They Built an Eco-Friendly Fifth Wheel and Survived

Ching and Jerud buy their first RV.
When my husband and I hit the road in our late 30s we were always the youngest ones in the park by a couple of decades. Nine years later, the full-timing demographic has been turned on its head as adults in their 20s and 30s are opting for a nomadic lifestyle that was once only a privilege for the retired.
What makes these full-timers even more remarkable is that many are hitting the road in refurbished towables and motorhomes painstakingly fixed up with their own hands. Occasionally, they’ll even go beyond basic renovations to create a home on wheels that aligns with their personal values. The two best examples that I’ve encountered on the road are Ching and Jerud, two thirty-somethings from Asheville, North Carolina.
This nomadic couple turned an ordinary RV into an all-solar-powered, eco-friendly fifth wheel.
Wrapped in aluminum from roof to axles, their fifth wheel is so unusual you would have to be blind not to see it as it goes down the road.
Wrapped in aluminum from roof to axles, their fifth wheel is so unusual you would have to be blind not to see it as it goes down the road. If you also happen to miss the faint waft of french fries as the couple and their two dogs go past, your sense of smell is obviously impaired.
The Toaster is a Wonder on Wheels
Affectionately dubbed “The Toaster,” Ching and Jerud’s 24-foot solar-powered ecological wonder on wheels consumes a fraction of the energy of the typical RV. What’s even better is that neither the truck nor the rig burns fossil fuels – not even propane.
“In our everyday lives we try to be as eco-concsious as we can,” they write in their blog Live Small Ride Free. “We’re not perfect and we’re probably not

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