And I'm okay with that. I'm embracing it. The stoics, a group of people who are so similar to the Buddhist and so many ways. And I really tried to pattern my life after the Stoics, they practiced negative meditation. They said, think about your loved ones dying. If you think about your loved ones dying, that won't make a commit true, but what it will make come true is every moment you spend with them, you will treasure. And you will be spend every second you can. And when you look at them, you're going to know I'm going to die. And when I'm gone I won't be with my loved one. And my loved one will not always be my child will not always live with me. I'd better love her right now when they she's gonna move, get grid up and go, give grow up and move away. I better spend every moment I can with it. One day she'll be gone. And I must spend every moment I can with her today because I'm aware of impermanence. Everything changes. So make the most of the moment, living in the moment will allay most of your fears, the fear of breaking down always in the future. And if you were aware that I've Today, I've done everything I can to make my car as safe and as reliable as it can be. I'm okay. Right now. Tomorrow will take care of itself. I have a plan in place. It's going to be alright. So living in the moment will be the most important thing you can do to allay your fears. So I hope these, I hope all of these ideas helped you and that you can do something with them and make your life better. And don't let your fear keep you from the best possible life you can have. The life of your dreams is waiting for you and only your fears, keeping you from it. Deal with your fears and all the ways I've outlined here. And you can have it. Now for the fair class, I'm going to give you a homework. So write a fear list and anxiety lists so that you know the things that you're afraid of. And then you can start doing them. You don't if you don't know what they are, you can't go do them. So write out a list and then start confronting the list. And I'm going to suggest that you do three things that are outside your comfort zone, whatever your comfort zone is. And I can't really give you great advice because it's so different for all of us. You maybe you have a terror of public speaking. Fight. Go take a Toastmaster class. Go find a chance to do public speaking. Maybe you have the idea of spending a night in your van just terrifies you? Well, go park and go out in your driveway tonight and spend the night in your car and they'll be hard, there'll be difficult. And if that's too hard, work your way up, whatever you're really scared to do. But within reason you can't do it. Pushed the boundaries of your life and go do three things this week, if you possibly can. So come back then we'll see you in the next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. 5. CLASS 5 Getting Rid of Stuff: I run walking back to my next class on the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure, your fantasy lie. And you can't do it. And I'm going to show you how, what are the biggest things you're going to have to do is to get rid of so many possessions that you can fit everything you own into a car than or even an RV. And even in an RV, it can be difficult. And I can when I did it, I remember how horribly hard it was and everyone I've talked to since then tells me, oh, this was so hard. How do you get rid of all this stuff? I have so much I don't know what to do with it. I don't know where to get rid of it out. What do I do help? So I want to get you going on the right direction on this one really hard step. And you know, in our society, we are, our values are instilled in us by our parents first and then by our teachers at school, our peers and constantly through the media. Even the government is instilling our values in it. So society's values are constantly being instilled in you. And they are living the American dream. Being a good, productive citizen and working your whole life towards your golden years. Well, at the core of all of those are owning a lot of things, stuff. The more stuff you have, the better citizen you are, the more you buy, the better the economy is. And then the American dream is own stuff, ONE more stuff, ONE better stuff, ONE bigger, better, brighter, faster stuff. And I want it now. Don't wait, you'd better buy it right now because you gotta, gotta hit get it. That's the American dream. And ultimately it's all pointing towards the golden years when you have all the stuff in the whole world and you're happy finally. And so all these things sound great until you get them and you have to buy them. And that's where you have to be a wage slave, a good, productive citizen. Now you sold your freedom for money to get possessions and house, to put your possessions in these things, or you don't own this stuff. This stuff owns you. And the demand to get more of this stuff, own Jew. You think you won't all these things, but you don't, you don't own that house. It owns you. You work for the house, you work for the possessions, you work for. The next thing you want, you've just desperately have debye. So these false values are placed in us by our society. And I'm not, this is not a conspiracy theory. I don't believe that at all. We all agree to it. It feels good. It sounds good. The economy works great. We've got the best economy in the world, the freest country in the world at all, just sounds so good. Except you'll end up living for your things and your things don't live for you. In fact, we become the tools of the machines that keep the economy moving and going were the things now you and I become things. And it's because of our craving need for more things. So this is going to be the hardest thing you'll do is getting rid of all your stuff so it will fit. Imagine getting everything you own a car, the little tiny space of a car, or the little even a little bigger but still tiny space of a van or even an RV. And some of the RVs are big, but it's still hard. Imagine you have to do that. That's ridiculous. You can't. It's going to be so hard that you need a motivating factor. And what I want you to see is that every time you pick something up and think I'm keeping this, I'm getting rid of this which might what am I gonna do? This thing isn't something you own it, own Jew. You're not getting rid of a thing that you care about because you probably couldn't care less about it. You're getting rid of a thing that owns you and is your master. You have to slave away to have a house, to store it in. You have to clean it. You have to care for it your whole life. You don't get to make your own decisions. I want to go here, I want to go there. I don't wanna do that. No. You go to a job you hate because of this thing and because your desire for more or better, bigger, betters, prettier things. If you can break the power of that thing on your life, you can be free. So you're buying your freedom in this step. Remember that every time you pick something up, I won't be your slave. I'm going to live a life of freedom. And if you'll hold onto that thought, really hold on. You. It becomes really a lot easier to say no, you won't be my master. I will let you go. Now, on the other hand, there's a lot of things that are sentimental and they are very hard to let go of. And I understand. But here's here's how I want to encourage you to let go of those things. Understand that the thing creates a feeling and a thought of a person. The thing that is sentimental to you, has become a substitute for the person. Now if the person's still alive, focus on the person and realize the thing doesn't really matter. If it's a picture, you can digitize your pictures. Good. Digitize all your pictures, all your kids, you know, report cards and those things are important. I'm not I'm not putting that down at all. Things can substitute for the person. So everything you can digitize, digitize, and then focus on the person, not on the thing. Don't let the thing be a substitute for the person. If the person is gone, then I can't of course, connect directly to the person. And what happens is I substitute the thing for a connection to the person. And what I would really encourage you to do is to find an emotional, spiritual connection to the person that doesn't depend on this thing. And I know, and sometimes you can't, you just need to keep this thing because it's sentimental value. No problem if you have to do that, you have to do that. But you have to train yourself to look towards the person, connect emotionally and in memories with the person. Not the thing. I mean, just, you can even just talk to the person. And our society doesn't like that and teaches against that. But learn to develop your own connection with a person that doesn't have a medium. See that thing becomes a medium. None of us want to believe in witchcraft, but really the thing kinda becomes a medium and to the person. So focus on the person and not on the thing. So I want you just to have an emotional foundation when it gets really hard to get rid of stuff. This thing is not my master. It does not own me. I want to be free so much, I'll get rid of it. And I love the person, not the thing. And then connect directly to the person. That way you can get rid of all of it. Now let's move on to how you're going to physically actively go about doing, getting rid of all this stuff. That number step number one is above everything else. Sell everything you possibly can. Your new life's gonna take money, you're gonna have to get into a new vehicle. You must have an emergency fund will talk about more about this when we talk about money, you must have an emergency fund. And so the first thing you wanna do is sell everything you can, so you can build your emergency fund. And once you have an emergency fund, this starts savings towards the vehicle that you want to live in. And remember, always focus. You're laying down the slavery of the things and the life you've been living. This wage slavery and you're moving to freedom. I'm buying my freedom by getting rid of these things, by getting rid of this thing, I'm gaining my freedom. And by not buying this new thing, I'm not bringing a new master into my life. I'm, I'm not going to be a slave to this new thing. So sell everything. You can, don't buy anything new. And how you're going to sell it. Well, Craigslist is probably a very first choice. Facebook marketplace is a really good option. Ebay, surprisingly, for smaller things, eBay is a really, really good Joyce. Just pawn shops. Don't rule out pawn shops. It's not going to be your best choice, but it'll be a choice. And so just think of be creative. What else is in your area that you can sell things at garage sales if you're in-house now, have a garage sale, you can find a way to sell most of this stuff. You're going to be surprised how little you can sell. And if you can't sell it, sell everything you can save every penny. Don't, don't spend any of it, don't buy anything new. And then you're going to have to get rid of the rest that doesn't go and that's probably going to be a whole lot. While we think it's also incredibly great. It's treasure to us, but it's going to be trashed to most other people and you're not gonna be able to sell it. So next, you have to give it away. Be careful in your giving it away. You're gonna wanna give it first to family and friends. Don't give it to them. And it's going to be a burden, forced them to tell you and be honest with you, is this a burden if I give this to you, don't be a burden to your especially to your kids. That's what a lot of you're want to going to do is give your stuff to your kids. And so many times it's a burden. They don't want to say no, it's so important to you, they'll take it, don't don't load up your crap on your kids because they don't want it, probably don't want any of it. But give them the first chance. Your kids, your spouse, your relatives, wherever they are, your friends, give them first choice. And then if none of them will take it and you're gonna have a lot that no one will take. That goes to the Salvation Army, the thrift stores, goodwill, whichever thrift store. Habitat for Humanity is a great one, you all should be supporting them. Another good one is the different Humane societies. And if you're a dog lover like I am, you'd want to give some of your stuff to them, just make sure it's valuable. It's not a burden, it's not trash. A lot of our treasure is truly trash, so then you just give it away. And finally, if after you've sold at all, given it all the way that you can, you're going to have a whole bunch leftover. I'm sorry to say it. Your treasure really is trash. Probably no one will want it. It's going to the dump. And I'm sorry to say that. And it's going to be really, really hard. It's going to the dump. And so you make trips to the dump. One thing to do before you go to the dump is to put it out on the curb. And you'd be really surprised how people will just see it. And even if it's got some flaws, Bell won it and take it. So last step is out on the curb, put assign free and don't leave it there. Obviously, the trash pi is going to come and get it. And then ultimately you'll never goes from the curb, then you take it to the dump. You don't it's not a burden. You're you're having bought a bunch of stuff that became a master to you should not be a burden anyone else. That's really important. You always want to be a blessing to others and not a burden and don't let that happen. And finally, the big question is going to be, what about storage? I just can't get rid of the stuff. I can't let it go is too sentimental. It's so valuable. And it's really hard when things are valuable and no one wants them and you can't sell them. If you just have to keep storage, then okay. Keep a storage unit. If you just have to. I'll just tell you this. I never have. But I know a lot of people that did they said, I've just can't get rid of this. I'm keeping a storage without exception. I don't know anyone that was glad that kept the storage a year, a 23 after paying 1000 to $3 thousand and the storage fees, they finally went home. They gave it all away. They didn't keep any of it and they regretted having kept. That's been my experience over and over again. And I think that will probably be your experience, but there's nothing wrong if you can afford it in keeping a storage unit and if you need to do that to get you on the road, if the thing is so much your master and it, you are such a slave to it that the only way you can break free and goal is to put it in storage. Put into storage. That's good. Get your freedom. The healing you find in your freedom will set you free of the slavery to the thing. So there you go, four steps to actually get rid of your stuff. And the main thing is the emotional attack, breaking the emotional attachment. This is not something that brings me joy. It's a master that I've become a slave to and I serve by having to work and clean and maintain and warehouse it. You're buying your freedom by getting it out of your life. That's how you become free. Be sure, and come back to the next class, we will cover another important topic, the ultimate crash course, to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. See you then. 6. CLASS 6 Types of Camping: Ok. So one of the more difficult things you're going to have to do is choose a kind of vehicle. There are so many choices that it's really hard to know which one would be perfect for you. But before you can choose which vehicle, you have to choose which kind of camping you're going to do. So there are three basic kinds of camping. And each one, if you if you predominantly do one or the other, requires a different vehicle. Let me so let me give you an example. The three kinds of camping are boondocks and that's what I'm doing here. I'm camping in the middle of nowhere. I like to go through things that scare most people. So I drove through that with my van. No problem. But you couldn't have gotten through that with an RV. So if you like to go remote in backcountry and RV would be a terrible choice for you. At the same time, if you'd like to go remote in backcountry, a car could not have gone through this and PRI would have died because the water was too deep in the splashing. So a car, an RV, if you want to go through something like this, are ruled out. So that's why it's important to decide where you're going to go camping before you can choose which vehicle to buy. One determines the other. So the three kinds of camping or boondocks king what I call Boone docking, I'll explain that. And stealth parking. That means you live in a city basically and you just camp around different places in the city. I did that for six years and I did it no problem. And I kind of enjoyed it. And a third kind of camping is going to RV parks and campgrounds. That means you're paying to stay in an RV park or a campground. There are free campgrounds, but they're few and far between. And so we're not even really gonna consider those, although there are a few. One of the big factors in which you choose is the money. If you don't have the money to afford an RV park every night or a campground every night. That's not an option for you, is it? Maybe you have to be a boon Docker because you can't afford anything else. There's a lot of free camping on public land. So let me tell you first what boondocks King is. The word boondocks came from the Philippines. It's a Filipino Word. Art soldiers were there in World War two. The word balloon dog in Filipino means Bush back country. And so the soldiers would say, let's go out into the bush. And the natives would say you're going in to the boondocks. And they started saying that it's kind of a nice sounding word. And that got shortened to buoys. And so it just entered in that language, the US Language and became a word we adopted from the Philippines. Boondocks to mean B means. You're off-grid, your remote, you're primitive camping. You're not hook it up. It's out in the middle of nowhere. If you're not out in the middle of nowhere, you're not boondocks. Can't be parking in a Wal-Mart. Is del parking. It's not boondocks. So what exactly is del parking? What do I mean? Well, when you live in a city, you'll be camping around other people. You'll be living in your vehicle overnight, like in a van or even a car overnight. And so you have to be a stealth because you don't want other people to know. You scare people if they think you're sleeping or camping outside their house. So you stay in a residential area and a neighbor sees you out there and they say, who's this, I'm scared, what are they doing there? So they call the police and say there's some strange person outside my house. Will you come and check him out? The police come, they Rouse to, they say you can't be here, you gotta go somewhere else. That knock on the door at night. That's what you want to avoid. Now, mostly the police, they're really smart. They know when someone's living in their car, their van, It's the neighbors who call them and forced them to rouse you most of the time. So really you're being stealthy. You're kinda keep hidden that you're in their sleeping. You wanna just blend into the neighborhood, into the residential area, into Walmart, into wherever you're camping. If you're in a truck stop, you just want to look like someone else parked in a truck stop that's still parking. Now. Cars and SUVs and minivans and bands do that pretty well. They're good at stele. What isn't good at stealth as an RV? So if you need to be as self-parking, you really should not be in an RV. That kinda rules that out. And if you have to keep working because you need money, I did. That's what happened to me. I had to keep working because I was waiting for retirement and I was waiting for my son, my youngest son, to get turned 18 and leave the house. And so I had to wait and it's dealt Park for six years because money forced me to. So that means you're not going to be an RV. You it's possible to start self-parking and RV, but it's not easy and I don't recommend it for anyone. Basically just if you're self-parking, don't be in an RV. If you don't want to be driving a big RV around town, that just doesn't make sense. So be in a car, van or SUV. Your other option is if you want a lot of comfort and you just, you know, you don't want to have to live small, you want to live big. You need to be in an RV Park. You want people around you. Then what's better for an RV parks than an RV? If you're gonna be campgrounds in campgrounds, if you're going to be paying, get all the comfort and and and buy an RV. So your choice, I'm going to be the Boone Docker. Just go out in the beauty of nature and be alone or be with my friends. If you're stealth parking in a city because you're working, you like the cultural things that are available in a city. Or if you want to be in a campground larvae, they determined which vehicle you will choose. So one way to help you decide which is best for you, being a boon Docker or self-parking or camping in RV parks, cart campgrounds. Is your attitude? My attitude is I am going camping because I love camping for the rest of my life. That meant I needed the vehicle that was easy to Campion. In nature. I love nature. I love the beauty. I love the adventure of being forced to cross a creek. I love that and I love the big trees and finding lakes and creeks and beautiful services with mountains. And I love that so much and I Need Nature. So I'm going camping the rest of my life. What some of that some of you don't really want that. You want an apartment on wheels. And that's a completely different attitude and a completely different choice of where you're going to spend your time. If you want an apartment on wheels, you really should buy an RV of some size and we'll talk about different RVs. So if you want an apartment on wheels, you really want to be want to be in the car because that's not an departmental wheels. You don't want to be an SUV. You didn't even want to be in a van and you want to be in an RV. Now it can be as very small larvae in a class B, and we'll talk about that in just a second. But so make that decision. Am I going camping for the rest of my life? Because I love camping and I love nature. Or am I do I want an apartment on wheels? If you wanted apartment on wheels by an RV, if you want to go camping, terrestrial life, a car, van or SUV will be worked for you really well. Okay, so now let's that outline helps you decide which kind of camping or we need to do. Once you know what's kinda camping you're going to do. You can decide which vehicle best suits that mode of living. So first and foremost, let's talk about boondocks. You want to be in nature, you absolutely can be a boon Docker in an RV. I know many people that do it. They go to many beautiful places. But here's what happens where I'm located right now. Right over there is a beautiful lake and there'll be RV there are RVs all around, uh, right now. It's noisy because they're RVs packed all around it. There are ATVs driving all around. There are people running their generators. There are people playing loud music. It's people congregating for free. And that's great. And they love being it and most of them love having people around them. But it's noisy and I hate that. I would never, ever camped there with all that noise. And the music, really loud music bingeing inside and ATVs screaming up and down and generators and kids screaming and that's great. But boy, I don't want to have to listen to it all day. So what happens is in an RV, you could be boondocks right over there and a great late for free. Or if you can get through this little creek that I just drove through you and go over there a quarter mile and you'll be all alone and you can't hear the lake. That's what I want. And if you want to go deeper into the back country, you can't be in an RV. You'd RV goes so far, hits hits a roadblock, whatever it is, a creek or a ditch or sand or mud, and you have to stop with a van, you keep going. And that's why I chose event because I want to be a boon Docker and I want to be. Deep in the woods and that's why you might choose an SUV. When I say SUV, like a Jeep, I know people who live in 4D orgies and they have a Rooftop Tent or they set up a tent outside. They go anywhere. Board RGB can go just about anywhere, but they have no comfort. So that's something to think about here too. There's a balancing act. On one hand, you have all this comfort of an RV, but you can't go anywhere into the backcountry, deep into the back country through any kind of obstacle. On the other hand, you could have afford or jeep that can go in anywhere. Total freedom to go wherever you want. But 0 comfort. That's the balancing act. You have to decide what you need. How much Comfort Do I need? Do I need an apartment on wheels? Then you're going to have to be in an RV and you're going to have to come to a creek and stop and go back and camp with everyone else. That's the way that works. That's the choice you have to make and decide. This is most important to me to have a department on wheels. I don't wanted department on wheels. I want to go in the back country of Van works. So this balancing act of comfort and freedom, that's what you have to make the decision about. But there's more to it than that. It's not just going into the back country. I get 1518 miles to the gallon at best, I've gotten 20 on this van. Well, I have a lot of friends that live in a Prius that get 50 miles to the gallon. They're more free than I am getting averaging, say 1617 miles to the gallon. Because if they want to jump in their car and drive 1000 miles, they don't think about the cost of the gas at all because it's not much. If I'm going to jump in that and drive 1000 miles, i think long and hard about how much that's going to cost me because I don't want to I don't have all that money to spend for gas. So an advantage to a car is, again, very little comfort. A huge amount of freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. Because you can get 40 or 50 miles to the gallon. I mean, you literally can. So again, there's this balancing act that comfort versus the freedom. And you have to decide how much comfort you can live with and how much you can live without. For me, a van is the perfect balance. Say, for example, my friend that gets 50 miles per gallon and her Prius, no comfort. I have I have more comfort than her, but I can't go very far. What if I weren't an RV and had tremendous comfort, but only got seven miles to the gallon. So he can't go into the back country. He can't drive anywhere because he's getting seven miles to the gallon. He's very limited his freedom. He's gotten department on wheels, he's got comfort. He's not go into the back country. He's not just jumping in as RV and driving across the country to see a friend or to see a concert, or to see new display of something he wants. He's limited, he's given up his freedom for his comfort. Those are the choices you have to make. So now that's, that's the outline to help you make your decisions. If you move into a van, you won't have a shower every day. You probably won't have a bathroom or an actual flush toilet. You have to find solutions around all of those things. Same with a car, Same with an SUV. You get, you get all this extra freedom, but it comes with the cost of losing some comfort. Can work away around all the problems with showering and going to bathroom and enough space. I can find you a solution for all those problems in my van. But I can't find you any solution group seven miles to the gallon and not being able to cross a simple Creek when this dries out and I build this area really well, this will dry out and probably a couple of weeks it's in by the end of June, it'll be dried. You still can't drive across it in. I have a friend that I tried to get across with in an RV and they couldn't get across. They got high centered. It's a little too steep like this. And the high centered, the rare in I have a video showing you, my friend getting stuck and it's very Greek. So which is more important to you, freedom, comfort. So I'm gonna stop here, folks, in this class, we'll have another class where we'll actually look at all the different types of RVs, the different kinds of minivans you wanna full-size van, you want a minivan, SUVs cards, which kind of car works best. How to make it work in a car. We're not going to go to a lot of detail. You need to go to a, this will be an overview of all those kinds of decisions. And this video got too long, so we'll have another class just on that. Your first homework assignment that all of you should do is researching on free campsites and compendium. Go there researcher area, if you needed a camp today, where would you go? So use those tools to find it. So, and for stealth, I really strongly suggest that you go to YouTube, find lots of different videos, people who are actually dealt parking and learn from them where they're going, how they're doing it. And here's what, here's thing you really should do as you're driving around town, be looking, training yourself to look, hey, I could camp there and no one would know, no one would think about it. Learn where the residential apartments are in your area. If you have a commercial vehicle, go explore the industrial side of town. Where could you camp without an blend in and not be noticed? So start driving around town and thinking in stealth parking terms. After you've watched the videos, I could camped there that would work. Start looking for people who are living in their vehicles. At the more you know about it, you'll spot them. And you'll say, Hey, I bet that guy is living in his vehicle. Look at those little signs, knowing the signs that you see, that's what copy as well. So come back to the next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road, how you could afford a life of travel and adventure. And we'll talk about different classes, different choices for RVs, minivans, vans, SUVs, suburban versus two door G for samurai. And we'll talk about all those things and help you make those decisions for yourself. See you then. Okay. 7. CLASS 7 Choosing a vehicle: Hi everyone, welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. In our last class, we talked about the three different kinds of camping and how they determine your choice of vehicle. So if you are Boone Docker, you're out here in the woods like I am. Or if you are staying in RV parks and campgrounds or if you live mostly in the city, spend most your time in the city. And so you need stealth parking. Each one requires a different vehicle. And it's always a matter of balancing, comfort and freedom. Always everything in life we do comforts, valences, comfort in Freedom Day we're gonna cover specific differences in different, different types of vehicles. And let's start with Vance. I think bands are by far the best balance. You get. The balance of decent gas mileage not great. Certainly not 40 or 50. But 181920. Or if you go the minivan, you're getting into the mid-twenties