Windy was our full time home on wheels February 2011 – December 2013

We are eco-conscious people and let’s face it, traveling in an RV doesn’t seem like the most eco-friendly way to go. But, Windy isn’t your grandparents’ gas guzzling 1980’s motorhome. Technology is changing and ever so very slowly…so is the RV industry.

windy the rv

Windy The RV
She is a 32ft 2011 Monaco Vesta. It’s a front-engine coach with a low center of gravity, air bag suspension and the first RV ever with wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamics which improved the fuel efficiency. We average around 11-13mpg (more on our fuel economy here), can run a Bio Diesel Blend of B20 (not always easy to find) without any conversions and is the most contemporary small class A we could find. So, it was an excellent start to a more eco-friendly home on the road.

It’s NOT a Contest – It’s Simple

We are experimenting in living more simply and sharing our findings. Mostly, because for us the simpler we make our lives, the more free we feel and the happier we seem to get. And then there is our planet. Oh yeah, we are selfish that way. The more we see of our amazing planet, the more we want to preserve it.

We’re not the most eco-friendly people on the planet, not even close to it, not trying to be. Shrinking our personal footprint isn’t going to save the world. Sure, our personal footprints are important but it’s not the big picture. We’re not pointing fingers at those that live differently, looking for a gold star or anything of the sort. We want to do our part to change the big picture. So that doing the right thing becomes the norm, not the gallant tree hugger exception.

Then there are those lovely unexpected bonuses of going green…like saving money and boondocking longer and more comfortably!

Here are some of the ways we have found to green up Windy and our lifestyle:

Solar

Solar Kit – A total of 600 Watts of Solar + 3000 Watt pure sine inverterGoPower Extreme Solar Kit (with PowerBoost – supercharges the batteries to 14.5 for overnight use)GoPower Portable 120 Watt Panel with 45ft of cable allows us to follow the sun for max solar input.

All American Sun Oven – Cooking with the sun keeps the heat out of the RV and requires no electricity or gas, just a sunny day!

All things USB – Solio makes a rad collection of solar lights and mini solar chargers perfect for hiking, in the car or carrying in your hand/man bag. This keeps our cell phones, cameras, tablets and etc. charged on the go. These are also perfect for over seas travel. You don’t have to worry about power adapters or burning up your gear if you bring your own power with you!

Solar Shower – a five gallon solar heated bladder with a shower nozzle. Perfect for rinsing off after a hike or washing dishes.

 

Composting Toilet

Separates the pee from the poo and turns waste into compost! Uses no water, no chemicals and we use Coco COIR because it’s more sustainable than Peat Moss.

 

LED Lights

We switched out over 40 bulbs! All LED lighting inside reduces electric consumption over 90% and produces zero heat vs. standard Halogen bulbs.

 

Water – Any Source

We have two goals with the investment in our RV water system: Create pure drinking water that tastes good so we never have to purchase bottled water, AND reduce the flow so we can conserve water every day. With our simple water purification system we can create great tasting clean water from any clear water source. This provides us with pure healthy drinking water whether we’re at a campground or living off the cord relying on lake or river water.

One Smart Toad

Convertible Smart Car is eco friendly and great MPG(about 40); 85% recyclable and 95% reclaimable.

It’s about more than just the RV

From growing herbs on board to sustainable clothing to supporting local breweries, restaurants and farmers markets to riding our bikes to explore nearby towns; we seek out the best eco-friendly options each town has to offer.Engine Horsepower Upgrade

Our 300HP upgrade has sparked quite the controversy on our website, on the forums, and so on and so on! So let us try and clear up some of the questions:

If you have any questions at all please leave a comment (we do read every one).

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97 Comments

  • LindaWolfe

    September 13, 2016 Reply

    Your RV is beautiful... I am so impressed with you two young people... Way to Go! We are considering selling out and buying another motor home or travel trailer... we have owned both... We are considering a travel trailer because we would have our van with us to go and do in towns. We love to travel ... we are a bit adventurous people always have been... love camping and love our home away from home with wheels. Life is to short not to travel on our terms. We are both retired and love life especially out on road travel.. Enjoying your web/ sight blog. Here is mine Creations by Ninnie.

  • Geo. Gay

    July 14, 2016 Reply

    I noticed on one of your videos that you were considering moving to a smaller RV. We currently have a Winnebago view with a Mercedes sprinter diesel engine. I have an interest in the Monaco Vesta, 35 foot, 2012 model. Can you give me any advice as to why I should keep the model we have or the advantages of moving to the Monaco, or vice versa. Thank you so much

  • Jenna Webb

    June 19, 2016 Reply

    So where are you guys now, and how is the new adventure, I must be off your list...cos no news ...

    • Nikki Wynn

      June 27, 2016 Reply

      You can see the latest posts by clicking the blog option at the top of the page. Perhaps try hitting that mail button at the bottom of the page and re-signing up for our email notifications. Maybe there was a glitch or we're getting kicked into your spam folder?

  • Michael Chaitin

    May 19, 2016 Reply

    Help Help......we are about to sign on a 2016 Fleetwood Excursion 33d today. I notice both of you are not extremely tall ( no offense)'neither are we. So how fid you reach the control panel that is directly over the stairwell ? After calling Fleetwood their response was "they realize this is a problem so prospective buyers should take this into consideration ".
    An attorney recommended 1) a test drive (naturally) 2) an I depiction to make dire everything is rocking and no undercarriage rust ; before any money exchanges hands except for a $1,000 deposit even thought it's a new will not pre-owned coach. Your thoughts please.
    Lastly, your recommendation for a on road wifi booster and a cellular booster for ATT wireless.
    I really appreciate your thoughts on this as we are retired I want to try and minalize and potential problems.
    Thank you ......and happy sailing ! I've been sailing the Great Lakes since 1967.

  • jason larsen

    April 16, 2016 Reply

    Wow! you guys have come a long way. Thank you for the inspiration as we are picking up our Excursion 33a on 4/22 and will be hitting the road in august with a toddler a newborn a wife and a pit bull!

  • Troy McDonald

    April 3, 2016 Reply

    On your gas rv you had something done so after you make a turn the rv steering wheel goes back to center. I can't find it on your site. And you had something done so the rv doesn't shake as much. Thank You

    • Nikki Wynn

      April 3, 2016 Reply

      Yes! Here is that info: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/gas-rv-squeaks-rattles-engine-noise

  • Ed Hamilton

    January 21, 2016 Reply

    I love that RV. That's an RV for those who aren't RVer's. But judging from the price, I guess I can understand.

  • Maryellen Ollatta

    December 21, 2015 Reply

    We like your videos, but why are in a Bounder in your recent Alaska segments? What happened to Roy?

  • Alexandra

    December 11, 2015 Reply

    Hey guys,
    Love your website! I wanted to know if y'all have heard about the tiny house movement.. or house on wheels? It's pretty cool but wanted to get your opinion if y'all have seen or been inside one.

    • Jason Wynn

      December 12, 2015 Reply

      We've been inside plenty of tiny homes and they are totally cute. Most are not roadworthy enough to pull down the road for full-timers, but if you plan to move only a few times each year it could be a viable option.

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