Today you can learn just about anything you want to know just by watching YouTube videos. And that includes finding out everything both good and bad, positive and negative, about the RV lifestyle.
I started searching for full-time RVers on YouTube a few months ago, and was amazed at the number of people that are actively sharing their lives and adventures on the Internet. There are men and women, both young and old, traveling solo in everything from small cars (Prius included) to tricked out motorhomes. There are young couples who are criss-crossing the country while working full-time via remote connection from their RV. There are families with children that are home-schooling their kids while exploring not only the U.S. but Canada and Mexico as well.
These people are documenting their experiences in vlogs and sharing them with the world, offering a wealth of knowledge and advice to people like us who are hoping to follow in their footsteps. Reading books about RV’s is fine, but seeing and hearing from real people, and being able to ask them questions through the comments section of the videos, is priceless!
I’ve listed my favorite RVing YouTube channels in the sidebar of this blog’s homepage, but here’s a shout-out to some of my absolute favorites:
- CheapRVLiving – Bob Wells is the definitive source of information for those who are looking for a way to live off-grid in the most economical yet comfortable way possible. His interviews with solo car-and-van dwellers will amaze and inspire you. He also does a lot of equipment demonstrations that are very helpful.
- Keep Your Daydream – This family of five from the Phoenix, Arizona area have been full-timing it for several years, and their travel videos are amazing. They recently did a whole series from Mexico, and now Mexico is definitely on our bucket list.
- Long Long Honeymoon – Sean and Kristy are from Alabama. They tow a travel trailer all over the United States, and they are hilarious as well as informative. Their footage from Yellowstone National Park is beautiful.
- Nomadic Fanatic – Eric is a solo traveler–well, not exactly solo since he answers to his traveling companion, a huge cat named Jax. Eric travels in a Class C motorhome, and as of this writing he is following Route 66 from west to east, and providing great commentary along the way.
- Less Junk, More Journey – Nathan, Marissa and their young daughter Hensley are from Tennessee. They live in an Airstream trailer, traveling all over the country. They even took Marissa’s mom along with them on their most recent trip to the Grand Canyon and Utah.
I encourage you to check out the full list of YouTubers in sidebar to this blog–you’ll be hooked!
We’ve been so inspired by all the great content that these people provide that we’ve decided to launch our own YouTube channel to document our journey from being RV newbies to (hopefully) full-timers. We don’t have a great vlogging camera, microphones, stabilizers or drones, but we’re taking our cue from other RV vloggers who are creating great content using an iPhone and a selfie stick.
I’ve created a couple of vlog videos using our Samsung OIS Duo camcorder and my Nikon Coolpix P530. I’ve created videos of our past cruises using Microsoft Movie Maker on my PC, but for our new channel, I’m testing out Corel’s VideoStudio X10. It has so much more functionality, and so far I really like it.
Our new channel is called, of course, Just Call Us Nomads, and I hope you’ll visit it and subscribe! I also hope that one day I can look back at these first crappy videos and marvel at how much better I’ve gotten at producing the same quality content as my online mentors!
Here’s a link to our most recent post, where we are setting up housekeeping in Lizzy even while she’s under wraps at the storage facility. Enjoy!