or even high twenties in a minivan. And so you've got a good balance of freedom. You can go into the back country. You saw me go through this little Greek in my last video. And you've got decent, not good gas mileage. Here's what it amounts to. It does everything well, nothing. Great. So let's talk about vans. That's why vans are my very main first choice. They're reasonably inexpensive, defined into by they get decent gas mileage, they have enough comfort, not great, but enough enough space. Get a high top. You can stand easy to put solar on them. I really like, I think fans are by far the best choice. There are three choices within the van world. Minivan. Were you some of those minivans? A Toyota, Honda. Then get mid twenties twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty miles to the gallon. Pretty easily. The newer transits and dodge rams, or they get some really good gas mileage into the low twenties. So decent gas mileage, enough room to move around in. Let's start with a minivan. A minivan is much easier to find than a full-size van. That's the first reason you're probably going to buy used. If you're going to buy new, it doesn't matter. But a used minivan that is in really good shape, you can buy it for a lot less than any other Van. There are a lot more options out there. The minivan doesn't have a lot of comfort. It's small, but it gets great gas mileage. It also has great stealth. If you're gonna park in a city, people don't expect anyone to be living in a minivan. You get really good stealth parking in the city. You don't have very good. Clarence. A minivan might could go through this creek. I'm not sure of it at all. You do give up some freedom. You can't really go deep into the backwards with a minivan like you can with a full-size van there, much taller, but they're much cheaper to buy. You get great gas mileage, you get great stealth. Maybe that's ideal for you if you can live with the lack of comfort. Right in the middle is a full sized van. Gogh's. You saw me go through this creek in the last video, last class. They get all my band gets consistently get 16-17 miles to the gallon on average. Not good but not horribles, not ate like a lot of RVs would be enough room. I'm perfectly happy with the amount of room and space and comfort that I have. And if you want to put more comfort in it, you usually can't. If you buy the bigger new European style like the Ford transit or the Dodge Ram ProMaster. They're pretty darn big. You can make them very comfortable. So that is a great choice. And then finally, there are, so Now Class B's a. Class B isn't awful RV. It's a van that a company buys and converts into a 4V. They will almost always have the nicer ones. The tie in models will have generators, they'll have propane systems, all have heaters. They'll have bathrooms and showers. There. A little apartment on wheels, really little gas mileage is decent, not great, but pretty good. 15 or more. Maybe. They're very reliable, they'll run a very long time. Class B might be the very best choice for a lot of you. You get decent backward country, you get decent gas mileage. It does everything really well with a lot more comfort than a minivan and quite a bit more comfort than a van. A Class B. Maybe the perfect choice. I think a van full size then the best choice for nearly everyone. But if you need more comfort, a Class B is right there for you. Now let's talk about cars. If you're thinking I want to be in a car, well, a Prius is really a fantastic choice any of the hybrids, because it's a generator on wheels. You can create your own generator, you can create you creating your own electricity. You can run the AC for the engine very practically. The heat's not as good, nearly as good. But you can run a C that's a big, big plus you get 50 miles to the gallon. Almost no comfort, no space. But it's bearable and I know a lot of people that live them in them and love them. And so it's possible a better car is something like the Chevy Impala shimmy impeller actually has an amazing amount of room. And if you're willing to take the seats out the back seat and the, and the passenger seat. Any car can be remarkably comfortable. You'd be really surprised. I know someone in a little tiny car and they took out the seats except the driver's seat, of course. And it's remarkable how much space and comfort they have. They're getting 40 miles per gallon. So that really is more of an option than you would consider it at 40 miles per gallon is great. And then let's talk about SUV's. Suvs really have a wide range. You have the little tiny SUVs like the RAB for up to the monster SUVs like a suburban, you can get them nearly all of them in 3N four-wheel drive. You really go deep into the back country. If you have a suburban or an expedition, an excursion, then my goodness you can, you can really go into the back country. Suburban has a fair amount of comfort to a lot of actually a lot of space. You can get a jeep, so you get a g2 door or Ford or go anywhere in the backcountry, get low twenties, high teens. Mpg. And that's not bad. Go anywhere, literally anywhere. It put a rooftop kit on it, put they make tenths that pop up off of the roof on them. That might be something for a lot of you to consider. One thing to think about is if you're getting a van, should you get a cargo van or passenger van? And they both have pluses and minuses. The most important thing is can you live without the windows? And I know people who cannot live without the windows. So they must have a past year Band. And I understand that those windows are so nice. You if if that's too much, you can cover them with insulation or with reflecting, sir, just put something dark on them and you can cover them. And so you get the best of both worlds, lots of clearance, nice visibility outside. You feel very open in a passenger van. And some people just have to have that. The advantages to a cargo van is you see the ribs. You can, you can insulate them very easily if you're in cold country, a cargo van is far better. You can insulate inside the ribs very, very easily. You have better stealth because no one can see in there's only a few windows are easier to cover. Goddard insulate in the cold and the heat. So there are advantages to a cargo van as well. Whichever one fits your needs better, you have to decide. Now finally, let's look at RVs. If you decided you want an apartment on wheels, you need the comfort than you needed an RV. So we'll start at the bottom with the Class B. Again, it's smaller, it gets decent gas. Mileage can go much further into the backcountry than any of the bigger RVs scan. So a Class B is would be my very first choice for any of you. Again, a Class B is a regular van. Converter buys it, cuts the top off, puts a high top on. Or if they buy, they buy a sprinter or transit or God's ProMaster that tops already high. They strip out the interior, they build in an RV and apartment on wheels inside. Those are great choices. Very expensive, most expensive of all the RVs per square foot. They're small, but they're very expensive. You'll spend a 100 grand, kind of at a minimum for a good class BY NEW used one, maybe you can get one for five or ten, but it'll be older and well used. You really need to spend 20 or 30 thousand for a good used class B. But man, they are good choices. I think a Class B is one of the very best choices. You get a little good, decent stealth, not great, but some good backcountry ability. You not do best, but good, decent gas mileage, that really a good end. Lots and lots of comfort. Really good choice. And then above that are the Class a and Class C. A Class C almost always has a van nodes. Sometimes they have truck noses, but mostly they have a van knows there's a bed over the top and they're usually in the range of 30-foot at the most, 224 foot. Although there are longer and shorter ones out there, you can get them as shortest, 18 feet. What a fantastic rigged dat is. You get the size and the space of the class C. But boy, they're decent gas mileage, easier to drive around town. They're all going to be not all, but mostly they're all going to be eight feet wide, harder to drive around town and they're very determined to be long. 24 foot to 35 foot in a class C, the nose van knows is more comfortable for most people to drive. I think most of you will be more comfortable driving in a class C. Here's the one thing I have to tell you about all RVs except the Class B's. This doesn't apply to the Class B's. Most of them are made very, very poorly. They're made cheaply to mass produce them and get them out on the market for the least amount of money possible. Failure rate is high, very, very high. The odds of you getting a lemon brand new are good. Just drive it out the factory floor and start having problems. Start calling the manufacturer and say what about this? It's broken and what about that and the roof on all of the RVs are a problem except the Class B. And Class B should not be a problem. It's just a regular roof, a fiberglass route or the roof that came with standard from the factory for transit. So all of the RVs except the class Bs, are mechanical reliability problems, roofs are problems, leaks are problems. All the little parts and systems inside will fail on you. Big problem. It's one of the reasons I don't buy an RV. I don't recommend RVs because all the problems with luck, you can find one a few years old. They've solved all the problems. They never really had the problems. With luck. That's all I can say. Get it checked out. Goodness still no guarantee. Which the class A's are the big boxy looking things. You're sitting up really high on the windshield. They different driving. They have the most room. Class says are pretty nice. They're very comfortable, most comfort. You can get them up to like 45 feet long diesel pushers, blots of power. Nice, Really, really good things to be said about the comfort of a class a. And if you buy the higher end ones, you're probably not gonna get the reliability, the failure rate of the lower ends one. So class a is going to be the biggest, the room easiest, the cheap ones are going to be really cheap and fall apart quickly. A Class C is going to be easier to drive, usually a little shorter, little more pleasant, I think to live in. You lose all the front-end distance. You know, you can't sell good use of the engine at all. You can't really set up front. The great thing about the class say as you turn the two swivel seats up front, we're used do pasture and the drivers drive. And boy, that space becomes available uncomfortable. Lot to be said for classes, class sees. They all three have one primary advantage. You can go from your bed to the driver's seat to drive away that add safety. If you think about the totals, all the tables and Camper slight in campers and trucks. You have to get out of your bedroom, drive around, get into the front seat to drive away. That's not as safe. If there's some noise outside that's scaring you. If there's a two-legged predator or a four-legged predator, you can't drive away and a tubal, you got to go outside, could front the two or four legged predator to drive away. If you're in any of the vans or a class B, class C, class a, you get in the front seat. Never go outside, you drive away. That's a level of safety and security that I think everyone should consider. Just for the confidence and peace of mind. I can get in the driver seat and driveway anytime. So that's a comparison between the class ABC and the tables and camper's, which is the best one of the individuals to buy lazy days makes by far the best RV as far as I'm concerned. If you can buy a used lazy days, you're going to be very glad There's Born Free. They're out of business. Lazy days is still in business. But born free is an excellent one. Also really excellent by either one of those if you can afford it. And then I like the Winnebago bagel brand name. I think you get the most the most reliable vehicle for the least amount of money with a Winnebago. So those are the three I recommend that you try and buy if you're getting a Class C, It's a good idea to consider a used rental Class C. I think you can get the 1-800 quarters there. They will usually come with a an extended warranty. They'll cover the interior of the drive train for a certain amount of time, depends on how much pay. I think the Reynolds is a very good something for you to consider. Now let's talk about the totals. The Tobel start at the smallest size of teardrops and you can buy those for 3 thousand. You can buy them small enough and light enough to be pulled by any car. That's a strong consideration by a runaway teardrop tiestall trailer there, square there, not the teardrop shape. You could get one for three grand. You can taught with almost any car, that's the most comfort for the least money that you can get. I think you should all consider that if you must have it Tobel, the next step up is the fiberglass eggs, the SCAP, the cosine, the escape. There are numerous of them out. I really like this camp and they can see that there are very good, you can buy them used good shape. They don't leak, they're much more reliability. You're not gonna have those failure rates with either a scamper. Refrigerator is gonna die on eventually on any RV. But the failure rate on the fiberglass eggs, and they literally do look like an AIG. And there are two fiberglass parts that are molded together other than the openings in the roof, there's no possibility of leaks. They're great. I really recommend strongly any of the fiberglass segues, the stamp and the cosine, especially a lot of comfort. You can tell them with a car or a bigger SUV, not really big card to fill one of these, they're fairly heavy. But you really need a pick-up or a van TO a scam or a casino with a van and you've got a lot of room and comfort. That's a great combination if you're willing to do. And then moving up from that, you have the other tuples, you have the bumper pools, which are travel trailers. A lot of those are cheaply made in their crap. And that's really all I can tell you is to watch out. You're not buying something that's crap. And just make sure it's as good quality as you can afford. Some of them are better than our pods are better. Just make your own choice on which, which is a better brand. And I don't I've never lived in an RV. I don't know exactly. Just really give a lot of reviews through a lot of Google searching on any of the tables. They range from really short tuples to really, really long 35 foot and more drawables. And then that's a bumper pull it hooks up to the bumper. They don't pull as well. They're harder pole. And then the next step up above that is the fifth wheels. They Trail really nicely. You can when you backup into them, you can see them. Get us get I my recommendation is the smallest, lightest one you can get. I recommend duly for any pickup with Dewey's for any of the fifth wheels, although the smaller ones can be pulled with even half tons. Now, you've got a really small light. When scamper makes a really small light, fifth wheel, highly recommended, highly, highly recommended. If you can find one, they're hard to find. You can pull it with a half ton pretty easily and comfortably. So so the fifth wheels are the most room for the most comfort. Summer matches inside. And but it takes a big rig and it puts a lot of stress on your big rig. I personally recommend if you get a big fifth wheel, an F 450 or 550 type proc, more than a one ton dually, you don't don't overload your vehicle and I'm seeing a lot of people overlook their vehicles with fifth wheels. Don't do that. That's a bad choice. Don't do it. Always err on the side of too much told vehicle. Never err on the side of too little tow vehicle to big a trailer for the vehicle that's pulling it. That's dangerous. Don't do it. I just don't ret don't recommend that to anyone. Get too big a tow vehicle, if you'd told vehicle isn't that strong yet a smaller trailer and live with less comfort. Do that. Another option, two trailers is a cargo trailer that you convert. I love cargo trailers that you convert. That's my first choice. There'll be a lot less no failure rate. The failure rate is nearly non-existent. You're putting everything in it. There are blank slates. I love them. I gotta video ten reasons you should buy a Carlo trailer, get that and watch that. And finally, another consideration is one of these vehicles is going to be your daily driver. If you get a Class a, B, or C or a van, even you could TO a small car and use it as your daily driver. If you have a Tobel, your toe vehicle becomes your daily driver. You want to drive around a great big truck with Dewey's all the time. You know, that's a thought for you to consider. The tow vehicle becomes your daily driver if you live in a van and that becomes your daily driver. I don't mind driving my van around, but I'm only getting 161718 miles to the gallon. If you're in a Prius, you're Priuses your trailer driver getting 50 miles to the gallon. That's something to give serious thought to. What do you want for a daily driver? If you have a class a, B, or C, you can tow an economy car. You can tow a Jeep, go deep into the back country with the jeep. So that's a very distinct possibility. Towing a car or vehicle with a class a, B, or C. Okay. I know this video is really long and I'm sorry, I wanted you to get the overview feel the pluses and the minuses of each of the vehicles so that you can make your best informed choice. Once you decide what level of comfort and freedom you need, do you need to go camping in the rest of your life or do you want an apartment on the wheels for the rest your life? Then narrow it down to which one meets those needs the best. Okay, so for today's homework for this class, which vehicle that you really want to live in and finding out where you're going to spend most of your time. The best thing I can suggest to you is to start going out and doing it. So written RV, rent a van, rent a camper van and go do it. That's really the only way you're going to know. But at the minimum, go, start going camping and see if you want to live in a tent. Can you live in a tent? And then if you can rent more and better vehicles, if you can afford it, then do that. So part of your homework will be to start searching Google Maps where parks you can go to and camp, where our campgrounds, where you can go in camp and where you can go to disperse camp, start learning those things. And then give a lot of thought to how you want to spend your time. Do you want to be in nature? Do you want to be in a city? Do you really need to be in an RV Park? Really spend some time giving each of those thought and meditating on them, which really appeals to your heart the most. And once you're starting to them 0 in, use that to decide on the vehicle you're going to want to buy. And then start searching on Craigslist, start searching on Craigslist for the car or a jeep or an SUV or van or minivan or, or an RV class be RBC maybe maybe a class C, then go to start going to RV shows, go to RV sales places in your area and go in and look around at an RV. Is this man, Does this feel great or to just think, oh, this is huge, I don't want to live here. Start going to use car lots and going inside minivans and ask them if you can fold down the seats and maybe it just go set inside a minivan on a used car lot. Can I live in here? So you want to just start pushing yourself out there physically going into these vehicles, which one feels good to you? And start going to places, go out to a campground, maybe try and spend a night somewhere in your town. Get the feel and be thinking about it and get the feel for the kind of vehicle and the kind of place you want to spend your time. I hope this helped you. If this did help you big shared, Come back to our next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. And we'll see you then. 8. CLASS 8 Boon Docking and RV Parks: Hi everyone. Welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. Today we're continuing with the idea of eliminating our highest expense, which is of course the cost of renting or mortgage and then utilities on top of that. So by eliminating those things, we're going to gain the maximum amount and of freedom whenever truly free. But we get the most freedom we possibly can Have. You always need some money. And so we have to have money, we're going to have to work. But the less our expenses, the more free we are to do what we want rather than what our landlord and our boss tells us to do. So the next question is, well, if I'm not going to rent rent an apartment, or live in a house, where am I going to live? That's a good question. And so there are a lot of places where we can live for free, like Boone docking or self-parking. So I'm going to explain those two to you. How you can go there, how you can do it for free. And then even if you want to live in an RV Park, you can still save quite a bit of money, and I'll explain that to you as well. So let's start with boondocks. Boone deke is camping for free out in the middle of nowhere like I am right now. I'm boondocks very near to right where I'm standing. It's free. I'm in a national forest. I booed OK. Boys on nearly the entire year. I rarely, rarely pay anything for rent and you don't have to either. So let me explain talking to you. In the United States, we have a lot of public land in Canada. They have crown lands. So if you're in Canada, there is Crown land where you can't for free, but that's another story and all that. You do your own research up there. But in the United States, it's mainly national forests. Blm, which stands for Bureau of Land Management. National forests are literally for us and that are owned by the federal government. You can camp in them for free, doing something called dispersed camping. The same thing with the BLM land. Blm is primarily not entirely desert land, but its land that has so little value that no one really wants it. It ends up in the ownership of BLM. And there's lot of dispersed free disperse camping on BLM land as well. So I'd spend almost my entire year. Between those two, there is other free camping. Wildlife refuges have free camping very occasionally national parks, rarely, but there is free camping in national parks and there's others along as well. So your first big question is going to be, where do I find this dispersed camping, How do I get it? How do I find it and how do I get there? The mains source that I want you to remember is free That's a website. They keep an amazing list of free camping or really cheap like camping that you can go to. So just go first and foremost, decide where you're gonna go. I'm gonna go to Manfred, Oregon. Okay. Then you go to free You type in Bedford, Oregon. It'll pop up with a lot of places. And if it's not one that you want, you just keep expanding your search. So free is my number one choice. For you to go and start out with. There are other good places. There's a, they're very good. There are many others. So if you just do a Google search on free, dispersed camping, and then type in the state or the location you want to be in. Lots of places will pop up. So just do a Google search and I guarantee you will find a lot of good places where you can go on campus. So you decide you're going to go a certain place and you want to go dispersed camping there, but you don't know much about it. So get out an atlas. And Atlas is a book of maps or a map of that state. And it will list in just an all of the state. It will list all of the national forests. By the national forest you're interested in camping in and then do a Google search on that. So maybe you'll find the coconut IDO national forest or the toehold National Forest or lots of other national forest. There's tons of national forests. You just find one and then you do Google Search type in Copenhagen National Forest, Arizona. The information will come up with a phone number, call them during business hours and ask them, Where can I go? Disperse camping and they'll give you some great ideas. And that's a really easy way to find dispersed camping as well. So one of the questions that you're going to run into is your out searching for dispersed camping on national forest or BLM land? Is am I still on national forest land or have I left him gone onto private property? Well, there are two great places to get that information. One is a website called Public They have a map of the entire state. They have a map of the entire nation. And you can just zoom in on where you are. And it has a listing of all the different agencies. So you can tap on turn on national forests, you can tap on BLM or you can tap on national wildlife refuges and just see and it will show you the boundaries right there. So that's public That is plural public What I recommend the highest is an app called US public lands. You can get it for both Apple and Android. It's a fantastic app. It ties into your GPS on your phone or your tablet. And so its knows exactly where you are. And then you can open up a map of an a satellite view and you'll see exactly where you are using the GPS. And as you're driving along, you can see when you go in and out in a public land, really a fantastic tool cost a couple dollars, well worth it. So you know, I'm on national forests land now or I have left National Forest or BLM or national wildlife refuge or whatever it is, it will tell all of them and it's a really, really great tool. So those are different ways that you can find Boone docking sites. It's easy. And as you get used to it and you learn more about it, you'll find more and more Boone docking sites and you won't have any problem at all. Okay. Next, let's talk about RV parks. Now. Maybe you have the money and you can afford the campaign RV parks. And that's fine. I never stay in RV parks, so I know very little about it. Your first question is going to be, is this a good RV parks? So just do a Google search on RV parks, reviews. And there are tons of them. There are done. There are different apps that you can download on your phone. There are websites. I think one of the biggest one is good Sam's escape ease runs. Rv parks are just ton of places that does reviews and you can know if it's a good RV park and how much it is and what are you going to get your money's worth while the WiFi work there? A lot of times they don't. Are the bathrooms clean on and on and on. So just go look up that up and you'll know how much it costs. And and if somewhere you want to stay. For. The next thing I'm going to suggest about RV parks is joining a membership club. There are different membership clubs that can save you a lot of money on RV camping in RV parks. And since we're trying to live as free as possible, free of money, then that's a good way to way to go is to save as much money as you can on RV parks. The two biggest that you're probably gonna be aware of is 1000 trails and passport. And I'd never joined either of them. I can't give you Reviews. Just go do a Google search again on RV part membership reviews. And there'll be a lot of people that give their opinions and it was great, it was awful as horrible. There are a lot of bloggers that you go to them and try them all out. So those are the two big ones that you've probably heard about 1000 trails and passport. A really big one is the escape ease RV club. They have their own network of of RV parks. And once you join the club, you can get really good discounts at a lot of them. So escape ease really look seriously into them. They're a great one. K away offers a discount. It, but it's not much, but it's something for you to look in, look into. Good Sam Club offers discounts, takeaways that might be worth it to you. So those are some really good ideas and you have to find out for yourself if they're going to work for you. The ins and outs of all of them are very different, so you'll have to just check them all out. Something to consider is you can buy lots in RV parks that you own. The escapee is RB Club offers RV parks that operate as co-ops. They are individually incorporated as a non-profit. Each each RV park is and you can buy a lot and then you own the lot and there's so many ins and outs. I can't give you any details, but that is something to give a lot of thought to one of these preferred membership types of RV parks where you buy the lot or you pay the membership and you get super discounted prices. So those are ones to look into. Something else for you to consider it very strongly is happy camper. That's the name of another membership RV Park, and it gets some really good reviews. I would definitely look into a happy camper. There's a boon Docker's welcome. And that is you joined the website and then you stay for free at people's house. So everyone joins and someone offers. You can stay at their house for free. And I've done it before and wound Docker's welcome. Where is a really good organization? I had a very good experience. And so that's a free one. You do have to pay. I think it's like $80 for the membership for the year, but you'll have to look into all those factors for yourself. Boone Docker's welcome is something I would really look into. Another one is harvest hosts. They think you joined on the harvest hosts. And then on yeah, there's some fee for joining. I'm not sure what it is. And then you go and you stay. I think it's primitive camping generally for free, but you have to buy something. So it might be a winery, maybe you have to take the tour and bias certain amount. So they're, they're getting, they're trying to get their money's worth. The people who are putting you up by getting something back from you and by getting your attention and your goodwill. So Harvest hosts is something to really look into. It may work for you, it may not. Finally, let me recommend whooping. Ww o f, that's worldwide organization of organic farms. I've known several people in our bees who have waft. You go and you work for the organic farm, and they teach you about organic farming. That's kind of the trade you can't for free. They generally will feed you and you work and give them certain number hours per day. And then they teach you about organic farming and you get a place to stay for free. Friends who have done it. They've had great experiences where they were wonderful people who are really teaching them, they were learning. It was just they became family and friends. And they've had some where they thought they were just labor. And all they really wanted was the labor, free labor. They fed them, they had a place to stay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't really great either. So like anything else in life, some of them will be great, some of them will be mediocre, and I don't know which will be most for you, but that's what you're going to run into. But definitely give if you have any interest in organic farming or getting back to the land or any of that. Walking is something to definitely look into. And again, just go onto Google and look up willing WW o f. And there