Eco Neato (Eric Talaska)
Living and Traveling Full-Time in a Nimble
21' Innovative Sprinter Campervan-Motorhome

Focus Summary
Eco, off grid, minimalism technology and lifestyle
Innovations, problem solving, customization, DIY
Safety and security

Recently Completed Projects
Tesla 24V lithium battery
Programmed and networked battery monitor, solar, alternator, EV and shore power chargers
AT&T unlimited, unthrottled data, wifi sim card router, WeBoost cellular amplifier
Arlo camera with temperature alert and video to cellular app; cloud storage
Hydraulic sit-stand desk
Switch from Weebly to Pablo WB14 webdesign and HostGator Hosting

Current Main Projects
Additional video security, pet monitor, cloud video upload
Water heater

Travel Schedule
Present - TBD - Vandenburg AFB restricted access and Santa Maria, California
Likely will stay along coastal California, Oregon and Washington for less driving and climate stress on my geriatric dog and because I don't
feel like going inland even though it would be cheaper

Tippy Companion Dog
Age 14.7 (have had 14.4 years): 100% blind, diabetic and heart murmur, but great quality of life with quality food, insulin, nursing and frequent
attention. Mobility has greatly improved which is extremely rare at this age. He also had cancer symptoms and an inner ear disease that all
disappeared with intensive nursing in early 2018. Beagle-Whippet mix life expectancy 12-15 years. Anticipate 16-18.

FAQs
What's in the Boxes on the Back? How are They Mounted? See details on my storage page
Why am I Sometimes in Conflict with my Campground Neighbors? See explanation here
How is Driving a Diesel Powered Van Eco Friendly?See explanation here
What's the MPG? 17 to 23 depending on driving situation. I have a very heavy load; 8,000 lbs total.
What does Eco Neato mean? It simply sends the message that being eco/green is neat.

Innovative Campervan Main Features

Stealthy or Not?
My van looks extremely unusual and gets a lot of attention. This was not my intention. Everything on the outside has a utilitarian purpose and is not
placed there to get attention, especially since I prefer to be stealthy; however I obviously prefer purpose over stealth. Nonetheless, many would
consider the utility items stealthy because the vehicle looks like it has a utility purpose (research, utility work, etc.).

Living Space
Storage: 37%
Bed: 30%
Sit / stand desk, chair and printer: 15%
Sink, tank, plumbing and stove: 11%
4.3 cubic foot fridge: 7%

Will I go Crazy in Small Space? No. By far most van dwellers and even couples who live in smaller vans are very happy. I installed many
windows for good views of nature - much better than most offices. My van is tall enough to allow me, 6'4", to stand. I am outside quite a lot walking,
etc.

Do I get bored? No.
What do I do for entertainment and with my free time?  I walk a lot with my dog and now nurse him. I spend a lot of time watching science, etc.
videos online. It takes a lot of time to maintain and keep the van clean inside and out.

How Does Dog Like It? He has been very happy, but overly anxious while driving.

Do I get lonely? Yes, but used to it; only interested in rare like minded, smart and clean friends.

Am I Willing to Meet Strangers? Yes. No smoking, heavy drinking or controlled substances. I have tried making friends online (Facebook groups,
etc.) only to be overwhelmed with malicious trolls. I have tried to make friends in person, but they quit keeping in touch.

How Do I Entertain / Keep Guests Comfortable?
A night guest could sleep across the front seats with a pad in the middle. All front windows can be covered well. There is a privacy curtain
separating livings spaces. Or set up a tent, etc.
Swivel bucket seat. Small tables. Outdoor chairs, one that rocks. High quality hammock.
Unlimited internet WiFi with cellular signal booster, outside charge ports for USB and 110V.
Hydraulic sit-stand desk, 24" TV with side vision and even a printer.
Commercial free music, front and rear bluetooth high quality speakers.
Two long range radios for communication where no cellular.
Deep tissue powered kneading massager and rolling wood foot massager.
Comfortable diesel heat and solar powered air conditioning; many fans and vents. HEPA air filter.
Throw toys to play catch anywhere. Dog to pet, but too old to play with.
Healthy treats and meals. Lots of refrigerator room. Filtered drinking water. Induction stove.
Safety: 24/7 outside surveillance recording. Self-defense weapon options.
The interior is beautifully decorated for a relaxing feel. There are many high-mount privacy windows.

