August 24, 2019 HomeArticlesVan Life Q&A With Joe & Kait Russo | Camper Van Life S1:E15 Van Life Q&A With Joe & Kait Russo | Camper Van Life S1:E15 By Maxine Hayes Articles, Blog 100 Comments Tags:and, camper van, camper van life, campervan life, cooking in a van, downsizing, full time RV life, full time van life, hymer aktiv, Hymer Aktiv 2.0, living in a RV, living in a van, minimalist living, rv living, showering in a van, the, tiny house on wheels, van camping, van dwelling, van life, Van life faq, van life Q&A, vandweller, you Related Posts Why did Hitler declare War on the USA? Canning From Trash Heap To Pantry Shelf,No Peel Tomato Sauce 🚀 GAGNER SA VIE AVEC L’AFFILIATION (LE NOUVEAU SYSTÈME) About Author admin 100 Comments We're the Russos Watch Episode 16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDE04C2EOqcVan Life FAQ: https://weretherussos.com/camper-van-life-faq/ August 9, 2017 Reply F. Ball can you describe a secondary alternator, is that a second alternator installed, is it a high or fast charge unit? Thanks August 17, 2017 Reply F. Ball hey Canada eh! BC IS beautiful and full of Polite Canadians August 17, 2017 Reply Leo Living Large Do you still own a home? Do you still work on the road if so what do you do? August 18, 2017 Reply Lisa Maynard I can't wait to read your book 📕 August 19, 2017 Reply Pedro Lopez garcia I started watching some of your videos because of the van, but you guys are very likable so I'm hooked. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work. Cheers from the UK. August 19, 2017 Reply RV Life This was a great vid. Thx for update August 19, 2017 Reply SKPjoe Coursegold enjoyed. August 19, 2017 Reply Eric Rehm For the future to consider: There have been a number of, let's say, "challenges" with new owners of Hymer Aktiv with respect to "fit and finish" (e.g., on FB Hymer Aktiv Owners and Wannabees, ClassB Forum, etc.) I think it's fair to say that any RV will involve some maintenance and repair of these kinds of things, too. For prospective buyers, more information about what your experience has been, e.g., what challenges you've had, how much time and expense is spent dealing with these issues would be really helpful. This certainly can also be put in the broader context of "what's going right", too. Thanks for the informative videos. August 20, 2017 Reply Mike K You mentioned the bathroom is tight and the bed is more than you need. I am 6' 2" and i am wondering how much headroom is available and whether there is sufficient room walking without constantly ducking and how sleeping would be. August 21, 2017 Reply silvianaisabel People have their own opinions whether it's negative or positive and for me there's no negative things about this and hopefully one day i can do the same thing like both of you it's awesome thing that i really want to do..and if i have done this in my life My life will be complete..keep doing whatever you like as long as make you feel happy just do it.;) August 21, 2017 Reply shan Sait Great video….looking forward to reading your book… August 21, 2017 Reply Amanda Wanda I enjoyed the q&a. Keep up with the great videos. Love watching your day-2-day life in the camper van. August 24, 2017 Reply jasewest Can't wait for the book👍🏻 August 26, 2017 Reply L P We have a Travato and we never use the bathroom either. We have a portable toilet with a bag and we just go and dump the bag. No mess, no odor, no weight, and we love it! August 27, 2017 Reply Lee L My new favourite vanlife channel! You're so pleasant to watch. Very well written and produced vignettes! Question: are you guys vegetarian or vegan? You seem to eat a lot of the foods I do. I wondered how needing so much fresh food and produce would work for wild camping off grid for weeks at a time? I'm vegan. Also, if you ever need a driveway or shower or number two trip, come to Abbotsford, British Columbia! Love the coffee addiction too as a fellow Italian javaddict!Cheers!Lee August 29, 2017 Reply Cameron Garcia Kate; if you were to advise any Asian or Pacific Islander on what to bring with them if they have a Camper Van; what would be the most important piece of cooking appliance to take with them. August 29, 2017 Reply Cameron Garcia Kate; what Chinese dishes can you cook in the Instant pot? And can you fry food in the instant pot. August 29, 2017 Reply AsTheWheelsTurn