- Billie Webb is a TikToker who filmed herself partaking in van life last year.
- Now she’s raffled off her van to live in a 2015 Mazda, blaming rising gas prices.
- Webb, who earns about $4,000 a month from brand deals, has ordered a Tesla Model 3 for a living.
A TikToker left her apartment existence last year to join the van life movement. Now, with an income stream of $4,000 a month and a clean bill of debt, she has taken on the challenge of living in her car. Soon, she will call Tesla her home.
Billie Webb is a TikToker and content creator who has been road tripping for the past year in a mix of her 1990 Chevy G20 van and her 2015 Mazda.
Webb has now raffled off her van for $6 a ticket, selling about 2,900 in total, before moving on to her Mazda as her master plan to live in her Tesla continues to fly.
Van life in the car life
Webb moved into her van as restrictions eased last year, citing high rental costs and low pay at the various odd jobs she previously worked.
“I would even refuse to go out with friends for lunch because I was so worried about not making enough rent,” Webb told Insider. “But then I started meeting other van lifers who were also content creators and seeing how much they were traveling and I wanted to join them.”
Van living has become more popular following the pandemic and rising rents and property prices. But that has backfired for some, with one nomad telling Insider she was left homeless after trying to live in her van.
Webb left the van life after gas prices soared, with her Chevy getting seven to 10 miles per gallon and costing her more than $100 to fill up. “I don’t know if it’s a very smart move for someone to live in a van right now, especially if you’re traveling.”
Living in a car, then, is a surprising pivot, given the small space, lack of amenities and similar pressure from gas prices.
“I’m pretty used to it now. So living in the Mazda, it’s not terrible for me. The only thing I wish was easier was the temperature,” Webb said.
With a $20-a-month Planet Fitness membership, Webb is also able to shower regularly. A gym membership is a must for anyone joining the van or car life, she said. She sometimes even sits at home.
The TikToker, however, has been able to get rid of her car, credit card and student loan debt, which totals around $10,000, after she avoided paying rent and built a 700,000-strong TikTok following that allowed her to get brand agreements. .
Webb earns 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 biggest deal recently netted her $5,000 for a partnership. Insider has seen contracts and emails from her agent.
Camping in a Tesla
It wasn’t easy getting back into the car. But despite the hotter temperatures Webb has had to deal with, she said: “I’m very short as a person so I don’t like that I don’t need a big bed, I don’t need a giant. closet.”
But Webb hopes her struggles will end when her Tesla Model 3 arrives in September.
Tesla’s Camp Mode allows the car to adjust temperature and air flow at night, making it a more natural hotel than its Mazda, and also makes trips much cheaper.
“Obviously the gas bill will be much lower or non-existent, the electric bill will be lower than the gas bill and the temperature issues will be solved. It’s going to be great – I’m very excited about this.”