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The Old RV
When I first started traveling full-time in 2020, I converted a 12′ x 6′ cargo trailer into a home on wheels with two large dogs. Most people could never fathom how I could just pick up and leave. But more couldn’t believe that I could live in a 72 square foot box.
This camper was fully functional with a bedroom, kitchen, toilet, and closet. The rear door was able to be laid down to make a patio in the event of needing a place to escape water and mud. It also allowed for increased airflow. Most importantly, it was not like I spent all my time in there. At the time, I worked for a Chinese company from around 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. I spent a lot of time outside enjoying the best that nature could show me. I no longer work for this company as there were regulation changes in China that cost most of us our jobs.
The new old RV
I traveled with this guy until the summer of 2022 before trading for a 1987 Pace Arrow. Let me be completely honest. This was the worst decision of my life. Sparing the exhaustive details, I’ll show some pictures and keep it somewhat brief.
What you don’t see pictured is the carpet that was full of dried urine and stained with feces from a cat belonging to the prior owner. I had to rip the carpets out first. Then, I treated the floors with enzymes to help break down the nasty. After scraping the floors to remove the underpadding that was left behind in places, I painted the floors with Kilz to block both the stains and odors. The final process was to burn some Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa incense sticks. I probably burned some nag champa for three days. It’s also important to get the real stuff and not any generics or knockoffs. There is an enormous difference. If you’re in doubt, ask a real stoner from back in the day. 😀
For those who have never used Kilz before, do not be shocked that whatever you are painting may have stains that show through. In addition, notice that the color is a little opaque. This is natural. I do recommend that you use a couple of coats because you don’t want that smell coming up after you have already replaced the floor. In addition, be sure that the floors are completely dry after applying the enzyme solution. I let my floors dry for 48 hours, which was probably a little overkill especially since I was in an arid environment. It’s always easier to be safe than sorry.
As you can see, the kitchen was a mess. I had to remove everything except for the uppers and make the walls a little more pleasant to look at.
As far as the flooring, it was replaced with some waterproof laminate flooring. I put one inch foamboard insulation and some 5mm underlayment for strength (Not-pictured).
Nevertheless, the whole experience was a nightmare. The insides were only a portion of the overall problem. I had to rebuild the entire fuel system from tank to carb. There were numerous electrical issues as well. I replaced the starter (twice), two solenoids, two engine batteries, and had to rewire the inside lights and add receptacles, which are all either 12-volt or 120-volt on shore power. Of course, that is only a brief overview of the issues but I won’t bore you with more.
What’s happened and what’s happening now
At some point, I kind of dropped off. I had even deleted a rather large Twitter (now X) account. I was sick of politics (neither side cares and loves that we all fight each other), the disgusting mess that social media had become, the [faked] RV life accounts, and photography was overrun with people stealing others’ work to photos in general just being overly edited.
What’s in the future?
I hope to capture some of my experiences and write posts, possibly make videos, and just share the information that I have gathered from my experience hiking, boondocking, and nature in general.