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Left the Big City to Live in Military Travel Trailer

Left the Big City to Live in Military Travel Trailer


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this is our base camper. I was working as a makeup artist in
fashion / beauty and I was working as a commercial TV director mostly for the
NFL so we were living pretty urbanized lifestyles. We lived in in Philadelphia
in a nice loft building right in the heart of downtown so when Nives and I
started realizing that we were really into hiking, climbing, kind of seeing the
great outdoors, we realized that it was gonna be impossible to really get to
experience those places without really getting to spend lots of time there. And
the only way we could really spend time in the place that we wanted to be was to
have a mobile living situation. We first thought we’re gonna have the camper be
more of a gear holder, but it evolved into us also us being able to sleep inside.
That’s why it’s not really even as tall because initially we were just gonna most
likely put a rooftop tent on top and sleep up there. We realized that it had
to be a off-road trailer that led us to an ad on Craigslist where a guy was
selling an old Humvee trailer from the Army. We bought it for 800 bucks, which was a
steal because it was in pretty good condition, started sketching out some
ideas and then one day we literally went to the store, bought some wood,
and started framing it out. The thing that I come back to a lot is that when we first
met we started to say, “hey, someday we’ll go and we’ll spend time on the west
coast. And someday we’ll go spend time in the
desert.” I think the turning point for us was those “somedays” kept feeling like
they kept getting pushed off further further, further, and so we just wanted to
stop saying “someday” and just start doing them. We just tried to simplify things as much
as possible so we have the time to be able to experience life as much as we
want to. The first part of the equation of our mobile living situation is Chevy
Silverado. It ends up being really great for us cuz not only is it really solid
on the road, off the road, the truck bed gives us enough room to store all the
camera gear and camping gear that we need. And then the other great thing
about the truck is that it’s like the perfect mobile office for us. We have a
cellphone booster in there so a lot of our work requires us to kind of go back
and forth emails, take phone calls, talk to clients. Downside of the truck is the
mileage, it kind of sucks. We only get about 15 miles to the gallon when we’re not towing.
When we are towing that goes down to about 11. The coolest thing maybe about
the tongue part of this camper is it’s got one of these big pintle hooks on it,
which there’s a big, no matter how much the trailer is articulating up, down, left,
right, there’s no way it can pop off. These are two golf cart batteries. Pretty
standard like two 6 volts in series. Those give us 235 amp hours of power. Those are
charged by a 200 watt panel that’s located on the roof. As part of one of
our secondary additions to the camper this whole nose area where you see these
solar panels that was something that we had wanted to do from the start. When we
first started it was just a flat front. It gives us another 120 watts of solar
panels. This bank of panels feeds Goal Zero Yetis, which are on this side of the
camper. And it also allows us to store some of the common camp tools that
we use all the time. So there’s a shovel, which is pretty much how you go number two,
and then this block right here it’s just kind of a homemade leveling block.
That’s been another unexpected beauty of having the campers that there’s only
three points of contact so it’s easy for us to level it. This
aluminum channel covered with stickers that is part of our rainwater collection
system. Another reason why we really wanted to build something is there’s
sustainability aspects that you really can’t find on mass-produced models.
Adding the rainwater collection system being able to collect all the water that
comes off the roof for us is huge. It’s proven, it’s saved our asses a few times, for
sure. If you come around to the side, so this side serves, it’s kind of more of the
utilitarian side. We have a bank of Goal Zero Yetis here which these are great
because we use these mostly to charge our computers. We can lift them out so if
we need power for a shoot or just something else that can’t necessarily be
right at the camper we can easily pull those out. You can see the rest of our
rainwater collection system. So you saw in the front it comes out, it collects
into a like a gutter almost, from here it comes in, and my dad actually smartly
helped me engineer this, you can either turn this valve and collect rainwater
and it’ll just go through this tiny little particulate filter just to take
out any like sand or leaves and then that comes across over here and fills
our 35 gallon tank. So 35 gallons of water in this tank that we use strictly
for washing dishes, for taking showers, anything that doesn’t involve drinking
or eating that water. When you’re not camping at a campground like you don’t
have a table most the time so we really wanted to have as much table space as we
could to get stuff off the ground and we decided to build these doors so that the