was a worldwide organization, is literally around the world. You could travel around the world working. And people, a lot of people do that and love it. So look into it and see how it might work for you. So part of your homework will be to start searching Google Maps where parks you can go to and camp, where our campgrounds, where you can go on camp and where you can go to disperse camp, start learning those things. And then give a lot of thought to how you want to spend your time. Do you want to be in nature? Do you want to be in a city? Do you really need to be in an RV Park? Really spend some time giving each of those thought and meditating on them, which really appeals to your heart the most. And once you're starting to 0 in, use that to decide on the vehicle you're going to want to buy. Go start going to RV shows, go to RV sales places in your area and go in and look around at an RV. Is this oh man, does this feel great or that you think, oh, this is huge. I don't want to live here. Start going to use car lots and going inside minivans and ask them if you can fold down the seats and maybe just go set inside a minivan on a used car lot. Can I live in here? So you want to just start pushing yourself out there physically going into these vehicles. One feels good to you and start going to places, go out to a campground, maybe try and spend a night somewhere in your town. Get the feel and be thinking about it and get the feel for the kind of vehicle and the kind of place you want to spend your time. Well, there you have a folks we I wanted to tell you all about how you can find free camping to get you on the start, you'll need a lot more information, but you can get it all on YouTube or on following blogs or just Google searches. I've got a lot of it on my, on my channel and there's a lot of people talking about how to boondocks, where to boondocks and how to get your best deals on RV parks. Go do your own research. Now one thing I didn't get to was self-parking, and that is really important. So the next class will be on how to do self-parking rules, how to do it, where to do it. So come back for that. So come back to the next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. See you next class. Here. 9. CLASS 9 Stealth Parking: Hi everyone, welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road, how you can afford a life of travel and adventure. So in my last video, I talked too long about where you can go for free and I couldn't get to stele. Parking will still have parking is really important and difficult and scary. So I've got a set, I'm going to give a whole video, Justice Delft parking, give you some rules to follow instilled parking and places to go. It's important because for a lot of you, you have to keep working. And that's what happened to me. I had to keep working till I could retire until my kids grew up and could leave the house. I worked for six years, 12 parking. So it's important. Here's how you do it. Parking. What do I mean by stealth parking? I mean, you you live in the city and you just sleep on the streets. I mean, you just literally just sleep on this greets in your car, van, or RV. And the reason it's stealth is you don't want to make people aware of you around that your sleeping in the car because it can be very upsetting. And so you don't want to draw any attention to yourself. Therefore, you are stealth parking. I did it for six years and I didn't mind doing it at all. I did get a few knocks and the middle of the night, you can't park here, you gotta move on. I never had any real problem. I just said yes, sir, Officer, all move on. And that was that there was never any big deal. And that's almost always what happens, although there can be exceptions, but that's what usually happens. And if you're really good at self-parking, it shouldn't be an issue. So I'm going to tell you all about how you can still have park and and where to park. The number one thing I want you to understand about stealth parking is you need a day camp where you spend your day and you need a nightcap where you go and you sleep at night. And you never mix those two up. You never get to your night camp. At the last second, you jump in your bed and you sleep. And in the morning you jump up and you leave. You're only there while you're asleep. You don't hang around there. You don't watch TV there. The light and noise will give you away, right away. But if you just get there at the last second, you wear a head lamp with a red light, very dim. You dark and everything before you get there, you can get away with it. That's a really important idea. Then you get up and you leave. You go wherever you go, and you spend your day. Wherever you spend your day, if you go to work, you go to work? I did that. I did that first the whole six years. I went to work every morning, five days a week, and then I went somewhere late at night up there and then left, spent two days. Either it was one my days off. I just went somewhere else and hang out. But I never hung out at my night spot. So that's rule number one. Have a day camp and nightcap never mix them. Rule number two is you need many night camps. I would recommend you have at least seven and you never go to the same one twice. I'd suggest you have 14. And you never go to the same one twice for two weeks. After two weeks you come back, otherwise you're drawing attention. That's the one thing we're trying to avoid is people thinking, I see that guy here all the time. That leads us to rule number three. Don't have anything on your vehicle that stands out. If you have a bumper sticker, pro-gun, and anti gun, whatever it is. If you have a bumper sticker on your on your rig that grabs people's eye and they see that. And then they see it again the next day or they see it again the day after. They say, why is this guy here every night? He doesn't belong here. And that gets attention and gets you in trouble. So keep your vehicle clean and straight, and keep yourself clean and straight, and don't have anything on the vehicle that will draw attention. I don't recommend ladder acts on it or well, ladder x OK, but not a ladder that makes that look does look like make you look like you're a workman, but that draws attention. Just nothing that will draw any attention to you because that hurts yourself. Now, another way to look at it is that you're just going for the i'm passing through look. And then you kind of go all out. You don't even bring yourself parking. You're going for the I'm just passing through. And if you're on a town on an interstate or a freeway or a major road, people are passing through all the time you get used to seeing them. And, but then it becomes really important. You don't go to the same place over and over again because you'll stand out. Well, he was just here. But if he was here two weeks ago or a month ago, they don't think anything of it. They're not even going to remember. Are they going to be there at the same time to see you? So you can go for the just passing through look, but it's harder if you're going to be in that town for years at a time, stealth parking because eventually they're gonna, you're gonna draw attention to yourself and they're gonna think, I see him all the time maybe every couple of weeks. I wonder what's going on. And that's the one thing that you're trying to avoid. Okay, now let me give you some ideas of where to go still Park. So start out at these areas, again, get their thoughts Secondly, right away, no more than once a week. And that's really going to help you out a lot. So if you are just driving through the road and you are just passing through, these are also places where you can stop along your trip. So the first one is a truck stops. If there's a truck stop in your town, there really good because they expect people to spend the night. There usually will not hassle you. You're only gonna be there once a week. So truck stops, if there's a truck stop in your town appears a freeway going through a major thoroughfare. Look for a truck stop and you can sleep there almost always without any problem. The problem is they're noisy. There's trucks coming and going and they're idling and Nick can be really noisy. If that bothers you, then that may not be for you. Next are Walmarts and of course we all know Walmart's other problem, Walmart's is if they enforced at all in your town, they will enforce that Walmart. They may not enforce anywhere else in the whole town, but there'll be really strict at Walmart. So I actually think Walmart should be one of your last choices. But if you know, it's OK. People are there all the time, you see it, you know, for sure they're okay. You've gone in and asked it's always okay to go in and ask. Can I spend the night out here? I'm just I'll be gone first thing in the morning. I'll come into bicep. And most of the times that's fine. Some of them you cannot. So if Walmart so be sure and check out the Walmarts, but be aware, sometimes they're enforced when no one else is. Next one that we should all know about is Cracker Barrel. Cracker. Cracker Barrel is famous for allowing you to park. Now they don't want you using up their parking spaces. So you want to pat park behind them and close, but not right in there. If they, they're starting to have some problems with our viewers and bands taking up their parking spaces for their paying customers. They don't want that. So just be very thoughtful and don't take up their parking spaces. Walmart are always so big and they're so empty overnight. It's not an issue. But it could Cracker Barrel. It can't be. And that's one of the reasons you get there at the very last second, they are closed. You leave first thing in the morning before the business really gets started and going. So they're a good one. Casinos, If there's a casino in your area, casino is always a good one to check out. Not always. Sometimes they won't allow it, sometimes there'll be local rules, say they can't. But casinos are generally if you're making a trip or if there's a casino in your town checkout, you're casino again, you just go in and ask. Sometimes they want you to get one of their little cards. There's a card that you can use and if you get a card and you show it to them or you make it available up on your dash. So check into all those details. But generally speaking, casinos, they want you to come in and spend money. And so if you're living there and you're in the parking lot, you're more likely to go in and spin. So money and and go in and spend money, go, all these businesses were talking about, go in and spend money. Be a good neighbor. If you've made your vehicle as discreet as possible, you'll fit in and you'll just be another employee and no one will think anything of it. My next one, and this is actually my favorite 24-hour grocery stores. They are my first choice because they're open all night and there's people coming and going all night. You know, there's always customers. There'll be a little area where the employees park, watch park with them. They don't know who's in the store. They don't know who's driving what that's in the store. And so that when I worked at a 24-hour grocery store all my life, I worked overnight for decades. We didn't know who was out there and we didn't care. So that was a really, really good one. It's a little bit noisy. There's traffic coming, going. That can be a bit of a problem, but it's a great one. So now what is another one of my very favorites is apartment complexes. And you'll see this pretty often in larger cities. There'll be a complex of larger, they seem to clump them altogether all the rental units. And so there'll be four plexuses and there's an eight plaques and over there's a 24 plex. And what happens is people kind of sprawl all around in the parking places. Well, they don't know somebody who'd be parking in front of the building they've never seen before. But it could be a friend, it could be a new tenant. It could be the Senate next door in the building, next door. They can't know all these people. They can't know all the vehicles. That is really one of your very best places. An area of big apartment complexes barking out on the street worth a lot of other apartment owners. You blend right in. No one will think anything. However, if you are in a commercial van, you know, it's a white band, you look a little bit out of place. You I think you can usually get away with it, but it could be a little iffy. But if you're in a box fan or you're in a step fan, you're you're in a shuttle bus, you won't fit in there at all. That's really a very poor choice for any kind of a commercial vehicle. However, for commercial vehicles and cargo vans, a great place is in the industrial part of town. So maybe this is down by the docs are down by the railroad yard. Not in them because then you'll be in the way and you'll be the traffic will be non-stop and you don't want to be in them. Any town of any size has an area that is zoned industrial commercial. There'll be warehouses and little shops and manufacturers and a commercial vehicle parked in their looks completely normal. On the other hand, a mini fan there parked overnight looks weird. So if you're a commercial vehicle, great place to park. I've done that when I lived for six years in a town and I would even set up my generator outside and run it because hearing mortars coming on at night and running is pretty normal in the industrial part of town. People didn't notice. That was the one of the ways I could run my generator in a city and get away with it because you're going to get a quiet, quiet when Honda or a clone. So it's really quiet anyway. But that worked for me pretty well. I was in a box fan and my box van. I never parked in an apartment complex. It just looked too weird, but it works great in the industrial part of town. The next place I really highly recommend is in-between places. So what you'll see a lot, and this is something I will look for is a motel and on the corner is a denise. So the Denise is a 24-hour place. There are people there, their employees there all night. And of course the motel people are coming and going. And so these two and you kinda park in-between them. You could be an employee or a customer at the Denise Or you could be a an employee or spending the night at the motel. One or the other is not as good as both close together and you'll find that pretty often. And hotel and a restaurant, 24-hour restaurant especially. And so the motels will often have security and they'll get your license plate number and a security goes around and finds a vehicle that they don't have the license plate number for, that can be a problem. And I've known people who got into trouble with motels because of that. But if you're in-between, it could be at the Denise. You can be at the motel. What can he do? He's not going to cite someone who's over at the most, who's an employee over at the Denise and so or, or or over eating at the Denise. So that's a really good in-between is whatever the in-between things are. If there's two of them, especially if they're 24 hours, that's ideal. You're going to be pretty safe there. Uh, next I want you to consider auto repair shops because that's just the norm. There's always cars parked all around them. The one thing you can't have is where they lock them up. You don't want to be inside and get that gate locked, that You can't happen. But if there's any parking on the street around it. Where you can come and you can go. And smaller shops, that's pretty often in the case. That's a great place to park because you're just almost certainly not going to get routed. You're there, you're cards in getting worked on. If you are arrested, you can all you've got a great excuse. So I was having some problems with it and then whatever you might be having problems with. And I'm just waiting till the morning when they open and I'm gonna get it checked out. Again, that's perfectly reasonable. Cops going to send you off with a defective car. I'm having problems with my breaks. I want to make sure I get them looked at in the morning. You know, what's he going to do is you're gonna chase you offices, they take your view and your bad breaks go drive around down. He's not gonna do that. So those are really good places I tell you what the ideal is. I've seen this a few times, like a minus shop that's in a strip mall. And you kinda get, kinda in that in-between of the might've shop and the strip mall. And boy, urine, the sweet spot there because you could be waiting in the morning for the mightiest open or you could be there if you're saying you're in a white cargo van, you could be in the you could be in the shop in the mall working where you could be a delivery vehicle for someone in the mall. So that's a really good one. It's again, it's an in-between spot, but that works really well. Someplace that I've always liked to camp in is a Sam's Club. Our employees overnight, they opened pretty early in the morning. I've never been routed from a Sam's Club. In fact, I've been at a Sam's Club on one corner and the Walmart at the other corner. I went and asked and they said, no, you'll be roused. It do not park here. You will be roused, will call the police, were required to call the police. So I went over and cross the street and park in the Sam's Club. Never a word because it's that strict enforcement at Walmart and they don't care about anyone else. And so I had very good luck with Sam's Club's and Costcos. There are a lot more Sam's Club's and they're across goes. But those are two good ones. There are people inside. If you've got a commercial vehicle, you're waiting to make a delivery in the morning. You're waiting to do, we'll pick up in the morning. That's those are very good ones as well. Another one is rest areas. Now you're gonna have to watch it by the state. Some states, it's illegal to sleep more than a couple, three hours in a rest area, just do a Google search on. Is it legal to sleep in Florida rest area? And usually there's a website that lists all 50 states and you can just go out and they keep it updated and I forget the name of it. But once you find it, log it, and then you'll know wherever you travel, you know what, you'll be able to find the rest area laws. The problem with the rest area laws is a lot of times they're not really enforced, that they first off, they don't have the money to enforce it. The groupers are too busy to mess around with something that's small. And sometimes they will say No camping. But what they mean is no tenths. So you can sleep in your car overnight, but you can't set up a tip or something. So even if it's clear, if it says you can't do you can't sleep in them overnight. That doesn't necessarily mean if it says no camping, especially you don't know exactly what they mean, but looking at the rest areas, I've gotten some really good night's sleep and rest areas. Texas in particular has really good rest areas. I've slept a lot of nights because Texas so long takes forever to get across it. I spent a lot of nights in Texas rest areas, good ones, and a lot of the small roads, rural roads, middle of nowhere roads, we'll have our rest areas. They're not very official. They're small, but you can sleep in them and, you know, it's same thing. They don't want you falling asleep. They want you to pull over and get arrest. And so Texas is really good about that. But always check it. Maybe it'll change by the time this video comes out, there'll be illegal. I don't know. So always check. Let me give you some iffy ones and sometimes they'll be great and they'll work perfectly. And sometimes there'll be bad and you'll get, you'll get Ralston. The first one is hospitals. A lot of hospitals now, the parking lot is so packed and crowded. They are, they have really little tolerance for people sleeping in them. And they'll have security and you'll get routed. And that can be a problem. It can be good, it can be bad. So just go into a hospital. Being aware it could be a problem. Another one night that some people use and I find risky as churches, some churches. Boy, if they if they find out you're just sleeping on their overnight parking lot, they get really angry and they're calling the cops right then some will, will come out and take care of you. They will give you food. They'll find out if you're okay, then one byte Jew n, some are fantastic, some of them are really terrible. Which one will you run into? And I don't know, and you won't either. So I've always considered churches to be an iffy and I don't think I've tried rarely after a few bad experiences have I tried. Usually, churches are in the local area that people that go to the church know everyone that goes to the church, they know all their vehicles. If you start showing up, they're going to know you don't belong. And sometimes they're calling the cops, right then there's a car outside our church that doesn't belong there. And so you're just another one to consider that is really if he is the local police station, now don't just start parking there because that's gonna get you in trouble. But go up to the front desk and ask them. And officer, I passing through, I need a place to spend the night. Can I park in your parking lot? Surprising number of times they'll let you because you're not a bad guy. You're walking into the police station. You're not too worried and you're going to park in there or they're going to watch you. So it's worth a try and it gives you a feel for the attitude of the local police. A lot of times they'll say sure, go over there, that'll be fine. Or they'll say no, but you can go over here. And so if they say absolutely not, that's illegal, don't you dare do that. You've learned something, you know, in that town. The police are really opposed to you and you're going to be very, very careful with your stealth. So either way, you've gained knowledge and you've won. For stealth, I really strongly suggest that you go to YouTube, find lots of different videos, people who are actually self-parking and learn from them where they're going, how they're doing it. And here's what, here's thing you really should do as you're driving around town, be looking, training yourself to look, hey, I could camp there and no one would know, no one would think about it. Learn where the residential apartments are in your area. If you have a commercial vehicle, go explore the industrial side of town. Where could you camp without an blend in and not be noticed? So start driving around town and thinking instilled parking terms after you've watched the videos? I could can't there that would work. Start looking for people who are living in their vehicles. At the more you know about it, you'll spot them. And you'll say, Hey, I bet that guy is living in his vehicle. Look at those little signs, knowing the signs that you see. That's what Topsy as well. Well, there you go, folks. I hope you've learned about self-parking. Eventually, you will use some of the things I've given you. If you're just traveling down the freeway and you need to pull into a town and sleep for the night. There's a lot of really good ideas. Or if you need to keep working and where are the jobs? Most of the jobs are in town so you can get a job in town, build up your savings account again, and then hit the road. But you've gotta stealth park in town. So I've given you those ideas, hope you got something out of this and this proves to be very useful and helpful to you if it did come back to our next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road, how you can afford a life of travel and adventure. See you then. 10. CLASS 10 Building Out a Vehicle and Commercial Vehicles: Hi everyone, welcome back to my next course, the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure and you can't. So in our last couple of classes, we've talked about which vehicle to buy, how you have to know where you're going to go that determines the vehicle you buy. And then we talked about RVs and vans and cars and SUVs, all the vast choices. There's one more choice that we did not cover and I want to cover that pretty quickly. And then I want to talk about builds. So you decided on the vehicle you have to do a build. How do you go about doing a build? So the first thing is I want to talk about commercial vehicles. A lot of times people want to buy a commercial vehicle to live in. What do I mean by a commercial vehicle? Well, a big one is the school bus. You know, there are a lot of people that buy school buses, convert them and move into them. But other examples of commercial vehicles are shuttle buses. There are different than school buses because the shuttle bus is what you're seeing going from hotels to airports and airport to the parking lot. And they're just running this circle all the time. And they're a different size and shape and gotten to be an awful lot of good used shuttle buses on the road and pretty cheap. Another example is the wheelchair lift vans. You'll see a lot of those floating around because, you know, as we get older, aging and a lot more of us are going on on going into hospitals and going into homes and we need to be moved around. And so a wheelchair lift vans are very popular along those lines. And ambulance, you'll stumble across an ambulance pretty often. And there are some real advantages to living in a, in an ambulance. There are some disadvantages. Are there positive and negatives to all of these. But, but there's still something we need to consider. Now, oddly enough, some states considered every pickup with a 1to1 rating to be commercial. It's just automatic when you buy it. They, they rate at that. And also that's true of one to advance and you'll have to know about your state. So if you're interested in buying a commercial vehicle and converting it, first question is, why would you want to do that? And I think the easy answer is you get a lot of space for very little money. Let's look at a school bus because that's kinda the king. You get this huge. You can get a 40-foot bus, eight-foot wide, pull the seats out and it's an enormous amount of space. You can pick one up, a pretty darn good one, fairly decently low miles for $5 thousand. They are made incredibly, incredibly well. Children are the most important things that has carried in any form of transportation. And so they are made well, then you're not going to buy a school bus. Then you just have it fall apart around you. So it has all the commercial vehicles are like that. You know, an ambulance can't just break down if an ambulance as making a life and death run to the hospital and get breaks down because of poor maintenance. That that company or that hospital, whoever is running that ambulance, that ambulance can be sued. So someone dies because you're poor maintenance, they can be sued. So these things are generally maintained very well. And there's a lot of advantages, mainly being the size and the shape and but they have some really big advantages. My experience with people in particular who by school buses, is they just keep putting money into it and that's fine. If it's a school district, school district runs a fleet of buses. It's gotta play them mechanics. It has the parks that has the knowledge, it has the expertise, problems. They pop up as probably the school bus, they just fix it. It's no big deal to them. It goes into the shop, comes right back out. That's not the way you and I are operating. These are very specific vehicles. All the parts are expensive. They can be hard to find. They're there. I'm not saying they're not there. They are there. But they're not just down at the corner. Advanced auto, you might have to look around before you find the part you need for your school bus. It's going to be in a different place and you have to learn where those places are fighting the mechanics that are going to do all those work. Goals set by a set of new tires on a school bus. And tell me how much savings there is in living in a school bus. Most other people that I know who have bought school buses, it's kinda eaten them alive. It's nickel and dimed them except they're not nickels and dimes are tens and twenties and hundreds at a time. And so I am not a big fan because of that reason of any of the commercial vehicles. Because if you have the emergency fund, you know, you can pay someone to make keep this thing on the road, then it can really pay off. You get a maximum amount of room and space for the minimum amount of money. Or if you can do the work. If you can figure it out how most all of them are going to be diesels anymore. So if you can figure out how to do the diesel work and all the big heavy duty parts and work to get those big heavy duty parts. If you have the money in reserve for a commercial vehicle, then okay, that's good. You get an amazing bang for your buck. Lots of room. You can just make an, you know, you've seen on YouTube some of these school bus conversions that are just gorgeous, wonderful. But keeping them running and on the road can really add up to some money. Just be aware of that and plan ahead for that. Here is the biggest problem with a school bus or any of the any of the commercial vehicles. They are titled commercial. So you need to buy insurance. You can't run this vehicle on the road without insurance, it's illegal. So how are you gonna get that insurance with commercial insurance. You go to your insurance agent, you say, hey, I just bought this new school about so I'm going to turn it into a van. He says, well, what's it rated? Is it what's it what's the title say? Well, you'll constraint all it says commercial. He says, well, I can only sell you commercial insurance. You must buy commercial insurance on a commercial title vehicle. Well, how much is that going to cost me? It's gonna cost you 5 thousand a year. That's more than I paid for the school bus. And I'm exaggerating. It's not I don't think it'll be 5 thousand a year, but it can be a lot more than you're prepared to pay. So before you even consider living in a commercial vehicle, converting a commercial vehicle, get Devin, if they won't give you the Vin, then walk away. You know, you've gotta be able to check out that bin. Take the van, find an insurance broker, not an individual for who works for one company, a broker that hires through multiple companies. These are the people that are much more knowledgeable and trustworthy. So go to a broker, take him then I'm interested in buying this vehicle. How is it going, how much is it going to cost me? Who can I go through? You'll check with a lot of companies still have a lot of knowledge. And so he'll tell you, and every state is different. I can't give you any generalizations. Every state is so different on how they treat commercial vehicles. Almost certainly what he's going to tell you is this is going to be expensive. It's a potential that he will tell you you must have commercial insurance. And so of course you have a business, right? And you don't have a business because you're not in the commercial business. And you say, No, I don't have a business. And he'll say, and this I know people who this