Left the Big City to Live in Military Travel Trailer

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Hey, I'm Mark.

I'm Nives.

And this is Hector andthis is our base camper.

I was working as a makeup artist infashion / beauty and I was working as a commercial TV director mostly for theNFL so we were living pretty urbanized lifestyles.

We lived in in Philadelphiain a nice loft building right in the heart of downtown so when Nives and Istarted realizing that we were really into hiking, climbing, kind of seeing thegreat outdoors, we realized that it was gonna be impossible to really get toexperience those places without really getting to spend lots of time there.

Andthe only way we could really spend time in the place that we wanted to be was tohave a mobile living situation.

We first thought we're gonna have the camper bemore 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 mostlikely put a rooftop tent on top and sleep up there.

We realized that it hadto be a off-road trailer that led us to an ad on Craigslist where a guy wasselling an old Humvee trailer from the Army.

We bought it for 800 bucks, which was asteal because it was in pretty good condition, started sketching out someideas 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 firstmet we started to say, “hey, someday we'll go and we'll spend time on the westcoast.

And someday we'll go spend time in thedesert.

” I think the turning point for us was those “somedays” kept feeling likethey kept getting pushed off further further, further, and so we just wanted tostop saying “someday” and just start doing them.

We just tried to simplify things as muchas possible so we have the time to be able to experience life as much as wewant to.

The first part of the equation of our mobile living situation is ChevySilverado.

It ends up being really great for us cuz not only is it really solidon the road, off the road, the truck bed gives us enough room to store all thecamera gear and camping gear that we need.

And then the other great thingabout the truck is that it's like the perfect mobile office for us.

We have acellphone booster in there so a lot of our work requires us to kind of go backand forth emails, take phone calls, talk to clients.

Downside of the truck is themileage, 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 aboutthe 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.

Prettystandard like two 6 volts in series.

Those give us 235 amp hours of power.

Those arecharged by a 200 watt panel that's located on the roof.

As part of one ofour secondary additions to the camper this whole nose area where you see thesesolar panels that was something that we had wanted to do from the start.

When wefirst started it was just a flat front.

It gives us another 120 watts of solarpanels.

This bank of panels feeds Goal Zero Yetis, which are on this side of thecamper.

And it also allows us to store some of the common camp tools thatwe 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 onlythree points of contact so it's easy for us to level it.

Thisaluminum channel covered with stickers that is part of our rainwater collectionsystem.

Another reason why we really wanted to build something is there'ssustainability aspects that you really can't find on mass-produced models.

Adding the rainwater collection system being able to collect all the water thatcomes off the roof for us is huge.

It's proven, it's saved our asses a few times, forsure.

If you come around to the side, so this side serves, it's kind of more of theutilitarian side.

We have a bank of Goal Zero Yetis here which these are greatbecause we use these mostly to charge our computers.

We can lift them out so ifwe need power for a shoot or just something else that can't necessarily beright at the camper we can easily pull those out.

You can see the rest of ourrainwater collection system.

So you saw in the front it comes out, it collectsinto a like a gutter almost, from here it comes in, and my dad actually smartlyhelped me engineer this, you can either turn this valve and collect rainwaterand it'll just go through this tiny little particulate filter just to takeout any like sand or leaves and then that comes across over here and fillsour 35 gallon tank.

So 35 gallons of water in this tank that we use strictlyfor washing dishes, for taking showers, anything that doesn't involve drinkingor eating that water.

When you're not camping at a campground like you don'thave a table most the time so we really wanted to have as much table space as wecould to get stuff off the ground and we decided to build these doors so that thebottom section would open up kind of like one of those old Boy Scout Chuckboxes.

So that was the thinking behind these.

They kind of scissor open and youhave a little bit of protect from the elements if it's raining outside.

Thenthis side is the closet so this would be my side up here.

This is Nive's side.

Theseare pretty much 90% of the clothes we have with us and all the stuff we wearunder constant rotation goes in here.

We keep extra clothes like winter clothesor summer clothes depending the season stored underneath the bed.

The kitchen sidewe should talk about.

So same design as far as like the doorsfold down to give you counter space.

We really put an emphasis onfood, cooking in the road, and Nives is really able to create kind of anythingmost anything you'd be able to create at home.

