- Billie Webb is a TikToker who filmed herself taking part in van life last year.
- Now she’s given up her van to live in a 2015 Mazda, which she blamed on rising gas prices.
- Webb, who makes about $4,000 a month from brand deals, ordered a Tesla Model 3 to live there.
TikToker managed to become a resident last year to join the van life movement. Now, with an income stream of $4,000 a month and a clean slate of debt, she is desperate to live in her car. Soon, she will put a Tesla on her home.
Billie Webb is a TikToker and content creator who has been traveling on the road for the past year, in a combination of her 1990 Chevy G20 van and her 2015 Mazda car.
Webb has now retired her van for $6 a ticket, selling nearly 2,900 in total, before moving into her Mazda, and her master plan of living in her own Tesla continues to fly.
Van life to car life
Webb moved to her van as the restrictions eased last year, citing steep rental costs and low pay in the various jobs she previously worked.
“I want to be reducing even going out with friends for lunch because I was very worried about not paying enough rent,” said Webb Insider. “But then I started meeting other van lifers who were also content creators and saw how much they traveled and I wanted to join them.”
Van life has become popular post-pandemic as rents and property prices rise. But it has backfired for some, with one nomad telling Insider she ended up homeless after trying to live in her van.
Webb gave up her van life as gas prices rose, and her Chevy ran at seven to 10 miles per gallon and cost more than $100 to fill up. “I don’t know if it’s a very smart thing for anyone to be living in a van right now, especially if you’re traveling.”
Living in a car like that is surprising, given the small space, the lack of amenities, and the same pressure from gas prices.
“Now I’m used to it. So living in the Mazda, it’s not terrible for me. The only thing I wish was easier than the temperature,” said Webb.
With a $20-a-month Planet Fitness membership, Webb is still able to shower regularly. A gym membership is essential for anyone who drives a van or car, she said. Sometimes she also house sits.
The TikToker, however, managed to get rid of her car, credit card and student loan debt, which totaled around $10,000, because she avoided paying rent and later TikTok raised 700,000 which allowed her brand deals to get. .
Webb receives about $1,500 from each brand deal she signs for her TikTok channel. She will usually do two or three a month focusing on car accessories. Her most recent deal earned her $5,000 for a partnership. Insider looked at contracts and emails from her agent.
Camping in a Tesla
It was not easy to change back to a car. But despite the warmer temperatures Webb has had to contend with, she said: “I’m a low maintenance person, so I’m not like, I don’t need a king-size bed, I don’t need a giant. closet.”
But Webb hopes her troubles will end when her Tesla Model 3 arrives in September.
Tesla’s camp mode allows the car to control its temperature and air flow overnight, making it a more natural hotel than its Mazda, and making trips much cheaper too.
“Obviously the gas bill will be much lower or non-existent, the electric bill will be lower than the gas bill, and the temperature problems will be solved. It’s going to be really cool – I’m really excited about it.”