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  • in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67099
    puppymama
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    I am getting a low mileage rv approx feb 1. I will be looking at solar power options for that as well as dealing w waste most eco friendly. Regards.

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67070
    puppymama
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    thank you, joined the yahoo group. for me, living in a vehicle and camping is a step in the process. i have long looked at things like alternative energy (solar, wind, water), in michigan we had a couple of underground homes, and i thought they were absolutely great. spent many a day diagramming how i would arrange/set up a potential underground home. since i went from a tent to a travel trailer to a class a 30′ motorhome in a single season without debt or begging, i know that it is just a matter of setting my mind to it. i am looking at several of the types of dwellings mentioned on here. tiny house catches my interest. i am also looking at saving up about $8k and looking to see what i can pick up at an auction. location is very important to be for health reasons,

    if i purchase a property at auction that has a building on it, then it is about converting it to the type of life i want, sustainable, energy efficient. i really do lean toward solar, but in michigan, a 12 foot high windmill would have generated sufficient energy when combined with a woodstove. many people think limited income means no ability to make changes. to me it just means saving, scrimping, making smart choices so that each dollar does it’s full work, just like anyone else

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67071
    puppymama
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    follow up note to previous post. i had my tent and camping gear when i started. my travel trailer was $500 . i paid that in two months before taking possession of it. i sold it for $300 and bought a 30.5 foot long Midas Class A Motorhome (1978) for $1200, paid off in three months. since it was problematic, i ended up scrapping it the next year for $550. so my years living cost $1400 plus what i paid to park and store the motorhome. pretty cheap for a learning experience. the motorhome was to be lived in when i bought property while i fixed it up.

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67061
    puppymama
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    thank you for the link, i will check it out and bookmark it. currently dealing with vehicle license, car license, and of course new tires. insurance was surprisingly affordable both vehicle and my personal property. i do have an income, it’s just small so i have to make good choices and save for things i want.

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67048
    puppymama
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    OK, have a small monthly income, have a digital camera, some construction experience

    i appreciate the comments and links. i still have a lot to learn.

    camping allows me to travel, save some money, get a small property.

    i will go to wordpress.com and see about an acct

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67049
    puppymama
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    ok, have acct. will work on getting it up and pretty  as soon as possible. thank you caverdude for the suggestion.

    in reply to: How do you find land for your off the grid house? #67037
    puppymama
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    i have lived in michigan most of my life. right now michigan has some really hard economic times. a friend was able to buy a house in newaygo county from auction (2.5 acres on edge of national forest) with a house for $5,000

    he had to clean the living daylights out of the house but it is his free and clear except for taxes. about $2000 a year.

    hope this helps

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67035
    puppymama
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    landlord just blew up again. kind of bi-polar type stuff mixed with alcohol. looks like i am packing and moving as soon as my check gets here. not much longer, first check on dec 31, 2nd on jan 3. try to hold out til 3rd.  don’t want to be on road on new years eve

    in reply to: Going grid again in Feb or March #67039
    puppymama
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    i’m not stressed. what i don’t have, i can get along the way, the extra stuff to get rid of… hey that’s stock for a flea market. i have experience in that area.

    actually it would be a relief. i am proud of  practicing what my grandmother taught me about holding my tongue and politeness, but i really am looking to getting in my car, going down the road, exploring where i want to settle.

     

    in reply to: Going grid again in Feb or March #67036
    puppymama
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    living situation seems to be blowing up. landlord drinks. may be bugging out right after first of the year.

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67044
    puppymama
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    what I have to do in order to get off grid

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    travel (camping) to look at locations and environments that would work for me

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    learn various types of dwellings that are compatible with off grid living and what would work best for me in terms of comfort, cost, energy efficient

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    learn how to set up and manage power, solar? Wind? Water? Combination

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    find land that I can afford to pay cash for and purchase it after making sure that I can go off grid and what constraints do I have to work with.

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    find out if I am able to occupy my land while building

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    do I need professional plans, a pre-built structure,

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    once built, can I add on without too much bureaucratic snafus

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    aquaponics, need to learn and implement

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    preserving food canning vs drying

     

    in reply to: Going grid again in Feb or March #67040
    puppymama
    Participant

    the plus side, my internet is mobile anyway, broadband card in my laptop.

    also subscribe to netflix woooohoooo movies :)

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67042
    puppymama
    Participant

    this i do understand. but for me, camping and traveling, is part of investigating where it is best for me in terms of climate, ability to build, learning more of the skills i need to go off the grid, and part of that is starting to learn about the solar power.

    i know how it works in theory. i have had a travel trailer and a motorhome. i had planned on going solar at that time, putting it on some land, and starting from there.

    i still think camping while checking out areas, saving more money so i can afford land, and finding out many things like building codes, there is a lot to think about.

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67043
    puppymama
    Participant

    feel free to look at my motorhome (now scrapped, but i learned so much) and travel trailer at https://twitpic.com/photos/StephTravels

    in reply to: MOM IS 90 TODAY #67046
    puppymama
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    congradulations to mom woooo hooo.

    my aunt (in her late 70’s) has lived in wood cabin in wisconsin way off the beaten path for many years. she has survivied stage 4 cancer. living with her now is the girl she started babysitting as an infant over 30 years ago. my aunt is healthier than most in spite of parkinson’s.

    she lives that simpler life. she is still hooked up to electric but other than that, it’s perfect.

     

     

     

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