solar panels for off grid camper
May 13th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s video podcast looks back to the early months out here when I was installing Solar Panels for the Off Grid Camper. If you have ever been interested in alternative energy, generating your own power from the sun, or solar panels in general then today’s show should be entertaining. One of the main things to remember when hooking up solar panels is that you are working with DC (direct current) as opposed to AC (alternating current). Most grid tied houses run off of AC.. this is why most of the electrical appliances you buy are 120 volt. A lot of times when you are powering an RV, or in this case a camper DC can be a better option especially if you have access to solar panels.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Think outside the box and consider alternative energy like solar.
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repair camper-roof part 3
May 7th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s video episode of the Off The Grid Podcast ventures back up the ladder to the top of the camper. I was at it again working on repairing the off grid camper roof trying to keep the rain out. If you have been following along the last two videos I removed the heavy caked up layer of old tar and then applied a few new layers! First it took one good day to remove all of the old crusty curled up tar from this old vintage Coachmen camper roof. Then I put about a 3 gallon bucket worth of tar along any seams or holes with a trowel. Next up after getting down to the galvanized metal I rolled rubberized “stuff” on the roof as a base. In case you missed it please check out Episode 115 to watch PART 1 and also Episode 117 to see PART 2 of this video series on repairing the off grid camper roof. As always thanks for watching!

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: One more time.. “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining!”
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fixing camper roof video
April 29th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Last week in episode 115 of the Off The Grid Podcast I posted PART 1 of this 3 part video series of fixing the camper roof. Today for your viewing pleasure we look back to last year once again as I was working at repairing the off grid camper roof. As you can tell this really is an old camper. The 78 Coachmen is indeed a classic and an antique.. although it has obviously seen better days. lol None the less these video episodes of the podcast show you just what a journey it has been on my way from the suburbs to living off the grid. The old Coachmen was well build and the saying “they don’t make them like they used to” is very true in this case. Despite being almost 40 years old the pull behind camper was in decent shape for its age. The roof still needed to be replaced though. Anyway please watch the video if you have not already and if you have questions, comments, or ideas please feel free to email me! Thank you for listening and watching the videos! 🙂

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining! 🙂
  • In case you missed it check out the Video for PART 1 in Episode 115 of the Podcast.
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  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
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repair off grid camper roof
April 22nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you like taking on a good DIY project then today’s video edition of the Off The Grid Podcast is right up your ally. Last summer I was facing the biggest fixer upper repair project I have ever taken on. Have you ever bit off more than you could chew so to speak? Have you every taken on more of a fixer upper project than you anticipated? Then welcome to my world! lol After finally getting the off grid camper out here the first logical repair seemed to be the roof of the camper. There was no sense in fixing or replacing anything else in this antique coachmen pull behind camper unless the roof kept things dry. When I started all of this last year on my journey to living off grid I had no idea just how much work was ahead of me. Today’s video episode of the podcast should give you some idea as to what its like with one of these old camper roofs in need of repair.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Be social & Connect on Facebook, subscribe YouTube, or send me an email through the Contact page!
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cleaning camper
April 8th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode goes back to one summer weekend last year as I was getting ready to clean the off grid camper. Was there ever a time in your life when you moved into a new house and found you had a momentous cleaning job ahead of you? At first when I first got the old camper I was simply star eyed and looked past the huge amount of work ahead of me.. mostly out of inexperience and ignorance of an off grid project like this. Now that I have been out here a while the off grid camper is still a work in progress. Those first few months were a major lesson for me in underestimating just how much cleaning both inside and out were needed. Not to mention replacing and repairing the parts of the floor, roof, areas inside, and flat out building things that I wanted. All before winter! but that is a story for another episode! lol For now sit back and enjoy the two videos for show 111 of the Off The Grid Podcast as I begin by cleaning up a bit. 🙂

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Looking back it takes a lot of work to get to where you want to go in life and its well worth it.
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  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Be social & Connect on Facebook, subscribe YouTube, or send me an email through the Contact page!
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mouse trap off grid camper
March 31st, 2016 by Off The Grid

