Around June 2014 I passed on the Backyard Aquaponics shop in Jandakot to Sue and Maureen who are now having a ball running Cheidys Aquaponics. At about the same time I had someone make a random offer to buy my house for a good price. So over the next 6 months I downsized my life and looked for a nice bus that I could move into and do some travelling.
Enter the 30 foot (9m) Hino with all the luxuries you could want. My house handover was December 2014 and everything I owned was in the bus and the little Suzuki I was towing behind it. It was quite a liberating to get rid of everything, all the stuff I’d surrounded myself with. I had a 4 bedroom house with a shed out the back and a small storage unit, all filled with “stuff” and it took a full 6 months to sell and give away all the furniture and excess items I’d collected over the years.
The first trip was down to Denmark in the south west of Western Australia, I had family down there and it was a cool change from the summer in Perth, a good chance to get used to living in the bus. Unfortunately after all the searching and preparation of the bus, and despite all the mods and cons within, I found that driving the large bus while towing a car behind was just a little too stressful for me, and I wasn’t going to be able to travel permanently and indefinitely in it. After some consideration I decided that my best option was to swap over to a caravan and car.
A fact finding mission up to Perth to visit the caravan and camping show ended up with me buying the 20 foot display van that the Spinifex company had there, a few weeks later and I had a 200 series Landcruiser to pull it. The move into the caravan meant even more cut backs on possessions, but now I’m pretty well set, everything I own is in the van or the Land cruiser.
So it’s me and my 14 year old Kelpie Joker, on the road and against the world. No ties, no restrictions, no timetable. Yet strangely enough I’ve found it quite difficult to actually hit the road, I’ve been here in Denmark for about 7 months now, though I feel the time is drawing near.
Update – Over 4 years later and I’m back in Denmark for a little while for another change of “house”. A couple of years back I swapped the grey Landcruiser for a pop-top troopcarrier, this was fantastic and allowed me to leave the caravan behind for extended periods of time while travelling self-sufficiently in the Troopy. But, I had to keep the caravan somewhere and had to go back for it a few times, I figured I’d almost be able to live in the troopy if it was just a bit bigger and the caravan had just become a very expensive storage box for things that I didn’t really need.
Time to downsize yet again. Searching for options I settled on the idea of getting a van, ideally a long wheel base sprinter with dual rear wheels for extra carrying capacity and stability on long highway drives. So I sold the troopy and caravan then after much searching bought myself a mid wheel base sprinter van.
So it’s about one metre shorter than what I wanted, but it has low kilometres, only 4 years old and has a huge weight capacity at 2.2 ton of load. Now the design and fit out is under way, can I fit everything I own inside this van while living and travelling comfortably?
Well yes easily it seems, I finished the van and downsized my life a little further which took close to 6 months, everything is now in the van and I’ve been living in it for 6 months.
You can read about the van build here.
But I miss the troopy, ever since selling it I’ve missed it, then the other day I stumbled across an offer to good to refuse.
Ahh the craziness, living in a van and buying another vehicle? You can only drive one at a time and this one is 22 years old. It’s in great condition, meticulously maintained and I’d love to convert it to a poptop camper but the poptop roof conversion alone would cost the same as the whole vehicle. Hmm, better think on this.