The Road Bandit

Posted by jeff | Posted in Resourceful Living, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 17-10-2011

Today I was looking back thru old emails and blog drafts and came across a link from a hobo friend named Lloyd.

The Road Bandit – is basically what Vern and I set out to do when we started the Hobosoul, except that he’s actually doing it. 27 year old Randy Primm, native of Seattle, WA is on the road, videoing his whole experience. Editing periodic episodes, doing crazy stuff, all in a motorhome.

Why do I post this now, you ask? His latest episode (from July) delves into the “Master Cleanse” diet…one of the very hair-brained ideas that Vern and I thought would be good for us (plus hilarious) on camera. (Short description of the diet: you “eat” only a beverage made of fresh squeezed lemons, distilled water, grade B maple syrup and cayenne pepper, you drink (read: chug) a half gallon of warm salt water in the morning and a laxative tea at night). The difference between ours: for some reason, we thought that it’d be ok to drink wine while on the diet. Aftermath and great stories to come in the forthcoming Winnebago Experience documentary. You can catch up on the Road Bandit’s experience in the video below.

For more info and episodes, check out:

Goodbye Dick, For Real.

Posted by jeff | Posted in Winnebago Experience | Posted on 15-08-2011

(Just a few more ramblings about my motorhome, please bear with me.)

For the first year of our marriage, my wife and I kept a journal. In it, we detailed what was happening, our experiences and thoughts/emotions/feelings about life and our new marriage. Now that we’re into our second year, we’ve gone back and have been reading entries from the year. Almost one year to the day, we read the entry of our last day in the Winnebago. I’ve copied it here for you.
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In Transition

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 11-08-2011

The hobo’s life is and always has been about transition. Moving from one city to the next. Looking for work, finding work, working the job…and back to step one. You get the idea.

I sit here today a man in transition. A company in transition. A life in transition. Just over one year ago, my wife and I moved out of a 1973 Winnebago Chieftain that had been my home for close to five years. We transitioned from life in LA to life in Oakland.

One month ago, that Winnebago was sold. And with that, the Winnebago Experience officially comes to a close. At least, for now.

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Berkeley Motorhomes – 72 Hour Violation

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 14-06-2011

This guy has recently appeared right out in front of my workplace. Apparently, some people in Berkeley dislike motorhomes just as much as they do in LA.

The dreaded 72 hour notice.

In true Hobosoul news, we’re inching closer and closer to completion on some current projects…stay tuned and thanks for your patience.

Berkeley Motor Homes – The Southwind

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 04-04-2011

Some might say my nickname for this one is an easy one – but it’s the dual meaning of it that makes it. Perched proudly on the Powell Street peninsula, very near to the Emeryville Marina and with a clear view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the city of San Francisco, this guy has picked the perfect spot. I’m sure the southerly winds keeps the foul, unwashed body scent and stale urine stink far away from this man’s humble home.

Berkeley Motor Homes – The Renegade Health Show

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 26-03-2011

The Renegade Health Show!

I have a feeling this isn’t a home…but more a mobile studio. Or advertising machine. In any case, it caught my eye. A few times…I ride by it every day on my way to work.

Find out more about the Renegade Health Show here.

Berkeley Motor Homes – The Blue Beet

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 21-03-2011

I’ve seen this one once and only once. I may never see it again, so I’m glad I got a snapshot. Shiny blue. Bike storage. Clearly doesn’t leak – no tarp. A welcome home for any hobo.

Berkeley Motor Homes – The King of All

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 28-02-2011

In my biking around Berkeley, I’ve thought of a new series of posts: The Motorhomes of Berkeley. Sorry, I couldn’t come up with a more creative title. Just get down to business.

This is a beauty. A bus…with a bus on top. Every other motorhome pales in comparison – mainly in ingenuity. This guy cruises a few different spots on the west side of my office. Set up with a solar panel on the roof and windows blocked out, I can only assume that someone lives in it. Some lucky dude.

“Safe Overnight Parking”

Posted by jeff | Posted in Winnebago Experience | Posted on 27-07-2010

A hotly debated issue in Venice, CA has taken a positive turn. The city has decided to set aside parking lots in the evenings for those who live in their motorhomes. It’s about time!

In a program that has been successful in areas such as Santa Barbara, CA and Eugene, OR, select lots in the Venice area will be open to registered “lifers” to park safely at night, rather than being on the streets. Specifics of the hours and regulations has not been released (or determined) yet, but many of the day parking lots off the beach have been considered.
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Goodbye Dick

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 12-07-2010

I hope you enjoy your new home. It might not be as cool in West Covina as it was on the Westside. You might not have as many visitors as you once did. It might be a bit lonely. Please, enjoy your view of the golf course, of the open fields that surround you. The Hetzels will look after you, I’ll be by to visit every now and again, and you’ll be thought of often. Even in our new home, buddy, we mistakenly refer to our Airsteam as, “the Winnebago”. Perhaps you can come and join us sometime, but for now, sleep well. You’ve worked hard the last four and a half years.

