The last time I packed up my apartment to move, I realized I didn’t really know where I wanted to move to. I was tired of sitting in one spot and I was tired of paying rent. Since I’m a writer and have the advantage of being able to work from virtually anywhere, I decided to take that concept to its logical extreme.

In the Spring of 2015 I bought a 2006 Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser G24, and after a couple months of fixing it up, I started living in it full-time. It’s basically a small RV built into a Freightliner Sprinter chassis. All the goodies under the hood are made by Mercedes Benz, but it didn’t have that MB sticker price. I found one in Oregon with just 35,000 miles on it and I bought it on the spot. It had taken me more than five months to find the model that had what I needed (a separate work area and sleep area, a storage compartment big enough for a surfboard and a folding mountain bike, good gas mileage and easy drive/parkability). I was overjoyed.

But it wasn’t perfect. No. I mean, come on, these things are built for retirees. I, unfortunately, am still very much on the clock, and my job requires a fair amount of technology, too. I had to keep my gadgets not only charged, but safe. I had to make the space not only functional, but comfortable and fun.

So I’ve been pimping it out.

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