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Post by JeeperCreeper » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 pm

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Post by teotwaki » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:02 pm

My adventures and pictures are on my blog http://suntothenorth.blogspot.com

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Post by beno » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:25 am

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Iveco Daily 4x4. these beasts run 37s and have front, rear and centre diff and a 1:1.3 splitter. Up to 4.5 tonnes payload. I used one of these during our bushfires and this thing is a great vehicle.

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Post by FraterLVX » Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:42 pm

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I've lived in the camper since 2018, and have been bookdocking on public lands since December. I carry 35gal of fresh water, make about 2kWh of solar power a day, and stay out in 14day increments then reprovision/relocate. This pic is from national forest outside Baker City, OR, a little over 5,000'.

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Post by MPMalloy » Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:27 pm

FraterLVX wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:42 pm
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I've lived in the camper since 2018, and have been bookdocking on public lands since December. I carry 35gal of fresh water, make about 2kWh of solar power a day, and stay out in 14day increments then reprovision/relocate. This pic is from national forest outside Baker City, OR, a little over 5,000'.

I retired early and live on a $500/mo budget.
Your living the dream of a lot of us!

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Post by tony d tiger » Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:59 pm

FraterLVX wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:42 pm
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I've lived in the camper since 2018, and have been bookdocking on public lands since December. I carry 35gal of fresh water, make about 2kWh of solar power a day, and stay out in 14day increments then reprovision/relocate. This pic is from national forest outside Baker City, OR, a little over 5,000'.

I retired early and live on a $500/mo budget.
Outstanding! What is your solar power system composed of?
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Post by FraterLVX » Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:47 am

The power system is

* 570w (3x 24v 190w mono). They were wired in parallel, but I've been thinking about going serial since the controller Vmax will tolerate it.
* 40A Chinese mppt (epever)
* 220Ah (2x 6v flooded golf cart batts in series)

There's also a voltage sensing relay (isolator) installed, but since I camp in 14-day increments it doesn't see much use. I was patient so got the components for right at $800.

On normal days there is abundant power. On overcast days there is just enough to get the battery bank fully charged to mfg specs.

There are two 12v circuits in the van. One is on all the time (fridge and other necessities). The other one for everything else automagically comes online when there is excess power. This ensures I go into sundown with the batts at 100% state of charge.
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Post by boskone » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:19 pm

FraterLVX wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:42 pm
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I've lived in the camper since 2018, and have been bookdocking on public lands since December. I carry 35gal of fresh water, make about 2kWh of solar power a day, and stay out in 14day increments then reprovision/relocate. This pic is from national forest outside Baker City, OR, a little over 5,000'.

I retired early and live on a $500/mo budget.
If you don't mind, what camper do you have? Any regrets or changes you'd make?

I'm considering full-timing, at least for a while, and trying to gather information on the subject...preferably from people who don't live in a 19ft trailer with no popouts with their spouse, 2 kids, 2 dogs, a goat, and 3 chickens. (And I use that example for a reason...that person actually exists.)

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Post by FraterLVX » Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:04 pm

It's a 159" Ram Promaster. Pretty much everything works as planned.

> Any regrets

Not starting sooner. :-)


> or changes you'd make?

I got tricky with the solar mount rails, using $$ custom-ordered aluminum pieces when cheap off-the-rack steel would have been fine.

I also undersized one of my circuits, assuming I wouldn't run anything of size on it. Now I do and get some voltage drop, so I bought some larger-gauge for that circuit and will install it at some point.


> I'm considering full-timing, at least for a while, and trying to gather information on the subject

Here's how I made the decision on the camper. My thoughts on a timeline/checklist for going full time.

Even with the van payment, going fulltime in the van made a huge difference in my life. It freed up $700/mo which I used to seed a "debt avalanche" get out of debt, build savings and pre-tax retirement accounts. I went from "massively in the hole" to living within my means with savings, emergency fund, and the ability to retire ~5 years earlier than expected. And I follow good weather, which is very nice.

> ...preferably from people who don't live in a 19ft trailer with no popouts with their spouse, 2 kids, 2 dogs,

Lol, I did that as a young man. It was a 20-odd ft trailer but the chickens, nubian goats, and hogs lived outdoors. :-)

Now it's just me and one dog, Muffin. I'd been volunteering at the local humane society and took her with me when I retired.
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Re: Bug Out Vehicle Porn - pictures only please

Post by Zed Hunter » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:04 am

What, no plows, no spinning blades, no armor? What kind of ZA bug out vehicles are these?

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