Forced Out of California #vanlife #vlog

Forced Out of California #vanlife #vlog

#vanlife #vlog #arizona
In two different ways I feel like I have been forced out of California. There is of course the high gas prices that make it difficult for anyone who owns a vehicle. But also, I’ve been feeling anxious around the city. There never seems to be a time where things quiet down. It’s always non-stop hustle in Southern California. So one evening I made a snap decision to head for Arizona. To break up the drive, I made a stop in Joshua Tree. Then I headed for Quartzite Arizona and beyond.

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My name is Scott and in 2015, I bought a Ram ProMaster City to live in. Even though I didn’t know much about RV’s and campervans, I set about building the van out as a minivan camper. And in April of 2016, I moved into my minivan full time.
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  1. Coffee Traveling on October 26, 2022 at 7:33 am

    Swing to Minnesota during summer spring and fall. Even Custer So. Dakota or badlands.

  2. Mario Monaco on October 26, 2022 at 7:33 am

    So many nice states. Montana Dakotas Wyoming ect..

  3. JR Raven on October 26, 2022 at 7:33 am


  4. seller559 on October 26, 2022 at 7:35 am

    I would love to leave but my family and business are here.

  5. gary kuwada on October 26, 2022 at 7:36 am


  6. edx10 on October 26, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Mexico is looking better and better.

  7. Elemental Sound on October 26, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Do you ever get lonely on the road?

  8. KKator on October 26, 2022 at 7:38 am

    I think you should head to Mexico! way cheaper everything ,and close to SD if you don’t like it. Worth looking into anyway. CA is a just flooded everywhere!? As you mentioned. Too many people ,everyone is watching you and the dollar store is no longer affordable .

  9. Al Christensen on October 26, 2022 at 7:39 am

    Don’t jive me. I know the real reason you left SoCal was because I was spending a few days there. But I’m in Nevada now, so it’s safe to go back, if you want. 😀 And as for Yellow Bird, I like it, but probably not as much as you do. 😀

  10. Journey with Demi on October 26, 2022 at 7:39 am

    Southern California from San Diego to LA traffic is unbearable.

  11. Me And myself on October 26, 2022 at 7:41 am

    San diego weather stays same almost year around as heard. I know francisco is.
    The crush of ppl is everywhere in big cities, which makes countryside more appealing specialy small towns where everybody known by others(+).but cities has more resources, better artistic peoples ,jobs when needed (+).
    And i am still looking for the place that gather all these (+)s and little to no negetivity…
    The reason why i car dwell.

  12. PNWDEERHUNTER on October 26, 2022 at 7:41 am

    New sub here just watched your interview with Brian Adventure Van Man! 👍🏼✌🏼

  13. Life with Dena on October 26, 2022 at 7:42 am

    I feel your pain! Ugh 😩

  14. wayne halladey on October 26, 2022 at 7:42 am

    Couldn’t force me out of California. I wouldn’t be there in the first place. California is an overpriced liberal run dump.

  15. Gwilson on October 26, 2022 at 7:44 am

    Yup , I Was Born And Raised In Newport Beach / Costa Mesa 60’s-Late 80’s . Been In Nevada / Arizona Since 1988 ..Definitely Miss The Ocean , Very Therapeutic..

  16. CarmenDarlin Seattle on October 26, 2022 at 7:46 am

    So cool you took a chance on Arizona. The desert is filled with mystery and surprising beauty.

  17. Sally L on October 26, 2022 at 7:46 am

    Good luck Scott.! I personally hope you end up near water wherever life takes you..I picture you more of a beach guy than a desert guy ( like myself) but maybe i am wrong..Sending good happy vibes your way for you..If only that worked on mysel. Stay safe while traveling or static! Everyone i hope that is watching is liking and subscribing for him please! I am honestly shocked that you don’t have coffee sponsors with the amount of coffee you drink lol. I can handle more commercials on here to help with your gas money..Take care.✌🚐 🌊

  18. plutoplatters on October 26, 2022 at 7:51 am

    The " non-stop GO GO Go " is only humans trying to get to the "finish line" ahead of the 1000 humans all around them 24/7 !!

  19. Eileen benninger on October 26, 2022 at 7:52 am

    Omg, I would love to feel 90’s. In Pa. it’s in the 40’s again. Head east. I sure wouldn’t hang in California. So much to see going east.

  20. Brett Foster on October 26, 2022 at 7:53 am

    The weather is great but the Democrats run state is a train wreck

  21. Dany Rivard on October 26, 2022 at 7:56 am

    I love your van it is the most economical in terms of fuel consumption!!

  22. 12vLife on October 26, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Hey Scott, How many miles you got on your 2015 PMC now? Would you consider going EV next time? Something like the Fiat E-Scudo if Ram Stallantis brings it to the US under the Ram brand line?

  23. Qubert on October 26, 2022 at 7:58 am

    Flagstaff. Whatever you do don’t go back to California.

