For the last few years, a discussion forum I visit almost daily, is Simple Living, an incredible resource for anyone contemplating ways in which they can simplify their lives.
A few months ago on SL, I read about Sara, Matt and their 3-year old daughter Bella, who were planning to travel around the country in a grease powered RV. It was great to see another young couple selling all their stuff, and hitting the road to teach others how to tread lightly on the planet!
Sara and I have been chatting back and forth as we each embarked on our respective journeys. We even crossed paths in Minnesota, but missed eachother by a day when we each went through Brainerd. Last week, we finally got to meet up in Albany over coffee. What a hoot!
Travel with Style, Live Large with Simplicity
Sara and Matt are wonderful, fun people to hang out with. The four of us have so much in common, like our desire to demonstrate to others how you don’t need a whole lot of “stuff” to be happy. And, our willingness to live life with a little more risk (and less cash!) in order to experience more of this great big world.
Sara talked about how she forgets how “different” their choices are from the mainstream, until she spends time with people who live in stick houses, and watches them go about their weekly routines. Jim and I can relate.
Freedom From Fuel Bills
We got to see their rig, which they call “The Big Blue Spaceship.” Their RV is a grease-powered ride that holds 90 gallons of straight veggie oil (SVO). That’s free veggie oil that they pick up on the road. Since they began fulltiming two months ago, they’ve only paid about $100 for diesel (needed to start the RV’s engine each time). When I heard that I wanted to scream! It kills me to think of what we spend on fuel in one month.
Someday when Jim and I plant ourselves, we’ll get the same SVO kit installed, by Golden Fuel Systems. And yes, the rig’s exhaust really does smell like a greasy fryer!
Eco-Friendly RV Interiors
The inside of their rig is right out of Dwell Magazine. As a graphic designer, Sara has the gift of style, and the rig is a masterpiece. The interior is not only fashionable, but the materials they used when renovating this 1994, 32′ rig are eco friendly, like;
- Bamboo floors (bamboo is renewable)
- Non-toxic paint
- Countertops that are made out of sunflower seeds
I was so impressed that she was able to give their RV such a personal touch. I’m way too chicken to drill holes in the walls of ours, which leave us with that “showroom” look and no real touches of our own, except for Jim’s great corkboard bulletin board he made just before we split from Eureka.
Traveling Down Similar Roads
Our time spent with them was too short; they were on their way to Brattelboro, Vermont, to demo the rig at a school, and we had family commitments here in Troy. We are hoping to get together with them again, when all four of us fly south for the winter. Until then, we’ll keep chatting online, and tracking eachother’s own simple living journeys.