- Billie Webb filmed himself on TikToker last year taking part in a van life.
- Now she’s raffled off a van to live in a 2015 Mazda, citing soaring gas prices.
- Webb, who makes about $4,000 a month in branded deals, ordered a Tesla Model 3 to live in.
TikToker left the sedentary life last year to join the vanlife movement. Now that she earns $4,000 a month and has zero debt, she takes the plunge and lives in her car. Soon she will call Tesla her home.
Billie Webb is a TikToker and content creator who has been hitting the roads since last year in a combination 1990 Chevy G20 van and 2015 Mazda car.
As her master plan to live in her own Tesla continues to come to fruition, Webb has sold about 2,900 in total, raffling vans for $6 a ticket before moving to Mazda.
From van life to car life
Webb moved into a van last year as restrictions eased, citing high rental costs and low wages at various odd jobs he had previously worked.
“I refused to even go out to lunch with friends because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pay the rent,” Webb told Insider. “But then he met other vanlife enthusiasts who were also content creators, saw how much they had traveled, and wanted to join them.”
Van life is becoming more popular in the wake of the pandemic and rising rents and property prices. But one nomad told an insider that he became homeless after trying to live in a van.
Webb gave up on van life due to skyrocketing gas prices. Her Chevrolet ran her at 7-10 miles per gallon and her refueling cost her over $100. “I’m not sure living in a van right now is a very smart move, especially if you’re traveling,” she said.
Living in a car is a surprising pivot given the tight spaces, lack of amenities, and similar pressures from gas prices.
“I’ve gotten pretty used to it now, so living in a Mazda wasn’t terrible for me. All I wanted was the temperature,” said Webb.
With a $20 monthly Planet Fitness membership, Webb can still shower regularly. Her gym membership, she said, is a must-have for anyone going into van or car life, and she even sits at home from time to time.
But TikToker has also avoided paying rent and built just over 700,000 TikToks, helping him pay off his car, credit card and student loan debt (around $10,000). .
Webb makes about $1,500 from each brand deal he signs on his TikTok channel. She does it two to three times a month, usually focusing on her car accessories. Her biggest deal recently was a partnership in which she won $5,000. Insider confirmed the contract and email from the agent.
camping with tesla
Getting back in the car wasn’t easy. But despite the higher temperatures Webb had to deal with, she said: closet. “
But Webb hopes her troubles will end when her Tesla Model 3 arrives in September.
Tesla’s Camp Mode allows the car to adjust the temperature and airflow at night, making it a more natural hotel than the Mazda and also much cheaper to travel.
“Obviously, gas will be much cheaper, or not at all. Electricity will be cheaper than gas, and the temperature issue will be resolved.