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So I'm Finally Doing It Anon 12/31/2022 (Sat) 05:04:36 No.1110
Lived long enough in spartan conditions to know that I'm quite ready and able to do it. I've done my stay in a cot on a navy boat down through the Suez and back a dozen times, living out of a cramped 1x3' locker for 9 months at a time. No man truly needs significant space. If you have room to lift your body with your limbs and to cook, you have enough space. >It's time I hit the open road, boys I saved up for a year so I don't have to finance anything. It's time to buy the van. I've got a few prospects in mind that I've been scouting out for half a year. One specific pre-built that has all my needs and wants covered. I do want to custom build one day, but today is not that day. Next year or the one after, maybe. More saving! I'm pretty aware of the trials and tribulations of van life. I camp a lot already and again there was the military on various boats small and large. I am berry averse to staying in one place for too long and I can't really see myself continuing to rent. I don't know what I want off this post other than to give my friends something to talk about for awhile on a cozy night, but if there's any full timer's out there please respond. Anyone less active in their travels are welcome as well! Let's talk the outdoors and alternate lifestyles. By the way, I'm going full in on an E-350 with an extendable top so I can actually stand my 6' tall self up in there! Anyone got a good cassette toilet recommendation?
>>1110 That's exciting to hear about Anon. A traveling life, while not easy, is rewarding nonetheless. I have little to offer by way of advice (other than general things, which you seemingly already have well in-hand), but I look forward to following your recounts here ITT. BTW, do you have a mobile way to earn bread, or are you going on savings alone? When do you start? Keep a close eye on your tires & your oil. Cheers Anon, good luck!
>>1113 I will be paying special attention to those tires and oil and alot more, no worries! I will try and keep updated in this thread as the months go on. I'm flying out to go meet the builder who helped facilitate the rebuild of the van in January! I'll keep you folks posted. I do have income. I work selling loans online currently and make well beyond my means which has helped me save enough for a large lump-sum purchase in such a short period. In the finance world, there are two people: Those with 750+ credit scores or those below sub-prime. That is me. I quacked around as a kid. I'm still berry young and can repair it, but I became disillusioned to the status quo of the society around me and therefore never made any effort to repair my credit which wood be an easy task at this age. It's far smarter to save in advance and purchase when you need to, in my opinion. With van life, income is made through wifi and creativity hahah. Although I am about to skirt through California for awhile in search of voice actin opportunities to hopefully replace this 9-5.
>>1114 >Although I am about to skirt through California for awhile in search of voice actin opportunities to hopefully replace this 9-5. Due-diligence with a great demo tape and get an agent wood be my first advice. With modern advances you can generally do this kind of work from anywhere if you're good. Still, meet n' greet are helpful. Don't neglect potential opps in Vidya, radio, & TV. Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, Santa Monica all come to mind off the top of my head as good locations to investigate. I wish I myself could put you to work, but that's years away yet. You sound like you'll be fine Anon. Enjoy the ride! :^)
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>>1115 Thanks, brother! Take a cozy van in exchange for the info! I will take these words with me as I go along. I think I've been "privileged" in a sense that I've been approached several times about doing voice gigs instead of me seeking them out actively. Thankfully have a voice suited right for a certain type of character portrayed in most media. Funny I turned them all away to only want to do it later on down the line and now I have to go digging for it. Just goes to show any of you young anons to take the bull by the horns when it presents itself. What kind of experience do you have in the industry? Not to derail the thread into another topic, but if you could shed some light into this future of mine, I'd be most gracious. What kinds of attitudes and mindsets make it best in the industry?
