In a different timeline, Ballard freelance videographer Mitch Pittman would have been perfect for #vanlife. You know, the international movement of outdoorsy types who trick out an old VW or vintage Ford van, park it at a ski slope or beach, and do yoga on the roof. But when he and his partner finally splurged on a vehicle, it was a 24-foot RV, a smallish Class C model.
Pittman realized that he couldn’t tackle the DIY construction that came with a van. “I got the life I wanted without spending years building it out,” he says. With the hot shower, full plumbing, and room to sleep six in their new camper, the pair hopes to work out of the RV for weeks at a time. Not to mention that it was bigger and cheaper than the in-demand, fully kitted vans on the market. Sites like Outdoorsy mean he can rent it out Airbnb-style in the summer, when the avid skier will use it less.
“It definitely isn’t as cool and hip as a van, at least on Instagram,” says Pittman. “For me it’s like a grandpa thing. But I’m okay with it.”