Here is an interview we put together for our friends at Tripfilms! It answers some very interesting questions…
Below are the common questions we receive from viewers, RV’ers, people on the road, and media. They are in no particular order so you’ll just have to look around. Enjoy.
Are you rich?
No. We are enriching our lives, not our bank accounts.
How can you afford this?
We worked really really really (that’s right, 3 ‘reallys’) hard and saved up for the initial take off…..you can do it too! Now, we make our money on the road through photography, video and travel writing. We wrote a post about it: How We Make Money and Travel.
What Kind of Camera are you filming with?
Coming from a photography background I’ve used Canon Cameras my whole life. So now that dSLR’s shoot video it was a natural progression for me. Check out my Secrets for HD Video article for the details.
Are there any Movies that inspired you?
This may sound sad or depressing but I’m gonna lay it out there anyway. Revolutionary Road (2008) A story of real dreams crumbling under the “American Dream”. Into the Wild (2007) A young man abandons his possessions to travel across the USA and Canada with the goal of living in the great Alaskan Wilderness.
How do I get my face or an image to show up when I leave a comment?
It’s super simple, visit https://en.gravatar.com/ and once you sign up you can have the image appear anytime you leave a comment on any website. So go on what are you waiting for? Show us your best side We wanna see ya.
Are you sponsored, or do you have advertisers?
We didn’t start out with any partnerships or sponsors. Year One we contacted Monaco and they made sure we got a good deal on the purchase of the “new to the market” Monaco Vesta, no strings attached. After two adventurous years on the road, learning and sharing we gained a little attention. So now we do have a few like minded companies that we work with, create content for, and sometimes we write about our work experiences. If we really like a product, we will accept said product for free in exchange for reporting our experiences. This way our opinions are not purchased and we are still free to write whatever we like about said product and our experiences with product. If we don’t like it we don’t write about it…or more likely we don’t accept it at all.
Is Monaco paying you to write this blog?
No. We keep this blog to help others learn (and maybe be inspired) from our travels. Because we are driving and living full time in the Vesta we get loads of questions about it, so naturally we post about Windy the RV. Trust me we don’t like giving Monaco free advertising, but what’s our other option: Not Post about our home on wheels? If you still don’t believe me read our article on the Good, Bad, and in-between on the Vesta.
Why is your RV Green?
Our RV is not Green Certified or anything like that. We selected the Monaco Vesta because it was a more green option than a traditional Motorhome mainly because of it’s size and aerodynamics. We added some eco-friendly options to help reduce our carbon footprint, and we try to be easy on the environment in our daily lives. Read more on our Windy the RV page.
Do you have a home base?
No. We sold everything, packed up the 2 cats, and hit the road.
Why don’t you post more often?
We do our best to post regularly however we are not always in an area with Internet (we like to camp in the boonies). So, please be patient and we’ll get another fun video up shortly. Remember nobody is paying us to write these articles, so if we’re running behind we try not to sweat it….it’s the adventures in life that are most important
Your cat looks like a leopard, is he?
Yes, he is part leopard (a silver Bengal actually), the most beautiful cat with the best attitude ever! Goes to show you any breed of cat can be rescued if you’re patient….yes we rescued him! BTW – we let Singa write a post, if you’re interested read the RV Traveling Cats article. FYI, our other cat is Cleo. She is a tabby and feels like a teddy bear.
How do the cats like traveling?
They have their own email address, so why don’t you email them directly from our contact page and ask them yourself?
How do you select the companies you feature?
Mainly from research, tips from friends and viewers who live or have visited before. We search out companies that are passionate about being green, sustainable, organic, biodynamic, slow food, local ingredients, etc. We visit the location, and if we love it we feature it. As simple as that.
Jason, how did a guy like you get such a hot wife?
Really guys, no love…..thanks. – Jason
You’re and Idiot, how can you misspell ……..?
Dunno how, ooops. Never claimed to be an English major or a wordsmith.
What kind of Fuel Mileage do you get in that thing?
Official numbers vary depending on factors like temperature, mountains, elevation, etc. In perfect conditions we can get 18 MPG! OK so that number is only when we’re driving empty and slightly downhill! Ha. Throughout the first 15,000 miles we averaged between 8-11 in the mountains and 12-14 on the flats. Not bad for a home on wheels. Want to know more? Check out our excruciatingly detailed posts on the Monaco Vesta Fuel Economy.
You’re driving an RV, you’re not Green/Sustainable/Eco Minded. I’m so much greener than you.
Yes we are driving an RV and we don’t claim to be the greenest people on the planet. We are eco minded and try to do our best. We’d love to hear any recommendations you have on making our travels more eco-friendly. Please view our green initiatives on the Windy the RV page BEFORE you email us.
Do you have to put Cat Pee in your fuel tank?
No, we don’t have to use urea in our engine. The MaxxForce 7 engine in our RV uses regenerative fuel filters to clean the exhaust before it goes out the tail pipe. Combine that with the higher MPG and using B-20 Biodiesel and you may say we’re running pretty clean! Check out our post on Liquid Urea and 2010 Diesel Emissions.
Does Nikki Drive the RV?
Of course she does! The smaller size, air ride suspension, comfy seats, and cameras all around the Vesta is crazy easy to drive. Granted she usually is in the back working on the computer while I drive, but it’s because I have a weak stomach and she has a stomach of steel! Gotta love her for that.
Do you drive that little car on the roads?
Seriously? We get this question so often it’s frustrating! YES! It’s a car, we drive it on the roads. Jeeze people!
Jason, why don’t you shave more often, you look like a dirty hippie?
Disposable Razors are wasteful, specialty heads cost a small fortune, or maybe the real reason is I’m a little lazy! I use a beard trimmer every few days to keep it under control, and I feel pretty good about it.
Can I get some free stuff from you? Actually, YES (or maybe)! Several of the companies we’ve met along the way offer discounts, swag, etc. if you subscribe to our website….so what are you waiting for?
Want to learn a little more about our travels check out Gone With the Wynn’s About Page