Miles @LightHarvestSolar on the progress of off-grid solar electric - ftv pod #74
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
Miles started Light Harvest Solar 9 years ago buying solar panels in bulk and selling them a la carte. Since then, he's turned the company into a sophisticated supplier of both component-based and self-contained off-grid solar electric systems. I sat down with him in August as he moved into a new warehouse to talk about the direction of the company and his vision for off-grid electric in the future ..read more
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Charlie Lived on a Boat While Saving to Build His House FTVpod #73 - Charlie Plybon
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
Charlie is a super activist and the Oregon Policy Manager for the Surfrider Foundation. While working at the aquarium, he moved onto an anchored boat right outside of Rogue Brewing in Newport, OR. I sat down to talk with him about the nexus between sustainability and minimal living, coastal advocacy, the similarities between territorialism in surfing and vanlife, and of course... pooping in a bucket ..read more
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Ed @wildedventures - ftv pod #72
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
I met Ed last summer on my way up the Oregon coast. We met up to caravan and record a podcast a few days later. It's really awesome to have a conversation with someone who's unapologetically confident about their path. I hope you have a good time with this conversation I thoroughly enjoyed ..read more
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Jacey - ftv pod #71: Jacey world traveler, van lifer, author, badass
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
Wow, Jacey Travels! We sat down in June, and Jacey made me feel like I needed to ramp it up. At 24, she had already traveled the globe on a shoestring budget, authored a book, and started traveling North America by van.  ..read more
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Jarrod Tocci - ftv pod #70: Why is this guy on the podcast for the 4th time??
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
Jarrod has been a good friend for 3 years, and he's been on my podcast too many times. But dude is fun to talk to, and he is constantly switching up his momentum for another new adventure. He's been on the podcast 4 times in the last two years, but he's also had 4 homes in that time frame. For a lot of van lifers, moving around geographically is enough. But Jarrod is constantly reframing what it means to travel and sit still. Is it all a gimmick to keep his YouTube viable? Well, I'm remiss that I didn't ask him that question directly, so I figured it was best to put him on blast in this captio ..read more
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Photographer Living Full Time in DIY High Top Camper Van
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
Christian recently returned to Encinitas after moving to Bend, OR to build out his second camper van. Not everything went exactly as planned, but his new van is rad and his photography gigs are really starting to take off. I really look up to Christian for his positive attitude and ambition. Definitely go check out his instagram to see his epic photographs.  @henkel.photography ..read more
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FTVpod #68 @TheBaconsRebellion Van Life Couple & pup in 136" Ram Promaster DIY Camper Van Conversion
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
I met Erin & Joe at Tiny Fest this spring, and I'd been trying to get them on the podcast for a month. We finally connected right next to the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club and hung out for a day and a half. It was a rad place to rendezvous and spend an afternoon. Erin made us all some of her signature van life pizzas, and the next morning we finally sat down to record a podcast. It was a great time chatting with them. I was particularly interested in the van they built out on the same length Ram Promaster that I have. There are definitely some elements in their build that would have changed som ..read more
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Moxi & Loon: Band in a Van! Rocking through and rocketing out of the pandemic
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
Nick & Jake are Moxi & Loon, a two piece psychedelic rock band that have played shows for years with their vans backed together outdoors at events. Jake is a full time van lifer in a Promaster with an impressive electrical system and Nick splits his time between his old converted Chevy and hashtaghouselife. Just as they were getting a tour booked in 2020, the world shut down. But they've used the time since then to sharpen their act and make connections that were uniquely available to them because of the weird world which presented itself last year. We just basically hung out and laugh ..read more
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From the van #66 - Ali Rose
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
Sometimes, living in a van, you just meet someone in a parking lot. A lot of times living in a van, you just meet someone in a parking lot. Ali was parked over close to my favorite spot to cook and watch the surf in Encinitas. she was loading a SUP into her van, and we had a great chat. So we decided to record a chat about her decision to move into her van full time, and the travels she plans to execute in it ..read more
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From the van #64 - Taylor & Chris Allen: @adventureallens
From The Van
by marty benson
1y ago
After quite a while of barely missing each other on the road, I was finally able to catch up with Taylor & Chris Allen to have a conversation at Tiny Fest, CA. They'd just gotten back into San Diego from an extended stay down in Baja California. We discussed their history migrating into the van from house life to boat life. We talked about their theories on caravanning, their own style of travel, and the moves their making in the nomadic business space. I hope you enjoy our conversation.  Follow them at @adventureallens @musclesonthemove adventureallens.com ..read more
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