It doesn’t matter if you decide to live on a 25 ft RV or on a tiny Peace Love Car - if you decide to go at it alone or to share your adventure with another human - you will need to be happy about creating compromises. For Sam that meant, sharing his tiny space with someone else. For Raquel that meant, not having a bathroom. Once you are clear about your 'why' making compromises is easy. The road opens up and all you have to do is prepare for what will come ahead.
3. Plan for Your Basic Needs
When boiled down to the very basics, our needs are: food and shelter. A car naturally provides shelter from the elements. A few customizations here and there can allow you to turn your four wheels into a place to live and rest. A simple sawing job allowed Sam to turn his passenger seat into a bed - long enough to fit a 6 ft person. When Raquel joined the team, they added a memory foam mattress to make the space cozy enough for two small people that really really really like each other!
Other considerations were privacy and temperature control. They solved this problem by purchasing bubble foil insulation from the hardware store. An easy fix that can be installed and stored in no-time. They sprayed insulation on the side panels of the car and purchased a fan. Yep, the PLC does not have air conditioning! Reason why they spend most of their summertime north.
As for food, they repurposed a tiny fridge made for ambulances to keep some perishables in the car and a hardware store bag to keep their non perishables. Added a few camping cooking items and they were almost set. One more thing was needed: water. To solve this challenge they installed two water bladders in each side of the car and carry a bunch of water bottles.
They realized that part of their work, was not only teaching classes, but planning and communicating with others. This required a lot of computer work, image processing and to stay connected. Sam installed about 20 USB ports, eight electrical outlets and an inverter on the car. A solar panel to take care of the charging and an external battery. Yep, no air conditioning but this weird looking vehicle has more charging opportunities than the new Tesla. They added an antenna and a signal booster to stay connected to the internet pretty much anywhere and a tablet on the dash to ‘navigate’. By no means they use this connectivity to stream netflix and watch movies while they drive. Nope, they wouldn’t do that. ;-)