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Living on Wheels Lifestyle with Tim Winders

by | Oct 23, 2019 | Season 2

Living on Wheels | Season 2 Episode 4

Have you ever imagined what it’s like to live on wheels? Isn’t it fascinating that you can just start up the engine and go somewhere whenever you think of it? It’s the secret dream of many and only a few can muster up the guts to actually accomplish. If you’re usually consumed by wanderlust, you’ve probably found yourself lost in this thought. What is it really like to live on wheels and live a nomad life?

In this episode, you will get to know how Tim and his wife took their life and business on the road. He shares how they ended up moving into a 39-foot Class A Motorhome RV and pursuing this lifestyle. Tim also discusses the pros and cons of traveling and RV living at the same time.

If you want to take a glimpse of how it is like living a nomad life, then this episode is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Find out how Tim and his wife shifted to the nomad life.
  2. Learn some tips and tricks when buying an RV.
  3. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of an RV living.

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Episode Highlights

[01:00] The Lifestyle Shift

  • They started RV living on the first of January, 2019.
  • It’s a world that Tim was unfamiliar with.
  • The cool thing about this lifestyle is the shift in your way of thinking.

[07:22] How it Started

  • They originally wanted to travel again as they did before—house sitting and flying on a plane.
  • His wife told him it would be cool to travel and not have to pack and repack every time.
  • One day, his wife said, “I think that we’re supposed to get an RV,” to which Tim responded with a shocked face.
  • They researched to see if it’s possible to do their work on the road.

[10:11] The RV Culture

  • There are different types of RV: Class A, class B, class C, travel trailers, and fifth wheels, among others.
  • It is a complex decision because there are so many options.

[11:31] The Criteria

  • They wanted to spend as low of a capital outlay as possible.
  • Their first concern is they didn’t have a pickup truck to pull the trailer that will fit their criteria.
  • They need space to sleep comfortably and cook.
  • They need to have a mobile office space.

[14:19] Making the Choice

  • Once they had the criteria, they proceeded to find something that had layouts or plans to fit what they needed.
  • They started narrowing it down to class A motorhomes. Motorhomes are RVs that have a truck or a motor that you can use to move around.
  • They look like big boxes and are built on truck chassis. Class A motorhomes can get up to about 45 feet. 
  • The class Cs are smaller types that can be as small as 23 to 25 feet.
  • Class B or sprinter vans look like a big van that you can move in and out of things and drive easier.

[18:01] The Layout

  • They wanted multiple living spaces so that they could divide some things up.
  • They decided to get an older RV to do some renovations.
  • RVs are a lot of brown and dark colors, carpets, and bright lights. However, Tim and Glori are more into lighter colors and minimalist furniture designs.
  • The value of a vehicle depreciates quickly. They narrowed down the age bracket to 2001 to 2008 to find quality units.
  • They settled with a 2006 Gulfstream Sun Voyager. 

[22:41] 2006 Gulfstream Sun Voyager

  • They found a 39-feet 2006 Gulfstream Sun Voyager in Naples, Florida. 
  • The price was under $40,000 and had 21,000 miles on it. 
  • It could either be because someone didn’t use it much or they parked it and lived in it.

[24:56] Making the Purchase

  • Tim and Glori purchased it from a representative that was selling it on consignment.
  • The representative walked through it on video. They also did their research, and they decided that the price is good.
  • They only needed $1000 for the representative to hold it for them.
  • Important tip: If you’re buying a used RV, you can use the help of certified RV inspection organizations. They will go out and inspect the RV for you for around $400 to $500.

[28:00] RV Inspection

  • It’s useful because you won’t know what to look for and it would save you time.
  • They handed Tim a 40-page long report with pictures, including a list of issues that may arise.
  • The inspectors also listed things they may need for improvements.
  • The thorough inspection gave them comfort and a head start of what needed to be fixed.
  • Tim and Glori then proceeded with the transaction.

[32:27] RV Campground

  • When he first drove it, he ran over a few curbs. He eventually started learning about swinging wide, planning, and strategizing how to drive it.
  • When they went on their first campsite, they realized that everything takes longer in an RV.
  • Tip: Don’t go parking in a campground after dark.
  • They got the hang of it and started the renovation.

[38:18] Advantages and Disadvantages of an RV Living

  • You can go to and stay in places you never could if you just lived in a home.
  • It also gives the advantage of mobility when faced with situations such as hurricanes.
  • There could be an issue with the facilities and supplies.
  • You can experience fatigue when moving around. It can also be challenging to find a spot with a good Wi-Fi signal, which is necessary for work.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

“Just like a lot of things, you go through life, and you think you’ve seen things, you think you know things, you think you’re kind of smart. And then you realize there’s something out there that is just beyond anything you could ever imagine—and this lifestyle is kind of like that.”

“Some people, of course, they put on a happy face, which is what we do on a lot of social media and YouTube and things like that. But I will tell you, there’s a lot of people that tell it like it is.”

“Sometimes, the more choices there are, then the more complex the decision is.”

“I got out of the RV, and my beautiful wife of almost thirty years at the time had tears coming down her cheeks. She wrapped her arms around me, and she said, ‘You are my hero. I can’t believe you were able to do that.’”

“If you have any desire to do it, then just get started. […] Because so many things that we thought were going to be a big deal ended up not being a big deal.”

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Tim