  24. Garry Cole on October 26, 2022 at 7:58 am

    I am in Arizona and was wondering how you would handle even this kind of heat much less than the 115-120 that they get in Quartzsite. Title is misleading though, you left California, no one forced you out. Yes gas is expensive there as I was just in San Diego last week.

  25. Joe Dirt’s travels on October 26, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Prescott area, Jerome is a cool place to see if you never have. 89a, lots of free camping and cool weather. Near Sedona now and plenty of rv’s.

  26. Diesel Therapy on October 26, 2022 at 7:59 am

    That price for propane is nutty!!!

  27. Minivan camper van on October 26, 2022 at 8:01 am

    What about Baja California or sea of Cortez area.

  28. afortunatefool777 on October 26, 2022 at 8:03 am


  29. Frugal Panda's Travels & Reviews on October 26, 2022 at 8:04 am

    I forgot to add our gas is cheaper than all those Southwestern States I paid 3.75 yesterday.

  30. Biglake in oldtown on October 26, 2022 at 8:05 am

    Is it that safe to stay in open and empty spaces by yourself?

  31. ProjectBlue on October 26, 2022 at 8:05 am

    I’ve lived in So. Ca. my entire life. The freeways are insane and getting worse. They are extremely dangerous. I now commute about four days a week. My retirement is in about four years. It’s obvious that future trends will want us out of cars, especially gasoline powered ones. I don’t agree with this trend. Anyway, I need a coastline, so Florida might be the place. I’m currently reading about other English speaking countries with oceans to live in.

  32. Karen Knowles on October 26, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Costco’s gas is $5.59 way cheaper than other places.

  33. Clark Leakins on October 26, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Next time, suggest you head to south Arizona, specifically Sierra Vista.

  34. JustGregNow on October 26, 2022 at 8:10 am

    I really enjoyed your Seattle days bro. Hope you make it back up there! Travel on 👊

  35. Robert Birch on October 26, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Flagstaff, outskirts is laid back and cool temp. Just what your looking for.

  36. Anthony Visor on October 26, 2022 at 8:13 am

    I love this video!!

  37. Leona Larson on October 26, 2022 at 8:13 am

    You have some amazing picture taking opportunities, the sun sets look so beautiful and amazingly awesome. It looks so peaceful there, you always find the most amazing places. Take care and enjoy the peaceful scenery, I so happy you found a place you feel wanted. Remember you are always wanted and I do enjoy the time with you ❤️

  38. BusDaddy on October 26, 2022 at 8:13 am

    Have you ever thought about a home made awning on the side of your Van? I think it would be great in the desert and give you some extra shade. Take down when windy! Cheers, enjoy the peace.

  39. C. Pala on October 26, 2022 at 8:15 am

    How much did it cost you in gas to move to where there is no ocean?

  40. Dominique Trammell on October 26, 2022 at 8:20 am

    Love that camping area just outside the Joshua Tree NP So. entrance. Views are nice and it’s still close to the Coachella Valley. Enjoy!

  41. Sparky on October 26, 2022 at 8:20 am

    Almost fell over laughing, high gas prices? you want to come to the UK £1.70 per litre you can work out the US equivalent for your self!

  42. Pedro Nord on October 26, 2022 at 8:21 am


  43. Jamel Campbell on October 26, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Both Washington and Oregon have coasts, forests, dry and less wet areas.gas prices are comparable in Washington as Arizona. Night temps 40’s, highs 50’s with a few lower 60’s so far. Oregon should be similar maybe slightly higher temps by a few degrees, Idaho also has 2 separate weather areas, northern panhandle is wetter and cooler than the southern dryer areas (only my observation which could be wrong), but maybe colder nights still, no nowledge about Utah or a Colorado. Hope this helps, wherever you go I hope you will enjoy your time.

  44. carla ifera on October 26, 2022 at 8:23 am


  45. Frugal Panda's Travels & Reviews on October 26, 2022 at 8:23 am

    Always come to Colorado, summer soon, lots of jobs and epic views. Plus got Utah, Wyoming and Idahoclose enough to explore. We gets lots of sun. So much more to out here than the Southwest. As a Californian I can say this is a pretty cool State. Go check out Moab before the heat starts.

  46. J R on October 26, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Which of your videos contains information on your carbon steel fry pan? I just bought an induction cook top from Goodwill for $5 it’s practically brand new and works well with my cast iron. Thanks.

  47. Grim Beret on October 26, 2022 at 8:24 am

    It’s in the 70’s here in Reno 😉

  48. Red Line on October 26, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Omg at my work a 20gallon tank is 15$. I’d like to travel the gulf coast one day.

  49. Karen Lewkowitz on October 26, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Beautiful narration, filming and narration! Thoroughly enjoy your videos. All the best in your new static places. Love the sweet scent of Fresia during the evening with deep purple skies around Tucson 🇺🇸🇨🇦

  50. Eileen benninger on October 26, 2022 at 8:30 am

    I was in California twice in my life. I hated it. People just think they are hot shots. I didn’t like the people. Didn’t feel free. So many restrictions. It’s like a communist state.

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