Above: Relaxing in Alabama Hills, California
Living in my truck camper, I just go somewhere new if I get bored. That’s what I do instead of buying stuff. I don’t think I could stay in one place. That’s not what humans are meant to do.
Above: Staying warm on a chilly winter night in central California
TCM: How do you handle things like postal mail, taxes, bills, and medical insurance?
Foster: I have my postal mail sent to my Dad’s house in Washington State. Washington is where I grew up, so I’m there often. I just swung through Washington to get my driver’s license renewed. I’m in the northwest a quarter of the time.
If I want something sent to me on the road, I have it mailed to a friend’s house where I can pick it up. I have a bunch of friends who do the South Dakota thing, and have a mailbox there because mail forwarding is easy.
I get internet through my cell phone and spend a lot of time in coffee shops using their free wireless internet.
For health insurance, I’m self-insured because I’m self-employed. I have health insurance through a company that has hospitals all over the United States.
With taxes, I have an accountant and I keep track of everything. Banking in this day in age is easy. I get paid through direct deposit, so there are no worries about checks.
TCM: Do you have everything you own in your camper?
Foster: I have a couple boxes in my Dad’s garage, and a hand full of stuff at my friend’s house in southern California, but everything else is with me in my rig.
It was pretty easy to purge, easier than I thought it would be. I sold my stuff on Craigslist and eBay. Purging was great! Shopping is not an option when I’m in my camper. I don’t have the space. I have everything I need with me.
Above: Spare gas can holder and a sticker from Foster’s favorite tacos in the world
TCM: Have you made any modifications to your camper to make it work better for your full-time lifestyle?
Foster: Mainly I just added some storage stuff. The boxes on the flatbed are huge and free up space inside the camper. The flatbed boxes are great for my surf gear.
I strap by surfboards to the Yakima bars on the roof. I lived in a van that just had a folding bed. This camper is super fancy in comparison. It has good use of space.
Above: Parked on the beach for a day of surfing on the Oregon coast