So we have food storage up top.

Wekind 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 tohold our food.

You know organization is kind of one ofthose evolving things so we eventually built this custom pantry system that canhold anything from oils to vinegars.

We lined a lot of the things with foamso a lot of the compartments have foam bottoms so none of these glass jars everhave a problem breaking and some of the bigger containers like an oil andvinegar we store in these bigger stainless steel containers.

The rest ofthe kitchen ends up being up here.

We use an ARB 50 quart 12-volt fridge.

Juststorage for various things.

We have a couple cast-iron pots and pans.

This isan ARB 8 foot by 8 foot awning and the nice thing about this not only does itkind of define the kitchen space, but we have an entire screen room too that canenclose this so at the height of the mosquito hatch season in the summer timewhen it would be impossible to cook outside any other way, we zip on themosquito room and we can keep rolling.

This is just a really simple gravityfeed so if you need to wash hands or anything this comesstraight out of the 35 gallon tank and then this year we've been dabbling witha hot water system which is pressurized.

So what this is is another Camp Chefproduct.

Essentially we have a pump mounted inside the camper.

It takes afeed off of that 35 gallon tank and it'll pump it through here, propane heatsit up, and it comes out pressurized.

So we use that for washing dishes, taking ashower.

When you fire it up it gets hot really fast.

Basically this is how wetravel.

We push this back, on two sides it hooks with a little carabinerthat 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 whichat first we didn't have and it felt like you were kind of in a wooden box maybea coffin.

We have a way of putting little shades that's just velcro on and thenyou're all set.

So basically if you want to stargaze when you're right aboutto fall asleep you can totally do that.

We have a little storage on the sidesfor a slot where you can slide in your computer, book.

A really neat thing alsothat a lot of people appreciate is we figured out that if we use a magnet and weput a little holder right here we can have a movie night by just popping on theiPad just like that.

A little splitter where we put each of our own headphonesand then watch whatever show.

Mark usually falls asleep in five minutes andthen I tell him the next day what happened.

Extra pillows go up here just pop it uplike that.

We have mosquito net that rolls downwhen the bugs are bad so we're actually pretty good in here.

Yeah I think thatpretty much sums it up.

It's really minimalistic.

To make it sustainable we decided totake our trades which was making films taking photographs and just pivot themtowards the outdoor industry and the outdoor lifestyle which we were jumpingin head first.

And so we started a company called Camp Trend, which is a mediaproduction company.

A lot of people always wonder how to do this, how to make itsustainable.

I think it comes down to money which is I feel the samestress as money I feel like if most people do I don't think it's a goodenough excuse to stop you I think wasted time is way worse than wasted money youhave a lifetime to make money and the money just kind of rolls throughsometimes you have a lot of it sometimes you have no it's even less than none ofit but your time is just ticking away you know none of us really know howwe're gonna die or when we're gonna die your time is still the most valuableresource you have every day that passive eyes one day less you have I think ifyou're really serious about trying to change your lifestyle if something inthe alternate lifestyle the mobile lifestyle really speaks to you it's justa matter of being brave and jumping right in and I think the rest you'llfigure it out me I don't know I think you just do it you really have to justdo it because if you stop and you think about these things about like all thedifficulties obstacles it's just gonna prevent you fromactually doing the things that need to be done in order to to make it happenmake the life easier as it's happening I hope you guys enjoyed this week'sepisode if you did be sure to LIKE comment and subscribe and check us outwe're at camp trend run Instagram or on YouTube thanks for watchingpeace hello ha great to see you again about to finish that Squarespace ad inour modern day I believe that everybody should have a website I have a websiteit's beautiful it's made by Squarespace I use Squarespace in here's why startinganything is pretty daunting a lot of people never start because they don'tknow where or how to begin school where space takes away that because theyprovide you with beautiful templates I use Squarespace and I'm basically achimp that has access to technology and I've figured it out and now I have abeautiful website Squarespace is an all-in-one platform you got site domainand store and a 24/7 customer service and if you've already got a domain youcan transfer that over to Squarespace go to Squarespace comm for a free trial andwhenever you're ready to launch your site use Squarespace calm Forge slashDylan and you'll get 10% off of your first purchase of a website or a domainthank you and good night.

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