>>1120 >What kinds of attitudes and mindsets make it best in the industry? Generally, I'd say being all-in counts most. 2 AM sessions that run till 11. Day after day of fruitless efforts that then suddenly turn into too much to do. Good personal management skills, the usual. Protip: the industry is berry small & incestuous. Don't stab anyone one in the back or it will turn around and bite you in the ass before you know. Pretty unforgiving from top. The rank and file definitely will welcome you in after a caca-test or two. Generally, the industry is thristy for nice people (for the obvious 'lack of many' reason) so you can make a name for yourself that way if it's authentic. Bullcacating is a way of life for these people, so you'd better be real at the berry least. They're better than you at this. Also, as you indicated taking advantage of any golden opportunities at the drop of a hat & being in the right place at the right time. These are intangibles, but 'luck always favors the prepared' they tell me. :^)
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>>1114 >I will try and keep updated in this thread as the months go on Yes, please. It's an experience I always want to try, living on the road but here things get too clucked as there will always be some cops or people complaining about it and make your life van caca. I must try it in other parts of Europe maybe. I wood like being able earning money not being tied to a job in a specific place. >Voice acting This is a good idea. I practiced comedy a lot younger and sometimes thinking about doing this. Reading audiobooks and cacas. I think it takes some time and effort before doing a decent income from it tho. Enjoy the road anon.
>>1132 Berry cool drawing.
>>1123 Thank you for your response. I'm sure we're all on this imageboard for somewhat similar reasons and hearing the industry is small and incestuous makes complete sense. I hope I don't lose myself in the industry as I go along. I'll try to stay true to my ways. Time to get prepared! >>1132 Well thanks, bud! I'll do my best to make it right. Also >>1171 yes totally cool. If only you could fit actually all of that into the van. you sort of can, but a couch and 2nd floor roomer are a bit of a stretch. I think you should try it out, anon. Go rent a van for a few weeks and live out of it. You woodn't believe how many people in this circle get their journey started through a rental and just "trying it out". It's relatively inexpensive to rent a van and throw a foam mattress in the back to sleep on, accounting for you other worldly needs also. Can you tell us anything about the comedy you practiced when you were young? It sounded interesting and caught my eye.
>>1132 >van life in europe it's hard in almost eberrywhere, usa and au are a lot more forgiven. Good luck finding a job, paying your taxes or any other caca if you don't have an address. A better alternative is living in a small village, you can buy a house with some land for almost nothing. It's not as cool as going to new places but it's better than living in a clucked city. Nomadland is a good movie about what it's really like to have this life, I highly recommend it if you didn't watch it already.
>>1347 Thanks, I'm looking it up now. However your assessment of it's perpetuation in Europe is a little misguided, I feel. Part of my plans involve regularly ferrying my little mobile home across the sea at times and exploring a lot of Europe. I've heard it's berry inviting to people who live like this. If not, at the berry least, I have enough connections already in place in these territories to make my stay and exploration viable. I definitely don't plan on being anywhere close to the UK if that means anything.
>>1344 Y/w. >I hope I don't lose myself in the industry as I go along. I'll try to stay true to my ways. Time to get prepared! Yes you'd best. It's actually true about the stereotype of Jews running Hollywood. They do. Thankfully, more and more Christian influences are taking hold there despite vigorous opposition. Whether this bodes a significant sea-change or not for the industry time will tell I suppose. But for now, you'd better have your 'weather-gear' on bro! :^) Again, please keep us up to date on your adventures here ITT Anon. Cheers.
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>>1110 I was interested in tiny houses a few years ago and then Airstream-style campers before I realized that there's no way I could deal with having such a small amount of space. I'd need something like one of these 40' Spartans, and imagine trying to tow a behemoth like that. I also think even that wood be too small for me. I need space for all my musical equipment, and taking that stuff on the road constantly might not be such a good idea. It's too bad, since there's a lot of the U.S. I'd love to see (although there are parts of Europe I want to visit too) . Right now my fantasy is of buying a property in another country, but that doesn't seem too likely either. I don't even necessarily think it wood be a good move, but it's fun to daydream about until I'm ready to move on to whatever other idea ends up tickling my fancy.
>>2141 What a cool looking trailerhome! >but it's fun to daydream about until I'm ready to move on to whatever other idea ends up tickling my fancy. Don't let your dreams be just memes, Anon. Start working towards them today!