bottom section would open up kind of like one of those old Boy Scout Chuck
boxes. So that was the thinking behind these. They kind of scissor open and you
have a little bit of protect from the elements if it’s raining outside. Then
this side is the closet so this would be my side up here. This is Nive’s side. These
are pretty much 90% of the clothes we have with us and all the stuff we wear
under constant rotation goes in here. We keep extra clothes like winter clothes
or summer clothes depending the season stored underneath the bed. The kitchen side
we should talk about. So same design as far as like the doors
fold down to give you counter space. We really put an emphasis on
food, cooking in the road, and Nives is really able to create kind of anything
most anything you’d be able to create at home. So we have food storage up top. We
kind of devised just rough ways to store some of our dishes on the road.
There’s a lot of nesting things. We kind of figured out a good series of bins to
hold our food. You know organization is kind of one of
those evolving things so we eventually built this custom pantry system that can
hold anything from oils to vinegars. We lined a lot of the things with foam
so a lot of the compartments have foam bottoms so none of these glass jars ever
have a problem breaking and some of the bigger containers like an oil and
vinegar we store in these bigger stainless steel containers. The rest of
the kitchen ends up being up here. We use an ARB 50 quart 12-volt fridge. Just
storage for various things. We have a couple cast-iron pots and pans. This is
an ARB 8 foot by 8 foot awning and the nice thing about this not only does it
kind of define the kitchen space, but we have an entire screen room too that can
enclose this so at the height of the mosquito hatch season in the summer time
when it would be impossible to cook outside any other way, we zip on the
mosquito room and we can keep rolling. This is just a really simple gravity
feed so if you need to wash hands or anything this comes
straight out of the 35 gallon tank and then this year we’ve been dabbling with
a hot water system which is pressurized. So what this is is another Camp Chef
product. Essentially we have a pump mounted inside the camper. It takes a
feed off of that 35 gallon tank and it’ll pump it through here, propane heats
it up, and it comes out pressurized. So we use that for washing dishes, taking a
shower. When you fire it up it gets hot really fast. Basically this is how we
travel. We push this back, on two sides it hooks with a little carabiner
that way we can store a couple of things here and then once we get to a place, put it down, and ooila. We have our little cozy sleeping station in here. I mostly appreciate the skylights in here which
at first we didn’t have and it felt like you were kind of in a wooden box maybe
a coffin. We have a way of putting little shades that’s just velcro on and then
you’re all set. So basically if you want to stargaze when you’re right about
to fall asleep you can totally do that. We have a little storage on the sides
for a slot where you can slide in your computer, book. A really neat thing also
that a lot of people appreciate is we figured out that if we use a magnet and we
put a little holder right here we can have a movie night by just popping on the
iPad just like that. A little splitter where we put each of our own headphones
and then watch whatever show. Mark usually falls asleep in five minutes and
then I tell him the next day what happened. Extra pillows go up here just pop it up
like that. We have mosquito net that rolls down
when the bugs are bad so we’re actually pretty good in here. Yeah I think that
pretty much sums it up. It’s really minimalistic. To make it sustainable we decided to
take our trades which was making films taking photographs and just pivot them
towards the outdoor industry and the outdoor lifestyle which we were jumping
in head first. And so we started a company called Camp Trend, which is a media
production company. A lot of people always wonder how to do this, how to make it
sustainable. I think it comes down to money which is I feel the same
stress as money I feel like if most people do I don’t think it’s a good
enough excuse to stop you I think wasted time is way worse than wasted money you
have a lifetime to make money and the money just kind of rolls through
sometimes you have a lot of it sometimes you have no it’s even less than none of
it but your time is just ticking away you know none of us really know how
we’re gonna die or when we’re gonna die your time is still the most valuable
resource you have every day that passive eyes one day less you have I think if
you’re really serious about trying to change your lifestyle if something in
the alternate lifestyle the mobile lifestyle really speaks to you it’s just
a matter of being brave and jumping right in and I think the rest you’ll
figure it out me I don’t know I think you just do it you really have to just
do it because if you stop and you think about these things about like all the
difficulties obstacles it’s just gonna prevent you from
actually doing the things that need to be done in order to to make it happen
make the life easier as it’s happening I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s
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Reader Comments

