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Time to get this show on the road

March 16th, 2017 at 10:52 pm

Ok, it's been months, but I still have not changed my mind. Things are kicking off now though, starting tonight, but will begin tomorrow in earnest. Tonight is mostly last minute planning.

In case anyone is wondering, this is what I will be using to convert into like a... camper car:



Yeah, I know. It's a Prius C. They are tiny, even by car standards... and their engines are weak, which means I have to be very careful about how much weight I add into my build.

To recap, if this somehow works, I get to start a new chapter of my life. If it doesn't, I still have a decent commuter car.

So yeah, this is going to be an interesting challenge....

7 Responses to “Time to get this show on the road”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    How exciting! Are you vlogging/blogging about this elsewhere?

  2. livingalmostlarge Says:

    um crazy. I can't wait to see the finished product.

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    That's awfully small and a new Prius might be expensive. If you intend to live/sleep in your car, what about a station wagon or something with more space to spread out? How will you shower? Will you have to eat out for all meals?

  4. Tabs Says:

    CCF, no I am only blogging about it here. If video is warranted, I'll post it on YouTube or something, but also link it from here. There are other social forums are may be more fitting for what I am doing here, but being a long-time SA member, I would prefer to contribute any content to this site instead. Also, in other places, stuff like this has been repeated almost ad nauseum there, and my contribution could actually add clutter? I mean, I am basically repeating a lot of what they have already posted.

    LAL, just wait until I actually post about the inside. Then you're really going to want to call the men in white suits with the nets. Big Grin
    CLL, you are correct on both points. The final decision to use this car was basically because this is already the car I am currently driving. Yeah, this is my regular car. I had looked, very... very closely for a better vehicle, but at the end of the day, just balked about trading this otherwise decent car for another one, and losing thousands of dollars in the process.

    Shower is to be through a gym membership, or even at my parents' house when I am in town.

    Meals, I intend to cook "at home", and will get further into that in later posts. For now though, I admit I am eating out quite a bit, although I also go to the grocery store more often. There are plenty of pre-made or even easy to assemble meals (such as salads) from the grocery store. So I will do that. Once my cooking station is complete, I would've love to hit the Farmer's Market more often as well, and just cook from there haha.

    Come on now, what's life without a little bit of crazy eh?

  5. rob62521 Says:

    I look forward to updates!

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    OK, so I'm reading your posts backwards to catch up on things. It sounds like you're outfitting the car to live in but not necessarily to travel in like a lot of people do.

    It seems you would have to eat out a lot as there's hardly any room with the bed in there for other possessions, like clothes, let alone food or food prep stuff. Unless you could carry some sort of camper storage box on the top of car?

    I know you can do it, but are you planning for this to be a long term thing? I remember a middle-aged woman I met in 2010 when I was hired for a 4 month contract job at large insurance company. She was hired (contract) at the same time and we got to know each other when we would occasionally walk during our lunch break.

    She told me she had lived out of her car for about a year, all the while working at contract jobs, which surprised me and made me wonder how she managed to show up for work in presentable condition, but she did say she showered at her gym, for one. Not sure about wrinkly clothes though.

  7. Tabs Says:

    I confess I do eat out quite a bit, but cooking is actually in the works as part of the build project! I would be more than happy to elaborate on it when I cross that bridge... mostly because it depends on how the other stuff ends up. However, I will talk more about that later. I promise.

    As for wrinkly clothes, it's usually alleviated by hanging clothes in the car somehow. If you don't have a lot, the emergency handles are fine, but you can also buy and install clothes hanging bars designed specifically for cars. Now, I admit things are more complicated when you talk about camper builds, but it is not impossible. This is something that I will work out later as well, when I get to that point.

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