has happened to them. They will then say, well, I can't sell you commercial insurance if you don't run a business. I just can't tell you any insurance on this vehicle. This vehicle can't be ensured. What do you do that? And I've known people who were in this exact situation, it's so important that if you're thinking about a commercial vehicle, you make sure you've got insurance on that Vin that you can afford? The answer is pretty simple. You convert the title, the registration itself, from commercial to RV. Sounds simple. It's easy to say. Sometimes it's really difficult to do. Every state is different. All 50 states handle their own titling and registration in insurance. They're all different. I can't give you any generalisations. What you're going to have to do is go to your local DMV and say, I want to buy a school bus, shuttle, bus, ambulance, whatever you're interested in. How do I get that converted? What are the requirements to get this converted to RV? Every state is different. You'll get a list. Here's the, here's the really hard part. Even if you get a list, you might and you do everything on the list, you might go in and you have to almost always have to get it inspected. You might go in one day and get the main inspectors gone and his assistants there and he's doesn't want to be bothered and he goes out and looks, and I knew a guy this actually happened. There was a long list for the state and he did them all. And the guy went out and stood in and it looked just like a camper because the guy had done a really sweet conversion on the shuttle bus. And the guy walked in and said, hey, this is obviously a camper. He signed off, that's all he had to do. So we've done all this work and not necessary. However, I've known people in that state who got the real inspector and he went in and said, Well, where's the blackwater take and show me show me the stove that works. Show me the propane tank, show me the line. I want to see how it's connected. Which are you going to get on which day of the week? I can't tell you. And so even if you know the rules, you don't really know the rules, it's good to be different. And so I just want you to be aware before you make the decision, I'm buying a commercial vehicle, whichever one you're interested in, that it isn't nearly as simple as you think and it can become extremely difficult really quickly. I just want to, I don't want you to go into it. A knowing and not understanding that. But again, you get all this room, very little money. They're great. I know if I have a friend who bought a shuttle bus, I think he got it for $5 thousand. It was a great an older shuttle bus. It had the Ford 7.3, I think it had a 110 thousand miles on it and a 77.3 diesel. That is just nothing. That thing that thing will run 300 thousand miles. He got 15 miles to the gallon with it. It was huge. He did this could beautiful conversion and it worked out so well for him. But he did the homework first. He knew we could get insurance. He was the one he walked in and it was the guys assistant. And the assistant walked in and looked at it, said this, this OK. Obviously a camper. Here you go and wrote it out and handed it to him. And so it was that simple, but it didn't have to be. I just want you to know that. Ok, So that's what you need to know about buying commercial vehicles. Let's talk about the build them. So you buy a shuttle bus, the school bus you by even just a regular van. What about the Build and this you're all were also different? That I can't give you definitive answers. Here is my most general advice to most people. Do a no build, build, live in it for awhile and get a feel for it. What do you really want? I've known so many almost without exceptions. Everyone I know that went in and did a build wanted to change it within six months. They realized it was too crowded. It was to open. I know somebody who was to open. And It's just it doesn't feel quite right and this doesn't really go there. This doesn't really go there. I'm going to have to change at all. And so my strongest advice to everyone on doing a build is to get caught, gets some plastic, gets some defiled bags, live in it for a little while. Let it talk to you. I know that sounds stupid. Every time someone says that, I think what a stupid thing to say. Let the thing talked to you, get the feel for it. What do you really want and need? If you've never lived in a vehicle before, if you've ever known anyone that lived in the vehicle before, how can you know what you really want? And so we spend this enormous amount of time and money and energy. And then it turns out it really isn't what we wanted and I would hate to see that happen to you. So please consider a Nobel build, get in it. And then some time in it. And who knows, maybe you're going to hate. It. Almost never happens, but it does happen. It could happen to you. And you spit no money. You've bought the van, but you can sell the van or the or the minivan or the school bus, and you haven't spent thousands on a build and all your sweat equity. And then you live in it for awhile and then you say, you're going to want I really do. I really want it. Say you've got a school bus, shuttle bus. I really do want to separate bedroom. That just feels really good to me. That's what I think I need. And then you build a bedroom out of the last eight feet of the school bus. That's simple. You put up a wall, you're put in a bed, and then you start, you start living in that for a while, that feels good. And then you think, and you've been doing it for a while and you think, I really wish I had a bathroom. I actually wish I had a shower. And I think a composting toilet is really the answer for me. So then you build next, you build up a shower bathroom with a shower and a composting toilet and that feels good. And then, you know, you do see the point and, and it'll be different for everyone. Maybe most of us, the kitchen is the most important thing because you've gotta cook right away because you're not cooking. You're spending a lot of money on food. So however it works for you and I don't know, and I'm not trying to impose upon you how it should work for you. I'm just saying that if you let it breathe and flow naturally, I think ultimately you are going to be better off. Now, there are a lot of people who are buying h2. This is, you know, they're so certain that they're buying brand new vans, taking them to Van converters. You can now find Canvas, can't van converters or tiny house builders. That's really a common one because there's a lot of similarities in a tiny house builder and a van builder. And they're going in their spending $40 thousand for a brand new van, and it goes to the builder and they're spinning on another 50 thousand, they're spending $90 thousand. And it's all under the assumption that they know exactly what they want. And all too often I'm, I've found that, that that isn't. So I've also found a lot of people who have a lot of problem with the Van builder or the tiny house builder. And be very careful in your research. Be very careful in your contract. Know what your expectations are. Especially for the women out there. I hate to say this. There are a lot of men, these builders that will take advantage of you and say, and you say, well, we agree, this is what we agreed, this is in our contract. You're gonna do this for me and this is why I just can't. It's not easy, I'm not gonna do it, so do that. And I've seen that, I've seen that way too many times. So be very careful if you do hire out a builder. One of the things people write me all the time and say Bob, do you know a builder who can help me? And my problem is all the guys that I know who are doing this are old retired, mostly. That's my my community. And they don't want a job. And so they could do it and do it really, really well. But they're too busy having fun to go get a job. They don't want a job. That's why they live in a vat. And so I you know, I unfortunately, I probably can't tell you someone that will do it for you reasonably in every way. And we gotta have raised your expectations on what people are going to make. Even the simplest Vanderbilt will probably be 5 thousand in labor, costs of the materials and the solar and all that above it. But I think you're going to be looking at a kind of a minimum of 5 thousand in labor for any kind of a built in. I can't, you know, I'm generalizing very broadly, but 5 thousand and labor and up pretty fast. It goes up. So that's one reason why I'm really promoting the NOE build, build. Live in it for awhile, get a feel. So when you do invest, either invest your own time and work and you do the money, the work and the effort, or you pay someone else, you get what you really want and you don't know what you want. Nearly always people find big got too much. They, they got all these nice things and they don't really want them. And so they paid the money for them. Sometimes they had to fight with the builder to get them. And it was a struggle and hardship. And then they've got it and I don't even really want this. And so if you live in there with a minimum, maybe you'll make a better decision beforehand. And I'm not going to tell you about, you know, you're probably want me to tell you where should the bed goal and what should I use for this and for that, and what should I do for how should I insulate it? And I can't give you all those details for every possible vehicle, there's there is no right or wrong way. That's really an important point for me to make to you right now. There's no right or wrong way. You know, people want write me and say, I'm gonna do my own build. Tell me the exact order I should do it. It will, you know, we all have a different idea. Mining it is different than most I say do the electric last, so it's easy to get to and repair. Most people will tell you do the electric first height. It it's pretty, I don't care about pretty, I care about practical. I want to nor the wires are. So if I have a failure, I can track it down. And if I'm doing the work, chances are, you know, I will get a wire not crimped quite right. And I got to track it down and it's just a little wire. But that one wire can cause you a lot of problems. It's buried, it's causing you enormous problems. So that's what I would say, you know, but a lot most people will tell you, you know, do it first, do all the wiring first barrier at all, so no one can see it and it's also pretty well. Do you want to really pretty, Where do you want something that you can live with and be comfortable with, unhappy with for the rest your life. And when problems come along, you can fix them yourself. And without going back to that original guy who maybe it turns out was a jerk and get him to fix it and good luck. So, you know, there's no right or wrong way. These are just broad generalizations that I'm giving you. And I hope, I hope they help you a little bit in planning for your build. And you know, the best thing is once you do get out on the road, if you're just out on the road in a nobel, build minimum amount of money as comfortable as you can make it. And then every steadily upgrade it and make it more comfortable and you go, oh, this is really miserable. I gotta get a better bet than this. So you build a bed. After you've done that for six months or a year, the chances are really, really good. You'll meet someone out there that, you know, person to person, face-to-face, you know, their heart, their intent, their character. And you say, hey, if, if I paid you, would you do to build this, build for me and then you know them, you're not guessing. You're not just pulling a number alpha the off of the internet. Oh, here's a great van builder. He'll be perfect. This is someone you know, and he knows you and he is gonna make a commitment to you. And so that really, I think is the ideal minimum build. And then, you know, you really want to build, find someone out on the road that you trust and I think you will. I think there's a very, very good chance you will. Ok. So I think I've covered commercial vehicles and build well enough. I'd better stop here. I'll just go on and on. You know, after all these classes, I just go on and on and on and on. There's no end to it. So in this case I'm gonna melt the sun though. So there will be a definitely be an into it and I think the Intuit is right now. So I hope you got something out of this video, out of this class. If you did come back to the next class, the ultimate crash course, to living on the road, how you can afford a life of travel and adventure. And we'll learn something else that you've got to know to live your very best life on the road. See you then. 11. CLASS 11 Cooking On the Road: Hi everyone, welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. Today we're gonna talk about cooking. Now if we're going to live as freely as possible, we have to live as cheaply as possible. And what I found as soon as I moved into a van was I wasn't cooking in my van yet, so I went out to eat a lot and I was saving so much by not paying rent. But I was spending so much on going out to eat. That didn't offset it, but it was way too much. So if you're going to live as cheaply as possible and as healthily as possible, you're going to need to be able to cook in your van. So today I'm gonna talk about the basics of cooking in your band. The most simple thing to do is to buy a Coleman one burner stove. I've been using one for a decade more. I've been using one for probably 15 years. They work really well. As long as you have any ventilation in your van, it won't be a problem with carbon monoxide. I cook in my van. I am I counted it up once. I have cooked at least 3 thousand meals inside my van, it's just no big deal to cook inside your van. You want to be careful and reasonable reasonable precautions, but nothing special. Just cook inside your van. I carry you carry a couple of pots. I carry a frying pan and a about a sixth court pot that I make bidder meals in. And I also usually carry a one quart pot. You probably have them at home. If you don't, you can get them cheap, a Walmart pots or no big deal. You'll need your basic utensils that you always use. Cooking in a van is just no big deal. And one of the questions that you'll have is what about refrigeration? It is entirely possible to do without any refrigeration in a van. I never have. I started out with an ice chest and and that can get really expensive. The ice melts and then your food swims in the ice and you'd throw food away or you're out in the middle of nowhere because I can't be in the middle of nowhere. I'm a boon Docker and you're just out I so you have to make an emergency running into the nearest Hamlet. If it's even that, maybe just the nearest convenience store and buy eyes. And in those places, a bag ice can be five-box. I've paid five bucks before. So u by u to make the emergency run to get more ice. And then you spend ten box for two bags ice and then 34 or five days later, you're doing it again. So I have found that it's just a lot cheaper to, in the long run if you can afford it to buy a 12-volt compressor fridge. And so that's what I have and I recommend them. I've got a bunch of videos, are a bunch of videos on them. They range in price from the lowest is about $300 up to thousands. I mean, you can spend $1000 on a big-name dual refrigerator, dual zone 12-volt compressor fridge. You do need more solar to run a 12-volt compressor fridge, I recommend 200 watts of solar. To run one. But man, the convenience of having this fridge, they don't make much noise. They produce a little heat. It's not a lot. The noise isn't a problem at all. I've never been woke up by my my fridge. It's just plugging in and forget it. And so I really recommend a 12-volt fridge If you need refrigerated foods. So you have your little stove that's going to cost you 40 bucks. If you get Coleman two burner, that's going to cost you 5060 bucks. And you have your, your either ice chest or 12-volt compressor fridge. Now, some people think the healthiest way to cook and eat is RA, by that they mean no cooking and for some of them, no refrigeration. If you still want to keep vegetable, fruits and vegetables and you're going to be out for a week or two at a time. You can actually surprisingly get by without refrigeration and just eat them as quick your, your raw fruits and vegetables as quickly as possible. But there a fridge really helps. Then you can go back to raw foods and eat really, really healthy beans lagoons, those new need cooking. So they're not raw. But you can go with much more natural eating and really cut down on the amount of cooking you do. You're going to cook inside your car van with a stove. It's very important that you give it an adequate amount of ventilation. I think if you drop your two front windows and inch, you'll get plenty of air flow that will do it. I I've been cooking inside with a stove for years and in the winter, I will leave it all closed up and I have never had a problem. But just to be safe, I really strongly encourage all of you dropped your two front windows half an inch an inch and been relations should be no problem whatsoever. So I really recommend that if you do want to cook inside your van, there are some ways that will really help you. Number one is a pressure cooker. They make one court to court six court pressure cookers. And man, that just makes it so much faster. For, say, for example, beans, beans are healthy and they're cheap. And so a lot of people make beans in the rig. But if takes so long and so much fuel that if you will use a pressure cooker, it will go much faster, but everything that you cook will go much faster on a pressure cooker, so I really recommend it. So one of the questions may be, can I do electronic cooking? Well, there are two very practical ways to do electronic cooking. The first is a microwave. I actually use a microwave in my van and I have able to run it on 200 watts of solar. And for golf cart batteries, I recommend that you have 400 watts of solar. And for golf cart batteries, you can get away with three 12-volt batteries or to lithium batteries, but you'd need a pretty deep bank. I have a video on how to use a microwave in your band, so I'm not going to cover it here. I'm just saying it is entirely possible. I bought the smallest, cheapest, lowest power microwave I could find. And it works great for me on 200 watts. But if you're going to get one of the bigger ones, 700 or 750 watts or cooking power, you really need 400 watts of solar. But it's entirely possible. I love having mine, I wouldn't do without it. Another way to cook with is with a Instant Pot. And institute pot is a pressure cooker. So it's very, very fast. And that's why I really liked the instant pots. Instead of doing a two or three hour cook, you're doing a 15 or 20-minute cook. Because of the pressure, the pressure cook so much faster. That makes it practical to cook inside your van with an instant pot. And I do recommend them. And I have a friend who has won with 200 watts and he was able to use it, no problem. He did upgrade to 300 watts and it was better. So for all electronic cooking, I do recommend 300 to 400 watts, but It's small enough and short enough cooking times, you can get away with 200 watts, but that's an absolute minimum. And in the winter it could be difficult. In the winter when you have short days, some storms, you might come to the point where you can't cook with it if you only have 200 watts and then if you have a propane stove or a butane stove as a backup, then you're good to go. Let me talk about the difference between protein propane and butane. Lot of people love the little portable butane stoves. I have many friends that use them. They're so small and they're so easy, they instant light. They use a little aerosol cans that screw in there. Fantastic. However, the little cans are much more expensive to buy for the amount of cooking you get out of them. There are only eight ounce bottles. And they are gonna be really difficult to find. Some places they're everywhere, some places that are hard to find. And so it has disadvantages. It also doesn't work well below freezing. Butane just doesn't like to work below freezing. So using butane is problematic. There are now butane stoves that you can Swain, change a hose and it will go back and forth between propane and butane. And I really liked those. You get your choice. Ultra convenience to the size and the shape of the small bottles. But you also get the cheapness of a propane. Well, one of the big advantage to propane is price. You are paying $3 a gallon. If usually between 2, $3 a gallon depends on where you are, depends on the time of the year, depends on how much the taxes are, but let's say $3 a gallon for the most part, we're including taxes for a gallon of propane. Whereas for the most part, you're going to spend between 3 $6 for one green bottle of propane. And that's only 16 ounces you have to buy for those to get one gallon propane. So you get, for the price of one pound, one quarter of a gallon, you get a whole gallon on a book bottle and programmed butane is much more expensive because it's in the little 18 ounce bottles, much, much more expensive. So if you're going to cook a lot, you can really save a lot of money if you hook it up to a book model and you can buy small one gallon or tuned half gallon bottles that will fit in any rig and that's what I would recommend you do. Now it is possible to cook just over would like one example would be the bio light, which is a little stove. It uses wood and it actually captures some of the rising heat drives a little turbine, tiny, little teeny, tiny turbine, and it creates electricity. You can charge your phone off of one of these. So the bio light is an amazing example of a little stove that you can cook on really well. And there are large, large variety of wood stoves that tall, small little sticks. And then you just feed them in and they work really well. Rocket stoves, You all know about that. But there are also little tiny stoves that you just put your pot on. Kelly kettle is another prime example. I have a lot of videos on cooking on wood and the different stoves and the pros and cons of butane versus propane. Go and check out those videos on my channel and channels. There's tons and tons of cooking in cars, vans, and RV videos for you to watch to get all the details. I'm trying not to give you the details, just the broad outline. So the bottom line is, there's a way for you to cook in your van and eat the way you want to eat and eat as cheaply as you want to eat. If you want to eat as healthy as possible and spend more, you can do it if you want to eat as cheaply as possible. And you can do that as well. There's a broad range and it's under your control. And the less you spend, you can eat cheaply in your van and pretty well, pretty healthy, almost better than any other way you can live. And those who, most of those are things you can do inside. If you're going to cook outside, you can use a solar oven. You can buy some fold down solar ovens that worked really, really well. I have videos out on those. Youtube is full of videos on solar ovens. You can also use a barbecue. I've carried and used a little Weber portable barbecue and I liked it really well, but you need a lot more space. You're in a car, that's not going to happen. Even a van, It can be difficult to carry one in a van. So it's difficult, but those are two options. If you want to do more cooking outside. So there you go. Some good ideas I hope, on how you can cook on the road. It's easy, it's simple. It's no big deal. I'd been doing it. Everyone I know cooks On the Road in some way and so you can't do it. I hope you got some good ideas. Tons and tons of information more on YouTube and on the web. So go there and find it. All. One of the things I'd suggest you do is you get this stove type that you really think you're going to use when you move into a vehicle once you know what you're gonna be in a car, van or RV, because they'll all be different. And that you actually find one of those stoves and start using it. So if you decide for most of its, it's gonna be a one or two burner, Coleman propane stove by one of those. And from now on US that do all your cooking on that, then go outside. If you have a backyard or outside a park, a local park, go to the park, but the stove on the on a park bench and cook there. So you're actually practicing cooking out in nature the way you would cook if you were living in a car, van or RV. And so that will start to teach you whichever cooking that that appeals to you get that, start using it now, if especially checked restores, you might can find one for free, but be practicing the actual act of cooking right now on it instead of whatever you've been using in the past. Or if you've just gotten in the habit of always eating out, which a lot of us have anymore, force yourself to start making these simple meals. That that will work really well on the road. So I hope that helped if it did come back to our next class and will give you the ultimate crash course to living on the road, how you can afford a life of travel and adventure. See you then. 12. CLASS 12 Bathroom and Shower: Alright everyone, welcome back to the next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford to live a life of travel and adventure. So the thing I've been saying most of all is that you have to live cheaply, to live as free as possible. And I'm suggesting that you live really cheaply by living in your car, van or SUV. You can't live in an RV, but the costs go up significantly. So if you're going to live in your car van because you want to be as free as possible. One of our first questions is going to be, okay, that sounds good, but how am I going to poop and how am I going to take a shower. Okay. I I living in a car or a van. What do you do? Well, you know, it's not as hard as it sounds. We have become so used to the idea of modern plumbing. And so, you know, when you go in and go to the bathroom and you flush the toilet and it all goes down the drain. And that's so simple and fast and easy and couldn't be any better. Or taking a shower, you go in to jump in the shower and you turn it on, you get instant hot water and you get it all clean. You're a 100% clean. Boy, that's easy and fast. It's not that way living in a car van, but it is entirely possible. Now, think back to the pioneers. Think back a 100 years, 200 years, 505,000 thousand years ago. Indoor plumbing isn't entirely new adventure invention. It didn't exist before. And so nearly all humans until the last a 100 years or 200 years, did just what I'm going to describe for you today. So if you just think of how did the pioneers crossing the prairie, poop and pee and stay clean? You've got your answer. So basically that's what I'm going to tell you. How to have a pioneering spirit and go to the bathroom and stay clean in living in a car or a van. And you can apply this to an RV as well. It'll simplify your life in an RV. So first we'll cover going to the bathroom, basically pooping and ping. I know it's not a subject we usually talk about, but we all poop and pee. And so if you're going to live in a car and it's an important topic. We'll start at the most basic, the oldest and most ancient of way to go to the bathroom is to go outside and dig a hole and poop or pee in it. And so that's called a cat hole. Cat hole are perfectly legal today in all on all public land, as far as I know, there are restrictions. You have to be 200 feet from a water way. If it's a creek or a stream or a lake, you can't do that within 200 feet. So you're, you have to camp and be further the way than 200 feet in a cat. To use a capital, you must go deep enough, but not too deep. So a cat hole needs to be about six to eight inches. It's pretty simple. You're going to have a shovel, measure the distance of your shovel and make sure it most full-size shovels are going to be six to eight inches and so go a full shoveled depth. But whatever tool you use to measure, you must be six to eight inches deep. Any less, the critters, we'll find it and dig it up and tell you no one wants that anymore and it won't decompose. So six to eight inches about the depth of a shovel. Dig that out. And then that's simple, is as simple and you're done. And so it works really well in a lot of people do it, it's legal. Now the question comes up, what about your toilet paper? Ideally, you're going to put your toilet paper in a plastic bag and remove that with you and put it in a trash smart, that's the ideal and that's what I recommend for you. It isn't an absolute necessity. I believe it is legal in all places to bury it with your 68 inches absolute minimum. But no more. No less. Then it's okay to barrier toilet paper too, although it's always best to simply remove it. So there are problems with that. First, if you go into a camp and you're gonna be there a week, you're going to have to dig seven. You're going at least seven capitals. Most of us are regular. You know, if you go once a day, you're going to need to dig seven holes. They're going to need to be a minimum of 50 feet away from the camp because we tend to all use the same same campsites. And if we all start digging little holes all around it, they're going to be a honeycomb of Pope. And one of these days you're going to be out there and digging up a cat hole and you're gonna go and do an old one and you don't wanna do that. So go of at least 50 feet away and scatter it and circle around your camp? Personally, I don't use a cat hole. I did in the beginning, I tried it. I did not like it. I don't use cat holes. The big reason if you've got an emergency and you get my age, they're almost all emergencies any for the difference in time between I think I have to go and I gotta go right now. It's becoming shorter and shorter and it's becoming kinda miniscule. So you have to I would personally have to predict holds every day. And if you get something that is kinda hard on you, then boy, it can be you might have to have more than one hole, pretty dog to get there in an emergency. So I'm not a fan of cat holes, I don't recommend them. I think there are better ways to go than cat holes, but it works. And if it works for you, do it just never cut corners, never break the rules. Six to eight inches, no more, no less. 200 feet away from a waterway, 50 feet and abroad circle around your camp. Do it right, and it's okay, it's fine to do it. Next is what I commonly call the bag method or the five gallon bucket method. Basically, you put a bag inside a bucket. A lot of misuse five gallon buckets because they're useful for a lot of things. And it's about the right height. And so you just put a bag or multiple bags is what I recommend. I always have at minimum three bags in my five gallon bucket at any moment again, for an emergency, if I gotta go right now, I've got the bags in there and if I somehow forget, there's already a bag in there no matter what. So if you've gotta go quick, had toilet ready. So I always have a bag in my five gallon bucket, but it doesn't have to be a five gallon bucket if you're in a car and a lot of you are in cars or SUVs and there's just no room. You can't have a great big five gallon bucket and get on top of it underneath the roof of the car. You can't do it. So then you just use any thing that will work as a bucket. A lot of people use 2.5 gallon buckets or, or one gallon buckets or even coffee cans. If you're in a tiny space of a car, you're probably going to be squatting and holding. Underneath you. So you know, you're aiming almost anything with a wide mouth. 