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Hi, we’re Gav and Trudi Roberts and we thought you might like to know a little about us.
We’ve been motorhoming in our old VW T4 Autotrail since 2017. Our experience tells us that motorhoming can be done on a budget. There are plenty of good used campervans and motorhomes on the market.
However, you need to know how to avoid the pitfalls, which is one of the reasons we created this website. If you’re looking to get started, our advice and tips will help you find a good, affordable RV without needing to take out a second mortgage.
Read on to find out how we got started – and how we got £1500 off the asking price of our van…
Motorhome Hobos – our story and mission statement
When Gav’s son’s Godmother said, “I need some money quick: would you like to buy my camper?” we jumped at the chance.
She wanted £7,500 for it but an inspection revealed a major water ingress issue (a potential hazard, especially on older motorhomes). So, eventually we agreed on a price of £6000 and took out a loan from the bank to pay for it.
Getting a van for that price told us something important: motorhoming is possible for anyone – no matter how small your budget.
Our mission statement soon became: Van life without breaking the bank.
That’s why we created this website and published our ebook How to Find Your Perfect Motorhome…
The advice on this site (and in the ebook) is based on our personal experiences of searching for a motorhome; what we got wrong and (eventually) what we got right!
We want to help you avoid making the mistakes we made and save you time and money along the way.
Why Motorhome Hobos? How we came up with the name…
So, why hobos? How did we come up with the name?
Far from being lazy tramps as they have often been portrayed, most hobos were willing to travel miles from town to town on railroad wagons across the U.S. looking for any kind of work to make ends meet. Read our blog post about hobos!
We might not be hobos in a literal sense, of course, but we certainly didn’t have £70,000+ to spend on a modern motorhome.
However, very much like hobos, we were drawn to the idea of ‘working‘ whilst on the road, travelling from place to place. Out in our van, we’ll often create content for this website or our social media channels and our free monthly newsletter.
Trudi is the main writer for the Motorhome Hobos blog as well as our social media channels (see below). She also writes poetry, some of which has been written on our road trips.
Read the poems on Trudi’s website Whole Life Poetry.
When we’re not on the road, Gav is busy running his hypnotherapy practice.
RELATED CONTENT: Why Trudi quit her stressful job and became a fulltime writer
How we built the Motorhome Hobos website
So, what about this website?
We spent months wondering which platform to use for Motorhome Hobos. We needed something that could teach us how to build an online business, not just put up a website.
This is why we chose Solo Built It!
Solo Build It! have been helping ordinary folks like us to turn ideas into businesses for over twenty years. Their online teaching and support has been invaluable.
We chose the Word Press version of Solo Build It! as Gav was already familiar with WordPress, having used it on his hypnotherapy website.
If you’re thinking about setting up an online business and making money from doing something you love (no matter your age), watch our video about how Solo Build It! helped us get started and continue to support us every step of the way…
How we created a vanlife income without advertising
There are so many great vanlife blogs on the net, many of which are plastered with annoying adverts, unfortunately. We didn’t want to spoil your enjoyment of our site with random ads on every few lines of text.
So, we adopted a no-ads ethos, deciding that this site would generate income in other ways, such as affiliate marketing (where we promote vanlife and travel-related products) and from the sale of our ebook How to Find Your Perfect Motorhome.
The fact is that since the pandemic, thousands of people all over the world have changed the way they work – and how they live. Gone are the 9 to 5 commutes as folks ditch the office and work from home. And a home might mean an RV as ever-increasing numbers move out of their houses and adopt a more nomadic lifestyle.
The good news for van-lifers is that there are hundreds of ways you can earn money whilst living in your motorhome.
If you live in your van and are interested in running an online business from it – whilst on the go – check out the many great tips below…
We’d love it if you follow, like and share our content from our Social Media channels…
We hope to see you on the road!
Gav and Trudi Roberts,