funny she mentioned feeling sick if you're sleeping out of level. or "motion sickness" I have the same problem I thought it was just something weird about me, its like a disorientation that feels similar to motion sickness.I can be a little out of level but I try to orient the van preferably so my head is elevated and I'm tipped in towards the wall rather than out towards the edge of the bed.Otherwise I wake up over and over and just kinda feel like I'm sliding off.SOMEDAY I am going to add levelers,id love to just be able to push a button and adjust the vans level when parked. August 30, 2017 Reply Sue Moore Always enjoy your vids. Keep em coming! Thanks! August 31, 2017 Reply Jackie Davis Kait, please do some vdeos on your instant pot receipes. September 3, 2017 Reply Glen Littlefield Just started watching your vids. Very entertaining and enjoyable….I envy you two. Some day my wife and I would love to live the RV life. But family commitments are putting that off….for now. Keep posting the vids so I can live vicariously through you. September 4, 2017 Reply Urbanwarrior Hi guys, what are your thoughts on the size and location of the fridge in your Hymer? I am looking at the Roadtrek Zion also. September 5, 2017 Reply Maggie Friedrichs Didn't watch this live, but I thought you two did a great job. September 6, 2017 Reply faridah a-hamimed Ur sure right about fitting mostly everywhere in van…way more convenient. ..we travel semi truck (my husband job)and we barely even find empty spots in truck stop area…so good for u using van September 10, 2017 Reply faridah a-hamimed Good advice September 10, 2017 Reply faridah a-hamimed Good info…very informative September 10, 2017 Reply Eric Potter Would be great if you made a recipe book for the insta-pot, Looks good and healthy. September 13, 2017 Reply Lone Star Travelers We love our Berkey water purifier… have had it for about 3 or 4 years now… still love it …it will last forever I believe. Y'all are so cute and give such excellent info… don't stop please. I love all the videos…We have a Toyota van we use it very well even for 2 people. Like you say living outside is great meaning living room and kitchen outside. Sand witches if it is raining although we could use a covered picnic table when it rains or tarp. Fun, fun, fun.. we have had.. September 13, 2017 Reply Jackie Horn enjoy your channel so much. Have been trying to decide between a class B, B plus, or one of the sprinter chasis class c. I am single, so do not need much space. Am already downsizing even though it will be 3 to 3 and a half years until I do this. I am hoping to do some work camping for the non profit organization bookstore in the Yellowstone Park. I will also be needing to spend two months to three months in the very cold, many times below freezing weather in Amarillo Texas. How do class b coaches stand up to cold weather. I will be continuing to stay full time in the class b in the winter weather. Are there specific features I should look for? Did you while shopping for class b's find any that would be better for winter weather than another? September 17, 2017 Reply Joe Garagozzo I'm sure you heard this one a few times. It's a little personal so I'm totally okay if you don't want to answer. Obsiously you guys are young so….ever thought of having a little bambino? And if yes would u still live a nomad life? Maybe go a little bigger like a MB pleasure way or leisure van? So in a few words still a class b but slightly larger ? Again u don't after answer that if it's too personal. Cheers and enjoy your beautiful lives ✌🇨🇦 September 22, 2017 Reply Lela Bowden I really enjoy your videos . You explain everything really clear…..and I think you two are adorable….