What do I Eat / Cook? Mostly raw health food: I heat or cook veggies, etc. lightly in olive. I eat a lot of organic apples. I eat nuts. I pick wild food
when available and practical (usually in Washington and Oregon). I take many supplements. I distrust the food industry, especially restaurants.

Where Shower / Use Toilet? Campgrounds, gyms and few other places; have flushing and dry chemical toilet options in vehicle. I have an
outside shower for use when in forest / BLM land a longer time.

Finances
Continual Income: Investments and national security retirement; no social security or state funds
Monthly Costs: Ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 depending on campgrounds, maintenance, etc. I do not itemize or keep close track of my
budget. I simply buy what I want and need.
Can I afford a House? Yes. I choose this lifestyle until I find the right house. I might not ever live in a house or rent again.
Would I Consider Buying a Larger RV? Yes, but only what my van can tow because I always want to use my van for daily use. The
largest RV my van can practically tow for long distances is a tandem axle bumper pull trailer about 20' long. So far I don't want to deal with
towing anything.

How Much Stuff Do I Own? I donated most to thrift stores and relatives. Everything I own fits in this 20.5' long van! I do now have a storage unit
and hate them. I'm a true minimalist.

Internet / Data / Cellular Details and Recommendation

Full Time Nomad? Yes; I live in the campervan full time. I avoid hotels / B-Bs due to cost, germs, bed bugs, filth, smells, noise, break-
ins / staff thefts, hidden cameras! and reservation inconveniences.
Why Spend so Much Time in California? California has a lot of problems: Expensive, crowded, crime, fires, drought, floods, earthquakes,
etc. I am there a lot because of the ocean beaches, amenities, warmer and drier winters, diverse culture and tourist attractions. It's
conveniently straight south from my summer hang-outs of Oregon and Washington. I can hang around the most expensive and beautiful
areas cheap. There are filthy and evil people everywhere. There is no perfect place for me. 
Where I Camp: About 90% mostly fee based national park/forest and state campgrounds, 5% free urban parking (usually lots), 5% other or
stealth
It's very rare I camp in a typical private campground or RV park due to extreme costs, tight sites and rules. I made a large effort to
shop for one or more campsites to buy, but the HOA fees and restrictions are deal killers.
Future Location / Plans: Frequent migrations; environmental advocacy / YouTube videos focus
USA travel: All states including Alaska, but not yet Hawaii; Foreign: Belgium, Germany, Canada, Mexico
Favorite Places: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Benson Sculpture Garden, Colorado, Sedona, Arizona, Mount Rainier, Washington,
Olympic National Park, Washington, Hunter Springs Park, Florida
Where I Would Live / Buy a House: Unknown. Significant pros & cons everywhere. Requirements: Safe, quiet, shaded walking trail.
How long Living on the Road Full Time? Since July, 2015
Lifestyle Pros and Cons
 
What if No Sun for Solar? Even when rainy or cloudy there is usually sometime during the day my batteries charge via solar, but on rare days of
extreme rain, shade or clouds where I run out, I idle my engine or drive for about 10 minutes to recharge good. This is also the world's first RV /
campervan that can plug into an EV charging station. I'd rather do that every rare once in a while than lug around and deal with a generator like I
used to.

Lifestyle Pros and ConsHotel for several weeks or I have a backup tent shelter, pad, portable solar, etc. so that I can sleep at a campsite. I can use
Uber to and from hotel and campsite or rent a car.

Looking Forward to the Most: What we will learn after the James Webb telescope is launched by 2020.

General Personal
Looking Forward to the Most: What we will learn after the James Webb telescope is launched by 2020.
Continual Income: Investments and national security retirement.
Work / Contributions to Society: Self-guided non-profit environmental advocacy; Diverse educational media productions; innovations
such as a vehicle brake patent, solar powered air conditioner, etc.
Business Experience: Extremely diverse: Ranged from owning small computer store to TV news. About 30 jobs.
Adverse Records: None | Background Checks: DOD: ID permanent cardholder - access in all military bases
Formal Education: B.A. in Communication, 1995 - Univ. of Arkansas | Paralegal Cert., 1998 | Web Design and e-commerce, 2014 -
Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Washington.
Status: Single, always straight, clean-cut, never married, no children
Where Originally From: Born in Findlay, Ohio, raised in Texarkana, Texas / Ashdown, Arkansas area until 18.
Age: Born in early 1969
Religion: Agnostic (not atheist)
Extended Bio: http://www.bioabout.me
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