>>2239 >What a cool looking trailerhome! Yeah, they were designed well too. They were built by the Spartan Aircraft Company, so they were created by people who had previously been making airplanes before the company moved into trailers instead. Like the old Airstreams, they were created to last. >Don't let your dreams be just memes, Anon. Start working towards them today! That wood be bretty difficult. I unfortunately don't know what I really want.
>>2141 Most people in big cities outside the US live in apartments as big as one of what you call a truck (Ford F150, not a real truck = 130 sq ft). You are used to have a lot of space but you don't need it to live a meaningful life. Do you need all those instruments? For what?
>>2636 >Do you need all those instruments? For what? I play them as a hobby. I've built up a bretty big collection over the years, and I'm not willing to part with most of it. If I ever strike it rich I'd like to have a house with a dedicated music room, but for the time being I'm done buying things I don't have room for.
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Sorry it took me so long, guys! I did it! I did actually finally do it. Living full time as a rubber tramp now. Had a beautiful vacation through Cali and the redwoods. Did a lil hop through to AZ and it's where I'm planting my feet (tires) for now. Eberrything's set up so I can continue to work remotely wherever I find myself out in the wild. Here's what I wake up to today as I let my coffee steep. Truly breathtaking. >>2141 >>2415 You can do it! I like that it's called a spartan with maximum space included! Kind of ironic (See my OP) Just lower your standards for the road a bit, don't do it full-time and I'm sure you could manage with less than desired space. It can be as quick as a weekender gig or you can do it seasonally if you have it in you.
>>4617 Outstanding! I'm totally not jelly, Anon. :^) That's great to hear you are set up to make bread on the road. AZ is nice, but I wood probably prefer NoCal (& OR too, if you stay out of the highly-infested Commie enclaves). What about a trip to AK? I personally wood love to do that sojourn. Congratulations OP, please keep us all up to date to feed our vicarious adventure through you! May you find some pleasant & friendly fellow-travellers along your journeys. Stay safe Anon, cheers. :^)
>>4618 Thank you for the kind wishes. I will continue to and try to check in on this thread often to reply to any curious anons. I am not too sure about AK just yet. It's quite cold and I've got a not well insulated roof extension with a glass ceiling so I can sleep under the stars. It gets quite cold at night and I find I need to dress extra for bed for those cold desert nights. NoCal was also freezing. Passed through Sac to LA and the entirety of the state was frigid almost all day. The US has been abnormally cold, so I may reconsider another visit. I'm headed up to OR next week for work actually. So I'll let you know how it does up there and what sights I can find.
>>4619 Yea I'm aware. The so-called atmospheric river kept things quite cool & wet in SoCal too. You can expect these vortex-driven meteorological phenomenon to only increase all the way to the end of this age. So you better adapt with a seaman's mindset & good weathergear wood be my advice! Have a productive fun time in OR. Please allow yourself at least a couple of uncommitted days to explore the mountainous coastline well south of P*rtland. I think you'll come to agree with me! :^)
>>4617 That looks awsome anon. I also have a little truck that I plan to use this summer to go in the wild but I have some things to do first to make it comfy.
>>4617 >that Sonoran Desert imagery I'm jealous. I've always felt drawn to Arizona and that region specifically. >I like that it's called a spartan with maximum space included! Yeah, it's not berry fitting in that sense. I think they just wanted a name that conveys toughness. >Just lower your standards for the road a bit, don't do it full-time and I'm sure you could manage with less than desired space. It can be as quick as a weekender gig or you can do it seasonally if you have it in you. My employment situation wood definitely get in the way of that, but maybe if I found something where I could work from home it wood be worth a try.
