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The first order of business should be to decide where you would like to live. You have some choices. You could buy your own property or live on public land. It’s nice to own your own space, but it’s not necessary. In many places. you can live on public lands at no charge. However, you may be limited to staying a maximum of 14-days .
Do some research before you start your travels. Check the climate in the area you’re considering. Weather extremes in an RV are amplified. Find out how far it is to the nearest hospital, food market and other basic services.
Go over the RV systems to confirm that it will support the life off-grid you imagined. Be certain that the fresh water system is sanitary and has no leaks. Check your black water system for leaks as well. Check the electrical wiring for damage.Also check propane lines and the propane tank for hydrostatic test- date.
When setting up your RV, consider comfort and practicality. For instance, carpeting requires vacuuming; you might want to install wood or vinyl floors that are broom cleanable.
Throw away all unnecessary items so you have room to live and move around in your RV
Seal air leaks to keep out hot, cold as well as insects or small animals.
When you fill the fresh water tank, add a water purifier if you haven’t used the system in a while. Jusat a little bit of chlorine bleach in the holding tank with the fresh water should kill most bugs. Be sure the holding tank for black water is empty; if not, dump it on your way out of town in a dump station. Charge the batteries and fill the propane tanks.
Set up your RV in the lovely spot you selected in step 1.Once you’re set up in your chosen spot, consider different layouts of the area to make sure that you’re using the shade & light to the maximum benefit.
If you own your own property it might be a good idea to build a level pad where you can park your RV permanently.
Consider installing a composting toilet so you don’t have to fight with the septic system in the RV.
RV Safety training for Everyone
RV Electrical Safety From: No Shock Zone
Extension Cords Part Xl
GFCI Testing Part X
Electrical Safety Part lX In review
GFCI Theory Part Vlll
Wattage Part Vll
Voltage Drop Part Vl
Amperage Part V
Outlets Part lll
Meters Part ll
Volts Part 1
The Shocking Truth about RVs
Campfires should be limited to fire rings or approved portable campfire devices. Just be aware that these fires can reignite and spread embers to nearby trees.
Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass, and leaves.
Pile any extra wood away from the fire.
Keep plenty of water handy and have a shovel for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
Start with dry twigs and small sticks. Add larger sticks as the fire builds up. Put the largest pieces of wood on last, pointing them toward the center of the fire, and gradually push them into the flames.
Keep the campfire small. A good bed of coals or a small fire surrounded by rocks give plenty of heat. Scrape away litter, duff and any burnable material within a 10-foot diameter circle. This will keep a small campfire from spreading.
Be sure matches are out. Hold it until it is cold. Break it so you can feel the charred portion before discarding it.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread.
Drown the fire with water. Make sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet. Move rocks, there may be burning embers underneath.
Stir the remains, add more water, and stir again. Be sure all burned material has been extinguished and cooled. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough soil and sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cooled.
Feel all materials with your bare hand. Make sure that no roots are burning. Do not bury your coals as they can smolder and reignite. They can also injure the next camper.
Tips for Green RVing from Go RVing
- Keep your RV on roads that it is equipped to handle.
- Reducing speed by just a few miles per hour $aves Gas!
- Always use marked RV campsites whenever possible.
- Recycle as you travel. Take note of campground recycling categories; they may be different from those you use at home.
- Minimize the use of disposables. Assign a mug to each family member rather than using paper cups. Discard excess packaging at home.
- Keep campfires small to minimize the amount of ash and pollution. Don't put anything into the fire pit that will not burn, such as plastics, foils or metals. Observe fire rules, which may change each day with weather conditions.
- Use non-toxic cleaning supplies.
- Where pets are permitted, use a screw-in stake or other method of securing them, rather than tying them around a tree which can damage fragile bark.
- Your favorite music may be your neighbor's noise pollution. Observe quiet hours for generators, boom boxes and noisy games.