4-5-6 inches deep will work in a car. It's just gotta catch it. You know, you've gotta be able to aim it and catch it. I know it, that's graphic. I know you don't want to think about this, but that's so simple and we can talk about it, can't we really truly can't we just talk about this? Okay. And so that's the bag method. Now in my opinion, the bag method, it's very important to separate liquids from solids, your urine, or your p. That's what we do. We all p, It goes into another container. I just thought of some kind. It should have also have a pretty bag, big mouth. You don't want to miss it. And it should have a screw on lead, a Nalgene bottle, if you know what that is, works really well, in my opinion, because it's big enough for men and women are a little different here now when we're talking about urine, and we'll talk about that. Just something big enough Forman to use for women. It's a lot more complicated as I know it is. There are women's journals. They're kind of just funnels that are shaped to fit in there and they squeeze down and they, you know, and they fit. And then, and then the funnel goes out into your container. Because women can't aim quite as well as men can. It's the way the biology works. But a lot of women will use things like anything that will compress. That's big, wide mouth. And we'll kinda compress and squeeze in under there and is so wide that it catches everything that works really well. And there's so many options, I can't even begin to list them all, but you'll find something somewhere that will work really well for you. Find a women's group, find other women nomads, look it up on YouTube and there are people that talk about this. So that's how you catch urine. We all poop in the same way. So that's to just use the bag method in whatever you use five gallon bucket or, or small bucket or whatever. Now, some people think object to then putting that bag into the trash. That's because that's what I do. I beg mine up. I put it in the trash. And so some people object to that. And they see, well that's, that's wrong. We can't all put our poop in the trash. And I agree. I think it's preferable than what we're doing a flushing hundreds of gallons a day down just for the toilet. The average family uses a couple of a 100 gallons a day of water and that's just ridiculous. It's, it's so wasteful and damaging to the plant that whole system of get reading of poop now is so wasteful and terrible. We're going to pay the price for it in the long run will have to change. It's an unacceptable system. So for right now, the bagging it and putting it in the trash works really well for us nomads. And my answer to everyone that says, no, it's bad for the Earth, it's bad for everyone. You should never do that. I have you ever had a baby? Where does that babies poop go? For 90% of us. I bet it goes in a diaper and into a pale in a bag and in the trash. That's where my ends went and I think that's where most people's goals. And your dog, Where does your dog's poop goal? I got a dog. I when I'm at my sisters, I walking around town, I always pick it up. And where does his group go? Do I do something special with it? No, it goes into trash. It goes to the landfill. So it's ok for our dogs, it's ok for our children. It will do until the whole society accepts nomadic living and works out a far better system than what we're doing now. While we're doing now keeps us healthy and safe, but is terribly unhealthy and damaging to the earth. And it must stop, it must change. And I don't know what it's going to change it into, but it must change. So I have no problem throwing my bags of poop into the trash. And I I recommend that you not have any problem with it as well. Now, the next method of going to the bathroom is using a porta potty. And for a lot of you, you will really like this because it's the most normal feeling. You know, it's kinda like going into a house. You have this little box. It has two parts. It has a normal toilet seat and lid. You sit down just like on your toilet at home. Bedford is a big brand name. If you go to Amazon and search on thet third porta potty, it will come up. And there's a lot of there's dozens of brands, they're all good. I'm not recommending Deptford, but they're a big brand ad. You'll find them just Google search porta potty, and you'll find dozens of them. You put liquid in the top, it's two parts. You put liquid in the top container, and then the bottom container holds the poop. So you sit on it, you poop. You can mix the liquids here. I still, I guess you do. I I don't own one. Don't use one. I don't like disposing of them. I think disposing of them as awful. And so I don't own one and don't particularly recommend them, but some people love them and it's worth the hassle. You're much more likely to have an accident. You're dealing with your own poop. You almost always have put a liquid in it into the water to may help it not smell. And it's gotta have quite a bit of liquid to flow down the hose. Well then you've got to rinse out the hose. You gotta rinse out the bottom container and rinse it out good. And then not all goes right down the toilet into the toilet system. So that might make you feel better if you're using the regular toilet system. But they work and they work well, they're about a 100 box. The bigger ones in the better ones may be a little more, a 130 bucks, but they're pretty reasonably inexpensive and lot of people love him. I have a video covering all of this and so go check out that video, covers it in more detail. I'm just giving you the broad stroke. So there you go. There's some basic methods of using a going to bathroom if you live in a car or a van or an RV. If you grab an RV, you're probably using your black water tank and just going to bathroom like you normally would. I do a surprising number of people who live in really nice RVs and they put a bag in their toilet and they don't use the black tank. They just used the great tank for showers and washing dishes. So, you know, that's that's something to consider that eliminates carrying around the black tank and dumping the black tank. So there you go. That's not that hard. It's easy to figure out that sounds grows. We don't like talking about it. We don't like having to see it and smell it for ourselves, but that's part of life. And you know, it's just this obsession with separating ourselves from being human and being animals at the same time. That makes this such a hard topic for all of us. So next we want to talk about how to stay clean in your vehicle home or a car or a van, SUV, whatever you're in. Well, again, it's the exact same thing. How did they do it in a 100 years ago? How did the pioneers cross the, cross the planes in their costal go wagons 200 years ago now and stay clean. How? 1000 years ago, 10 thousand years ago. How did humans stay clean? Were they all stinky? Where they all smelly, where they all horrible human beings know they stayed clean. You don't have to have indoor plumbing, hot water in the shower to stay clean. That that's just this big lie that we've all bought into in our society. It's just not true. You can stay perfectly clean, never smell without running water or hot water. It's no big deal. What if humans always done? They've put water in a basin of some kind and they've scooped it up and they've gotten a cloth and you get a washcloth from any store, you have wiped down well, the wash cloth and it's just nothing. So he says, I don't understand why you have to get right and say this is a video. You'll put your washcloth into hot water. You'll wash down. You start at the top where the things are the most sensitive. You want a new clean washcloth and do your phase and do the really important things. And then what you can do is use multiple washcloths. Here's a washcloth. Your rents it out, you keep it clean. You only wash your face with it. You have another washcloth. The only wash your armpits and your upper body. You have a third washcloth you only use below your waist and the dirtiest parts of you your feet and gets her feet weren't clean. You just put them in a bucket of water and you just let them soap for a bit and you get them clean and then you get that same bucket and you get a washcloth and you just work it up to you legs and then your legs are done and your crutches last and after you've done everything else you do your crotch. Is this really I have to explain this. How do you take clean without taking a shower? So that's how people do it. That's how people have been doing it for literally a million years. And of course, if you've got a creek or a body water, you just go on the water. Just good, clean. All your water's going outside. So you always want to use a biodegradable, safe, non-harmful soap. I really recommend Dr. Bronner's is cheap. You can buy it in a big thing that's like 20-30 bucks and it will last you a year. I mean, you buy you time, you dilute it down. It's just last forever. And you can do your hair, you can do your body. I watch cody with it. I wash my I wash everything by only cleaning product is Dr. Bronner's. It's amazingly good. It's not harmful to the planet. Big recommendation Dr. Bronner's and I don't mind throwing that out on. I would drink it. But I don't think it will hurt you if you did, but but please don't drink. So you use a soap, you just get clean wet wipes. You supplement with wet wipes in-between, you know, if you don't want to do the whole scrubbed down. And you just in-between your use wet wipes. I'll use wet wipes on my hands. Alcohol gels. Alcohol gels are always a great thing to use is this thing is just no big deal. You can stay clean without any problem in a SUV. Now, where do you actually take a shower and, but you still have more options. You want the comfort C, That's why we love comfort showers. Because of the comfort. They feel so good. You can, you can mimic a shower with a potty tint. You know, you get these pop-up potty tents. You can take a shower inside. You can get a water solar, a black solar hot water bag. 20 bucks, 30 bucks for a really good one. Put that out in the sun, it'll get hot, you'll have warm water, you hang it over, you put it on the roof. You put the hose through the potty TNT and you go in there and you can take a regular shower to wash your hair. You can take a regular shower. You can buy little 12-volt pumps, USB pumps that will just drop into your five gallon bucket. Put water in there if you want it hot, you can put water on your stove, get a gallon hot, dump that into a five gallon bucket and then have a little, and I'll show you the HIV links in the description. Everything you need an and so it's, they work really well and they're USB, you could charge them off a USB port. They just work really well. And then you can buy instant hot on-demand hot water heaters. So if you just absolutely have to have the comfort and feeling that comes from being in a hot shower. You can't recreate it in a car, van or SUV, just with a little pop-up tip, any kind of a 12-volt pump or just a solar shower back. That'll do it in a, a great job. Another option is the gardens prayers. You buy a brand new 1.52 gallon, five gallon, whatever you want to get can fit in your rig and you put those out in the sun, some upcoming black so they get hot in the sun and then you pressurize them with pump, close that and then just the Shut your shower tint and away you go. I have a bunch of videos on all of that. And so put links to the descriptions. There are so many videos on YouTube. Taking a shower, staying clean, just not an issue. Use a little bit of common sense and you're set in taking a shower. Ok, so we have duplicated everything you need in a bathroom. Right here. You can go the bathroom, no problem. You can stay clean, you can take a shower and you're good to go. So I hope you got something out of that, come back to our next class. And in the ultimate crash course to living on the road, how you can afford a life of travel and adventure. See you then. 13. CLASS 13 Living Room and Bedroom: High wind, walking back to my next class and the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. So we are gaining our freedom by living in a tiny space. It doesn't cost us anything. We're putting our money instead of giving our money to a landlord or putting it in our pocket. So we're gonna continue how to live in the tiny space of a car or an SUV or event. If you're in an RV, your space is fixed. Your bedroom is here, and here's the kitchen, and here's the chairs, and here's the dynamite and all that stuff is fixed. So I don't need to tell you about that. If you could rip it all out and rebuild it. But if you're able to do that, you don't need me to tell you how. So today we're going to focus on how to have your bedroom in your car or car, SUV or van, and how to have a lounge area or a work area. So basically we're going to look at a bedroom and a living room. First, let's talk about a bet. How are you going to have a bet? Well, let's start with a car where it's by far the hardest. The first thing to do is to slay down all the seats. See, is there any way you can sleep in there at all comfortably? I know people who just ended up putting their seats all the way back and sitting with their feet down to the floor boards and their feet seat, driver seat all the way back. If you can do that, then that's fine. It most people can't and if you can then do, but if you can't, let's look for another alternative. Next, lay down all the seats, the site, the front seat, the side seat, the backseat. And if you have an SUV, the odds are you can find something level. What you might end up doing most people wind up doing is getting a sheet apply where they'll cut it for you say you go to Home Depot or Lowe's. You say I need just a I need it to be this long to lay over the top of the front seat when it's folded down and the back seats. So you need it to be 28 inches by 72 inches long. They'll cut it for you. You don't even have to cut the plywood. Then you lay the plywood down and that becomes your bed. You'll need a mattress and we'll talk about that in just a minute. And so that becomes your bed and that can work. And a lot of people do that, especially in the SUVs, things like a Honda element or, or even any SUV tends to lay down flat enough. You can work out a bed. But what I'm going to recommend for you if you possibly can, is to pull out the seats, pull out the if you're single and you're traveling alone, even pull out the front passenger seat. And it's amazing the amount of room you will gain, if you will do that, you can be very comfortable even in a tiny car with, if you'll pull out the seats, if you can't, then just do your best and sleep however you can't. That's really all I can tell you. With some of the smartcars with you leave the seats in trying to look for a diagonal that will stretch you out as straight as much as you can. So go to YouTube if you're in a car and you need to know how to make a bed and go to YouTube. That's your very best source. A lot of people live in cars and, and you'll find something that will help you. Now let's talk about Vance. Most You're going to be in a minivan or a van. And it's probably pretty easy to figure out how to do it in a minivan or van. Most of the minivans full stolen goes seats, boy, they fold pretty darn flat. Worse comes to worse. You can just build a bed platform. And a lot of people do this in the SUV's. They just put like six inches underneath and they get storage and they cut open opening so that with holes I can just the plywood. They just put a hole in it and they put it in sections and they can open them up and they can reach down. That really is going to gain you a huge amount of storage. It'll cost you a little headroom, but it'll still work. And if again, if you're willing to take out that front passenger seat or you gain an enormous amount of space there. If you can't, then that's fine too. And you probably can do it with most SUVs. You certainly can be very comfortable in a minivan or a van. And so you might want to buy a car. That's one of the things I recommend very highly. Even then, you probably going to have there'll be three legs, usually on a cot, front and back and then two in the middle. So you have six legs. What you may have to do is raise it up. What I recommend is buying a one of the heaviest gauge of PVC pipe tubing and then measuring it how long it needs to be to make the bed flat. So start with the shortest leg and then look, work up to this, the middle legs, maybe there'll be the middle height and then the longest one, however it works out. And then you just cut the piece of pipe so that the legs drop through it. You're going to need like an inch and a 2.5 inch inside diameter. Measure the legs, the I'll take it as and by one big enough. And then that will raise the bed, the caught up and B level. What you're going to run into with all vehicles is wheel wells. And that gets you raised up over the wheel well, and it gives you storage space. And that's critically important in a tiny space of a car or a minivan that gives you the storage space under the van. And I've got a video out and no build build in a minivan and we do exactly what I just described. I know you probably didn't follow that. There's so many videos on no build builds, just go on YouTube and you'll see the details. But I'm giving you an idea. If you're in a van, one of your big questions, do I put the bed down the side? Do I put it across the back? I've done both both work. It's just a matter of your personal preference? I've done both and then changed in the middle because another one, I started out with a bed across the back and then I said, not only like this up, put it in this side. My current van has a bed across the back. I'm only five foot eight, but I still have to sleep at a diagonal. So I got a 48 inch piece of plywood, ran it across the back. And you want to whenever you put your bed in, you want to make sure that you can sit on the bed with the mattress, with their bedding. And set up right and not hit your head. That gets so old so fast. You don't want to bang your head every time you use it up. So make sure however the height you make it allows you to put your, your head to not hit and adjust the caught up and down by however you have to do it. If you build a platform out of two-by-twos, that's the easiest thing to do. Really simple, basic carpentry and a piece of plywood. That's a really good thing to do. Make sure that you get the maximum amount of storage space underneath it, but you don't hit your head. So you build a bad either you get a cot or you build a platform. I can't really go into a lot of detail. But now the next question is, what are you going to use for a mattress? And this is a question I get fairly often. So here are some choices. My choice and what I use have been using for five years at least now, is a backpackers self inflating sleeping pad, and I use a thermo arrest. I am very, very happy with it. They make all kinds of different ones. It's high-quality. There are dozens of other brands, there are a lot of good ones. Rei, REI is a big national chain. You can go to They'll have their own brand name. It'll be cheaper and will be very high-quality. I really highly recommend REI. I currently am using a thermo arrest because I get a good deal on it. So whichever one's going to be cheaper for you, you want to get one that's going to be fairly thick. I have what? The thermo arrest mondo King is four inches thick. It has flat sides, which is really pretty unusual. And I really like that feature is very wide, very long. It comes into small one, but I got the biggest and the longest, and they come in a lot of sizes. You can find a size that will fit your rig and they're very comfortable. The What I love about them is they're insulated so they keep you warm. And they also are, you can adjust the firmness so there's self inflating. You open the valve, they inflate. That's not very firm. You may want it firmer. I like it firmer, so I just give a few puffs into the valve, Make it as firm as you want or open it, make it as soft as you want. Your bed is the exact way you want it. I think that is really a huge plus is one of the main reasons I get them. They're very durable, they're very warm. They actually have insulation in them. You will not get cold in the winter. I really highly recommend them. You can get them in any size and dimensions and you can get them one inches and very light for backpackers are mine is very heavy and four inches and anything in between. The next source of a mattress is just to go to Walmart or go to Amazon and get a topper. Most of you are going to be looking at memory foam topics. I do not recommend memory foam. Memory foam gets hard when it's cold. And once and the way it works is as it warms up from your body heat, it gets soft and conforms. But when you first, if it's cold, if it's down below 30 or 3540 degrees and you first lay down on a on a memory foam. It's hard, really hard. And then you've got a warm it up and then it's awful comfortable, very, very comfortable. But boy and Kelvin, it's no fun at all. I don't really recommend memory foam, but a lot of Van dwellers own it and love it. So if you like it, then go ahead and get it. But be aware of that is an issue. I'd go to either Walmart or to Amazon and find a topper. They're usually too wide. So my bed is 30 inches. Lot of people have 24, 30-inch beds, maybe 48. There'll be too wide. So buy one that's twice as wide as you need. Cut it in half, put them on top of each other, and then you have double the thickness for the same price. That works really well. So tappers work really well. Another source for a mattress, and I think it's even better but more expensive, is to go to an upholstery shop and to buy furniture grade upholstery, don't they have some cheap crap there. They don't buy the cheap crap by the furniture grade upholstery, it's much firmer, it's much higher quality. It will be expensive. He will cut it to your exact dimensions. And I've done that two or three different times when I, as I've changed different rigs and you get a great, great product that will last a very long time. Furniture grade foam at an upholstery shop. Expensive, but boy, it's going to be great. Another option is to order a specialty from a specialty RV mattress place online. I have a friend that did that. And it was a great mattress, it was a great experience, great customer service. But she said she needed the firmest mattress she could get. He said, okay, I'll send that to you and it wasn't permanent. It was too soft. She ended up not even keeping it. So that's the one problem with ordering them offline is you don't know if it's going to be firm enough or soft enough, whichever you prefer. That's the great advantage to a thermo arrest. Couple of puffs of air and it's just opened the valve and let some air out is just how you like it. So but an RV specialty shop will make it to your exact dimensions. That's one of the problems is the dimensions on our rigs are all unusual. You usually can't fit just a normal sized mattresses, but that's a way around it. So that's an idea. And I'm sorry, I can't tell you exactly how if its best on the side or across. Everyone's different. I can only tell you that I most of mine have been across the van and I'm a side sleeper, so mostly I curl up in a fetal position, the length doesn't matter and I sleep at a diagonal, which I like. Always. I've had a dog and my dog sleeps. So there's a little part of the triangle which is left open and my dog sleeps in that triangle, the other triangle which has opened, I just put bags. I've put some bags in there and uses storage space. No waste by sleeping in a diagonal, 48 by six-foot wide has worked for me. I can't promise would work for you if you are more than 58, I will tell you you'll probably hit scrunch a little bit. So you have to make that decision for yourself. All right. Now let's look now let's move on to the living room, the lounging area. A vans are tiny and or cars or even more tiny. Everything has to do double duty. So I personally do all my work. I run this YouTube channel. Everything I do is sitting on my bed. I sleep on my bed. I sit on my bed and I lounge and bet on on top of the bed. I just have pillows in the back and I have an extra pad that I sit on that makes a little taller and thicker. And I do everything on the bed. I I eat on the bed. It's my dining room. I do use and do recommend lap desk. So I'm actually going to shoot a video on lap desk because they're so handy. A lap desk or a bed tray. So if you go to Amazon and do a search on lap desk or bed tray, my recommendation is to get the very smallest, lightest, most foldable one that you can get. I've gone through a couple of three of them finding one I really like because what happens is there are inconvenient. You gotta take it off. You've got your laptop on it, you've got your meal on it, but you gotta get up and go do something. Then you have to pick it up, send it down somewhere, and then go and come back. And a big, bulky hard to work with item is not pleasant in that situation. So the smaller, the lighter, the better. I'm bought mine. It's kinda, it's actually about an Amazon basics and they have small size and the big size I bought, the big size that's too big. The small size is just right for me. And so I really recommend lap bed setting on your bed. It works so well for me. Now, some people build in desks right into their build and that's where they eat, that's where they work. That works really well. I don't I don't like to sit I like to sit on my bed. I prefer that it's my first choice. But a lot of you will want an office desk or a, or a chair or a stool or a ball. Some people just sit on balls so that they're forced to use their back muscles and all that. Some people stand if I've got a high top, I could stand. And you know, it's personal choice. But some people build in deaths and love it, and they eat there, they cook there and it works well. Another option is to do all your lounging outside. So I've got a video on the clam, how, how easy it is to set up and fast and that goes up and down fast. Maybe you'll wanna do all your work and sitting and outside in the clamp clamped type shelter. It's a name of a brand of a shelter that pops up really fast, goes down really small. It's very comfortable to be in very high-quality, really great product. I'd recommend the clamps and they're clones now they're cheaper. They're all good too. But maybe you want to go outside and do all your lounging and leisure and work outside networks fine. Wrote an extension cord for your laptop and you're good to go. And I do know people that do that or do you may make a choice. I sit on your bed and go outside and lounge whatever works for you. Now here's something that you may not have thought about and I want you to really think about nothing that you can do will make your van more comfortable than putting in a swivel seat and turning the seat, oh my goodness, there it becomes a recliner. You know, they all roll back. So you you turn that swivel seat and you recline it back or you just get a tote that you pull out from underneath the bed net becomes where you put your feet up on as a recliner. Very, very comfortable. Most vans, you can find a swivel mount. They're expensive. You're gonna pay a hundred and sixty two hundred bucks for a swivel mount. You can usually find one. If you're lucky, you can find one junkyard, but that's rare anymore. They've all been searched out and bought, but a swivel seat makes your life so much better. That's where you're going to do all your lounging in her wheelchair in a real recliner. You've got the great view around you. It's, it's really great. I really recommend that. I've also know someone who built a recliner, a seat into the gap between the two front seats on their van. And so they put pillows behind it. And so they sat on a box and gave them all that storage underneath it, let their dog come over and sit on it when they drove. That can work really well just to build in a little platform and put foam on top of it and that becomes a seat foam on your back. And that makes it very comfortable and redeems all that space, does make it hard to go back and forth from the front seat, but you can if you're flexible. So that's another option. I know people who could not find a swivel C did not know how to do it. And so they permanently turned the seat around and just on bolted it, turned it revolted it down. Sometimes you have to draw a couple of new bolt holes and put in new bolts. But a lot of surprising amount of times you can just turn it and bulletin. You may have to drill new bolt holes in the seat itself, the bass, but usually that's all. So you can do it, you can get someone to do it for you. Be well aware that anymore nearly all those seats will have airbag controls in them. And it also, there's a question of legality if you turn it around because now it's unsafe, it's not safe for someone to drive. They don't have a seat belt, they don't have the lap belt. And so you know, there's some issues there also makes sure it doesn't block your mirror. You absolutely must not block your mirror. What will happen usually is if you fold the seat forward while you drive, it doesn't block the mirror. But you need to be certain because then you'd be illegal at cop would see that and kind of freak out and you get a ticket, noone knows what's going to happen. You might give you a warning and you don't you've got to get that fixed. I don't know. But be aware that that's an issue and figuring out the airbag is a big issue because there's a lot of time there's electronics, sometimes the seats or he didn't. They're there. They move by electric motors that move them up and down and back and forth and all of that becomes an issue. But nothing will make your van more comfortable than being able to turn that seat around and sit in there and be very comfortable. And like I said before, you take it all the way out and that opens up a huge amount of storage space. That's a big plus same issue. Be careful of all the wiring, the electronics, the airbags, legalities. Okay. I know I talk fast and I cover a lot of ground and I'm sorry, I do, but man, I want to get all this information. I can tell you, I love this life and I think you will love this live if you give it a chance. But there are all these questions and so if I can give you the answers and overcome some of your fears, I