☺️👍 September 24, 2017 Reply Gen Lin You said you would get rid of Bathroom. Have you considered making storage in there and just keep the toilet available? Would you destroy the van if added shelving or hanging in that area? September 27, 2017 Reply Alberto Parra Hello Rossos …. from Woodbridge VA ,,,,, September 27, 2017 Reply judy hobday Up recently I owned a Ford Trans connect and did some long several week road trips. Did not camp in it and now after watching the videos wish I had kept it to make into a small camper. One problem I had was the tippy feeling in high wind or passing big rigs. Wonder if you feel that in your class B? September 28, 2017 Reply judy hobday Thanks for the comments about the burky. My home at the coast has funky tasting water, almost fishy tasting, to me. Think I may invest in the burky to have better tasting water. September 28, 2017 Reply EarthCamper.com_Vinay So u don't take bath often then…. September 28, 2017 Reply cliff cockerill U guys have a spot in Glendale Az. For a rv parking. September 30, 2017 Reply marioisco Can you tell me why you chose the Hymer over Travato G ? October 1, 2017 Reply marioisco Could you talk more about the cleaning and maintenance of the cassette toilet. October 1, 2017 Reply Fay Champoux I love your honesty about day to day living. You are a great couple and know how work well with each other. I am an older woman and want to keep it simple as I will be traveling alone ( with my parrot). I appreciate your comments about not having a bathroom. It is helping me to make my final decision. Thank you for making such great videos. October 5, 2017 Reply Abunai One "After a few days?"…………..No. October 10, 2017 Reply Michael Woods I might have just the suggestion for you on your motorcycle desires. I found this looking for smaller transportation with a van or small RV in mind for myself. You might get by with a rack on back of your van instead of towing something, though I grant to open the rear doors to the outside means to remove them. Anyway: https://www.autoevolution.com/news/motopeds-survival-bike-is-the-ultimate-in-pedal-power-adventuring-photo-gallery-85041.html October 12, 2017 Reply culogrande72 luv your videos. Why did you pick Acitv over Travato 59k ? October 13, 2017 Reply buck7567 This is the first time I've come across you guys. Very enjoyable video. I subscribed and looking forward to many more. October 16, 2017 Reply Frank Castle I am jealous October 17, 2017 Reply Alessandra Pucci I've found you guys yesterdey by accident on Pinterest, started to watch and simply fell in love with what you are doing! I always tell my husband…someday we can sell the house and hit the road. You guys are showing us how this can be possible…of course it's not easy and there are lots of things to be considered…but you are doing it and that's amazing! Thank you for sharing this experience of yours. Don't mind the negative comments…deep down I think it's out of jealousy. Bless you and Leo. 👏🏻😊🚐🛣 October 19, 2017 Reply Richard Quinones You guys are awesome you guys really balance each other out it is not forget Leo he's an awesome dog LOL😇🙏🙏👋 October 20, 2017 Reply Felipe Allegro You guys look great!!! October 21, 2017 Reply tillallareoneluv nobody showers in a van. you would have to hate yourself or be masochistic to enjoy showering in a tube. October 22, 2017 Reply Kathy Shearer I just discovered your YouTube videos yesterday, and I love them! We recently retired and would like to do some extended travel through the US. My husband and I are debating on the size van/RV needed. Your videos will be very helpful to us as we make that decision. I love your upbeat personalities! You are just the type of people that I love meeting as I travel. Ignore any negative comments. October 23, 2017 Reply Adriane C Do you have a link for the water purifier? October 28, 2017 Reply Adriane C How about a cooking show? Recipe list? For the hot pot October 28, 2017 Reply John Moreau Hi, wait on pins and needles every week for your new video. Keep it up you are both fantastic, John October 28, 2017 Reply Zee Ro Get an out door camp shower. Great for boondocking. October 29, 2017 Reply Jonathan Sharpe I just want you know that I have completely enjoyed your journey. I have been thinking about living in a van and I thinks the size of you Van would suit me. You two show how it is to live in a van, highs and lows.you seemed to worked out things. October 30, 2017 Reply Jillian Frewin Thanks, really really enjoyed this, you guys keep it real, I am an expat teacher living in Singapore and what you are doing is my goals… ty October 30, 2017 Reply lu lee U guys are both so awesome, lots of good information, thank you for sharing! November 2, 2017 Reply kingmonster 666 Do u guys have like a anual pass to access all the camp grounds? November 3, 2017 Reply Renee Walsh What bean grinder do you use Joe? November 4, 2017 Reply Hal SAR Q: Do you think the Winn Revel might be a better fit for you now? (bathroomless, 4×4, higher clearance, smaller)Q: What do you think is the best setup to minimize the negatives of carrying a moto on a class b? I'd love to carry a moto and pwc but not sure how to best accomplish this. Any thoughts on managing this weight? November 8, 2017 Reply Paulo Murteira Hi there dearest friends Russos and Leo. Several ideas came out as I watched this movie. 