Friday, July 18, 2014

The Final Post

Yes, the title pretty much tells it all. The new site Poor Man's RV Life is now on line and active. All further posts will be made on the new site and the Stealth Van Dweller will be left as it is.

On the upside, I have been able to down load all text that I feared would be lost when Yahoo closes the doors on Yahoo Voices the end of this month. That said, I have text from 600 articles to pick through with no titles to  guide me. Replacing what content is lost will be a painstakingly slow process.

For some time, unfortunately, you may find links to the expected article to be non-functioning. That said, I thank all who have followed along, and I hope you can continue as I branch off into a new way of life living on the road with a modest budget.

Thank you everyone!
Curtis Carper

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Times, They Are A Changing

All good things must come to an end, and it looks like the Stealth Van Dweller is shortly doomed. I received an email from Yahoo yesterday stating they are doing away with their Yahoo Voices network. Though I haven't published anything there for quite some time, this does dramatically affect the material posted on The Stealth Van Dweller.

During the early years, all the material I wrote documenting the construction of the original Stealth Van was published through Associated Content, which was bought out by Yahoo. The buyout, in my mind, was a hostile act as the whole premise of publishing content from free lance writers digressed to being a waste of time in short order.

By the end of the month, all older material I have linked to this website will vanish from view. Basically crippling any attempts to learn from my experiences.

Is this all a bad thing? No... For those who have been following along during recent times, it is apparent I have moved away from life on the road living in a van, either large or small. My current method of travel is a 37' Pace Arrow motorhome that by van standards is a luxury mansion in the way of space and amenities.

Shortly I will be starting a new blog about my travels as I go full time living in my motorhome. I'm hoping to experience many new adventures, see lots of new territory, and meet lots of interesting people along the way.

The spirit of the Stealth Van Dweller lives on, I still must exist and travel on a modest budget and the new website will bring out a whole new line of information aimed at helping those on a fixed or low income enjoy life on the road.

Once I have the website on line, I will provide a link between the two sites so you can transition to the new and improved site but still have access to what will remain of this website.

Thank you all for traveling along with me, I hope you find the new website interesting and informative.

The Stealth Van Dweller
Curtis Carper

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Adjusting To My New Life

Sometimes, when you figure your life needs some major shaking up, things don't always go the way you thought when you first set out to make changes in the direction you are headed. Nothing in life is a given, there will be adjustments, alterations, new goals, pretty much everything can just fall apart and you need to regroup and start again.

Funny thing is, being retired and single, I'm finding that making those adjustments and rethinking my plan a little is probably what I needed to do in the first place.

I've never been very fond of myself.Spending the time to figure out who I am, and what I need to be happy, is something I have needed to do for many years. I think I have just started that voyage, and to be honest I have no idea where it will take me.

The past two nights I've been parked on the far side of the local Walmart in Superior WI. I really haven't left my own back yard, as this is only about 20 miles away from where I was born and raised. None the less, there is significance to this first stop over in my new life.

I will be closing on the sale of my cabin early in Aug. From that point on, I will be homeless in the sticks and bricks measure of life.  Everything I own, my bed, my kitchen, the whole shebang is enclosed or attached to this 37' motorhome. By the standards of many who read my blog, this is pretty high class digs. Having lived the life before, I would agree.

The only real difference this time around is I have no set agenda. I hope to be in Arizona for the annual gathering of the snowbirds in Quartzsite. Beyond that, I will be most interested in following blue skies and mild temperatures, and what ever whim strikes me each morning.

This morning I have the beautiful blue sky I enjoy the most with cool but mild temps. courtesy of Lake Superior which is but a mile beyond this open grassy view.

I'm sitting in the Menard's parking lot, with the Superior airport across the highway. Every 15 min. or so another small plane takes to the air.

It's a quiet simple restful morning, I have no need to hurry off anywhere. I have no pressing errands to run. The hum of my generator is the only noise I hear, and I can envision a set of solar panels in my future to relieve me from that din.

Max has settled into his new life being very content to be with me, and do what ever I choose. Bob Wells, if you read this you will understand the bond. I'm sure you miss Homer very much.

Yes my plan has been modified. But now I will live each day for what it brings me. Most importantly I will try to figure out who I am, and what matters most to me. Then I will learn to accept what tomorrow brings. All part of living the life of a nomad.