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Lwiddis

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Until you experience “roll and sway” don’t try to fix it. An adequate truck won’t require modifications. Remember your budget....what is your budget?


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mgirardo wrote:

CMKelin wrote:


Everything I need to go off-grid?


You will need some way to recharge your battery(ies). Either a Generator or Solar. You can't rely on running the Truck to recharge the battery. If you plan to have a fridge and furnace, you'll need a decent sized battery bank. If you want to run the A/C, then you'll need a generator.

Water would be the next big concern, where will you get it? Gas stations may not be too excited to see you filling up large tanks of water. You need to find where low cost or free sources of drinking water are. You also need to know where to dispose of the grey water and black water. Free dump stations are out there, but may not be where you want to be.


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Basic equipment everyone should bring such as
emergency repair kits, hatchets, saws, etc. ?


We always traveled with a set of mechanics tools, drill/driver, fuses and duct tape. The hatchet & saw would come in handy if you plan to have camp fires, but not really a necessity. If you plan to boondock alone and your truck doesn't have 4WD, then either a come-along or electric winch with a pull pal would be helpful.

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The best way to find caravan groups to start out with?


Google search or Facebook Groups.

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All the places you can safely & legally boondock?


We've used ***Link Removed***. There is also ***Link Removed*** and probably countless others. Again, Google is your friend.

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What is a decent size battery bank? How much does it cost? Is it better to go with lithium? Battle-born batteries?
How much would the solar panels cost? How many are recommended?

What about composting toilets? What are they? How much are they? And would they give you a lot more convenience?

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Lithium batteries? Now I understand your budget isn’t an issue.

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

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I don't have the luxury of years researching everything I need to know to get started.
Since I don't have roots and can work remotely, I want to hit the road ASAP.
I can't seen to find a source that gives a concise and exhaustive how-to guide.
I'm always left with questions.

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Everything I need to go off-grid? Depends on where you are going, and what you will be doing. Able to work anywhere ? INternet required? If so unlimited data on a cell plan and use as a hotspot, or a stand alone. Otherwise you are tethered to unreliable wifi sources.

Basic equipment everyone should bring such as
emergency repair kits, hatchets, saws, etc. ? Basically what you are comfortable with, space and weight will be limiters, so trim down with that in mind, also get handy with a multi meter if you aren't already. Google "the 12 volt side of life" for help.

The best way to find caravan groups to start out with?

All the places you can safely & legally boondock?
You tube has a lot of material, from How to's to videos of specific campgrounds, the above is an example.
***Link Removed***

Also curious as to what you think the best rig is for a small signature and versatility?
It depends on how far off the beaten track you want to go. For workspace as well as living, I would think a Travel trailer may be better suited, especially considering the ability to have larger tanks and an area to set up as a workspace.

Is there a guide to must-see locales? Maybe a kind of itinerary on how to hit all of them?
Back to you tube, input your interest in the search bar, and go as wild as you wish.


What however would we use for a laptop? We'd be using that more than a cell phone.

We were more talking about caravan trails and itineraries that go through several states and hit major sites of interest, rather than randomly looking?

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"What however would we use for a laptop? We'd be using that more than a cell phone."

Most smartphones have a Hotspot function built in that allows it to share web access with a tablet, laptop, or other device.

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Lwiddis wrote:

You don’t need years to research but you do need a knowledgable friend to help you inspect a used any RV before purchase, and you need an adequate truck to carry the load. Rush and proceed without experienced help will waste your money. What is the total amount of funds you have available?


Ideally, we want to spend $15k between a truck & a camper. We want an all-season camper. We don't know about trucks to know what we need.
We've heard that F150s are excellent. Ideally, we want a setup where we can get more than 11 mpg.

Are there any particular trucks you recommend? We heard that diesel gets better mpg but that the cost of maintenance is so high that you might as well go with gas.

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Until you experience “roll and sway” don’t try to fix it. An adequate truck won’t require modifications. Remember your budget....what is your budget?


Our budget is $15K so we are going to be scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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"What however would we use for a laptop? We'd be using that more than a cell phone."

Most smartphones have a Hotspot function built in that allows it to share web access with a tablet, laptop, or other device.


What's that mean? So we'd be able to use our laptop on the wifi for our cellular service? If so how much might that plan cost? Who would you recommend?

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CMKelin wrote:

wanderingaimlessly wrote:

"What however would we use for a laptop? We'd be using that more than a cell phone."

Most smartphones have a Hotspot function built in that allows it to share web access with a tablet, laptop, or other device.


What's that mean? So we'd be able to use our laptop on the wifi for our cellular service? If so how much might that plan cost? Who would you recommend?

Do you have a smartphone? And with what carrier?
For Android phones
Android
And for Apple
Apple

You will want to be on an unlimited data plan from whatever carrier you choose.

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CMKelin wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

You don’t need years to research but you do need a knowledgable friend to help you inspect a used any RV before purchase, and you need an adequate truck to carry the load. Rush and proceed without experienced help will waste your money. What is the total amount of funds you have available?


Ideally, we want to spend $15k between a truck & a camper. We want an all-season camper. We don't know about trucks to know what we need.
We've heard that F150s are excellent. Ideally, we want a setup where we can get more than 11 mpg.

Are there any particular trucks you recommend? We heard that diesel gets better mpg but that the cost of maintenance is so high that you might as well go with gas.


You will only find only the smallest of truck campers, that will work with a 1/2 ton truck. Using a 1/2 ton truck for carrying a truck camper to live full time in, isn't realistic.
Neither is 11mpg nor all season. All season truck campers weigh a lot and will require a minimum of a 3/4 ton.
With only a 15k budget, you need to do more research before jumping into this.


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