1st: negative comments (?) really there are really really bad attitude persons (I have an idea of a guy whose name begins with T and ends with p… LOL) that's why (and I also have a YouTube channel with around 5k subscribers) I changed the comments to 'approve' exactly after I had some guys like T…p vomiting their brains in the comments. So I approve all the comments and I rest assured that no bad attitude appears. 2nd: This September I went to Ireland with my Wife and our Dog (yes, I write Dog with capital… God sent them to us to show His love) and we made 6.500 kms on a class B like yours, Fiat Ducato Weinsberg 2.3Diesel 6 speed manual 130hp (We are Europeans) hired, and we made around 23.5 mpg, sometimes more, sometimes less. This trip was our second, and (I'm 63yo) it changed my life… I envy you guys, I watch your movies whenever I can, We really really loved this kind of going around. And our goal was to reach Ireland to stay a few days with our daughter, so we like ran across Europe to get there and be with her, and ran back again (the van was hired). We did not took full advantage of how and what nice, life can be living in a motor-van like this. 3rd: Bathroom: we used a lot our bathroom, for 1 and 2 LOL, even when driving. In Europe we add a special blue product to the cassette so it never smells, and dilutes all that go inside, so bathroom for us was really one essential choice. We stood in camping sites, so we did not shower inside, but I could not see a problem with that if needed (as I think you too). Our van had a window in the bathroom and if needed one could take a shower in the outside 🙂 LOL I loved that feature…So guys, thanks a big big lot for your kind movies, you're awesome people, loved by many of us, and please keep up the good life and excellent movies.God bless you November 13, 2017 Reply Doctor Detroit Guys….you have a great channel. PLEASE do not let any negative comments from the peanut gallery affect you. You know better than that! Thanks for you videos! November 13, 2017 Reply NaaSira Ali Great energy! Thx for sharing❤️ November 23, 2017 Reply sam saharma You look like Jeff bejos brother? December 1, 2017 Reply John Koster You guys rock! December 9, 2017 Reply Ingenium Pa da dow! December 22, 2017 Reply Ingenium Pa da dow! December 22, 2017 Reply Redvers Stephens Great Q & A session. Clearly you enjoy the choices you have made. Love the adventures you publish. Happy New Year to you. December 26, 2017 Reply Three Hearts Farm Just ordered your book!!! Can't wait! Do you autograph? 🙂 January 5, 2018 Reply Damien Croft Good travels, Kate is 100% why it works.A companion needs to be on the same wavelength on most of lifes travels.Lucky both.Dog is an equaliser & strengthener.Enjoy! January 17, 2018 Reply cdLady54 Marengo Don't you need fluoride for teeth? That's what we are told January 25, 2018 Reply Martin Stamper I think it is amazing what you are doing, I m planning my build for late this year, early next year. Keep the videos coming really impressed. January 30, 2018 Reply Calum Phin I have been watching you guys for a while now And I really like watching your videos I love you guys February 6, 2018 Reply Terry Harrigan "Get rid of the bathroom" – Well from the US tax side of things, you could not deduct the interest you are paying on the class B loan if it came that way. But I can see your perspective. February 19, 2018 Reply Zoe Thompson Why was i not lead to this earlier…? bummer February 25, 2018 Reply Teresa Jones I just found your channel. Getting ready to retire from hospital and going to write full time. I'm looking to travel and write, so your videos are helpful. Thanks March 4, 2018 Reply Daxiang Wei B级房车里有带洗衣机的么 March 6, 2018 Reply William Jordan Have you been in Albuquerque nm March 11, 2018 Reply jjdogfather I just found you folks and have really enjoyed all the information this VLOG gave. I have multiple dogs so I want to take a cargo van and make it into a camper. I will make runs up and down