"I Don't Own A Van For It To Be Parked."
Although it’s all fun and games at a van meetup, Todd has rescued others from life-threatening situations. He remembers one time driving down a road near Crater Lake in Oregon in freezing cold temperatures. Todd was about 100 miles from civilization when he saw a man searching for signal to call AAA, sweatpants soaking wet from trying to shovel snow out from under his SUV.
“That guy probably didn’t know how screwed he really was,” Todd said. “Maybe he could have run his car all night, but if he ran out of gas, there wasn’t a gas station for miles.”
Todd says experience only comes one way: sometimes you have to touch the hot stove to find out you’ll get burned.“
I enjoy their satisfaction and their happiness because I’ve been there,” he said. “I’ve had many, many things that have failed on me. But I didn’t really have anyone to help me because I like to be independent.
“I can offer something to them because I have that vehicle that goes beyond what a standard two-wheel-drive car can do. So why not utilize it?”
"That guy probably didn’t know how screwed he really was. Maybe he could have run his car all night, but if he ran out of gas, there wasn’t a gas station for miles."
He’s learned that the adventure isn’t just arriving at the planned destination – the adventure is all the misadventures along the way. Todd got into van life after his father passed away, so he knows the meaning of “You Only Live Once.” Helping people out and enjoying the moment is part of that.
He said things go wrong all the time when you live in a van, and though it can be miserable in the moment when things break, he always looks back and laughs at the memories.
“At the end of the day, life ain’t so bad,” he said.