Downsizing

November 24th, 2007

Sadly, the camper didn’t make it here prior to Thanksgiving, so instead of packing things into it, we’re moving as much stuff out of the apartment as we can live without. We’ve gotten rid of 75% of the furniture and the rest will go into storage in the next week. Jenn says I need to downsize my workstation even further than this:

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Waiting…

September 13th, 2007

Well, there’s not too much going on currently. We’re waiting on the camper to arrive. We’re waiting on the title to Jenn’s Xterra to arrive so she can sell it. We’re waiting on the right truck to show up on the market at a reasonable price and we’re waiting on our current lease to end.

The lease is up the end of October. The camper will be here around mid November. And the title should arrive in 2-3 weeks. Who knows when we’ll find the perfect truck? Hopefully sometime before the camper arrives. At the moment, it looks like we’re going to try and scale down to living in a hotel suite for a few weeks before finally moving into the camper.

Meanwhile, we’re slowly whittling away at the massive pile of junk people can accumulate when there is no need to get rid of anything. Hopefully we’ll get rid of 6-8 computers this weekend along with some of the furniture. It’s barely a dent in what needs to go, but every bit helps.

No, we still haven’t decided

August 8th, 2007

At this point, it’s almost a joke. I talked with my folks the other day and the first question they asked was ‘So, have you decided what you want yet?’. The answer is ‘yes, but…’

Our goals are (in no particular order):

  • The ability to go almost anywhere
  • Maintaining as much self sufficiency as possible
  • Keeping to a modest budget during both the purchasing and living phases
  • Being able to bring along a few toys to help occupy the time
  • Having enough living space to not kill each other

The perfect vehicle would be roughly:

  • 4×4
  • diesel
  • no more than 25′ long
  • larger on the inside than the outside
  • very popular in order to be available used and at more affordable prices

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Juice!

August 1st, 2007


One of our goals is to be able to boondock most of the time and avoid as much in the way of campground fees as we can. One of the nice things about campgrounds is that they offer electrical hookups.

Now, common wisdom on solar panels is that they take 10-15 years to pay for themselves. I did some back of the envelope calculations based on our home bill and assumed no price increases. Fifteen years looks reasonable for our usage; probably a fair bit less once you factor inflation in.

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Cooking With Sunshine

July 26th, 2007


I told Johnny that as long as we can fit my banjo, laptop, bicycle, rollerskates, sewing machine, bow, and one plant (and maybe some skis or a snowboard) in the camper, I will be happy. Well, I think I have found something else that we need to make room for. It shouldn’t take too much convincing. It is rather practical, and its probably the only thing that I want to bring that can be called such. Its a solar oven. An oven that uses the sun’s energy to make tasty baked goodness. Once we get past the thought of leaving our fresh meat out in the hot mid day sun before we eat it, I am sure we will be glad we brought it.

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