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!

 

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  • 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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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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leaky camper roof
August 19th, 2015 by Off The Grid

The old adage of when it rains it pours was certainly true for today’s show. After redoing the camper roof by scraping the old layers off, applying a 3 gallon bucket of tar with a trowel, and a 5 gallon bucket of rubber sealant with a paint roller.. the rain still made its way inside. With the water streaming down into a 5 gallon bucket at a steady pace it made me think. If I had to do it all over again it might have been better to simply save up money to buy a better camper for this off grid venture that was less of a fixer upper! a good rainstorm had made its way through the area and my off grid camper was right in the middle of the heaviest downpour. It was getting late as this episode of the Off Grid Podcast was recorded about 9:30PM and I was tired. Despite the late start I was able to get a couple of things done in the camper.

Despite the leaky sealing one thing was clear.. this camper was turning out to be more work than I had originally imagined. Everything seems to be coming down to three things.. time, distance, and money. 1. Time: Because of the workable time (daylight when its not crazy hot outside) in any given day. 2. Distance: With the camper being about an hour’s drive away from where I was staying (crashing on the couch) then “distance” quickly adds up to more “time”. 3. Money: After stretching my time short to try and work on the camper the money needed to put toward fixing the camper was in a delicate balance. The minimum 2 hours daily drive time and distance meant that in order to generate the funds to buy materials for the off grid camper I needed to work more.. taking more time away from fixing the camper.

Four months had now passed since my original goal of being off the grid by March 1st and being June the year was half over already. The fact that the camper was here now and not half a days drive did make a huge difference in the amount of progress being made. Again if you have been listening to Off The Grid Podcast you are up to date on all of life’s challenges and stumbling blocks. Many of my friends and family would ask what I needed. I told them I needed help.. like help working on the camper but when it came down to it they were not willing to make the drive. The only one that did was my cousin and honestly without him I would not be this far along right now. He has been a huge help! Thank you Jason! your the best man!

“I don’t know what I don’t know yet but I’m learning it”

Today’s podcast was a long one and if your tuning in daily I apologize for posting this one a day late. It is turning out to be a very good and busy summer. Anyway I will go ahead and wrap this up so more episodes can be posted on time. 😛 Thank you guys for listening and keeping up with the journey from the suburbs to off the grid.

Show notes from today’s Podcast

  • If you have questions, comments, or tips about living off grid then please post them here!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please subscribe and rate the show!
  • If you like the show please help support this journey off grid by telling a friend about the podcast 🙂

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new sealant tar camper roof
August 17th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Today was the last of a 3 day weekend and I was heading out to put some sealant and tar on the camper roof. If you remember last episode of Off The Grid Podcast I started working on the roof. If a camper or house has a leaky roof then there is no new sealant tar camper roofsense working on or fixing new sealant tar camper roof 2anything inside. Yesterday I was out there on top of the roof scraping the old roof sealant all the way down to the metal. Some campers and RVs have rubber roofs. Others have galvanized roofs under the sealant. Luckily my off grid camper was galvanized.. under about a quarter inch of close to 40 years of roofing sealant and tar. Today my goal was to complete fixing the camper roof. I had a 3 gallon bucket of tar that you apply with a trowel and a 5 gallon bucket of rubber that you roll on with a paint roller. Both went on great as you can see in the pictures. Scraping was not as difficult as I thought it would be and it was a relief when the sealant went on really smooth as well.

On a side note I made a funny video called “Preparing For Poo”. It was basically a DIY video on how to prepare for um.. poo. Yes when you have to go you just have to go if you know what I mean. The quick funny video shows you how to put together a super quick Porta Potty out of a cardboard box, couple of trash bags, some duck tape, and a recycled toilet seat. Anyway if your up for a laugh please check out the link below in today’s show notes to see the funny Preparing For Poo video. 😛

 

 Show notes from today’s Podcast

  • The funny “Preparing For Poo” video is not up yet. I will edit today’s show notes and announce in future when it is.
  • If you have questions, comments, or tips about living off grid then please post them here!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please subscribe and rate the show!
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working on camper roof
August 14th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Join me today while working on the roof of the off grid camper and afterwards as I take a break to share a quiet moment in nature. With my feet hanging carefree off the side of the camper enjoying a short break. If you remember last episode we finally got the camper to the off grid

working on top camper roof 3

working on top camper roof 3

land. Today’s podcast was recorded Memorial day weekend as I was working on the camper’s roof. Yup.. the camper is here after several months and its time to get busy!! So the weather was nice and the birds were out there keeping me company as I scraped all of the old roof materials. The close to 40 year old camper was now off the grid and first on the priority list was getting the roof straight. The camper is in really good shape for its age. The camper’s roof had several layers of tar, paint, and who knows what else up there to keep the rain out. I had a 3 or 4 inch scrapper, a large wire brush, good pair of work gloves, a gallon of spring water, and snacks. Yet today was a good day on top of the camper.

I learned a few lessons when working on the roof. Lesson one: as humans we are really bad at estimating time. Whatever job you have planned double the

estimated amount of time needed. Lesson two: Double check and “estimated” amount of materials you will need for your project. This is especially important when going off grid! If you are a good long drive away from any stores where you could buy forgotten materials more time means slower progress. Lesson three: Life can be an adventure and we should all take some time once in a while to smell the roses. Ferris Buler said it best in Ferris Buler’s Day Off.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it!

Thank you for joining me with another edition of Off The Grid Podcast! Without you there would be no podcast 😉 This journey is has been a major learning experience and its just getting started! So if you like the show post a question or few for today’s episode. Thanks!

working on top camper roof 2

working on top camper roof 2

Show notes from today’s Podcast

  • If you have questions, comments, or tips about living off grid then please post them here!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please subscribe and rate the show!
  • If you like the show please help support this journey off grid by telling a friend about the show 🙂

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