- Work with nature to reduce air conditioning and heating use. In hot weather, use natural shade or canvas covers. In cold weather, park where the RV will be protected from north and west winds.
- Leave campground facilities, including the dump station as clean as you found them.
- Dispose of trash properly.
RV Vacations Leave Smaller Carbon Footprint
PKF Consulting, an internationally recognized consulting firm specializing in travel and tourism, found that families of four taking RV vacations generate less CO2 than families traveling on a plane, renting a car and staying in a hotel.
“RV vacations are not only fun, affordable and comfortable for families,” says Richard Coon, president of Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, “this study shows that they’re also more green than vacations including flying.”
PKF, from in Alexandria, Va., analyzed the CO2 emissions (in tons) of vacations varying in length from 3, 7, 10 and 14 days to destinations such as Orlando, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; and Napa, Calif. The RV vacations analyzed included car/folding camping trailers; SUV/travel trailers; Type C motor-homes; and Type A motor-homes (diesel).
Using the carbon calculator methodology developed by Conservation Intl, an organization that promotes biodiversity conservation, PKF found that RV vacations, in all cases, had a softer environmental impact than the typical airline/rental car/hotel vacations.
For example, comparing to a 10-day trip from Minneapolis, Minn. to Branson, Mo., the study showed that a fly/drive/hotel vacation creates 1.81 more tons of carbon emissions than vacation using a car/folding camping trailer; 1.35 more tons than an SUV/travel trailer trip; 0.92 more tons than a Type C motor-home trip; and 1.26 more tons than a vacation by Type A motor-home (diesel).
In calculating the CO2 emissions, RV miles per gallon estimated to be were 12.5 mpg for a Type A motor-home (diesel) and 10 mpg for a Type C motor-home, based on industry averages supplied by RV manufacturers. PKF used a conversion rate of 1.18 road miles to 1.00 airline mile in its calculations. To determine CO2 impact of the folding camping trailer and lightweight travel trailer, PKF added one additional gallon of fuel per 100 miles traveled per 1,000 pounds. PKF used a weight of 2,000 pounds for the folding camping trailer and 4,000 pounds for the lightweight travel trailer.
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jusfine said: 10/6/2012 9:41:45 AM (EST)
RV Electrical Safety: http://www.noshockzone.org/category/rv-safety/
NBE001 said: 9/25/2012 8:01:45 PM (EST)
Please post info on portable solar power systems.
traveller024 said: 2/23/2011 3:59:58 PM (EST)
How about some information on portable Solar or other products that would make it easier to be off grid.
dw said: 5/29/2010 3:59:58 PM (EST)
From; Contingency Management and Planning: Great stuff - disruptive technology: the Hydra: http://contingencyplanning.com/articles/2010/05/24/say-hello-to-solar-hydrogen-powered-disaster-relief.aspx
George the Plumber said: 5/15/2010 5:11:28 PM (EST)
Install low flow shower heads. Low-flow shower heads & faucets can cut your hot water heating expenses 10-16 percent.
Bobbie V said: 5/15/2010 4:58:42 PM (GMT)
Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you'll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a sweater Set the thermostat back to 55 degrees or off at night or when leaving home for an extended time, saving 5-20 percent of your heating costs
JF said: 5/14/2010 1:18:20 AM (EST)
For you : http://www.sunwize.com/ http://store.solar-electric.com/linecard.html http://www.fuelcellstore.com/education.asp http://www.batterystuff.com/tutorial_solar.html http://www.fuelcellmarkets.com/tropical/products_and_services/3,1,7159,17,28240.html
Ralph G said: 5/13/2010 7:51:21 PM (GMT)
I found a great site for DIY solar panels. pretty cool I made a tiny URL for you: http://tinyurl.com/3tnqam
Justronnie said: 5/13/2010 2:31:25 AM (EST)
So glad you finally decided to do this. I look forward to learning more. Check this out too: ENERGY KIDS http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=solar_home-basics Ronnie