My boyfriend and I hate to be associated with the term “hipster” — not because of what it represents but because we hate being stereotyped. It’s hard to deny, though, with his Chet Faker style haircut and my Americana style tattoos, that we do, in fact, fit the stereotypical hipster mold.
Can We #VanLife?
As any good ol’ hipster would do, we love spending our summers going on a hipster roadtrips. When we started looking into doing #VanLife, we quickly realized how outside of our modest budget that it would be. Looking into some more economic options, we tried to assess what we already had to work with, but our old Subaru wasn’t an option. Instead, we decided to uphold the American pastime of going off-road exploring in our truck that we already owned.
This does bring up an interesting question, and that is what is the most “hipster” vehicle for your road trip? There’s a pretty fine line between what is “hipster” and what is … ahem … “yuppie”. I think for a vehicle to truly be hipster, it needs to be old. I came across this list and sure enough, there’s an old Ford Falcon. A beat up one. Given Ford’s sometimes-sordid, always-fascinating history and it’s impact on auto marketplace since it’s inception, plus the fact that today they are kind of seen as “vanilla”, and uncool, it all adds up, for me, at least to an older Ford model being the most hipstery of the contenders.
Traveling With Fur
The problem was figuring out how to build up the back of our 2006 Toyota Tundra to accommodate my grizzly-bear-sized boyfriend, myself and our two dogs. We have always traveled everywhere with our dogs, and we weren’t about to stop now.
Our solution was to build a platform in the bed of the truck that would act as our storage space and sleeping area. Yes, we even had storage for our portable record player and a few our favorite records in the back (holding true to the hipster stereotype). We hung battery-powered LED lights along the ceiling of the shell to serve as our ambient light. We also had a drop-down shelf that would allow us to make coffee from our sleeping bags without having to get out of the truck.
The dogs’ collapsible crates each fit perfectly in the backseats of the truck. With just two humans traveling in the front seats, the backseat turned into the dog area. Plus, we could store some of our gear on top of the dog crates. This way, when we would park in front of a coffee house we were passing or a street art project that we were visiting, we could open the back doors to give them fresh air and be able to keep a watchful eye on them. car
Hit the Hipster Stops
We made all the classic stops down the west coast and traveled highway 101 — Seattle, Portland, and the Redwoods. The great part about setting up the truck was that, after we explored the city scene, we would drive outside the city to a dirt forest service and get off the beaten trail. That truck can climb anything. It gave us some beautiful views that we would have never gotten in a two-wheel drive van.
We love having had the excuse to build up our truck to help us get out of town because now we have a traveling vehicle for the life of the truck. It only cost us about $600 for materials, and we did all the work ourselves. It gave us a chance to learn all the cheap traveling hacks — like showering at the local rec center to keep ourselves looking fresh and hitting all you can eat buffets to keep us fed for a long day of driving to avoid making stops. A great option for some dirtbag hipsters to get out on the road!
So Sassy Peeps, Are you a hipster and do you love hipster roadtrippin? Inquiring minds want to know?
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