Tag: off the grid

Here’s a really awesome DIY Slide On Four Wheel Camper Style Pop-Up Truck Camper RV by ‘notesfromavagabond.’ It’s built on an aluminum frame he welded together himself and includes a few innovative features, such as a fold out room and a simple roof-lift mechanism.

(Thinking about building your own truck camper? (You can build them out of wood, too!) If you haven’t yet, check out my article on How To Build Your Own DIY Truck Camper RV)

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Need ideas for quickly generating warm shower water? Watch this amusing video showing a simple system using a water pump and heat exchanger coil.

While it could certainly be improved upon with some easy modifications that would help it both heat up faster and be much safer, it’s a great illustration of creative thinking, and a simple demonstration of exactly how an on-demand hot water system works. It would be interesting to see something like this installed more permanently… Perhaps even running off of a small wood-burning rocket stove?

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Did you know you can make your own gasoline? Not much, mind you — and I wouldn’t advocate chopping down trees to do it! But as a teaching exercise, MrTeslonian shows you in this video series how one can inexpensively turn dead wood into refined gas that can run a car by capturing all the fuel gases in the form of crude oil and refining into whatever “fossil fuel” you like. Totally fascinating!

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Want fresh ideas for simpler more economical ways to cook when you’re living off the grid? Look into the cheap and powerful homemade backpacking stoves used by inventive campers like this guy. They’re made to be easy to assemble from common items in your recycling bin for just a few bucks at most and run off alcohol or free wooden twigs you find lying around. All in all, much quicker and more efficient than setting up a whole campfire just to boil some water!

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