Was thinking people might like to check out the video my girlfriend Aly and I made of our '98 Rialta QD. We've been working on it for a little over a month while we've been on the road. Much of it is very obviously inspired by Tynan, but there are some definite unique challenges to living with two people and a dog vs just a single person.
We're loving every minute of it.
Here's the video, and to shamelessly self-promote, you can find us at HipsterGypsies.com.
Thanks for sharing, sweet rig! I've wanted to paint my interior walls red too. Do you have a plan for hot water? And what kinds of temporary jobs do you both take?
With regards to hot water, we mostly wet wipe it and find we can get completely acceptably clean this way. Even when we have showers at our disposable we often find we're just too lazy to go through the trouble. We don't really have the thing set up to shower inside, we have enjoyed an outdoor shower or two when we're in the country. We've found that the heat from the engine cooling system plus the insulation from the water heater can give a shower or two worth of hot water by itself. Obviously this requires that you drive it. When we're traveling, we're driving a ton, so this isn't a problem, when we're stationary, we go to our home gym to work out and shower there.
For money, I've been doing freelance writing on Elance. I also have some investments that pay enough out each month to cover our base costs (gas, meals all cooked on our own, insurance, etc) we use the extra to do fun stuff. Aly is a singer and model and gets paid for those things sometimes. The key, as Tynan has preached, is reducing expenses to the point that you can afford to get underpaid for stuff you love.
Awesome job! Love to see what you guys have done with it. It all looks great and perfectly customized to you guys. If you use the showers, try the oxygenics ones... MUCH better experience than stock and very economical on water.
Also-- can you link me to those lights that you have on switches?
We got one at Home Depot that has a "pause" button, which helps a ton when Aly washes her hair. We should have bought the Oxygenics, but I just didn't know about them at that point.
All of the lighting is the LED sets from Ikea. They have to be snipped and attached manually to a switch. But I know you are more than capable of this Tynan :-)
Here are the puck ones we have on switches.
We started a podcast about our adventures, if you're looking for something to listen to while working out or whatnot.
New tour of our Rialta...not more detailed, just more professional :-) doing some more detailed videos soon.
Oh also: we're planning on making a far superior redone video tour of our Rialta. For those who have seen the first, obviously the production quality left a LOT to be desired. Besides that, what might you be interested in seeing more about, better explained, or in more detail for this next one?
Thanks for the feedback all.
Our latest installment, dealing with the realities of cleaning and dealing with smells in a little RV (Tynan you've written about this alot): The Day from Smell HELL!
Another video here. Not sure if people are still diiggin 'em or not :-)
Definitely a realistic look at the terrors that can come from not having anybody to complain to when the power goes out.
That is rough. I kept trying to find a "low voltage alarm" for those times my laptop would decide to run at 100% cpu instead of go to sleep or the like, but never found a 12volt one for cheap. There's incomplete plans out there on making one yourself for cheap, but I'm not able to follow them.
Btw, if the alternator didn't charge the batteries the seleniod might be shot. It's easy to diagnose and cheap to replace if it is the culprit.
Hey you guys may be interested in replacing the N64 & PS2 with some sort of net-top style PC & wireless xbox controllers and emulate your games. You can have a much larger game library, be use things like steam big screen, watch movies & photos directly with plex without having to plug in your laptops manually, make it scan for open wifi and download stuff automatically, always be providing internet like a mifi, etc. And on top of that it will run directly off DC and save you guys from AC power inverter loss. It will also save you space in your RV.Also a lot of $300-$400 2560x1440 27" monitors have direct DC power connections too, in case you'd be interested in that.
Hey elai, got any links for monitors with a direct DC power connection? I've searched before without much luck.
27 inches is a bit large for my Rialta but I'd be willing to look at them, however if you have any links for any ~24 inch direct DC power monitors that would be rad =)
Usually you just need to search for a monitor or TV with an 'external power supply'. Then it will have a direct DC connector in the back. You can find various monitors on google that way. I would really go for the 27" monitor although, the uptick in resolution in exchange for 3" of space is really really useful.
Also thinking about it, you might want to make your 'media center pc' just be a dedicated laptop, since it's fairly simple to get direct DC connectors for them compared to the inconvience of managing your own desktop PC which will need a specialized DC PSU unit. And they have no internal batteries for power outages.
How quickly the time has gone! We've been here for a month now, and it will already be hard to go.
We went to Mireya's for lunch today and Mireya said (in Spanish), "Oh good! I was thinking you left the country already!"
She seemed happy that we were here for another month and we talked about our trip to Las Tablas. I don't want to talk much about the Great Panamanian Road Trip of 2008, since Todd is writing a post about it and I'm making a video about it (check back this weekend), but I will say this - it was great!
Music, as a manmade phenomena, goes back at least thousands and thousands of years to when we've found artifacts of the first flutes and drums. Music has always been a community affair–something done in groups to help bring people together. Funny that now I've been working on music alone in my apartment the last few weeks. (NOTE: I'm a composer and musician myself, and it seems more and more the life of a composer looks more and more like the life of a hermit. But I also have this connection to the group aspect of music. I'm a drummer, and nothing gets me going more than playing drums with others. It's a blast.)
The last hundred years or so has changed almost everything about human society. Music could be recorded and enjoyed at any convenient time in any convenient location–not just the concert hall, the bar or the living room around the family piano. To hear great music you didn't have to be a great musician or have one in the family. This accessibility raised the overall level of “quality” and “musicianship” all over the civilized globe–students had access to better resources and tools and themselves became better musicians than those that came before. This cycle continues to this day where kids using a sequencer can make professional-quality sounds that would've taken weeks to create in a high-end studio twenty years ago. I mean, yeah, the sounds won't necessarily be as “warm” or “mature” sounding, but kids today (me included) are easily making lots of sounds that producers struggled to make (or didn't even dream of making) in the 80s and 90s.
As a product of this wave of technological accessibility, I am of course in favor of all these developments. It's a good thing that great music can be accessed so easily and so cheaply using services like Spotify, rdio, Pandora, iTunes (and BitTorrent). It's a great thing that people with no musical training or background can pick up iPads and start jamming together using scale-locked touchpad interfaces. It encourages people to learn and experiment with music, advancing sounds forward and making music a more easily enjoyable part of life. It's how I discovered the fun and joy that comes from listening to and creating music as I was growing up.
On the flip side, now that I'm joining this force of professional music-makers, I have my well-being to worry about. I want to make music for a living, but how can I make a living doing something I believe should be intrinsically free and open? Should I do gigs for free and sell advertising space to put in the lulls between songs? Should I preface each new track I make with announcements like, “this track was made using Spectrasonics software?”