am so glad I can do that then. These are questions that will come up and on. Now you have some ideas to start with. I'm never giving you the final solution. I'm giving you beginning points for you to explore. I hope that helps you a lot. And so because this is the ultimate crash course to living on the road, I want to try and cover everything you can afford to live and travel in your van. Come back in our next class and we'll discuss more and answer more of your questions that you don't even know to ask. See you then. 14. CLASS 14 Jobs and Working on the Road: Hi everyone, welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure and you can't. Today we're gonna talk about jobs. I, you know, my whole goal here in everything we do is to live so cheaply that you need so many, so little money that you can be very free and independent, but you never can be completely free of money. You gotta have some. So hopefully you have a good emergency savings and savings above that. But you're going to have to have some money. And if it's not quite enough, you're probably going to have to work. So for those of you who are a lot of you are on not on a fixed income. You have to work. Monday has to keep coming in, so you need a job. So I'm gonna talk about jobs that you can get on the road. Now, most of these we're gonna look at are non-skilled jobs so that they fit to everyone because I don't, you know, our skill levels are so different. So let's look at some jobs that are tailored very, I think really well for nomads and some of them I've worked at myself. So here we go. Whenever you're looking for a job, nomad, There are two websites always to go to. First. The first is work and the second is cool All the jobs I'm going to be talking about are there. So go to those first and you'll see listings. And usually you have to join and pay them a little money. And then you can submit a resume and employers will look at your resume and then maybe they'll call you. And if not, you watch all the listings as they come up and you call them and you've already submitted a resume for them to look at. I've gotten I've gotten jobs off four camper's dot com. Job number one is is being a campground host. There are two ways to be a campground host. Number one is in a private RV Park, and I don't recommend that hardly at all. They almost always charge you for your site, you trade hours, work for your site, and you end up not making anywhere near enough money. I don't recommend that if it's just something you really need to do, then go ahead. But if you need that really nice RB park in a nice place and then go ahead. Then another job is campground hosting is being a volunteer. And if you don't need the money, this gives you a nice, nice site in a, in a campground, but you don't make any money. And that's where that for some people I know people who are who are volunteers at like a national wildlife refuge. And so they get to do their birding and then it's this beautiful place and it's worth it to them. Again, I don't recommend that if you need the money, that's not for you to do. The job I do recommend is campground host and eat mostly in the national forests or BLM? I did I was a campground hose myself for three years. I really enjoyed it. It's a great job. You're usually paid. Minimum wage, the state you're in sometimes a little more but not usually. So if you're in one of the, say, California, Oregon, or Washington, you're gonna make upwards of 15 bucks an hour. That's not a bad wage at all. So you earn it in a high-income state and then you spend it in somewhere else and that works out well. It's the job is I liked the job a lot. But it does involve some fairly hard work. It involves cleaning toilets a lot. And cleaning toilets gets kind of old, pretty fast. So it may not be for everyone. I really liked it. They give you a free site. Every every hour you work, you get paid. So I'd like that a lot. I would almost always leave a summer with at least two or $3 thousand cash in my pocket. And that's the goal, is to work for a short period of time and then have them money to live on for the rest of the year. So that is generally, broadly speaking, Memorial Day or Memorial Day to Labor Day, May through September, sometime in those months. Okay. The next job will look at is the beat harvest. And again, the beat harvest is a short job and it pays really well. You'll get a lot of overtime. You'll be paid 1213, $14 now or something like that. It varies. So I can't give you an exact number. But you'll put in a lot of ours. I mean, sometimes you'll work 70 hours a week and so mostly it's about a month job depends on the weather. The weather is really strongly affects the meat harvest. And you should be able to leave the beat harvests with 2-3 grand in your pocket. Pretty easily. They provide a site. You'll have a site to stay on, your power, your paid for every hour you work, you get a lot of overtime. You're not in a field harvesting that all you work for the sugar companies, they buy the sugar beet, the trucks come in to a central location and you simply oversee the dumping and stacking and loading of the beats as they're dumped off. So you'll direct trucks, you'll shovel dirt or of a beat gets away, you'll put it back on the pile. It's not terribly hard. Job is very long days, very long hours. When the weather's good, they go all the time. So it can be a difficult job in that sense, but the money is really good. You get a free site. So you, you end up with a lot of money in your pocket. Generally, the weather's bad. It's potential that you won't do well because you just won't work enough. But that is not the norm. Normally end up with a lot of money in your pocket after about a month's worth. So that's really a great way to go. The next job we want to look at is working at an Amazon warehouse during the holidays. Amazon calls this their camper workforce. And so they will put you up in an RV parks. It usually runs from October to December, January first, it's usually over. And so they have swapped that they can't find enough locals to work in the warehouse. So they hire just for that timeframe. You'll get 40 hours a week all the time for kids, so you're on your feet a lot. There will be mandatory overtime as the season, whereas on there will be all over time. You could want You can work double shifts. I mean, you can pile up a lot of money if you're physically able. And so again, you do that. You should be able to walk away with a couple 100 to $3 thousand in your pocket. If if you're reasonably healthy and you can put in the hours and the work time. So it works out pretty well. The timing on these jobs, you can be a campground host basically from May to September, sometimes longer, but not generally, maybe sometimes into October. And then you can go to the beat harvests, Be there for about a month, generally five weeks maybe. And then right from there into Amazon so you can work a long period of time. And if you're really a frugal person and you save all the money, you got, things fall into place. You might can take the whole next year off. And so you worked really hard. But if you're really a frugal person, it's conceivable. You could take the next year off and not work at all, or maybe just choose one of those jobs the following year while you lived on your savings that you earned in this time. So those three jobs were kind of a nomad circuit and they work really, really well. So you might wanna look into those. I'm not, I'll, I've done a lot of videos and I got a YouTube page about it. You can go there to see more. I have to get more information on all of those jobs. Just look them up. Beat harvest, how do I how do I get a job at the beat harvests? You'll find all the information. How do I get a job at Amazon at the holidays, you'll get camper force Amazon camper force workforce in the holidays, or a campground and hosting. And you'll find all the information you need. It's so easy to find. Now the next job I want to tell you about is, are the delivery. Nearly all the RVs in the United States are made in a certain small area, I believe in Illinois, but in one of those states around there. And then they are all driven from that manufacturer, big manufacturing site with many manufacturers all over it to RV sales places all over the country. They pay a driver to drive it from there out to and to deliver it. And there's good money to be made in it. And there are a lot of specifics, there's a lot of ins and outs and I'm not going to even begin to try to cover them all. I have several videos. A good friend of mine. Jay has been doing this for numerous years and I've got two or three videos with her. She just find those videos and she'll tell you all you need to know. So do a Google search on How do I get a job with RV delivery. And all the videos will come up in all kinds of information. And you need to do your own research on that sometimes now you do have to have a CDL. You have to buy your own insurance. There's lots of ins and outs. She's made a lot of money doing it. She loves it. And so that's something for you to do your further research on. Just know if you're not physically able to do those other jobs. This is a job you will be physically able to do. So give that serious thought. Another job you can do is working events. So I have a friend who worked as an usher for the Cirque du Soleil. If you know what that is. It's this massive show where they do all these kinds of acrobatics and amazing things. It's really a wonderful event. Well, he got in doing that what, one year as a whole as a Usher, he would just take people tickets and walk them to their seat. And he loved doing it and he's done it all over the country. So that's a job, an event. And he's done it many years, many summers in a row that he and he really enjoys it. I know one-year they weren't San Diego and they moved down to town. So you'll see the country this way. Based like they'll spend a long time in one area and then the next year there'll be in another area. And he's done that numerous times. So I know one time use at San Diego and they let him camp in a big they they had a big parking area and they let some of their HIS those people who you've got to know them and they like him and they bringing back every year. And so he parked in there in the parking lot and it was a block away from the ocean in San Diego. So he'd walk over the ocean every morning for a swim and then he go to work and he loved doing it. And so that's an event. On another type of event you might look into is in court site every year a bunch of us, our viewers go to court site. There are jobs all over there that you can do event type jobs. And so like the vendors will come in and set up a vending. And so this little tiny town of court site has like 5 thousand people are less year-round. But in the in the winter when they are veers get there, there's hundreds of thousands of people. So they hire like mad, you'd get a job there if you get there fairly early. If you're there in September, we're looking for a job. You'll get a job and then you can work there. You can camp on free for free out on on BLM land nearby. Go to your work everyday, save all your money. It's a really good way to go. And I've known a lot of people that do it and end up saving quite a bit of money over the course of the winter there in Quartz site. Now the next job I want you to think about, know about, is going to tourist traps. I'll give you an example. Jackson, Wyoming is one of the most beautiful little towns in America. Its population is 10 thousand. And it's so beautiful and it's right by the Grand Tetons and it's right by Yellowstone that they hire 10 thousand people every year to work there in the area where there's only 10 thousand residents of the town. That means nearly all 10 thousand of them are coming from outside of town. If you go to Jackson, Wyoming in May, you'll get a job. And because there are more demand than workers, you'll be paid well, 1011, $12 an hour to start. And, and the great thing is you can get in with a company, gets to know them, they'll get to know you. River rafting. River rafting is huge in they go down the Snake River there in Jackson and this goes on Moab, Utah. It's the exact same thing, but there's also climbing and there's lodges and all kinds of things. There's horseback riding. You can go there and get a job with one of these folks and, and learn and grow. And maybe you like, you decide you like being a river raft guide. Well, they will help you work up and get certified and get a job. And maybe you'll have a job waiting for you in any tourist town in America where they do river rafting for the rest your life. And another job they always have like river rafting is one of the especially, but even horseback riding, almost any of them. They need to take the people out to the drop-off in the getting the rafts and then go rap. And then they need to pick them up at the end and then take them back and take the next group. So there's shuttling these drivers all the time. There's a job waiting for you. If you have a class and you don't have to have the full CDL, One of the lower ones, a, B. I'm not I'm not familiar enough with it to tell you. I bet if you get to know them and they get to know you and they like you, they'll help you get your CDL. The big thing about all of these tourist towns is they pay well, because there's so much competition. But also tips. I know a guy who did that, he went there for no other reason to yet is class B, I think that means passenger endorsement. That's all he had. And he went there to drive the shuttle bus. And you've got to know the town, he gets to know the places around it and it became real friendly, was outgoing. You said he made he was being paid $10 an hour. He made more than that in tips. So he's making like 20 bucks an hour at the end of the summer, he left with a lot of money. And so then he learned to be a river raft guide and he hung around. He got to know people every year. He went back to Jackson visually when I knew him, he was the manager of one of the large RV parks in the area. So it is it potentially is a really good job. If you go to cool works and work, you will find so many jobs, different variety of jobs. I can almost guarantee you a job that you will enjoy and thrive at. And if it doesn't, you do a different one next time, it's just really go check out those websites. And next is something like the tourist traps and ASH national parks. Every national park in the country hires big-time for the summer. They don't usually give you a free place to camp, but they give you a really good rate on someplace to live, either in a dorm room or in a, in a campground or something, you have to pay a little bit for it and they give you, usually give you you have to buy your own food, but they usually give you a reduced rate. But your international park. So that's not a bad thing by itself. I had a friend who was an F did that at Yellowstone. And so you've got mate became friends, you know, start to know people, you make connections. That's the best thing about these jobs. You make connections. And she became really good friends with one of the people that did all of the wolf Studies. And she got to go out on Wolf studies and observe wild wolves in Yellowstone. I mean, nobody gets to do that. But because she was there working, she was just running a cash register, one of the gifts stops, gift shops, but she made connections. She got to know people and she wouldn't hiking every every week, Honor, days off. She knew Yellowstone's so well, saw wolves out in the wild. She said it was one of the best experiences of her life that could be waiting for you too. And at the end of the year, you can't spend any money. That's the great thing about all these jobs. You're stuck in this job. You can't spend much money. If you're frugal at the end of the season, you should walk away to $3 thousand at any of these jobs. I've known many people that did just that. So a little more about the national park jobs. Only. A few big outfits, vendors. Run all of them. So let me give you some of the names, write these down and you can contact them and I can almost guarantee you'll find a job if you have any kind of a decent resume. I mean, you don't have to be anybody's special, just get everything bad. So three places that you should know about Zan Tara, they run a bunch of the national parks concessionaires. Era Mark ARA, MAR K, Zan, Tara is x a in TRA. And finally there's Delaware North. So you need to know those three names. I can almost guarantee you a job at a national part. If you want one, you go there, you're willing to work. No special skills, just be a good guy. Okay. Next I'm going to tell you about a job that I've told a lot of people about this. I don't think anyone has ever done it becoming a poker dealer. Now I'm not talking about working at a casino. That's not a job. I'd recommend you have to be a resident. You're not a nomad then. But there are tournaments all around the country and the tournament pops up. It's there a week 23 and then it's gone. And there aren't enough dealers are certified dealers around. So there is a circuit that follows these poker tournaments and they're paid really, really well, really well. The big one is World Series of poker's chances are you've heard many times, you know all about World Series of Poker. Well, I had a friend to the World Series of Poker. I think it's five weeks. I believe it's five weeks in in Las Vegas. It was in the summer. So he rented an apartment. You can only bear being in a venue is a van dwellers in the van. But he rented apartment for two months. And when he got done after that, five weeks after Pip even including paying for the apartment, he walked away from there with $11 thousand in his pocket because they're making like $30 an hour and they get tips. It's big, Good money. And this isn't the poor guy who's addicted to gambling. He gets his paycheck and he blows it all before he gets home. So as children aren't eating, these are professional gamblers. They treat you well. They get in the least bit out of line with anyone and they're gone and they're gone from every tournament in the country. They are all connected. Once you're in to one tournament, you're into all the tournaments in the country. It's a remarkably good job. So if you're not physically able to do all these other jobs, you can be a poker dealer and all you have to do if you've ever played poker, Have you ever dealt 21 or five card stud or whatever it is, you can learn if you can learn and physically do it. I have mental ability to do the math. You can be a broker dealer. You can make really good money. You can travel the country. In the winter. There are a lot of them, especially in Florida and in the Southeast, in Arizona and obviously Nevada, and then in Southern California. So you could spend your whole winter following the poker circuit, going all over the place and have the summers off, save a lot of money. It great job. I don't know why. Lot more people don't do this. It's, it's really something to consider doing. Next, I want to talk to you about minimum wage jobs. They're everywhere. You can be a waiter or waitress if you have any skill or that they're just all those jobs are everywhere. Something I would really recommend you look into is at a truck stop. Almost always when I go to a truck stop. Loves Pilot Flying J, T and a. They're all over there, all over the country. The big national chains are a lot of small change. You're not real familiar with their hiring and they almost always have a help wanted sign up. And the good thing is there on the freeway usually, and a lot of times across the desert Southwest or a lot of places there near international forest or desert BLM land and you can camp nearby. And in fact, I know like Edinburg, there's a Flying J and Edinburg, you can literally camp right behind the Flying J and walk to work every day. And they have they have helped Wanted signs up all the time. So all across the freeway, across the desert southwest, there's probably a job waiting for you at a truck stop or at a restaurant, or certainly at fast food anywhere. There's fast food all across the country. And so you can work at a minimum wage job for, for six months, a year, and then take the rest off easily do that as long as you're living in your car, van, or RV. Now, here's the idea that I don't, I have not talked about enough and not enough people have thought about, I would think about being a school bus driver. School bus driver has numerous advantages. They pay pretty well. I think it's going to be a minimum, 1011, $12 an hour, maybe more. And as you work your way up it more, they get you your CDL, you go in and you become a school bus driver. They put you behind the wheel, they drive you around, they take you down to the DMV. That gets you your, your, your class, your CDL for passenger. Once you've got that, there's a job waiting for you everywhere in this country. Driving bus, driving passenger. So that's an you once you've got that, that's everything. So even if you only do it for one year, now, were you going to live while your school bus driver? Here's I'm glad you asked if I've got an answer. Go to Yuma, Arizona right outside Uma is a long-term visceral area. You can live there for a $180 for seven months, give him a $180. You live there seven months, virtually the entire school season, and then go drive into human every day. It's like ten miles, not even ten miles from uma from this LTV. Hey, you've got a place to say it costs you almost nothing. You've got a job. You get your CDL, you complete your season. Don't just rip people off if they gives you your CDL, give them back, pay them back by staying a minimum of a season. Maybe you'll do it year after year. They'll great things. And then you got your summers off. The best thing about being a school bus driver is June, July, and August because you're off and that's the best part and then you go off and come maybe you come back. It's usually short hours, 20 hours a week, 30 hours a week, maybe. Rarely would it be 40 hours a week because school, you pick them up, you'd take a moment. That's just not that much really. I everywhere, every town of any size in America, every fall is desperate to higher school bus drivers and they'll get you your CDL. Once you've got your passenger CDL, a whole world of jobs opens up to you. I really wish you would all think about doing that. Another good job you should give serious thought to is a seasonal work. So a seasonal work for three examples of seasonal work are in july doing firework cells, and then again in January. So fireworks tense go up in July. They go up in January for the fourth July, obviously in for the New Year's. But some of them run all the time. So there is a great job and they paid really, really well for a short period of time. And that's what we're looking for, isn't it? To walk away from a job that costs us very little to live and we save all of our money. And then in October, there's pumpkin stands will pop up all over the country. And they are hiring someone. And they like our viewers because you're living on the lot, you're protecting it. There usually want a couple. But if you can get a buddy and you both could go together and live on the lot with two people. If one of you has to go to the grocery store, someone still on the line, that's how they like to do it. So you really need to be a couple, at least r two into P2 people, even if you're not actually a couple. So that's a great job. Finally, there's Christmas tree sales again in December and then fireworks at on January first. So Christmas tree is a big one. You usually get a percentage minimum wage or something like that paid usually paid decently well. But then you get a percentage and man, that can it can end up being a lot of money. You can leave those jobs with a lot of money in your pocket. And finally, the final last job I wanna tell you about is gate guard and security. That's just not always a great job. It's usually out in the middle of nowhere. So like an oil field will be a huge oil field and they'll have gates and they want someone at the gate to man the gate loud Paypal in record who's coming in. You don't you don't usually have to be a real security. You don't have to have the certifications or anything. You just have to be there and know what's going on. And but it's usually pretty remote. You they don't like you leaving. It can be difficult in some ways. It's not for everyone. I think the money's good. I don't really know much about it. So, but the key thing is just to look into it, get all the details. Will it work for you? Maybe you want to be remote, have no one around, no internet. That's what appeals to you. You get paid for doing nothing really basically. And maybe that's exactly up your alley. So if it is, that's a job to look into. Now remember all everything I'm telling you plus many, many more. All these jobs are available on work, and cool Go there to find plenty of jobs, many more imaginative jobs. I'm telling you about. They're the sorts for you to look at. So our homework assignment for the jobs class is that you start researching. If we're thinking about campground hosting, Go to work or don't go too cool,, research them and see jobs you might be interested in, write them down, maybe give them a call and find out what you have to do to get the job. And if you would qualify, don't waste their time, but, but do all you can to start learning about those different kinds of jobs. Of course, always Google, YouTube. And you'll just start learning and studying different jobs. And so there you have it. Folks just talked and talked and talked to doctrine, went on forever and ever. So there's a bunch of jobs that are there and waiting for you. This is how you can afford to live this way, lived the life of your dreams, your fantasy life. Not just the life of monotony and drudgery. You can have a good life with you. Yeah, you have to work. We have to have money. We want as much freedom as we can, but we gotta have money. So this is how you can get it. So I'm hope you got something out of this if you did come back to our next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. See you then. No. 15. CLASS 15 Mail, Residency and Driver's License: Hi everyone, welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure and you can. Today we're going to cover a topic that is big and broad and we're just going to lightly touch on it. I have numerous videos on it. I have articles I've written on it. Other lots of other YouTubers have made videos on it. To get the details, you're going to have to go and do the research on yourself. I'm going to give you the broad strokes. We're gonna talk about how to choose a state of residents, how to get your mail, how to get your driver's license, how to become a resident of that state. And it's so it's a complex topic, very broad. There are two things you must have. You must have a residence address. That's the physical place you live, and a mailing address, that's the place your mail goes. They can be different. There are small towns in America where they do not deliver. So everyone has appeal box. It's okay if they're different, that's not a problem. But for most of us, there are the same as not an issue. When you move into a vehicle, car, van, or r. V, All of a sudden, you don't have a residence address because you don't live anywhere anymore. You've moved out of that place, you've moved into a vehicle and you'd driven away. You can travel anywhere you want, anytime you want, you have this wonderful freedom. But that means where do you get mail and and when you want to get a new driver's license, where what state are you going to get your driver's license in or when you get insurance for your car and they say, Where do you garage your vehicle? Now you don't have an answer. So the simple fact is you get to choose any state in that you want to be your state of residence. And some states are better than other states. For example, if you are still working and you have an income, you can choose a state that has no income tax. So at the end of every year, you don't file a tax income tax return. That's a great thing, believe me. And if you have to work on the road, then you don't have to file an income tax to your home state because they don't have an income tax. Also, different states charge difference amount of money. Another good example is insurance. One state might charge a lot for insurance because there are a lot of accidents in that state. Another state might charge very little for insurance because there aren't many accidents in that state. People are safer. It's very rural, so there aren't a lot of expensive accidents. So if your situation in life requires you to live on a very tight budget, say you are on disability and you just can't work and your disability is small or you've worked all your life and now you can't work and you're so security is small and you need all the help you can get from the government. It's important that you choose a state based on their social network. Some states have. Broad, helpful social networks. California is one of them, Oregon and Washington or others, and then New York, New Jersey, some of those states, Connecticut, you have to do your own research. Some of those states have really strong social networks and safety nets. And if you need all the help you can get, you may want to choose a state based on that. If all, you're only income is so scurry, then they're not gonna probably take any taxes from you anyway. Make your decision based on the Health Care for the low-income people and all food stamps for low-income. All the ways in which you can get from the help from the government. Based on your hard work. You've worked hard all your life. You're you are at the end and you're so security is tiny. Your disability by any, you're barely surviving. There's nothing wrong with getting help if you really needed. So make that part of your decision. Inspections. Another big issue is Inspections. Does a state have a vehicle inspection? You don't want to choose a state that requires you to come back every year or every two years and get a vehicle inspection, get an emissions inspections or whatever it is, that makes your life really hard. You have to keep going back to the state all the time. So these are parts of your decision of which state. Another part is politics. Some states are very liberal. Some states are very conservative, which appeals to you. The issues might be guns, maybe you want to have a concealed carry and you do. So, you wouldn't choose a state that made it nearly impossible. Maybe you hate guns. You wouldn't choose a state that makes it really easy. So and I don't you know, that's your choice, but be aware that's part of your decision in which state that you will choose to be a resident of. There are three big states where most people choose. Florida, Texas, and South Dakota. They all three make it pretty easy to become a resident. None of them have