preparing for tropical storm
September 3rd, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you live on the East coast of the US then you probably already know about the tropical storm. Out here in the off grid camper I need to take extra precautions. When you are living in a shelter that is not quite as solid as a traditional house that means you better know when to bug in and when to bug out or you may find yourself in a bad situation. Luckily it looks like this weekends tropical storm should be on the mild side. One danger to watch will be watching for tornadoes. At least that was one thing the weather report / forecast said to keep an eye out for.

One main thing that I built that needs to be taken down getting ready for a stormis a large lean-to on the side of the camper. I took 4 small tree trunks and leaned them up at about a 45 degree angle on the east side of the off grid camper. Then I tied a huge tarp over them. It acts like a giant shade / roof on the side of the camper that blocks a good portion of sun during part of the day. There have many dog days of summer that I have been very grateful to have it! With the threat of a potentially serous tropical storm on the way I wanted to make sure this did not turn into a huge sail that could possibly break any of my windows or do other damage. Aside from that most everything else has been moved so that it won’t fly around to much. It looks like hopefully this will not be that bad of a tropical storm. Here in Virginia most people are used to hurricanes and tropical storms. Unlike most people I am um.. living off grid in a camper so storms and sometimes crazy weather mean paying attention a little more.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you know a storm is on the way try to prepare early!
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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!
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levi in the woods
February 19th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode of the Off The Grid Podcasthugelkultur wood from forest is more of a quick update. I was running short on time because I spent a little more time than planned out collecting branches and tree limbs from the woods.. then veering off to explore a bit! If you have been keeping up with the recent shows you have heard me mention I am going to need a lot of downed wood for the garden. Wood in the garden you ask? Yes. This year I will be making some hugelkultur beds in my garden (buried rotting wood, twigs, and branches) so everything I can scrounge up from the hugelkultur wood from the forrest 2surrounding forest will be made good use of! Last year I ad high hopes that my garden would be big, productive, and good eating! Unfortunately as the year went on I found myself easily overwhelmed with everything that needed to get done. First and foremost was simply getting out here off the grid. The camper needed much more work than I anticipated so the garden quickly got out of control and hard choices had to be made. Fast forward to this year and I am eager to have a bountiful garden this year. A few years ago I integrated a couple of no till hugelkultur beds into my garden. That was in the suburbs and after a few strange looks I had a wonderfully successful harvest from the garden that year. This is why I have been collecting so much wood from the forest.. I still need and want to get a LOT more!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you know what is coming then do what need to get ready now!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
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off grid camper outside
October 2nd, 2015 by Off The Grid

Preparing for natural disasters is always the adventure before the adventure because solar panels off grid camperyou just don’t know the full extent of what mother nature has in mind yet. In this area we have a regular hurricane season. Right now hurricane Joaquin is barreling up the east coast and is set to impact my little off grid camper Saturday (tomorrow). Being out here in the woods off the grid is adventurous to say the least! Over the last few days I have gotten most of everything secured, moved around, and out of the way that I could possibly be affected by this storm. Hurricane Joaquin is currently a category 3 and is expected to drop to a category 1 by the time it reaches this area here in VA. Even if this turns out to be a category 1 hurricane it still means we will get another 6-12 inches of rain over the next 2 days. Along with the unusually high amount of rain in a short period of time the wild gusts of wind can off grid camper ac coverbe dangerous.

If you have half a brain you know that hurricanes and RVs or campers are not a good combination. It has been raining for an entire week. The rain started last Friday and has continued to rain most all day and night for seven days now. Add to the fact that the ground is already soaked and you have a recipe for a very sloppy muddy mess out here off grid. As always once again I am reminded that this whole off grid journey has proven to be an adventure every day. Hurricane Joaquin was downgraded from a category 4 but still any storm stamped with the label of a “hurricane” means pay attention, get prepared, use your head, and stay safe.. until the storm passes. 🙂

In preparing for this off grid wood pilehurricane I took the solar panels off of the camper roof and brought them inside. I put about a third of a roll of Duck Tape around the AC on the camper roof. If you remember there was a major roof leak around the AC so I was using the Duck Tape to reinforce the rope that was wrapped around the small tarp covering it. By the way with all of the rain in the last week the off grid camper has a few minor leaks that will need to be taken care of soon. I also organized and secured a few items that could be blown around by the strong gusts of wind.

Looking up some more info on this storm on weather.com was almost information overload but a couple of clicks led me to hurricane Joaquin’s inside track.. lol ok that was a bad joke! 🙂 If you want to learn more check out the link in today’s show notes below. Out of curiosity are you in the path of hurricane Joaquin? If so please post and let me know how your prepping for this storm and staying safe! 🙂 You are being safe right?

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you know a storm is coming your way get prepared early!
  • Learn more about hurricane Joaquin from the post I read on weather.com.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
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August 12th, 2015 by Off The Grid

This episode of Off The Grid Podcast I was out recording live at the land just after working on this years garden. As always life doesn’t stop and today was another busy day. Lets see.. where to begin? My uncle came out and tilled the garden area allowing me to get begin preparing the garden area. For my first year off the grid I would be celebrating with a 20 foot by 60 foot garden. Yes that is big! lol

I went out to my friends house where most of my belongings were stored and found my deep freezer unplugged again! I was PISSED because this was the second or third time that I went to visit and my deep freezer was unplugged. This time was different because the deep freezer had been without power for several days if not a week. Did I mention I was PISSED?!?!?! I had a lot of grass fed beef, non-GMO food, 4 free range hens, and a number of items I had canned myself. I had several jars of homemade chicken / turkey bone broth and homemade freshly frozen pico de guio (spelling?) salsa from my garden last year.

As for this years garden I have been adding layer after layer of organic fertilizer, crumbling rotting wood, cardboard and anything else to help add fertility to this years summer garden. This years garden was going to be my biggest yet! I planted a few garden veggie plants but most of the work was basically preparing the off grid garden. After today’s long day of working out here on the off grid land I began to wonder is I have bitten more off than I could handle. All you need to d is just remember to take things one day at a time.

Show notes from today’s Podcast

  • Want to learn more about gardening off the grid? This site has some great innovative gardening ideas: Permies forum
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July 24th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Sitting in my car I try to think of everything else that I might need to live better off grid. Preparing for life in the cold at this time of year means you need to think ahead! At a cold 27 degrees outside its a chilly reminder that the weather and the unforgiving elements must take priority if you are to survive in mother natures world. Pausing briefly to watch my breath in the freezing air as the car warms up several more things come to mind. Thinking about the pros and cons of a good LED headlamp with regular batteries vs rechargeable batteries. Talking about an inexpensive way to heat a small area with a paint can, rubbing alcohol, and a roll of toilet paper. Also I bought a bucket for poo because the camper does not have a toilet.

This off the grid podcast episode was recorded back in February ~ These shows are being posted in an effort to document my entire journey off grid. My camper is now in mother natures back yard and I am a visitor here! Life off grid is awesome! Thank you for listening and please stay tuned! I am still having to do a lot of work (July now) so if you have any tips for things that will make life easier please share them here and post your ideas! Thanks!!! 🙂

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