the East coast as I live on the Southern coast of North Carolina but will keep my home. Again thank you for sharing this info.. Safe travels Russos. March 17, 2018 Reply Melchizedek Bride Sorry, but it doesn't remove all the fluoride. Test your water out of tap and after fluoride, you'll get pissed off that Berkey misleads and infact in Twitter dialogue admitted to that. I do love my Berkey, as my tap water stinks. March 17, 2018 Reply Debra Mandryk Do you recommend using an RV surge protector when you plug in to 30 amp shore power? We haven't been using one but with the eco trek power system, inverter, etc., I'm thinking we should be. Does the Hymer Aktiv 1.0 have built-in protection? The prices of these surge protectors range from $100 to $400 – what do you recommend? March 22, 2018 Reply Khaldoun Samman Nice, would you consider a Winnebago view or Trend, Dynamax Rev 24 foot, or Coachmen Orion? They have dry baths and feel bigger then your campervan but are near the lengths of your van and have a dry bath. April 19, 2018 Reply Anita Whittico Hello! I just started watching your channel! You guy's are Awesome! And let's not forget Leo! April 26, 2018 Reply Danny D. do you have any episodes in a class A? May 27, 2018 Reply Nancy Lagoyda Great advice. Been dreaming of getting a van. May 31, 2018 Reply Inez Do you plan to continue full time RVing indefinitely? June 5, 2018 Reply Logan Cooner So where the hell do u shit everyday? Drive from your camp site all the way to a gas station every few hours? June 19, 2018 Reply Cinda Hollister We have a road trk.traveled80,000 June 20, 2018 Reply Maldito 916 Keep up the good work July 18, 2018 Reply joeduece1 Shower at truck stops. August 1, 2018 Reply Freedom51 Hi, which gym do you go? And which gym we can go if travelling from Florida to California ? August 1, 2018 Reply Philip G Excellent video! I am building a moto van for my dirt bike with a shower and a bed. It is also a ProMaster 2500 window van, 15" shorter than yours. I am also not going to put in a toilet there, but I do want a shower because riding dirt bikes I get very dirty!I chose the window van because I can drive it in traffic like a car. The shower will be all the way in the back, on the driver's side, and it will have collapsible/foldable walls in order to save space and retain the good all-around visibility. The bed will have to be a foldable bench along the driver's side wall. It's going to be awesome! August 14, 2018 Reply Gregory Boyle I'm less than two years from retirement. You guys, fitrv, and ultramobilty are my people! Thanks for helping me make educated decisions regarding a class b. Would love to meet you someday. If you're ever in northwest Ohio…..you have a driveway and hot shower waiting. August 15, 2018 Reply Sparklyn3t Please come to the Midwest with the van! ❤️ editing to add you are welcome to park in our driveway! We would love it! Coffee and Wine included! September 4, 2018 Reply Jennifer Wiley I wish you would come to Oregon September 6, 2018 Reply Mr Garda I wish I had found your channel sooner, excellent content, think im gonna spent the whole night going thru the huge collection of videos yall have put up. Thank you for sharing. I have a few questions; You mentioned you have a national gym membership? Would love some information on that 🙂 Also I didnt catch what you said? ALK member? (22:43) PS: I did scroll thru the questions so as not to trouble you with someone asking a second time, but didnt find these 🙂 tia) April 15, 2019 Reply Nita Young The negative comments are from jealous people. They’re angry because they are stuck in their boring lives and feel they can’t do the same as you. God Bless!🙏❤️ July 7, 2019 Reply Madame Clark I get anxiety driving a anything bigger than a midsize van, smaller is better for me. Running out of gas and refilling the gas tank gives me anxiety so the better the fuel mileage the better. Stealth is important so smaller blends in better. August 4, 2019 Reply MrKayaker69 Hi guys do you think 🤔 your van would work for a single guy? Do you have a solar set up? Do you think it would work for winter ❄️ climate living permanently? I live in the UK and would mostly be stealth and wild camping. It would be my full time house! August 22, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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