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#21 Camper_Bob

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Posted May 09 2014 - 08:25 PM

Some people advocate buying expensive heaters to heat your rig. If you're on a low budget, heating your rig can be as simple as getting a clay flower pot and turning it upside down over one of your camp stove burners.

If you happen upon some solar stake lights at a dollar store like I did, that same clay flower pot will make a great holder for those as well.

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Posted May 09 2014 - 08:40 PM

It's always nice to have lights at night. I like the portable solar powered portable lanterns myself. They can be used both indoors and out, and since they're not bolted down, you can take the light to where you need it.

Mine are dimmable, which is handy, and also have AM/FM radios in them. Besides solar they can be charged by a hand crank, or plugged into a cigarette lighter. Truly versatile.

I also keep a strap on head lamp handy, and besides it's obvious uses, it can be turned into an area light by strapping it to a gallon jug filled with water.

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Posted May 09 2014 - 10:15 PM

You can place 2 x 7 gallon rectangular jerry can style water jugs in about the same amount of floor space as a single 5 gallon jug.

If you paint one of them black and leave it in the sun, you will have solar heated hot water. Inside in the sun works too.

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Posted May 09 2014 - 10:36 PM

If you need more than the simple spray bottles can provide, here's another system that I use.

Take a cheapie doggie wash style hand held shower head, and 2 bulb type siphon hose/pumps. I got all 3 at the dollar store. I then purchased 12 feet of clear heavy vinyl tubing at the hardware store. About 5 feet from the end of the hose, I inserted one of the bulb siphon pumps, and then another one on the long end followed by the shower head. Insert the other end into your water supply, and you can operate it either by the hand pump located at the shower head, or by the foot pump located on the floor. Just make sure you insert the bulbs in the correct direction, and you'll have a pretty fool proof system. This can be used for both a sink, or for a shower, and both hand and foot pumps will always work, so you can readily switch between the two for your convenience. You can create simple hands free mounts beside your sink and in your shower if you choose. I have a simple U shaped rope handle on my shower head, so I can easily hang it over either the sink or my shower, if I want hands free operation.

Save the second half of the doggie shower, it will double for what is frequently called a "Water Thief" which will let you hook up to irregular, stripped, or non-threaded faucets to help you fill your water jugs.

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Posted May 09 2014 - 11:46 PM

A simple 7-day extreme ice chest can be used for your refrigeration needs, here's a couple of helpful hints:

A) Use a big block of ice rather than the cubes, it usually costs the same but will last much longer.

B) If you cut the top off from a 5 gallon water jug and place your big block of ice in that, it will contain the melted water and keep your food dry.

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Posted May 10 2014 - 03:47 AM

I used 3 soup cans & a small square sheet of metal instead of a clay pot. Already have the cans and square heat treated to remove any contaminants or toxins.
Instead of painting the water jugs black you can wrap them in agricultural irrigation plastic. I think it's about 10 mil or so, fairly thick & ultra heavy duty. It works great.

Coming up soon I'm hoping to get me a cab-over camper. Get that fixed up and WHEN (not IF) I end up homeless again, I'll have that. If all else fails I hope to have at least a camper shell for my truck. Something is better than nothing.

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Posted May 10 2014 - 04:52 AM

I used 3 soup cans & a small square sheet of metal instead of a clay pot. Already have the cans and square heat treated to remove any contaminants or toxins.
Instead of painting the water jugs black you can wrap them in agricultural irrigation plastic. I think it's about 10 mil or so, fairly thick & ultra heavy duty. It works great.

Coming up soon I'm hoping to get me a cab-over camper. Get that fixed up and WHEN (not IF) I end up homeless again, I'll have that. If all else fails I hope to have at least a camper shell for my truck. Something is better than nothing.


Thanks for the tips, got any pictures? They can help a lot sometimes.

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Posted May 11 2014 - 05:10 AM

No pics, sorry.

“Becoming a dissident is not something that happens overnight.  You do not simply decide to become one.  It is a long chain of steps and acts.  And very often during this process, you do not really reflect upon what is happening...You don’t want to become involved with the dirt that is around you and one day, all of a sudden you wake up and realize that you are a dissident, that you are a human rights activist.” – Vaclav Havel, former Czech President (1993-2003) & activist

 

We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail.  He can be caught.  He can be killed and forgotten.

But four hundred years later an idea can still change the world.

 

"...You can't build a dream, without a plan...." -- Jefferson Starship ("It's Not Over", "No Protection" Album, 1987)


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Posted May 17 2014 - 11:57 AM

I keep a spray bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide handy. Great for doing the dishes. Learned this from some oldtimers I camp with. Save water anytime you can but never skimp on clean.

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Posted May 17 2014 - 04:50 PM

Do you have a vehicle and/or a job? Do you live in a house, apartment, or ?

I live in the USA, but things shouldn't be too different where you're at.


No vehicle ( or license )
I do have a job - but not regular work at the moment.
I don't live in a house.


I'm thinking, to get me on the road would cost a few thousand pounds.

I guess I was wondering if you put things in place over time while working and then set off.




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