When it comes to the numerous mini adventure I have had out here living off grid I am grateful it is only now that I have had to deal with critters in the camper. Have you ever had a mouse or several mice in the house at some point in your life? Surprisingly only now have mice decided to explore my off grid camper and take up residence. When I first got out here last year the off grid camper was getting a major overhaul. I worked on replacing the roof and redoing the floor to start then started getting ready for winter. It was only last week that I heard the sound that every RV, camper, and tiny home owner dreaded.. as I lay down to sleep the sound of scratching and chewing were in the walls. Later on that night I woke to the sound of a mouse gnawing on what sounded like a small metal cover outside the camper. There is a line that stands between me and the peace of my environment. It does not matter if you are living on grid or living off the grid the slow steady destruction of your home by rodents in never welcome. The second night I set out two mouse traps and caught one mouse. The next night I slept like a baby! A couple nights later I woke several times in one night pausing only to bang on the wall then drifting back off to sleep for a brief time. The next night almost immediately two new traps caught two more mice. For now the night is silent.
For now I can sleep. If more of the troublesome rodents should return they will be greeted with peanut butter.. weather they choose to pass on the dangerous delicacy and venture back out into the wild of the forest is their choice. Personally I hope they find somewhere else to go. Stay away varmints! lol It is late at night as I type this now so yes I am tired.

Today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment takes us back about 20 years ago to 1990 – 1991. One summer in 1990 while visiting my grandpa he gave me a survival knife. I will leave the story for the podcast so please take a listen and enjoy. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback please send me an email. I would love to hear from you! Please look for a pic of the survival knife up here tomorrow. ( I will post it here ) 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you find yourself setting mouse traps make sure to set out an extra trap for more mice. Two is one, one is none (redundancy / backup survival tip).
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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more logs from woods
March 4th, 2016 by Off The Grid

The clouds of winter are parting as I have been feeling very fired up lately with a renewed sense of optimism for the future. If you remember last year about this time I was going through some rough times in almost every aspect of my life. At the same time I kind of felt like the days were counting down to sort of like waitinglevi artwork in anticipation for Christmas in getting my future off grid camper out here. Little did I know my journey had just begun in more was than one. With this being episode 101 of the Off The Grid Podcast I have been feeling increasingly energized these last few days with the fact that over 100 shows are now under my belt. Looking back there have been many challenging days. Every one just like each new day offers not only the opportunity to learn but also personal growth as a person. One big lesson that seems to have slowly made its way to the surface of my mind is that it seems like I have been spinning my wheels a lot of the time. Yes.. literally at times while unknowingly mudding in my little Geo Metro! Ok so that was a joke but really did happen several times. Seriously though.. this last year it seems as though I have been spinning my wheels in a financial sense. Half the time I had the money and half the time I had “time”. Unfortunately I rarely had both. So this has lead me to an epiphany of sorts that the time has come for me to ask for your help. I am working on creating a Patreon campaign. What is that you may be asking? Patreon is a platform that bridges the gap between content creators and those wanting to help support them. It is for artists, musicians, and content providers of all kinds. As I mentioned in today’s episode of the Off The Grid Podcast I will be creating one soon so please stay tuned for more info. Until then if you would like to help support this show please help me spread the word by telling a friend or taking a moment to rate the Podcast on iTunes! Thank you again so much for listening! I really appreciate it! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Every once in a while look back at the last year of your life then go forward with a clear view of what you want to do. Get fired up!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
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blue sky forest
March 2nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you have been a regular listener to the Off The Grid Podcast then hopefully today’s show is a good treat. Last week in episode 99 I had mentioned that I was going to be doing a live broadcast of the show over the weekend in celebrations for the 100th episode. After a few minor technical difficulties I managed to kick the show off right on top of the off grid camper. Why up there you may be asking? Well as I quickly found out the reception out here is not always the best. Researching real quick on YouTube I found a way to make an antenna from a branch and my charging cord for my cell phone. micro machine monster truck lamboIt may work for some people but didn’t for me so I climbed on top of the off grid camper roof. Once I got up there and settled in the Periscope app seemed to work just fine. If you would like to watch the live broadcast videos or see future ones please follow me on my Periscope channel! 🙂

