Terraform Two, a 2010 Honda Element, was originally created as a stealth micro-camper to scout the USA with, looking for a new place to call home. After over 10,000 miles and 4 months, I found that I loved traveling and loved living out of the car. Throughout the summer, in addition to my own car, I was asked many times by fellow travelers to help them revamp their rides!
Over the 4 months on the road, Terraform Two was refined and remodeled multiple times. By the end of my Western US tour, it had been redesigned to comfortably sleep two people, to be completely off-grid, and camp anywhere. After returning from the trip, I began work on upgrading Terraform Two once again to address some of the discomforts from the first trip (mainly a lack of reliable electricity, warm shower, and large bed). Including a Goal Zero Yeti 400 Power pack and 100 watt flexible solar panel, and upgraded from the ALPS Mountaineering Comfort Series Air Pad 4" memory foam self inflating camping mat to a full sized Lucid 4" memory foam folding mattress.... and very importantly an upgraded solar shower which took the form of a $10 garden sprayer painted black.
In 4 months on the road, I paid $18 for lodging, thanks to the stealth design of the vehicle. Thanks to resources like FreeCampsites.net and CouchSurfers (among others) I was able to stay for free almost everywhere I went.
During my time on the road, I visited 11 national parks, 4 national monuments, 10 states, and traveled over 10,000 miles. The hardest part of the trip was coming back, because after only a few weeks what was my car started really feeling like home. I can’t wait to hit the road again soon in Terraform Two (V2.2).
Terraform Two features:
- Sleeping area for 2 Adults
- Under-Bed & Rooftop storage
- Bike rack
- Private solar shower
- DC Power pack
- 7 gallon water tank
- Luci solar light
- Locking storage box
- Pull out functional kitchen
- Bug screens for all the windows
- Stealth black-out blinds
- Yeti Cooler
For more information about how to set up your own car as a camper visit my blog post HERE
The Road Trip
Whether you’re looking to travel cheaply, renovate your existing vehicle or want to become a digital nomad, talking with someone who's done it can often be the first step to a new life. My decision to live out of my car and travel into the unknown was much like yours – scared, uncertain, and thinking I was crazy – but I’m here to let you know you CAN do it, it is such a rewarding lifestyle, and I’m here to pass on my knowledge.
Common Car/Van life topics include:
- How to retrofit your current vehicle
- Stealth camping and how to never pay for lodging
- Building amenities into your car (power, shower, kitchen, etc.)
- The wonders of the CouchSurfing community
- Making money while traveling