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💸 How I LIVE in a TOYOTA PRIUS – LIVE EASY: Sleeping in a Car Full Time


– If you like traveling on a budget, or if you have recently
become enamored with the Tiny House Revolution show, then you might be interested
in some of the things I’m going to be talking about because I have been traveling
across the U.S. for months, staying in most places for like a week, living out of my 2008 Toyota Prius. (brushing teeth) Let’s get into some of the
modifications I’ve done to allow me to feel like
my things are secure, have enough storage, have
privacy, sleep comfortably, yeah all that shit. So, let’s go. Many of the places that I wanted to visit were like downtown of big cities. And when you’re staying in an
urban environment in your car, you really want to have
a level of privacy. Like you don’t want people,
maybe nefarious people, peeking in on you. Some people will put like
reflective material up in like the window of their van, but that kinda looks shady. Now looking shady is fine, but it just reduces your opportunities of where you can sleep. The last thing you want is the
boy scout of the neighborhood calling up the cops and being
like there’s a strange man. Other people will black out
their windows with tint, and I looked into that and
between different states, there are different laws on
like how much you can tint like this window versus this
window and like it’s just shit you don’t want to deal
with when you’re trying to, you know, low key live in your car. (laughs) And this is what I came up with. This is perforated vinyl. The same material that
you’ll see on the windows of businesses with like all this
printing on it like from logos and whatnot. Straight off the shelf, it’s white. And that’s perfect for my
purposes because it’s also reflecting a lot of that sunlight
since it’s white material and it has like an insulating effect. And on the other side of
the material it’s black so it’s a lot easier to see
out than it is to see in. Like to see in this I gotta go like… And who’s gonna do that? Now this is not going to be your most budget-friendly option, but I would argue that it’s
worth it because there’s a lot of value in just looking like
a more professional vehicle. No one is going to pull me over for having perforated vinyl on my windows. If I bought these things
out with tint, maybe. On the back, I wanted to have
storage that I could lock, so I put onto the hitch a like standard cargo rack and bought one of these like
forty-something inch long locking aluminum tool boxes. This piece and this piece
together were probably under $250. And I just bolted this thing,
and now it’s like my wardrobe. Full of clothes, tax documents. Up here on top, I have mounted
a universal roof rack system. And onto that is a 100-watt solar panel, which feeds into a deep-cycle
battery on the inside. And on the other side is this
fully-locking cargo system, so that gives me some secure storage on the outside of the vehicle. And it’s actually more
space than I even need. It’s not quite as tall or
as wide as a lot of them, and that’s gonna help out
with you know aerodynamics and fuel economy is obviously something that’s important to me, considering the vehicle that I chose. This is where I sleep. It is a gymnastics mat
that’s been folded over. And it actually was three
panels but I cut one off because it was, you know unnecessary. And a sleeping bag, which
doesn’t get much use right now because it’s so hot. Um, pillow. This is kind of my kitchen. If I move that out of the way, this is a tray for cooking stuff. I have water stored in there. And, I slide this. Under here is lots of nice storage space. So I bought four of these
dollar storage containers, and there’s like labels
on them like toolbox, which it was nice having
a parameter for like, you can’t take any tools
outside of what fits in this. So that forced me to be more
minimalistic and think about what was gonna be useful. Behind that is some additional
stuff like jumper cables, um, some sweat shirts, bungees, a medical– medical kit there. Yeah. In the interior here we have
a basket of miscellaneous things, like swimming shorts, toiletries, things of that nature. And up here is something very crucial. This is– it’s just a dowel rod that’s been– I painted it with a um, a primer that’s supposed to
like protect it from moisture, because I like to dry things on this. It’s great for like, I was just in Duluth and went
swimming in Lake Superior. I can just take one of these spring clamps and put it over here, throw my shorts on there and then turn my fan on and dry
it out really quickly. And I’ll do the same thing with
my clothes from the gym and my towel from the gym. And it also allows me to hang
up clothes so I can take nice shirts and get the comment
you don’t look like you live in your car a lot, to which I love being like I know I don’t. Both this and this next
thing I’m gonna talk about came from a video on YouTube
under the username Hotel Prius, and it was a guy who’s done
something very similar to this. And he gave instructions
on how to mount this. It’s basically just like wedged
in between these two points. But it works out really well. It’s pretty strong. I’ve knocked it down a few times, knocked it out of position, but um it’s never too
difficult to put back. And the next thing is a curtain. It doesn’t do me a lot of
good to make all these other windows private if someone
can just look through the windshield and see me
back here so I’m able to, you know put this curtain
across here and um, you know bada bing. You may have noticed that
there’s not a back seat here. Typically with a Prius,
you can like fold down the back seat and you’ve got enough
space to like lay down and like sleep, but that’s a lot
of real estate being used for basically padding and for
a seat that’s not going to be used by me. So, here you can see the
thing that I replaced the back seat with. This is a storage structure
that I built out of wood and uh upholstered in some boat
carpet and I wanted to be able to lock up what was inside
of here with a padlock. You know just to have an
extra layer of contingency if someone were to bust through my window. And on this side there’s no lock because it’s just my pantry. So, not really too much
worth protecting in there. But if I wanted to, uh, if these thieves think they gon
get some free refried beans, they got another thing coming! On the other side, I have access to a safe that I bolted into the metal frame here. So it’s not going anywhere. And that’s where I can
keep my stuff that I would potentially be really worried
about like my passport. As far as what I know about
setting up electricity and solar power systems, that amounts to about jack and shit. But I was able to buy a
kit that allowed me to set this up without much issue. So I have coming from that
solar panel that’s feeding into this solar controller, that solar controller
is charging the battery, which is in this big case here, and also attached to that
battery is this inverter. That gives me two power outlets. And if I need additional
outlets or if I wanna use these four USB ports, you know I just plug this guy in there. And having this white box is
really nice because it just attaches to wherever it’s stuck. So wherever I need a USB port, boom. Got it. Got it! Right behind the passenger
seat is one of those high-efficiency,
over-priced coolers which, you know, could save money in the long-run if I’m able to like buy a block of ice one day and, you know, still have cold
drinks four days later. So, on top of here, I have a door mat so that
I can put my shoes on there when I get inside. And that’s just velcroed on. But it wouldn’t be a proper
episode of Cribs if I didn’t show what’s inside here, so, 99 Cherries, two Miller Lites, and no ice. (laughs) If you found this helpful, let me know, or if you have any friends
who might find this helpful let them know. Peace! Peace. Get outta here. Get that camera out of my face. Get that camera out of my face. (knife slicing)

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