We’ll see you soon.

Keeping the Dream Alive

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 22-06-2010

I’ve moved to Berkeley. Tomorrow we’re going to look at this place. (Apologies for the terrible quality).

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Moving On Up

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 25-05-2010

It is with a great sense of excitement and joy that I write this post, but there is also a great sense of sadness and a heavy heart that I bring to you today.

I’ve been living in a 1973 Winnebago motorhome since January of 2006. Before that, I was living in my tent, bouncing around different campgrounds for three months. I’ve lived on the streets of Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Silverlake, Venice, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Culver City, Marina del Rey; I’ve been in campgrounds, wildlife preserves, abandoned neighborhoods, good neighborhoods and bad. I’ve lived in friend’s driveways, rented parking spaces. I’ve dumped my tanks up and down the CA coast (in legal dump stations). I’ve been ticketed, towed, given angry notes, had poop stuck onto my deadbolt, windshield smashed, eggs thrown at me. I’ve had cops knock at 10am and 4am. I’ve made coffee shops my office of choice. I’ve showered in more places than most people do in their lives. I’ve sold or given away most of my material possessions. I’ve been able to choose which jobs I’ve taken rather than having to take whatever comes my way simply to pay bills. I’ve paid off all debts. I’ve saved a ton of money. I’ve met some interesting and amazing people. I’ve grown a small company out of a tiny motorhome into one that will now span two cities.

All of these things I’ve done, Dick has stood there by my side. When the rain was coming down and tarps had to be put on at 3a, it was an adventure. When I was on detox with Vern and had to poo at 3a and my car wouldn’t start…I almost drove my home to a store. When we ran out of gas on the freeway, we pushed our house across 6 lanes of traffic to get to a gas station. When our friend Kevin Carpenter came to visit, we sat on the roof, smoking cigars and drinking whiskey…on the side of the road.

So many memories have been made because four and a half years ago Vern and I decided to buy a 24 foot box in which to live. My life has been permanently altered because of my experiences here. And for that, I’ll be forever grateful.

And thus, the heavy heart. I’ve taken a new job, a big job. For the next year and a half, I’ll be working on a Disney film with some guys from Pixar. In Berkeley, CA. And thus, the great excitement. We’re moving. But Dick, must stay. We deliberated for days and days about what to do and where to live once we get there. I looked at campgrounds. I looked at renting places to park the Winnebago. I looked at the weather. And ultimately, it’s that which defeated us. Southern California is perfectly suited to life in an RV. Weather is fairly consistent here, the same cannot be said for the north. Temperature fluctuations are much greater and it rains much more often. I’ve patched up and continue to work on better solutions for Dick’s leaks, but I’ve yet to been able to fix it.

And so, I’m moving out of the motorhome. On June 19, 2010, I’ll spend my last night in the place that’s been called home for the last four and a half years. I’ve lived there longer than any place in my life, except the home where I grew up. I’m saddened just writing this post. This is as real as I’ve allowed it to be for me thus far.

I’ll miss the Winnebago. It’s a 24 ft haven. A safe place, a comfortable place. A place I’ve come to love living. A place I’ll miss living.

Thank you, Dick. You will always be a part of my life.

(If you’re reading this and interested in carrying this hobo torch, please email me at I’d love to pass on this life to someone else, who would appreciate it and grow as much as I have.)

RV Parking Restrictions – Law Suit and Settlement

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Storytelling, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 19-05-2010

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything about the current battle in Venice, CA over the RVs and their right to park on streets overnight. I read an article months back (August, to be exact) that claimed that Venice residents were going to be suing the California Coastal Commission because they just won’t allow it. According the Commission, if parking is restricted on streets in Venice, it will prevent visitors from having access to the beach. Find that article here:
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Water System – Complete?

Posted by jeff | Posted in Resourceful Living, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 17-02-2010

I’ve been living in the motorhome for over four years. In all that time, I’ve had no water pressure. I took a cold shower once, by turning on the air compressor and ducking under the drip that came from the showerhead. It was not worth it one bit. I’ve attempted to fix the entire system multiple times, all have turned up failures. It’s been a long road…and I think that I’m finally done.

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Dick’s Sewage

Posted by jeff | Posted in Resourceful Living, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 14-05-2009

Dick’s learned to hold in his urine. And he can hold it a long time now.

Over the time we’ve had the Winnebago, the urine stench and spot underneath the drainage tank has gotten worse and worse. So I tore it all apart. And with the help of El Toro RV Service Centers in Irvine, CA, I replaced everything.

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