taxes. I think Texas does have an inspection, but you don't have to return to get it. If you go back to Texas, then you have to get your inspection done. And insurance is fairly good on all of them. A lot of people to South Dakota because the insurance rates are among the lowest in the nations. They make it very, very easy to become a resident of South Dakota. It's the easiest of all states, and a lot of us choose that. And so There's a whole system in place. So a lot of people choose South Dakota, Florida, or Texas. Those are the main choices. Another one is nevada. I personally have chosen Nevada. No income tax insurance is higher than the other states, so I'm paying a little more. I think. And really important part of the decision is to choose a state based on location. I think it's very important to choose a state based on location. A lot of us need a home base. If you see the doctor often, then you want to have a place where you go often so you can see your doctor once, twice, 34 times a year. If you need to get special pharmacy items, then again, you need to go to that state often. So if your if your residency is Florida and you spend all your time out West, how are you going to see your doctor is going to be really hard. On the other hand, if you spend all your time on the east coast but you become an Nevada resident, how are you gonna go see your doctor because you're on the East Coast all the time. Combine those two into a location where you go off and you have a homebase where you keep a doctor, you keep your medical stuff, you keep your vet, you have friends that you go and return to and see every year that's keeping a home base in your state based on location. I chosen that up because I spend my winners in the California desert. And I spend my summers in the states around, not in Nevada, but around the data. So I traveled through Nevada. That's why I chose it. I think it's a very good state if you choose to live out west. If you choose to live out east, you mainly are going to choose between Florida and Tennessee. Tennessee, maize, a very good state to be chooses a resonance because you'll be moving around in that area. So your home-based is tenancy. Another big issue is health insurance. Mostly, if you have health insurance, it's confined to that state. That's why location is so important. If your state if your state of residence is South Dakota and you never go to South Dakota, but you've gotta go to the doctor and South Dakota. That becomes a burden. I chose Nevada because I'm often through Nevada. I keep a doctor in Nevada and I pass through there often. I'm never terribly far away because I live out west. Same thing if you live back east, maybe you want to choose Tennessee because you're near Tennessee and you can see your doctor often. So that's a big issue. So you work out all the different factors and you choose. So the next thing you have to know is how to get your driver's license and how to get mail there too, that the two are intertwined. For example, if you're gonna get your driver's license in your new state, how do you become a resident of a state? You get a driver's license there. You say you're going to get a driver's license. They're going to require you to they all require you now to have both a residence address and a mailing address. How are you going to have a mailing address if you're never in that state, you're just passing through. We'll get something called a male forwarder. A male forwarder is a company, it's a commercial business. All your mail will go to them. You'll sign a document allowing them to receive your mail for you. It's supposed Office document. The post office will require it to receive mail and then all your mail will go to them. They will hold your mail and do whatever you tell them to do with it. They'll keep it and hold it. And you'll say, Okay, now I'm here, put it in a box, may do me your mail. And you really all of them will open it and read it to you over the phone or scan it and send it to you. Some will set up a website where you can. They'll scan every piece that comes to you. You can read it right online. You can tell them what to do with it, mail it to me, throw it away, just archive it and throw it away, whatever. That's the kind of services that they offer. So the re the price ranges is yearly. If you pay by the year, it's cheaper. So it's going to be on the low side of about $75 a month up to most of them are going to be a 100125 if they really offer a lot of services and they're expensive. A 150 up to 200, but that's a lot. I've never paid that much. I usually pay about a 100100125. I don't get a lot of male. What you're going to say now is what? I don't need one. I get so little male, you absolutely must have a residence address when you go to get your driver's license, when you go to register your vehicle, they will say, where are you living? And if you don't have a resonance where you live, they won't give you a driver's license and they will say, where can I send your mail? And if you don't have a resonance, they won't give you your driver's license when you go to get your insurance, the insurance company will say, where do you garage the vehicle and they absolutely will require a place where you regret the vehicle and where your mail goes to. In fact, your your rates will be based on the location that the zip code of and what their insurance rates are in that zip code. So you have to have one and so you get the mail forward or in the state that you have chosen. And now that is where you get mail. That is not your residents asterisk. That's a commercial business that is there. Nearly all states keep a list of mail THE orders. We will not use a mail folder as a residence. There are some exceptions. You have to look into that, but nearly all states will not allow it. How do you get a resident's? All states now require that you bring in proof that you live where you say you live. So what a lot of us do is we go to an RV Park. We stay there for a month. That's the rent receipt. They nearly all states require a physical proof of where you live. A rent receipt is one or a big statement mailed to that address, Bob Wells at 1234 Main Street, and they have to bring in that bank statement. That bank statement proves I live at 1-2-3 for Main Street. They all require proof. Here's how you find out what your state requires. You type in, you go to Google, you type in Nevada, and then you just change the name of the state to whichever one you're interested in, Nevada, tendency, Florida, driver's license requirements. It'll take you to a page. It will have a list of everything that will they will accept as proof that you live at that address, that they usually make it pretty easy. One of the options that you have, I believe in every state is to declare that you are homeless. If you declare that you are homeless, they won't require a a physical proof of residents and you can use a shelter as a mailing address. I've known people that do this. I've known actually quite a few people. So you go to a local shelter, say you need to get your driver, you're homeless. You're not even lying. You don't own a home. So technically technically your houseless. And so you take I think of myself as houseless, they think of you as homeless. So you're legally, by definition homeless. And so you go to the shelter, say I need to get my driver's license? They will probably they will tell you that you can use their address as the shelter of that. Nearly all of them will do that. You'll find one that will in your area. Then you can go and get your driver's license as homeless and then you're set. It's really pretty easy to do. And then that address becomes the address of the shelter, becomes your residents address. That's all the proof you need. You'll they'll bring in a document from the shelter. That's one way to do it. The other is like most of us, do, we get a 30-day rent receipt at an RV Park? We take that in. The golden nugget RV Park, 1234 main street, prompt, Nevada. That might be one that actually there is a golden nugget RV bark and prompt. So you take that n and that is now your resident address, and so on your driver's license, you don't say your residents is 1234 mainstreet space, 18, that is where you reside. And so that is one way to get around it. So that's how you get mail. You choose a state based on which has the most advantages for you. That's how you get your mail. You go to a male forwarder, and that's how you get a residence address. Either you choose to be homeless or you rent a place where you can take a receipt. One, the reason people love South Dakota as a resident's is because they will let you spend one night in an RV parks were one night in a motel, and that's all you have to do to become a resident. That's so easy. But if you have to have your health insurance in South Dakota, how often will you be in South Dakota? So and I don't wanna have to drive the South Dakota every five years to renew my driver's license and do all those things for me. South Dakota doesn't work. I need a doctor. I can go to every year and get a regular checkup. I'm 65. I need that. I chose Nevada. That's what I had to do in Nevada. I had to do the 30-day rent receipt, take that in and then get your driver's license, then you're a resident. Easy. Not easy, not cheap, but you can do it. I also know for a fact that in Nevada you can declare yourself homeless and get it for nothing. And it's pretty easy. I have a video coming out and by the time this is out, you'll see it on exactly how to do that in the state of Nevada. Now I know I went through this really fast. Again, I can't teach all of this. This is a crash course, right? This is to get you on the road as quickly and easily as I as you can. Personally, when I first moved into a van, I just kept using my old address and use my old driver's licenses and kept renewing it. And I didn't feel bad about that at all. And so you can do that for a while, while you get your feet under you and all those things. So your homework assignment now for, for finding a state is to start doing your research. What are your needs? Do you, does Income Tax make a difference to you? Then find that all the states that don't require income tax and just do all the things that I've said in this video. This is important. Go through the video, write them all down and start doing your research because it's all your own research. Would, for most of us is going to come down to Florida, Texas, South Dakota, or Nevada, maybe tendency, Wyoming, Montana. Research them all. Which one works best for you, which is the area you want to spend the time in. And just do your homework and research, go online, do all the Google searches I talked about in this video, and and start making your decision also finding a mail-order because that's critical. You have to have a mail-order wherever you stay, you Jews and started giving them a call which wants cheapest, which went opera the services you need. And so just gather the information and the research that needs to be done before you can make a decision. So I know I did that really fast and I didn't cover it in any depth at all. I just want to give you the overview and now you're going to have to do the research. Everybody's situation is so different. I can't tell you which state. I can't tell you what the situation is in all 50 states, you'll have to do a Google search on becoming a resident of taxes of or do a search on how much to eat. Does each state cost for insurance, low-cost auto insurance for all 50 states, you're going to have to do your own Google research, find all the details, decide which ones works for you. And it changes. All these things change really fast too. So if you watch this in a year or two, they might be completely different. And so again, I've given you the outline, the broad understanding. You have to go now and do the research for your life and your circumstances. Well, I hope that gave you the outline and that's all you need. Go check out my channel. I took all about this all the time. It's all over YouTube. Thanks for watching. Come back to the next class. Will note cover a another class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road, how you can afford a life of travel and adventure. See you then. 16. CLASS 16 Solar Made Simple: Hi everyone, welcome back to my next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road, how you can afford a life of travel and adventure. Next, we want to talk about one of the most difficult questions that I'll have to answer. And so I'm just going to give you the broadest overview here. A lot of you are going to want to know how do I have electricity on the road. And the easiest and best way is solar. But then as soon as you say solar, eyes glaze over right now I can see you out there. Your eyes are glazing over. Oh no, not another solar talk. I'm going to try to make this super simple, super basic. I'm not going to try and go and delve into it all, but you gotta have electricity on the road. Your life just won't be as good as it can be if you don't have electricity on the road. So we'll talk, we'll start at the most basic simple level and work our way up. And I hope one of them will be simple enough, but complete enough for you. The first thing you must understand about electricity on the road is you got to lower your expectations. Anything is possible. You can, you can get enough solar to just run a regular apartment, but it takes a lot of money, and it takes a lot of space on your roof to have that much solar. So it isn't realistic for most of us, we're going to have to greatly reduce our expectations. Unless you have a big van and enough money for a big system, you have to, you have to give up on the idea of heating with solar. It's just not practical. Possibly a heating pad, a 12-volt heating pad. You can't do that if you have enough solar, you have to give up on the idea of running air conditioning On the Road. Again, if you have 750 watts or 1000 watts and a big battery bank, ideally 1500 watts, you can't do a C, but not many of us are going to have that. So give up the idea of air conditioning. For the most part, cooking isn't practical on the road. You can run a microwave. I run a microwave and that's not that hard. An instant pot, something like that. For the most part, cooking on the road is just not going to happen with electricity. But for the most part, cooking with electricity on the road is probably going to be out of the reach of most people. So I want you to really reduce your expectations. You can't do everything unless you have a lot of money and a big rig with a lot of space. But that doesn't mean you can't be comfortable because you can be. So we'll start with the most minimum needs that anyone can have. So let's say you have USB devices. So for example, you will probably have a phone and a USB plug in. You've gotta run that. You're going to want to fan, it's going to be, they're going to be hot days. You're going to want to run a fan. You're going to want to run lights, it's gonna get dark. You're going to want to be up in the dark, so you're going to need to run some lights. So while I want you to reduce your expectations, I still want you to know that you can be comfortable on the road and have enough electricity. Let's start at the lowest possible level. You just want to run your USB devices. You can do that. And so what am I talking about with USB devices? Your phone, you can almost always plug your phone into a USB and you can do that on the road, no problem. They make a lot of USB items, specifically. For the road like a fan, you're gonna need a fan. You can get a USB powered fan, you can get a USB powered lights and then just plug them into a light, USB into little brick. I'm going to recommend that you get, if your USB get one of the bricks, 20 thousand milliwatt hours, that will do you a really good job. You charge it while you're driving. So you can run fans, you can run lights, you can run your phone, you can run a pad off of one. Hopefully your car has a couple of you of cigarette lighter ports you put in one of the, the converters, you plug the USB into that you're charging your brick, you're charging your phone, you're charging your iPad. So USB devices work really well. You can buy really nice little USB-C blenders. It's really amazing what they're making an USB and it works really well. So that is the most basic need and you can probably do that really well if you drive enough and you have a couple of the bricks that you charge while you're driving and then you run off of them. Now let's step up above that. Now, the one thing I mentioned in and all of that is a laptop because it's probably going to be hard to run your laptop. They do make some laptops that are so small that you might could do it Microsoft Surface and go are so small. The iPads are pretty powerful. Maybe that's all you need and you don't need a laptop. If you need more, and most of us are going to want more than that. The next step up is to get the small folding panels. You can get the small folding panels from 153060 or 100 watts. And now you're really producing some power. You put them out while your park, you put them on your dash while you're driving. And you plug in all your USB devices to it. And they're all charging while you're driving and when you're not driving. So your park for a day or two or three, you put your solar panel out in the sun and you keep charging even while you're not driving. The all have, make sure that when you buy one, that you'd get one with multiple USB ports, you get one, make sure you get one with fast charging USB ports because that's really important. I think you've gotta get like a 60 watt panel to get fast charging. But those things worked really, really well. And so you can fast charge all your devices, have everything charged, and when you go into the night, Have your brick charged to your devices charged, you should have no problem getting by with that. You know, it's surprising how, how well you can do with just one of the fold-out panels. Get a 3060 would be better, a 100, we'd be better. And just a couple of the power blocks, batteries, you can go a long ways and be pretty comfortable with just that. But if you want the next the next step up, then you get the fold-out panel, get at least a 100 watt. And the little, what they call them solar generators that will have an inverter so you can plug your laptop ban, it'll have a much bigger battery. You can charge it while you're driving. You can lay out the solar panel when you're not driving. That is surprisingly a good option, is just expensive. You know, you're going to spend a lot of money. Say you buy a jacket rejected. He is a good name. And the 250 or 300 watt hour, whatever they whatever there is available. I know they're making some changes at a 100 watt panel. That's going to be like $800. So that's a huge amount of money, a huge leap from just your USB devices. So it's hard to justify that. Get a smaller 160 watt or a 100 watt panel and off-brand that, you know, a plugin together. And so one of those will do you really well. You're out. The next step, you're running your laptop. And a lot of people are completely happy with just that. Now the next step up from that is actually probably going to be cheaper because everything is in the soul or the solar generator and its convenient. Here's the problem with the solar generators. If one part breaks, you have to send it back in or buy a new one and then you're without it for a while. Now the next step up from our solar generator and a solar panel is to buy the folding panels, either a hard suitcase or one of the soft flexible ones. They will come with their own inverter and then you have to buy the battery to connect them to. You can buy a 12-volt AGM battery and then just set it in the drivers passenger seat. You can buy just a 12-volt AGM off of Amazon for about a $170 and the cheapest, a hundred and seventy, two hundred dollars. And it's going to be big. It's going to have a lot of power. You just lay out your folding solar panel. Either the hardest suitcase for the soft suitcases, a 100 watt, 200 watt. You can even get them up to 300 watts with a brand called Tokyo. And Tokyo's are cheap, but there might well be worth the money that 300 watt is very inexpensive and it will last you a few years and serve you fairly well. You can't think it's a lifetime investment because it's not cheap. But it's something to really consider. So then you have 300 watts or you can buy two of the 100s are two of the 200s, and then plugged and then just clamp them on your battery or hard-wired them in if you know how. And then so you have a battery and a generator and a solar panel. And then you're going to have to buy a clamp on inverter to get 12, to get a 110 volt out. And you'll have to hard wire in or clamp on the little 12-volt sockets to get your USB and to get all your other devices. If you're willing to do that. I have a video explaining how to do everything I just said. And it works really well. And that's going to be by far cheaper. You can get the battery, which is going to be far bigger than any of the batteries you're going to buy in a store generator for $200. You can buy the panel for $200, so for $400. And then you have to buy all the little parts to get power out of it. 500 bucks. And it's a lot cheaper and it's a much bigger battery. And if any part fails, you just buy a new one. I really think that's by far your best choice. It's going to be the cheapest, the most for your money. You'll get a bigger panel. You can always set it out while, while you're stopped, but you can plug everything else in your USBs and your inverter and charge while you're driving directly into the car. So that's the best bang for your buck. You're going to get the most for your money. It's gonna take a little more work, it's gonna take a little more learning, but it is not hard. I think any of you can do it. And finally, the real step, the best step, the most bang for your money is just to mount a hard panel on your roof and you are set and ready to go. You could put 300 watts on your roof with 300 watts, two or 300 watts on your roof, you can, I'm running a a microwave off 200 watts. You can run an instant pot off of 200 watts. You could run your lights, you can run pretty much everything. You need, 200 watts as a minimum. And if you can get up to three or 400, you're going to be very comfortable. You're gonna have all basically in a van all the power that you need. So that's just a really broad and fast overview of all the options you have for solar. Let me just go over them again. Really simply start with nothing but USB and battery, USB battery banks. That will do a lot of you really well. The next step up is to buy a bigger solar panel and multiple battery, USB battery banks and get a couple of thirties and you can charge everything at once charged while you're driving off the alternator. The step up above that is a solar generator and solar panel. That's the most expensive per watt of all of them. But it's by far the simplest and most practical. It will meet most of your needs if you can afford to spend that kind of money to get it going. A January 250 or any of the two hundred, fifty and a hundred watt solar panel. And you're you're pretty good. If it's a cloudy day, you're kinda stuck. You could dry charged while you're driving directly. So that'll work pretty good. And then next up is to buy a folding solar panel with a controller built in by a battery and just charge the battery and take everything off that battery. You have to do more learning, but you get a lot more power for less money. And that's really your best choice with a little bit of learning and doing. And then finally mounting about 23400 watts on your roof that will meet all your needs and you'll be really happy you did it. So those are the basics of how to do it. And ultimately, if you really on a lot of power by a generator, you'd have to buy, you know, if you're in a car or a van, you just don't have a lot of room, like a Honda 10000102 thousand. Those are ideal. They're quiet, they sip gas. You have to carry gas, you have to take them in and out. You have to change the oil. So they're, they're not without problems. But with a 202 thousand. You can run you can run your microwave off it, you can run an air conditioner off it. You can run your coffee pot off it. But again, you have to carry it in and out. You have takes up a lot of space. You have to carry gas. You have to change the oil, you have to do repairs. And they're expensive. The Honda went ten hundreds, about 602 thousand is about another opportunity to hundreds. It's going to be 1000 bucks or in that ballpark. Of course, there are some really good clones of the one hundred, ten hundred and the 2 thousand that run really well. I, I have a friend who has it, the energizer 2000 clone. It's been very, very good. She's had at 3-4 years at least four years now. Operates, runs really well, problem-free. She had one little problem. Any any small repair shop could fix it. I would actually recommend one of the clones as a really good choice for about half the price. Now what I'm going to suggest to you now is kind of expensive and maybe all of you can't afford it. I'm going to suggest that in your apartment you stop using electricity and you start thinking about what do I absolutely have to have here? You don't know how important electricity is until you have it, decide that you're going to have a fast day of electricity. No electricity in your house. What drives you crazy? What do you absolutely have to have? And then find the solutions. Think about them now. So you have to have lights. Won't go buy a Lucy light. You won't regret and having a Lucy light by flashlights. If it's hot and you're going to need a fan, what are you gonna do when it gets cold and no, no electricity, no heat. So what are you gonna do with this starts to get cold in there. So experience life without electricity. What is the minimum I have to have if you can afford it? A good idea would be to buy solar generator and live on it in your apartment, plug it in because you won't have solar plug it in so that the solar generator, it stays charged. Can you live off of a solar generator in your apartment? Now some of you can't afford to go out bias or generator and I understand that, but something else to consider doing is to buy the battery you hoped to ultimately end up with. Now remember, if the power goes out, you've got a solar generator and that is a fantastic thing to have. If the power goes out and all of his face power outages. And another thing is just to go by. There's a good battery that I recommend on Amazon and then learn how to get the power out of it and live off of it for a day or two day at a time, or even an afternoon at a time, you're going to find the, you're addicted to easy electricity and it's surprising how much you want it need it. Well, this is going to show that to you and it will show you all the ways around it. So I know that one is going to cost you a little money, but if you'll do it, I think you'll be glad you did. So there you have it from the very simplest, most basic couple 100 bucks for a USB system and USB devices all the way up to a generator or of amount at yourself system that will meet your needs and get you down the road. And you just have to pick which one of those will work best for you. I've got tons and tons of solar videos from, from very simple to very advanced and hopefully one that will meet your need. Okay, I hope that helped you if it did come back, will go to the next class in the ultimate crash course to living on their own. How you could afford a life of travel and adventure. 