ecoflow power station

Progress

Just ordered my first piece of the nomad life puzzle: a refurbished Ecoflow River Pro 720wh power station. I had originally planned on getting the smaller 600wh model Max model but then I saw this one for less than a new Max so I decided to jump on it. Next to the van itself, which I’m still shopping for, this will be the most expensive item I need. Being the bargain shopper I am I went with a refurbished unit and saved around 200 dollars from the usual price. I’ve had good luck with refurbished products before. My main camera and half of my lenses are all refurbs my TV was an open box and a bunch of other things I use all the time are either second hand or thrift store finds. Once it shows up I’ll do an unboxing and first impressions video for it. So many of the YouTubers are affiliate marketers so they plug the expensive Jackery, Goal Zero or Bluetti models fresh from the factory. Not that I blame them. Once I get approved for a few affiliate programs I won’t have any problem promoting products I use. That’s the key though anything I promote will be something I did or would buy again with my own money.

First video

First video

Misleading headline since the video isn’t published yet. I went on a short trip last week and got a chance to record a little bit. Being the first video it was shaky, awkward and rambling. I had a brief script in my head of what all I wanted to say and of course as soon as I hit the record button that all went out the window. I might be able to salvage a little bit of it or just keep it to myself as a reminder to do better next time. It’s such a strange thing to do; walking around talking to a camera for what would appear to others as no real reason. It gives me even more respect to those that not only do it but do it well while walking around in public. YouTube channels like Camera Conspiracies, VanCity VanLife, and tons of others.

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to the Middle Aged Dropout. I have a bunch of ideas for this including a YouTube channel and more. The main focus of it will be my transition to the nomad lifestlye. Blog posts about buying and readying a vehicle for nomad life, Equipment used, places visited once on the road and all the other staples of the van life/nomad subculture.