Doing so is allowing him to pay off law school loan debt and live simply — read the rest of his story below.
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This Lawyer Lives in His RV named Napoleon
Video: Napoleon’s Interior
From the owner:
Bob, the Louisiana Nomad Lawyer, is an attorney in Louisiana pulling in a six-figure salary who recently decided to shun traditional living arrangements of a white collar working professional in exchange for a simpler way of life with no mortgage, no rent and no utility bills. He moved out of an urban luxury condo and into his 19ft. 2010 Four Winds RV, nicknamed “Napoleon.” He lives full-time in his RV tiny home, which is shorter than many pick-up trucks and fits into a standard sized parking spot, often with room to spare. Bob splits his time between Baton Rouge, New Orleans, where he is an urban boondocker, meaning he parks “Napoleon” on the street for his accommodations rather than paying to stay at an RV park.
Bob, after living in a few studio and efficiency apartments through school, has been obsessed with the tiny home movement for years and had planned on building his own tiny home on wheels, stemming from the desire to design something and and craft it himself but also to keep costs down. His tiny home obsession was mostly viewed as an interesting and affordable option to someday have a second-home or vacation cottage. However, after an impulse decision involving a desire to eliminate lingering law school tuition debt and save money, and since he did not have the patience to wait long-enough to construct his own tiny home, Bob purchased his small RV used for $23K and now has home he can keep in Baton Rouge during the week for work, a home in New Orleans for fun on weekends, and a home he can take with him on visits to see family in Mississippi, Florida or wherever he wants to take it.
“Napoleon” has a 50 gallon freshwater storage tank that provides water for the bathroom shower and to the kitchen and bathroom sinks, as well as the toilet. There is a refrigerator/freezer, a microwave, a two burner propane stove, toaster oven, a propane hot water heater for hot showers and hot water, a 32″ flat screen TV with digital antenna, AT&T wireless hot spot for wi-fi internet, and an air conditioner/furnace for heating and cooling, a bar area with hanging wine glasses. It houses his bicycle, and provides ample storage for his casual clothes, work clothes, as well as kitchen wares and utensils. It has a four-person dinette area with table that is usually left converted to a daybed set-up. It even has a “guest room” that sleeps two with its sleeping loft.
Bob, the Louisiana Nomad Lawyer, has been very comfortable in this transition to this new way of living and has not regretted his decision to go tiny in the least.
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