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Basically much of the tech I see in builds on youtube I know either did not exist 15 years ago or was much more expensive.  as a camper I know how much of the common gear people view as basics was only affordable to upper middleclass weekend campers/hunters, Let be real most of the stuff to turn your van or RV into a home was not designed for that, it was made for outdoorsmen who wanted to bring their families along.   

 We live in a time where an average person with an amazon prime account and directions to the nearest home Depot can over time turn a van or camper trailer into a small efficiency apartment with a cheap plasma screen, slingTV account and a mobile hotspot you now have cable, smartphones have gotten cheap enough that homeless people have them all with GPS and a million other useful apps for traveling. 

 When I was taking roadtrips for weeks at a time in my 20's(early 90's) I was out of touch with everyone between payphones and listened to the radio and the same five tapes over and over as my only entertainment between destinations lol I also spent alot of time on the side of the road trying to figure out where I was on a map lol
Given that my husband works remotely in IT, I'd say that currently we are only hitting the road because we are able to due to technology. That said, I've been wanting to be a nomad since I was a kid and dreamed of building a bicycle trailer for my cat and hauling across the country by bike. I love nature and I have always loved camping and riding a bike everywhere. I'd have been in my glory if I had actually set out and done that. I wound up getting married and having kids instead.
Good example, I'm a telecommuter also and that's the only reason I can give this life serious thought as I have a regular income and vandwelling would free up about 70% of my income(which is bills for my house) the maintaining a vehicle and keeping gas in it would be roughly the same .
In the late 1960s I qualified for off base housing while in service in Arizona, it was winter and as rents doubled during winter there was no way I could afford an apartment especially in a college town like Tucson. So I bought a 9’x12’ canvas tent, a big wooden picnic table kit, coleman stove and lantern, a big round kerosene heater, cot and really good sleeping bag. I already had an ice chest and belonged to a gym. I had a friend that was a smoke jumper that got me a key to all the gates on forest lands and later volunteered to patrol a remote water fall area and pick up trash in order to have a permanent camp. Loaded up the Jeep and spent 6 months out there then moved into what was then the beginnings of Gilbert Ray campground (all dirt roads back then) out by where the desert museum is today for about 6 months. No technology required just a need for cheap housing and a willingness to do what needed to be done. A little longer commute but a great place to live at the time. I used a van as a metal tent later on again no technology. People have lived in the outdoors for centuries with out technology and still can with a few modifications to meet rules and regulations.
We've been fulltime nomads for 27 years. The first 13 were technology free. We did have a clunky cell phone a year or so before we got a mobile hotspot in 2004.

We loved fulltiming even without the technology but I have to say that the technology has made everything so much easier and much more fun.

We now have friends that share our mindset whom we never would have met without this forum and the RTRs.
We find campsites by going to websites that other nomads have created. We find our own campsites by studying Google satellite view.
We search online to find gas stations, grocery stores, laundromats - anything that previously was found by happenstance or by asking at visitor centers.
We find interesting places to go and things to see but searching online.
The list could go on and on. Technology has improved our lives immensely and we'd be lost without it. I'm sure we'd adapt if it disappeared and relearn the skills we had before but I'm not giving it without crying. ;-D
I lived out of the back of a Datsun pickup for 3 summers in the late 70s, doing ecological field work.

Loved it.

I had an ice chest, a tent and sleeping bag, and a Coleman stove and lantern that both ran on Coleman fuel. that was it for "technology".
Ditto - 20 years in the old military (been retired for 21 now) - but only if I had my M151 Jeep or HUMMV. If not, I had the sleeping bag (sometimes - depending on what mission essential stuff I had to jump in - I was a paratrooper), if not, it was just the mighty poncho liner even in 20 and 30 degree weather... I DON'T miss that... Big Grin

Cheers
Well as far as technology goes I have my phone that I use to work and play youtube for my son, and a $15 inverter for my car charger. That's about it really. We got a bed, an ice chest, clothing, car seat, hygiene and food. That's all we really need for now in the minivans. When I get a box van I am definitely considering a jackery with solar charging because I am so very sick of wasting gas to turn my car on all the time for fear of killing the battery. No going too crazy though. I want the bed, and cabinets, but mostly want floor space so my son can move freely.
technology is such a plus, not a doubt about that!

nope, we got the camping wandering spirit in our very souls Smile We had a tent, backpacks, and usual little bit of gear for survival and fun when out and about in our olden days. We would choose outside and camping over anything all the time and we are no different but now we got some upgrades as we age and I have to say, I love my upgrades on the road LOL
The dwellers who are not gadget freaks are not on this forum. Having a desire to connect with others on the internet is not part of everyone's life after all, and people posting on the internet are not more important than those who choose to spend their time doing other things.
-crofter
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