FEMALE Photographer Lives in a 4×4 TRUCK

FEMALE Photographer Lives in a 4×4 TRUCK

Hi, I’m Cat Carney. This is my adventure mobile, Hooper. We sort of decided that we wanted to live in the smallest vehicle
we could and 4×4 was non-negotiable. That kind of ruled out most vans for us. This
is a 2002 4×4 suburban with the off-road package. It was like significantly
cheaper than a 4×4 van. Craig and I, my fiancee, were living in San Diego. We knew
he was going to retire from track and field. We sort of made a plan. We
would buy and build out the suburban first and hit the road full-time for a
year was our original plan and then he ended up getting a job in Providence
Rhode Island and so I continued the road trip by myself because I’m working as a
photographer, but it’s coming up on I think ten months and I am probably going
to go longer than a year and end up going all the way through 2017 in the burb. This is Hooper, a 2002 v71 suburban with now
150,000 miles. We lifted the burb two inches, replaced the shocks, and did a
bunch of initial work on it ourselves. We put an LED light bar in just for the
back forest roads and stuff like that. We have a roof rack which has been awesome
because a lot of times we have two mountain bike, sometimes surfboards and stuff up
here. This thing everyone always asks what this is, do you know you have a bag
hanging off the back? Yes, we do know we have a bag hanging off the back. It’s a
trash bag. That way we don’t have to have our stinky trash in the car that we live
in so trash goes outside the vehicle. I mean we have like a trash bag inside and
then once it fills up we kind of move it back here until we find a trash can or a
recycling bin. We got this box carrier for I think like twenty or thirty dollars
on Craigslist and it’s super old but had never been used before and it has been
really nice for freeing up storage. We put our ropes, our wetsuits, anything that
might be wet or smelly or just really dirty or big goes in the rooftop box.
This thing which is getting a little torn up from the weather we like need to
make a cover for it, but it’s pretty easy to replace the actual tarp portion of
this. This is a homemade awning and we made it for under a hundred dollars just
with supplies that we found at Harbor Freight. Okay so the front seat is a
total mess right now and since Craig moved out of the truck I got a crash pad
to replace him because he was my belay buddy so now I have a crash pad in the
front seat which is kind of a large thing to have when you live in the, in
your vehicle. The fridge is awesome. Most people don’t even know there’s a fridge
here because it kind of looks like an armrest. It is an indel B and we have the
30 liter version. Down here we have our cleanup tools and then some eating stuff
and we used to have a spatula that hung right here and we kicked it off like
pretty much every day so apparently it’s gone for good now. I haven’t been able to
find it for a while. Our water is just bungeed to this back
passenger seat. It’s been pretty easy to deal with cause I just un-bungee it and then tip
it over the edge. That way I don’t get water in the truck, but ideally I might
like a more permanent situation for the water container. Okay we had a basket and
we cut it in half and then we tied it to the handles of the fridge so we have
storage on the front and the back of the fridge that’s just kind of like a nice
use of space. Our stove is right here and I’ll show you where I normally cook
with it. I just flip this up so normally we have 2 100 watt flexible
solar panels on the box carrier but one of them blew off while we were driving
70 miles an hour down the highway in Mexico and so they still work, but we
have to put them back on. I’m gonna do that next week. This is what it would normally look like but with food. Okay this is the drawer for my camera
gear so right now most of my camera stuff is actually my camera bag in the
back but this drawer is awesome because I can like organize things. I mean I have
a lot of camera gear. I’m a photographer on the road full time so it’s nice to be able
to keep it all in one place. There goes the honey. Then this is our auxilary battery.
A lot of people ask what heater I use in the winter and it’s the Mr. Heater
Little Buddy propane heater and it works awesome and I am really happy that I
bought it. So I have two sleeping bags and like down jackets and stuff in here
and I use these like propped up against the sides to sit on so it kind of like
makes a couch & I’m five eight and I sit comfortably in it. Craig is six two and he
also sits comfortably if he’s leaning back but he can’t like sit straight up.
Our platform is about five inches high. It’s just been way nicer than like a
high platform that might feel like a coffin if you’re like too close to the
ceiling. This lifts up and I have like some climbing gear and hiking poles, some thermarests, some various other things and so there
are three of these drawers that are equal sizes. There’s one in the center. It
has just more gear in it basically and the back one with the built-in drawer
has like less space in the back because the drawer is taking up a lot of it, but
there’s still some usable space in there so we kind of store stuff in every
section underneath the bed to waste no space. Honestly if I had to say like one
thing was my favorite thing from our build it is definitely this shelf piece
that runs down the side. We took out the sound system basically so we didn’t
lose that much space because we took out the whole side panel and we basically
built the shelf exactly where that was. I mean if I think it
comes out like an inch or something further but because of that we have
basically like a full bed in here. It’s slightly less wide than a full bed but
it’s pretty close and at six feet six inches long. These are all the clothes
that I carry with me on the road. That and the down jackets are in here and I
feel like I don’t even use half of it. I could live with half the amount of clothes
that I have on the road. I find myself just wearing the same thing every day. Two weeks I wanted to go out to check out this waterfall on a 4×4 road and I had
like no problems whatsoever getting there and I got to camp in this like
beautiful spot. Just like the happy medium in between having like van type
room sort of obviously like it’s not as spacious as your van, but you know a
capable vehicle at the same time. I think a lot of times when you’re in your like
early 20s or something you see Point Z where they are right and you’re at Point A
and you’re like, “I don’t even see the pathway to get there.” So you ask them, “how
do I get to where you are?” and they’re like, “you need to start working, just do
the work and keep chugging along and eventually things will start to happen”,
and that’s exactly what it is like and you don’t realize you’re like
okay I’m 22 years old but I want to have a career like some people have
when they’re 35. It’s like well that takes years so I think the same goes for
this I mean not to say you can’t do it quickly if you have the resources and
like ability and know-how and stuff but for me personally it was definitely a
process like this year is my first time ever mountain biking and like I really
learned how to surf this year so for me this journey has been like athletic
development as well as career development. In some respects I see those
things as life skills. Life skills that I would like to acquire anyway, but I just
want it to be known to people that even if you’re a total beginner at something
you can go out there and do it and trust me if you do something for a month
straight without quitting you get a lot better at it pretty quickly.

