“Roll Camera. Action!” – Winnebago Owner Feature: Marcus Stokes

“Roll Camera. Action!” – Winnebago Owner Feature: Marcus Stokes
Meet the Los Angeles director and proud Travato owner who commutes to set in his van!
By: Noel Fleming & Chris Miller

As part of our ongoing ‘owner feature’ blog series, we asked Noel and Chris to introduce Marcus (who they know from the very active Travato community) to the broader Winnebago family. Be sure to also watch the video below to hear why Marcus loves vanlife, in his own words.

Marcus Stokes’ storyline currently takes place on the west coast, where he works in LA in the entertainment industry. His story, however, originated on the east coast. He spent his childhood in Atlanta and later graduated from Georgia Tech with an architecture major.

Upon graduation, Marcus taught English in Japan for three years, and used that time to explore internationally. His love of travel took root and would later ripple throughout his professional and personal life.

He returned to the states to complete a master’s program at UC Berkeley. Although his focus in grad school was once again architecture, he had a growing interest in high-tech computer animation and 3D modeling. Silicon Valley fed his intrigue, offering opportunities for education and networking.

After completing an internship with Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, Marcus worked for five years on a host of projects. In time, his resumé expanded. He performed a variety of roles, such as visual computer graphics supervisor on Matrix 2 and 3. 

Eventually, his dreams turned to that of directing. Through ingenuity and persistence, he paved an unconventional path to the Directors Guild of America.

How Marcus Fell in Love with VanLife

Likewise, Marcus’s path to vanlife had unique twists and turns. He initially decided to purchase a class B RV to support his career goals. The van would serve as his trailer while he shadowed directors and worked on sets. 

After considering a variety of manufacturers, Marcus landed with Winnebago, a company with a commitment to both hear and respond to the voice of the customer. The class B Travato also provided a floorplan that met his needs. 

As a bonus, and significant wooing factor, the Travato came with an active online community: the Travato Owners and Wannabees Facebook Group. This seasoned group of Travato owners shares knowledge with a generous spirit, creating a zone of confidence for novice van owners who are familiarizing themselves with systems and completing mods to personalize their vans.

The Travato, originally slated as Marcus’s worksite trailer, soon became his daily driver and eventually his living and work space. 

He discovered that the Travato made everything easier. It simplified his life, enabling him to be ready for any adventure, be it work or leisure. With all of life’s basic needs at his fingertips, spontaneous decisions were easy to make. He worked more efficiently and played more frequently. Vanlife had fundamentally changed the quality of his days.

Hear how Marcus uses his van to allow for more flexibility and fun in his own words:

Marcus continues to work as a director of TV and film, but most importantly he directs his own storyline. He prompts others to do the same by identifying their dreams, viewing them as attainable, and taking action.

Comments

User commented on August 21, 2021 10:34 AM
Very nice presentation about Marcus & the photography was amazing!! I’ve never met Marcus but know he is a friend of theTravato community & highly respected. Maybe someday our roads will cross paths!
User commented on August 21, 2021 10:36 AM
Very inspirational. The convivence and joy of being independent. I am also looking into the same option for my daily driver. Thank you much.
User commented on August 21, 2021 1:00 PM
Thank you for sharing your insights to van life and the freedoms experienced with it! 40 years ago at a high elevation at Rocky Mountain Nat. Park I parked my car in a small turnout parking lot for a paved path walk to a beautiful lookout between 2 long mountain ranges. I walked past a van as the side door opened and saw cabinets, bedding and other things that made it obvious the occupants could stay in the van. That experience stayed with me. During frequent trips for work and vacations throughout our beautiful nation. In both often the housing. driving, dining experience was just plain tiring! I dealt with preplanning, reservations, flights, baggage, etc. During work assignments in large cities I stayed at company apartments. I often would stay late because the traffic was standstill horrendous! YOU could just go to your van. After retiring and 3 years of educating ourselves on vacation RVing in 2018, my wife and I purchased our perfect (for us) van for vacationing. It is now simply convenient to jump in in for short or longer trips and go glamping. Even our small dog senses our vibes. The cozy ambience is anesthetic in true simple living.
User commented on August 21, 2021 1:22 PM
Great story. And I agree... can't imagine not having a van or other small self contained Winnebago (Ekko)
User commented on August 21, 2021 2:38 PM
Marcus’ fantastic mod on a roof top Winnebago Travato deck is still unique even after a few years. His pop up safety deck rails contain solar panels amongst other features. Marcus has many other innovative modifications which is reflective of his creative and individual personality
User commented on August 21, 2021 5:16 PM
Absolutely love this Marcus! Keep it up! Roger and Pam Bohnke, '17K
User commented on August 21, 2021 6:05 PM
Marcus, please contact me. [email protected] Take care, Scott Barlag.
User commented on August 21, 2021 7:19 PM
We also own a Travato and even through the pandemic we've been able to travel, stay safe and social distance. No worries about finding a place to sleep or eat. It's amazing and has given us so much freedom.
User commented on August 21, 2021 8:52 PM
Great story. I couldn’t agree more with Marcus. I’m doing something similar and absolutely love the freedom that the Travato offers, especially during these uncharted times.
User commented on August 21, 2021 10:16 PM
Love this Marcus! I get on the roof all the time to enjoy the view but your setup is the real deal. You are doing it right and inspiring us to keep going. Except I have a family with a wife and 2 boys lol, Traveling in a 59GL travato! So simple to get out there and to start and stop knowing you got all your basics with you! Truong http://instagram.com/cantthaiusdown
User commented on August 22, 2021 1:25 PM
Marcus, great job on expressing the freedom of a camper van. I don’t have one yet, but your story inspires me. Grant Hoover , Omaha NE.
User commented on August 22, 2021 6:57 PM
Love this !
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