  1. Great looking unit. I made a unit every much like yours . I used a frame from a tent trailer. My biggest problem was BEARS like it to. Enjoy!

  2. Get a Bullydog system for the Engine control you can get more HP with better MPG and Torque. I have put em on Diesels and Gas, they work better with Diesel

  3. Goal Zero Yetis are lead acid, right? That seems like alot of weight, space and shitty capacity for such a cool tag along

  4. This camper build is well thought out for the size of it. You have room for everything you need on the road.

  5. can you advise what model/brand the Magnetic Wall Mount is please, as I cant find anything heavy duty like it 🙁

  6. I started out watching 2.8 million dollar Prevost motor coaches to now this. That's is a really cool setup.

  7. Those shots in the first minute of the vid were awesome particularly the one with the snow top mountains

  8. Wow, what an interesting set up! The first time i've seen something like this instead of a vanhome or tiny house 🙂

  9. Civilians thinking again….listen u look like robots and u look like a pussy….civlisns always thinking they know how to survive out in the bush. Funny go suck on a tree

  10. You folks are doing everything right. Folks use to wonder how I survived living in my camper with my coal n gas forges welded on the back n tailgate. Shod have if you are wondering. No frig nor heat, but my dog Lady by my side. I saved allot in those days n worked hard n long. 25 yrs later my youngest son left for college n my wife left the day after. Never saw it coming nor did we fight. Cost me 600k n a broken heart, as I had flowers n reservations at her favorite prime rib restaurant. An thought we'd celebrate being empty nesters. Although she had other ideas, obviously.

    Before that took place, I became civilized n a job n kids. But still went on week long camping trips into the mountains of Wyoming. I'd watch movies most every night either outside by the fire or inside. An my dogs always followed n went 4wheeling n brookie fishing with me. Now, just a woreout ole paradog n 13 gkids. Live how you want cuz life takes different paths than most realize in life. An life is soooooo short n lonely. But I have gkids n they make it worth living.

  11. When you said military trailer at first I was picture the big trailers for their duece and a half and five ton trucks. Those are massive thing that instead of your usual ball and hitch set up the trailer A frame ends in a solid donut of metal and the hitch on the truck looks like a hinged two piece donut orientated 90 degrees. Forgot about the lighter trailers for Hummers Blazers and Jeeps

  12. That is not a military travel trailer. At most it's the wheels and axel off a military trailer or water buffalo.

  13. Frauds. You don't live in that thing. You have a place and go shoot these bs videos….just like a TV show…..to make it look like you actually live in that thing. Just another lying "van life" hipster couple swindling the ignorant masses. P.s
    Is her name really Beavis?

  14. Nice for no but what happens when you start to age? Who pays for your health ins? How can you raise a family?

  15. All the comments stop sucking each others dicks if you no cash you no can do if you have got cash just get a fucking tent

  16. Very nice setup. I'd like to give my van a makeover myself. Its small so needs to be gutted and redone from scratch.

  17. I'm moving into my converted ambulance in 2 weeks. I needed those words of encouragement at the end! Thank you very much. That build was amazing as well. I've been thinking about a pull behind and those were some great ideas,.

  18. I LOVE FREEDOM, EXPANSION! I'M LEAVING THE DREAM, THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR ADVENTURE FOR NATURE! THE BEST TO YOU! LOVE YOUR HOME!

  19. You have to be mentally capable and stable emotionally… Depression is real… Trauma is real..lets not forgot YOU can feel homeless and help at times. Dont try this unless you have money and a full plan or idea of how to survive.

  20. In my opinion…
    Always have money saved and a back up plan…
    Sometimes we think we want something but turns out it was all in our head…
    So be really SURE what you value ( home job lifestyle) for example…. Before that attempt giving up your life for a life on the road.
    Take a vaction as a trial run.. Before you DECIDE… Better yet… Rather than full time make this lifestyle a vacation ever year only…

  21. LOL THE TRUCK’S MILAGE DOESN’T SUCK, THE PRICE OF GAS IN STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA DOES. BUT THE TAXES ARE THERE TO MAKE SURE DEMOCRATS CAN FUND MASS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, SOMETHING I’M SURE PEOPME LIKE YOU, LOVE. HAPPY TRAVELS!

  22. Completely unique setup! I would personally hate walking around it in the dark in the rain flipping up and down doors trying to get to something, but it does seem like you would be the most immersed in nature with this setup.

  23. It's looks cool. But it does not look cheap, and it also looks very high maintenance and like it would take a long time to figure everything out.

  24. Amazing build….but how and the heck do you keep the dust out of there?. Clearly you aren't driving in dusty dirt roads.

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