For today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment I dug deep into my memory box for a little toy car I modified as a kid. Flash back to the year of 1987 when Micro Machines were all the rage. Back then I had a number of these micro machines including cars, trucks, and yes monster trucks! I also had a Lamborghini. 🙂 As a kid I was always curious as to how things worked. One day I took one of the monster trucks apart with a philips head screw driver and replaced the body making it a Micro Machine Lamborghini monster truck! This was 29 years ago and I had a lot of fun modifying my new toys. If you would like to hear more please check out today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment. If you are enjoying this new addition to the podcast please let me know and if not that is ok too. Either way i would love to hear from you! As always thank you for listening to the podcast! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Time goes so fast. Try to make the best use of your time and life!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts for Episode 100 here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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setting goals off grid
February 3rd, 2016 by Off The Grid

After looking around the off grid camper for the last month I have slowly realized that I need to set some goals for February. If you are like me trying to stay on track can be difficult. Setting goals for yourself and following a few basic steps can help you stay on track even if a task or challenge seems overwhelming. Here is a quick list of my own to do list for this month:

  1. Prepare the garden!
  2. Clean, sort, & organize both inside & outside the off grid camper
  3. Dismantle the solar project & organize parts for something else
  4. Get back into a fitness routine
  5. Stop staying up so late & start getting up early
  6. Build a bonfire & enjoy a quiet night to myself under the stars

Everybody has things they need to get done. Looking back at my efforts I realized that part of the challenge I seem to fall through on time and time again is related to completion of whatever it is. I have listened to a number of goal setting podcasts, read various articles, and again tried different things over time. Two things that seems to hold everything together so we can complete our goals seems to be to 1. Wright your goal(s) down (which can be very simple yet oddly difficult) and 2. Share your goal(s) with a friend or family member that can in a way hold you accountable. For the second one I am not talking about just telling someone that you are going to do something or that you want to do something.. its more along the lines of telling them you are serous about getting “it” done and even asking them to ask you about your goal once in a while. It holds you accountable! 🙂 If you want a sneak peak ahead at the happenings out here for the Off Grid Podcast then I will be setting goals for each month this year. Keep an ear out for the episodes posted at the beginning of each month for whats up next! Thank you for listening! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Setting goals is not enough. Wright them down, stay on it, & possibly even share your goal(s) with a friend until they get done!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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possum up a tree outside off grid camper
January 15th, 2016 by Off The Grid

When living off grid in a camper if only a few things are out of place then things begin to look cluttered. If it gets out of hand then you have a serious cluster blankedy blank on your hands. Last episode of the podcast I spoke about how I have been watching a lot of movies here lately and as a result inside the camper is a mess. In the end I have only myself to blame because instead of being productive I have been escaping into the world of watching action adventure movies on a flashing screen. The thing is there is so much beauty just outside my window. All I need to do is take a walk out the camper door! Snapping back to reality for the moment reminds me that I need to stay the course and clean up the inside of my humble little home. Unfortunately I see to have found myself feeling overwhelmed with everything loosely crammed into almost ever corner and shelf inside the off grid camper. Everything will work out though! This really is a relatively small and manageable space compared to how much “stuff” you would find in most “average” households.

If you are a fairly new listener to the Off The Grid Podcast then hopefully you are not too lost with this being episode 88. Its still something I need to remind myself from time to time that new people are tuning in and with that they or possible you 🙂 may need a brief run down as to almost the last 90 shows. I was reminded of all of this after reading the reviews on iTunes for Off The Grid Podcast. Overall the reviews have been very positive and for that I am truly grateful. Yes we all have opinions but if you ever had a time in your life when you really put an enormous amount of time and effort into something (in this case the podcast) then positive feedback is important. It is important because that correlates to a positive motivating factor that encourages me that I am doing the right thing by sharing this journey. Yeah I get a personable sometimes but hey.. that is just part of being human right? lol Anyway thank you again for listening and continuing to check out the shows. One day when I make it big I will not forget you! lol 🙂

Also before I forget once again here is a link to the video post with Hatchet Jack the Possum up a tree! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed when cleaning break things down into small goals.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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