>>4631 Good morning! Hope you're enjoying your day so far. Employment on wheels is different, to be sure. I got "lucky" during the pandemic thing. >if you can call a personal business failing because of the germ and getting fired from the next job lucky Ended up with a bretty sweet remote WFH job. They're not particular on internet so I could be at a coffee shop or at home or at a park doing what I do. That's the most obvious way to stay income positive on the road. Otherwise you gotta go be creative and sell stuff or do seasonal work. I've heard wwoofing can be quite satisfying work on the road. Best of luck if you decide to do it! Oh btw are you the music anon? What do you play? I brought a few harmonicas with me to pass the time.
>>4632 >wwoofing Interesting. Didn't know about that Anon, thanks.
>>4632 >Ended up with a bretty sweet remote WFH job. They're not particular on internet so I could be at a coffee shop or at home or at a park doing what I do. That's the most obvious way to stay income positive on the road. Otherwise you gotta go be creative and sell stuff or do seasonal work. Finding decent work wood be hard for me. I have no real job skills and am not at all a self-driven person in the sense that you have to be to do freelance work, for example. That's what a lot of people who live nomadically do for employment, but I'm more of a clock-punching type psychologically. >What do you play? I brought a few harmonicas with me to pass the time. So far it's been keyboard, guitar, and a bit of flute. I also have a few other kinds of instruments I haven't spent any real time with yet. My skills in eberry instrument are lacking, but I find them satisfying to occupy my time with. It's not like I intend to play live music or anything like that.
>>4638 >keyboard, guitar, and a bit of flute Like me some of Ian Anderson's work. I did flute waaaay back in middle school. Bretty sweet instrument. Don't get lazy with it! As for the job.... I do a regular 9-5. Clock punching is what got me here! I do want to do some type of freelance or small business work. I need to further explore that voice acting stuff, but also I do a lot of crafty stuff that people tell me I should sell instead of hoarding for myself. That self-drive stuff is a bitch, huh? You ever run a personal biz? Make your own hours, so to speak? Tried it once and failed miserably haha. Who says you've gotta work when you're the boss amirite
>>4641 >Like me some of Ian Anderson's work. I did flute waaaay back in middle school. Bretty sweet instrument. Don't get lazy with it! I'm just aiming to play shrimple melodies and little ornamental snippets to sample. I got my start with synthesizers and feel like it’s necessary for me to learn the basics of some more traditional instruments. As much as I love synthesizers, I don’t want to limit myself to electronic sound sources. I actually seem to be drifting toward using acoustic instruments in an electronic-sounding way over actual synthesizers in a lot of cases. I have asthma problems anyway, so becoming a virtuoso wood be an uphill battle even if I had the ambition. >That self-drive stuff is a bitch, huh? You ever run a personal biz? Make your own hours, so to speak? Tried it once and failed miserably haha. Who says you've gotta work when you're the boss amirite I did it once, and it didn't work out at all for me. If you're doing freelance work over the Internet, you're probably going to have to constantly be advertising yourself to build up a clientele. I despise that kind of thing. A job that entails leaving insincere comments or buttering people up to put my name out there isn't for me. On top of that, I'd really dislike not having a consistent work schedule.
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Not sure if there is any reason to bump this thread but I have been waiting for many many years to finally get a truck and truck camper. I am looking for a truck now. I got plenty of money but I need a special half ton Ford that has a payload package with upgraded springs etc because I don't want to get into 3/4 ton. I wish you the best. I've been wanting a truck camper since 1999 when I saw one in x-men.
>>6277 >anon is bumping a good thread with a post regarding the subject. Bump accepted :) Hope you'll find the truck you need to spend some good camping moments on the roads anon. Keep us updated !
>>6277 > I am looking for a truck now. I hope you find the perfect one you want Anon. If money is little object, why not have a brand new rig built by one of those custom shops? Any ideas where you want to roam about? I'd like to go up into the great Northwest of the NA continent, and work remotely from wherever I'm at. >I've been wanting a truck camper since 1999 when I saw one in x-men. Wolverine was always my favorite of that series FWIW.
>>6277 👍✌️
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>yfw you identify as an attack helicamper I hope things are going well with you OP. Please keep us all up to date with your doings! Cheers. :)

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