20 thoughts on “FEMALE Photographer Lives in a 4×4 TRUCK

  1. My Sequoia camper build is similar, but rather than a platform bed, I use a Coleman cot and memory foam mattress. Under the cot, I have plenty of room for totes, so I have bed and storage without actually building anything. I was also looking at vans, but an older 4WD SUV is 1/2 the price, and losing the back seats gives you almost as much room as a van for "living space." Since I didn't actually "build" anything, I can return my Toyota to 7-passenger stock configuration in about 30 minutes.

  2. I was enjoying the video but kind of…like, got tired of hearing her say, "kind of, like" so I kind of like stopped watching? …I guess…sort of…

  3. Wow lifestyle Kat, and the images on your website kick ass. Thanks for the preview of the truck fit out. My favourite photographer is Galen Rowell; sure he'd approve of how you've stepped up.

  4. Just try and find a place where you can stay for a while without being harassed.It's nearly impossible.Good luck with that for it grows old quick.

  5. Is too bad u live in the us, u coud have got a defender down here in europe for around 4 to 8 thousands euros best overland car really capable off-road extremely rummy and much taller that this chevy so ur bf can sit straight but sadly they cost around 80k in the US. Anyway great video keep it up wish you the best

  6. Our stuff is good… However you left him. Why use the word we? You are on the road alone. And why Mr. Buddy. Why aren't more people using small wood burning stoves? Free and no death issues from air poisoning? That is my big question.

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