17. CLASS 17 Heat and Cold: Hi everyone and welcome back to our next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. Today we're gonna talk about one of the most difficult topics in, in the whole course. And that's dealing with heat and cold. You know, when you let one of the reasons we live in a house is so we can be very, very comfortable. And you can flip a switch and it's hot again, and flip a switch and it's cold again and it's just comfortable all the time. But the problem with that is you're fighting nature. Your major has become your enemy, and you don't want any discomfort in your life. So you've locked yourself in these four prison walls. That's the only place you could be comfortable. And so when you go outside, you rush to your car to turn on the air conditioning and you rush to the store or work and getting the air-conditioning and your life is owned and controlled. You've lost your freedom because you don't want to be hot or cold. And so if you're going to be totally free, you're going to have to deal with some heat and cold and the discomfort that goes with them. So let's talk about them in a way. Dealing with heat and cold in a car, van or RV is actually the best part of being, living on the road, being a nomad. Because you can be what we call a snowbird. A snowbird literally, you know, the vowels that flap their wings. They travel with the seasons, don't they? If they've traveled all the way north to the Arctic and it gets really hot, cold. The hay fly south where it's warm, they fly to Florida literally, or the Texas Gulf coast or to Mexico. They fly to where it's warm and then when it gets too hot and miserable in Florida or Texas or the desert, they fly North against some of the, all the way up to the Arctic. There snow birds there are chasing. Comfortable whether, well, that's exactly what I do. I do that exact thing in I follow the weather. So for example, just like the birds, I fly south, maybe I go to Florida or go to Arizona or taxes or Mexico. And in the winter when i can be where it's reasonably warm. And instead of being somewhere up north Illinois, or New York, or Alaska or Canada where it's extremely cold. So I, I searched and travel for that's why live on wheels. If it gets too hot or too cold, I turned the key and I find a comfortable place. That's being a snowbird. Now, a lot of us will automatically think that means going north on a long way. So if you're in Florida, you might have to go to Maine to get cool. But that's not exactly true. That key thing isn't to go north and south. The key thing is to go up and down. Elevation is the key to staying cool. So for example, science tells us that for every 1000 feet in elevation you gain, it cools off 3.5 degrees. So if you go up 10 thousand feet, so if you're at sea level and you go up to lead bill Colorado, let go. Colorado was at two thousand ten thousand, two hundred feet. You have got dropped. About 32 degrees. So if it's a 100 at sea level, it's going to be about 70 and lead people and that's very, very comfortable. And so the key is not so much going north and south, although that's usually part of it. It's going up in elevation and you don't have to go very far. Let me give you an example that I have done myself. I decided one year to spend the whole year in the State of Arizona. So in the winter, I went south, of course, I was in court site that was in Yuma, humans, one of the warmest places in the lower anywhere in the country, Miami is were the warmest, but Miami still human and then you've got storms and all kinds of problems. But so I went to Yuma and I was in Yuma all winter in the desert area around human, not in Yuma. And then when spring came, I moved north to a town called cottonwood, which is at 3 thousand feet. So i went up about ten degrees and then I went left. When that got too hot, I left cottonwood and I moved up to Flagstaff, which is at 7 thousand feet. So it was about 25 degrees cooler than Uma or Phoenix or court site or anywhere in the desert. And so that 25 degrees and being an it's desert. I mean, it's not desert. It is trees. If you're in the trees in a forest, you can park in the shade and it's cool. It just stays cool at night. It cools off really nicely. Now, Flagstaff would get up to about 90. It would get into the very low nineties sometimes in the summer. But because you're in the forest, it's a very bearable and pleasant 90, whereas Phoenix would be a 110 or more. And I could be in mostly it was in the mid to upper eighties in Flagstaff. So that's a really good example. That's 300 miles. I drove from Quartz site to Flagstaff that's less than 300 miles. And I went from a 110 to eighties and nineties and very pleasant eighties and nineties. So you can be, you can be a snowbird and beat the heat just by going up. Same thing in the winter. I would just travel so that winner spent a whole year in Arizona. When I reversed my course, when Flagstaff got cold and flagstaff gets below 0, it's a cold place. Beautiful forests but cold place. So then I reversed my course. I stepped down to cottonwood at 3 thousand feet, about halfway in-between in elevation. And then when that got too cold, I went all the way down into the desert and I was very comfortable all year around. Sometimes the desert can be surprisingly cold. And so it's not like it's going to be pleasant a 100% of the time, it won't be. Sometimes even Flagstaff would get a little hotter than hotter than I wanted to be. And the desert will definitely get colder than I want it to be. But, you know, it's all relative. So if if the desert gets down to the thirties at night and it will get into the thirties. I've seen they hit freezing in the desert. You know, compare that to New York or Canada or British Columbia or anywhere where it's really cold, where it will be when it's 20 below easily. And so I never face those kinds of temperatures. Never faced snow, no snow. Think about that. So while it can't be cool, It can be very windy and it does rain and in the desert, you need to be prepared for cold, rainy days. It's not an issue. It comes really. It comes and it goes. And most of the days or in the fifties, at the lowest, most days, all winter are in the sixties or seventies. It's very pleasant way to spend your time. So being a snowbird is the way to go. If you're a snowbird, you turn the key, you find a comfortable temperature and that's how I take care of Cody, my dog. If it's too hot for him, is too hot for me, I drive away, works really, really well. I've never had a problem with it. Now, on the other hand, what if you cannot move? What if you are stuck, right where you are, you were working at a job. You're you don't have the money to drive even 300 miles to go up in elevation, whatever your situation is, if your fixed, How do you deal with heat and cold? You're working still. And so I did this for six years. I kept working at a job and I parked in the cities, dealt parked in the city. And so I had to live in the cold that was in Anchorage, Alaska. So I lived for six years in a van in Anchorage, Alaska. How do you deal with heat and cold if you can't move away from them as a snowbird. So the colds fairly easy. You just add a lot of extra insulation and you bring in heater. That's all there is to it and you can stay pretty comfortable in the cold. I used and I recommend first and foremost, if you're in a very cold place and can't leave, or if you just want to, on a cold night in the desert, you want to add a little heat? I recommend the Olympian catalytic heaters, a wave three, waves six or wave eight. They're kind of expensive, 200 to $500 for this, from the smallest to the biggest. I love them. They're very safe. There. A slow, steady heat. They do put out a lot of moisture and that's a problem with them. But they are catalytic and that means there's no flame. It's a chemical process. They virtually do not put out carbon monoxide as long as you give them enough ventilation. Now whenever we're talking about heating, there's the risk of dying, literally dying if you do it wrong from having a heater in your van. But if you give them enough ventilation, it won't be a problem. All that's required is that the heater be properly operating, be properly installed, Father Emmanuel, and give it enough inhalation. And you'll be perfectly safe. If you'll crack the two front windows and inch, that's almost always enough air movement in the van for you to stay warm. And with an RV. And it's do the same. Just crack a couple of windows and you'll stay, you'll have plenty of ventilation. The great thing about having an Olympian heater in in in RV is you can move it around, get long hose, get a quick connect, and some quick connect ports in your propane system. And you can move it around the RV. So when you're sleeping, move the heater in the back, keep the heater just a bedroom warm. If you're you spend most of your time in the living room working, move it back up here. And while you're working and watching TV or working in your business, whatever you do to have it there haven't you're you're heating the area around you, not the whole RV. They'll save you a lot of money. Same thing with a van. With a van, it's any one of these heaters should keep you warm, except in the most extreme temperatures below 0, you're going to need a couple of big heaters. And that's what I did. When acreage in acreage, when it got down to 30 below, I would have to heaters running all the time and a big one and a medium one. And I barely kept warm at 30 below, but I was OK. Another option is the Mr. buddy. They are not catalytic heaters. They're ceramic. If you use them properly, you keep the ventilation going enough again, about an inch. If you're in a van, keep your both front windows down and you're probably going to be okay. And so the MR. Buddy heaters are good heaters. Always use a filter on them. They Mr. buddy makes a filter. So always use the filter on the Mr. buddy. And bio special hose made for the Mr. buddy heater. And they'll have high and low. They have three different sizes. The middle size is almost always good enough, and I think they're about 80 bucks. You can routinely pick them up or 80 bucks, I think you're going to be really, really pleased and happy with the MR. Buddy portable buddy heater. Mr. heater portable buddy, that's their official name. I do like the Olympian better. I recommend them more, but the Mr. buddy is a good heater and a lot of people, a lot of us use them. And finally, another option is you can actually install an RV heater in your van. And a lot of people do that. There are two main brand names. Well, you could just buy go to an RV store and buy a replacement RV heater, they'd be about 350 bucks. It's going to be pretty big. It's gonna be loud. It's going to draw a lot of electricity. And they'll put out a lot of heat, more heat than you need in a van. But it'll work and I know people who've done it and it works just fine. The advantage to them is is they vent the carbon outside their vented. Mr. buddy and Olympian are not vented. All the all the everything they produce stays inside the van. If they're producing carbon monoxide, it stays inside the van. If you have enough ventilation, they will not. If you give them enough air, they will not produce carbon. But if you don't give them the ventilation, they will and they'll kill you. So all you have to have been relation going at all times. You also all these heaters, you must not put anything on them or very near them. They need a clearance. If you don't give them enough clearance, the thing that's near them can cast Fire. I've actually had that happened. I put a towel to dry above my above my Mr. buddy heater one time and it fell on the heater and eventually it dried it out and then it burst into flames. It literally burst into flames. So you must be careful to give it the clearances around it, any heater to be safe, otherwise you're you have a real fire risk. So clearances and ventilation, you cover those two things. You'll be fine. You don't, you are at risk of death. And so these, there are two name, big brand names now. They make small portable heaters kind of designed for vans or small RVs. The two big names are we best dose and prospects. Prospects is propane. We best dose is burns, either gasoline or diesel. And they're fantastic heaters, they're expensive, they're about a $1000. There are visited, all the exhaust goes out, it's not inside. You don't have the problem with condensation. All heaters except these two that vented heaters, created lot of condensation and you'd get a lot of moisture inside. It has never been a problem for me. It was a huge problem in Alaska in extreme temperatures. It's a huge problem because you can't you can't. The moisture never gets out. And it was a huge problem. But if most moderate temperatures, if you're in the desert is Snowbird, it won't be a problem. The moisture, though we best dose and the prospects solve that because the moisture goes out, it's been it outside, no moisture, it's dry heat. Really big advantage there. 1000 bucks. They're extremely high-quality installations, harder, you're gonna have to be fairly competent to install it. It does draw some electricity, but they're fantastic heaters if you can afford them. Fortunately now there are a bunch of Chinese clone knockoffs. That's kinda what they're called. If you go to YouTube and search on we best dose or prospects. And you'll see, come up with it will be a bunch of these Chinese clone knockoffs. And some of them have worked really well. I'm not I'm saying, you know, there are a couple of 100 bucks between a hundred and two hundred and no more than $300 for these knockoffs and some of them work. I've heard people bid really, really happy with them. So they will probably be worth you considering if you want to install an RV type furnace in your van or if you need one and your RV, replacing watching your RV with one of these would be a pretty good idea too. So cold is fairly simple. If you're forced to be somewhere very cold, you simply add lot of installation is too big topic. I'm not gonna cover it. I have videos on insulation. There's a lot of videos on Youtube. So go study that specifically, study all the specific heaters for yourself. And so, but the heat, so solving the problem of cold is pretty easy, yet a lot of extra insolation. There's a lot of videos about it. I have videos about it. Go study those. And you add a propane heater or diesel or gas heater and you, you introduce heat. That's easily solved. Heats cold is very easily solved. I have a lot of videos on it. Go check them out. Heat is not easily solved. Your first thought is I'm going to get an air conditioner and I'll be okay. No, I'm afraid it's not gonna be that simple, especially in a van. So when your question's going to be, can I run the air conditioning on solar? And the answer is yes, but it takes a huge amount and a gigantic battery bank, a minimum of two, of 750 watts to power the smallest window air conditioning unit, 1000 watts, really is the minimum to run an AC of any kind, even the really tiny window units. And practically you need 1200 watts. Because not only are you running the AC, but you have all your other uses, your all your other devices. You probably have a fridge, you probably have a 12-volt compressor, Fred's, you're running all kinds of devices all the time. So it's not enough to run the AC. You've gotta run everything else and recharge your battery from everything else. The next day, you really need a minimum of 1200 watts, and that's minimum, the smallest window AC that you can get. And then you can do it. It takes a huge battery bank, lots of solar. For all practical purposes. It's just not an option for all but a very few people really with an air conditioner, the only practical solution is a generator, a Honda, 2 thousand or one of its clones and one to run a portable, you can put a portable air conditioner inside your van or a window air conditioner that kinda hangs out the one of the front windows or the back window. A lot of people put them out the back door. Some people just cut a hole in the walls and split them and take them out. There are ways of mounting and a window air conditioner in there. And that really is a good solution. You'll get the cool, you'll get plenty of cooling for a van and a Honda 2000 will easily run it. And it will also run your microwave and other things as well. Keep your batteries topped off. A Honda 100 might charge, might run the very smallest window AC, but I wouldn't count on it to thousands, not that much more by a clone Honda 2000 and they'll quiet now run a long time. I have an energizer that I've tested for years and years and it's been a great, it's a Honda clone, but it's a great one. You energizer, I'd recommend that brand, but there are lots of good ones. They're going to be $500 in the ballpark of $500. For a haunted 2 thousand clone on the 2 thousand will be about a thousand. They're better, they last longer, they are decades longer, but any of them will do the job and just whatever you can afford. And that's really the only practical thing you can do. Otherwise, you just, and I've got a lot of videos about how to beat the heat. And you can run shade cloth over the van. That what you're looking for is to create shade so that you don't build up the heat inside. The very best you can hope for without an air conditioner is to keep the inside temperature the same as the outside temperature, that's 90 degrees outside. And you put up a shade cloth and reflecting on your windows and solar on your roof, that's shade. I also put out space blankets with the silver side out heavy duty hit space blankets, not that cheap crap. They work really, really well. But the best you can do a hope for is to keep the inside the same as the outside temperature. And that's going to be if it's 90 outside, it'll be 90 inside. If it's a 100 outside, it'll be a 100 and inside, that's a thought. And there's just no way to get around that. Then you run a lot of fans. You use misleading, you use misleading and fans to keep yourself cool. The van will still be hot. But you get a mister or you get these rags that are specially made with, with kind of a gel thing. You wrap it around your neck, you put it over here, you're going to put a washcloth over your head that's wet. You keep missing it. You have a fan close, you missed yourself. You can stay remarkably comfortable that way. Even at 90 inside of there, I've done it and it's fairly doable with enough fans and enough missing, you're gonna be okay. And a 100110, you're talking death. So that's up to you. So I wouldn't be insight of ANDed a hotter and hotter dead, but that's up to you. And other than running an air conditioning and AC, I don't have a solution. There are no solutions. So all that I've said, be a snowbird, turned the key drive somewhere where it's cool. When it gets cold there, drive somewhere where it's hot. I have come to love that transition. By every fall I go up. I love being here, you know where I am, a beautiful forest near a lake. I love this. But by the end of fall, I'm ready to go. I missed the desert and so. My heart is ready to go to the desert. And when I get to the desert, I'm glad, I'm glad to be back to the desert. But I tell you, bye spring, I am sick of the desert. So just at the time he gets too hot, it unbearable. And then I go back up here and I come up here and it just, oh, it feels so good to be back in the trees and the legs and the creeks. And I love it. I love this life. I love the transition from the mountains and the beauty of the forest. And I love the power and majesty of the desert. I love them both. And a snowbird gets them both. To me, it's the very best life possible and it's what I wish for you. Now your homework for dealing with heat and cold is to endure it wherever you live now, if it's hot or cold, don't use mechanical means too warm or cool. Your apartment. Let it get hot, led to get cold. I mean, don't let the pipes freeze, of course. But let it get cold. How many blankets does it take to keep you warm overnight? If you have one cold night that's not going to hurt you and if it just gets too cold, you put all your blankets on and you're still too cold, it turn the heat up. I'm not telling you the you know, I don't want you to be heard, but but learn what it feels like to be too cold. How many blankets do you have to put on? Start looking for used good sleeping bags and find a good use sleeping bag or a sleeping bag that's on sale that you can afford. If you buy a cheap sleeping bag, will that be enough? Can you buy a cheap sleeping bag and go to Walmart and find a 20-30 dollars sleeping bag and then pile blankets on top of it. Will that keep you warm when it's cold? And then with heat, get fans and try missing yourself. And so try to learn as much as possible in your apartment right now. Whatever season it is when you're doing this, what it feels like to be hot and cold and how you can deal with it without relying on the apartment. And that will give you a start and I'll give you a head start. And sometimes you just have to jump in the deep end. And if you go camping, then when you go camping, you have a better idea of how much you need to take with you to stay warm and to stay cool. Okay. This was along one I'm sorry. It was long when we had to cover a lot and I didn't go into any details. I have a ton of videos covering all the details on everything I've covered. Check out my YouTube channel, check out a lot of YouTube videos about all these topics and you'll get all the information you need. So I hope this covered broadly enough to give you an idea of how to deal with heat and cold. How to start your own personal research. If that did help you out, come back to the next class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road, how you can afford a life of travel and add. See you then. 18. CLASS 18 How to Get Internet: Hi everyone and welcome back to my next class and the ultimate crash course, delivering on the road how you can afford a life of travel and adventure. Today we won a couple of really simple topic which seems to baffled people and I don't understand it. This'll be quick, hopefully. How do you have internet on the road? Because we need it. I run my YouTube channel on the road. And so you've gotta have it. It's really very, very simple. Some people make a complicated. They think maybe I'll use satellite or, or sat phone or something that just is not practical. I wish it weren't, it probably is. Elon Musk says he's going to make it happen. But as of right now, you just simply use your cell phone. You know, when you turn on your cell phone, you have data. And so you have voice of course, but you also have data. So we're just going to connect to cell phone towers. You can do a lot on your cell phone itself, but you really need more data and you're going to need to connect your laptop to it, your iPad, do it, whatever you're using, you're going to need more than just the phone itself. So all the companies, verizon AT and T, T-Mobile, they all make a jetpack. It's a little device about the size of a deck of cards, looks a little bit like a black deck of cards rounded off. And it does nothing but receive data. So you buy that plan and you get depends on the plan and who you're buying through. Between 152030 gigs. Some of them are unlimited and you'll have to search around for those, but there aren't many of those. And it's a, it creates, it receives the data signal, and then it transmits it as a Wi-Fi signal. And any of your devices which will receive WiFi, which is all of them. They all connect to Wi-Fi. You can get connect to the jetpack. Of course, it's basically the exact same thing as using your smartphone as a hotspot. You'd make your smart phone or a hotspot. It transfers a Wi-Fi signal, anything, your laptop, your iPad, almost anything. Another cell phone can connect to that Wi-Fi signal. This is the exact same thing. So you have to buy the very best data plan you can with Verizon or AT&T or T-Mobile or Sprint or whoever you're going through and to get the most data as you can. So you almost always have to buy a smartphone Plan and then you add lines. So you add another line for a jetpack or, or whatever it is you're using. You can buy iPads with with a LTE chip inside them. And then you can connect your iPad directly to the internet, Verizon, AT&T, any of them. And so that's a good way to go because then your iPad is becomes an, it can become a hotspot and you can connect your laptop directly to your iPad. That works really well. So it just depends on how much data you're moving and how much you need. You'll just have to do that research what will work for you. There's so little competition, there are only a few big carriers. So the FCC, Federal Communications Commission, requires the bit carriers to sell their time. Small carriers, so they buy it in bulk, they buy millions of minutes. Now, if you check them out, you can often find a lot more data for less money. And so I would really suggest you look into them. So, you know, there are a lot of them and I don't know whether the good or bad deals and they change so fast. By the time you watch this video, it'll be different. But some names to consider, our metro PICS, republic Wireless, Boost Mobile Team, and Consumer Cellular. There's, there's a bunch of them and they come in, they go. So be sure to check those out there buying in bulk, make sure you read their customer service reviews and how people like them. So you often you'll get them cheaper and more data with those. Now, I own all of them. I have except Sprint. I don't have a sprint. I own a Verizon account, I own in AT and T account, and I own a T-Mobile account by far in the backcountry where I am right now, I have I have data right where I'm standing. Every one of the videos you have seen. Wherever I stood there, I had data on my phone and then through my phone, through everything else I own. So I use Verizon the most. They're the best, they covered the most out in the back country. Of course all of them do well in the cities, but it's when you get out here that you have problems. And by far the best of them has been Verizon. But I have to say AT and T has become very good. There are just a near seconds. So if you get a really good deal on an AT and T plan, you're looking at. Remember, you're all give you unlimited phone and voice. But what you're looking for is the maximum amount of data, because most of us want to watch, watch YouTube and other things. So that's what you're looking for, the maximum amount of data on your plan. Just check them all. If eight if AT and T has a really good deal, I'd grab it. They're not quite as good as Verizon, but they're very, very good. But Verizon is by far the best. And I don't want you to be scared of buying and using a jetpack. It's just a matter what? When you leave the store, it will be connected, you turn it on. It connects to Verizon and creates a Wi-Fi network. Then what you'll have to do is take your, your laptop or your iPad or whatever you're using, even your phone. And turn on Wi-Fi and you'll find the name of the Wi-Fi network it has created. It'll give you a password, you type in the password and you're connected to the hotspot or just like you'd be connected to a hotspot on your phone. Really, really simple. So getting data is really easy. It's how much it costs is the hard part. And so by watching these third-party vendors, you're going to get by far the most for your money. Some of them are, some of the deals that have been around are a 100 bucks for unlimited data. And that is really a good deal if you can find out. So it's just a matter of searching. It changes all the time. I can't give any more details than that. So getting internet is not a problem. It's just you get it through the Verizon towers. That's going to change in the future. But for right now, that's why you do it. Now when I'm making this 5G is just rolling out. And I'm going to strongly suggest that you get a 5G phone. If you don't, the next phone you buy, the next device you buy should have 5G on it. It rolls out fast. So in a year or two. Unless you are willing to replace your device every couple years, 5G is going to be so much faster that you're going to be glad that you have 5G. I think 5G is going to change our world as far as internet. There's going to be much more access to speed is for all of them are gonna go up, the date is going to become cheaper. So you want to be able to get five g when it comes out. There is a controversy about the safety of 5G. I know nothing about that. That's something you're going to have to look into and make a decision for yourself. I'm not an expert. I'm not telling you what to do, but I do know this. If you buy a 5G phone, you don't have to use the 5G, but if you decide it is safe and you want it, then you'll have it. You won't have to trade it back in new 5G phone or whatever device that you are using. Internet. It's a pretty easy one because you have internet on your phone. So an easy way to see what it's going to be wiped to live off of internet is don't use the internet you have coming into your home, but depend on your phone as much possible, set it up as a Wi-Fi hotspot. And how fast is 15 gigs go? Because most plans only allow you tend to 15 gigs as a, as a hotspot. And how fast is that gold. Does that last you a day or two or three? How many gigs do you really need? And then start researching your whoever your width now you haven't cell bone. Almost all of us have cell phones. So if you're with Verizon, AT&T, whoever you're with, what's their best plan? What can you add on to your current plan that gives you the most data? And when you travel, start travelling now you're gonna go camping, you're gonna do other homework assignments. Start seeing, does my current carrier work in the middle of nowhere? Does he work away once I get away from the city, maybe if you're on T-Mobile, that won't be good enough and you'll have to switched AT and T Verizon, On the other hand, maybe it'll work perfectly for you. That way you'll start to know which carrier works out in the middle of nowhere further away, not just in town where you live. And you'll start to learn how much data you really need. Will a smartphone be enough? Do the research with your, with your provider? What's the best add-on plan can I get for another $15? Can I get a jetpack that'll give me another 15 gigs? Will that be enough? Would I have to spend $30 and get two of them? Those are questions you need to answer and you can start answering them right now, okay? So getting internet is really simple. Just choose one of the main carriers and get, get a plan that will service it. Well, check with the small outfits because sometimes they're great. You get a lot of data for your money. So check into them if you want to get and use a lot of data. There you go. I hope that helps come back for our next class in the ultimate crash course. Living on the road, how you could afford a life of travel and adventure. See you then. 19. CLASS 19 Closing: Hi everyone, welcome back to my last class in the ultimate crash course to living on the road. How you can afford a life of travel and adventure. Well, we've done it. We've, we've got a crash course. And I know I've talked a lot in some of the classes were really long. But believe me, this is as simple and as quick as I can possibly make it. I hope it was helpful. And I didn't give you all the details on every topic I never intended to. And now it's up to you. If you've been doing the homework, then you've started to taste what it means to live on wheels. If you've done the class project like we've asked you to, then you have an idea of what it's like to live in a tiny little space of a van, even though you are in your bedroom or your house. And so you're getting a feel for it. You have gone out camping, hopefully you've done what we've suggested and you've gone out camping, you maybe have spent a night in the town near US dealt parking. You've gained the knowledge. I hope you've gained the self-confidence, the knowledge inside that you can do this, and that you can't just survive doing this. This could very well be the very best times of your life. I think. I've known thousands. I've been doing this awhile now. And I've known thousands and thousands of people who have done this. And I think almost without exception, very rarely there's an exception. People say they're only regret is not doing it sooner. And I think that might very well be true for you. If you've done the homework, if you've done the project, you've gotten a taste. You know, it's for you or it's not for you, please give it a try. Just take a few more camping trips, just go out a little bit more. And then I think I think you're in for the best times of your life and and if you'll give it a fair chance, there's still a lot of work to be done, a lot of research. You probably haven't gotten rid of all your stuff. Yeah. There's a lot to be done and I know it is and I know it's scary even with all the knowledge I hope I've given you, I know how scary it can be. It was very scary for me. Your first few nights in the van are very, very difficult. Hang in there and take what I've given you and don't just survive a life of monotony and drudgery. And 20 more years, 30 more years, 40 more years of the same grinding, soul sucking wage slavery. You were not born to be a wage beast. You're born to stand where I'm standing. That's why you were born. So come out here and give it a try and I hope it works for you. Be sure and check out the non-profit I've started homes and wheels alliance checkout and support it and, and get help promote if you need it. And be sure to check out my YouTube channel. I've, everything we've talked about, I've covered in extreme depth on my YouTube channel, check out all the nomads on YouTube. There's dozens, hundreds, and they're all very helpful. You'll find one that speaks to you. Alright, I'm, I hope you got something out of this. If you did, then I don't want to see you in our next class. I want to see you out here on the road. Now I want to get your direct feedback. Did this work for you? Are you glad you did this? Want to shake your hand and say, thank you for taking the class. And I hopefully, you will be glad you did. So I'll see you again. But it'll be out here. See you then.