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Old 03-25-2010, 05:47 PM   #421
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But even though I ended up getting rid of most of my stuff, there were some things that I knew I wanted/needed to hang onto. So I bought a 40ft shipping container and made arrangements to store it on a large ranch near the place where I was living. Great alternative to monthly storage.
Great post. I like your rig.

I've also been thinking lately about being able to parse everything down to fit into a shipping container. There are some things that I don't want to get rid of, such as tools. Let's say I'm gone for a year or two, then return home to plan for another adventure. I don't want to re-invest money in things that I got rid of. So it would be good to always have the basics on hand for a household: minimal furniture, a bed, cookware. It would be great to fit all of this in a shipping container (maybe even a 20'?) and store it on a friend's property. It could then be loaded onto a truck and delivered to your next home.

Yes, one could always get rid of all that stuff and live on less, but for me, it is also good to have some sort of familiar 'home' to return to.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:18 PM   #422
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Thanks for all the compliments guys, but I don't want to clutter this thread with more chatter about my motorhome.

That's exactly the situation I was in rawdog (my shipping container is full of tools and all the things that I will need again eventually). Whenever I find a piece of property that I want to build on, I'm going to put a simple roof and end-walls between two 40ft shipping containers to make a temporary workshop. It's highly likely that I'll end up using more shipping containers to build my white-trash palace, but I plan on incorporating a lot of salvage/surplus building materials. I'd like to buy a few more shipping containers, so I could store building materials in them for now, and then use them as building materials later. Oh, and on the topic of repurposing things: the way I've built Mah Deuce, I'll be able to drop the box off the back of the truck and replace it with a regular 12ft pickup bed. That will give me a shop, shelter, and a truck to haul building materials. The Giving Tree made a lasting impact on me...
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:26 PM   #423
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...Whenever I find a piece of property that I want to build on, I'm going to put a simple roof and end-walls between two 40ft shipping containers to make a temporary workshop. It's highly likely that I'll end up using more shipping containers to build my white-trash palace, but I plan on incorporating a lot of salvage/surplus building materials. I'd like to buy a few more shipping containers, so I could store building materials in them for now, and then use them as building materials later. Oh, and on the topic of repurposing things: the way I've built Mah Deuce, I'll be able to drop the box off the back of the truck and replace it with a regular 12ft pickup bed. That will give me a shop, shelter, and a truck to haul building materials. The Giving Tree made a lasting impact on me...
Before you buy the property, check your zoning. Even some of the most out of the way places now have restrictions against the incorporation of shipping containers into a structure in that manner. If you do find such a place, you might want to get your roof up now so as to be grandfathered in in case the rules change while your gone.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:47 PM   #424
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Before you buy the property, check your zoning. Even some of the most out of the way places now have restrictions against the incorporation of shipping containers into a structure in that manner. If you do find such a place, you might want to get your roof up now so as to be grandfathered in in case the rules change while your gone.
Thanks, I know exactly what you're talking about. Not going to build anywhere with any type of zoning restrictions like that.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:58 PM   #425
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Here is another idea for us cheap bastards:

Modified container home. Would be a perfect RV "Port." Just close those container doors/ side when you leave.

I like this idea.
I live in a apartment building (42 units,park across the street,surrounded by one and two family homes).So far so good.
When I moved in here last October I also was thinking of a Plan B incase I wanted out of here. Small camper was on my short list,but you can't park one here. I ended up buying a 4x4 Pickup with a tow package used at a very good price. I figured I could always put a slide in camper on it if I wanted to go to Plan B. So for now I have a pickup that can tow close to 10,000 lbs. and a DRZ400 for fun and commuting.I will be using both of these for camping and riding trips starting very soon.
I feel much more comfortable knowing that I have a Plan B.
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:00 AM   #426
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I am always intrigued by shipping container homes. I've done a bunch of research and they can be as or more expensive to build than traditional construction.

Lately I feel that to live on the cheap stateside, it would be cheaper to do so in a fifth wheel than to construct a shipping container home.
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:06 PM   #427
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I am always intrigued by shipping container homes. I've done a bunch of research and they can be as or more expensive to build than traditional construction.

Lately I feel that to live on the cheap stateside, it would be cheaper to do so in a fifth wheel than to construct a shipping container home.
I am looking into building a container "Cabin" on the family property up in Washington.

The advantage there is we only go up in the summer.
Lock the thing up and no leaks. Plus Very secure.
Not going to break in without power tools or a cutting torch.
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:26 PM   #428
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Holy Schmoly! Jesus, that's some serious planning and design.

Off Grid and ready for the end of the world as we know it. Lots of people really respect that. The thing is, as you drive around out there, people are going to be so intrigued by your rig, you are going to get lots of visitors asking for a tour. I know I'd have a hard time keeping away and would be plenty nosey.

The water purification system has been tested and retested?

Wow.

Your planning and arranging is just amazing. Yeah. More details and tidbits, please.

Pics of the inside of that rig?



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Old 03-28-2010, 12:04 AM   #429
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I'm really interested in multi fuel vehicles. Been doing some research on them lately but it seems they only come in military vehicles. I love the idea of the flexibility...

Rotapower the designed of a new revolutionary engine makes a multi fuel single piston engine that weighs 68lbs and creates 160 hp. How gnarly would it be if they beefed it up and made a 300-400 hp model?
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:20 AM   #430
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Rotapower the designed of a new revolutionary engine makes a multi fuel single piston engine that weighs 68lbs and creates 160 hp. How gnarly would it be if they beefed it up and made a 300-400 hp model?
Or just stuck it in a motorcycle.
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Old 03-28-2010, 03:13 AM   #431
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Just found an E-zine dedicated to ex-pats.

http://escapeartist.com/
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:27 AM   #432
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I'm really interested in multi fuel vehicles. Been doing some research on them lately but it seems they only come in military vehicles. I love the idea of the flexibility...

Rotapower the designed of a new revolutionary engine makes a multi fuel single piston engine that weighs 68lbs and creates 160 hp. How gnarly would it be if they beefed it up and made a 300-400 hp model?
Don't hold your breath waiting for it to come on the market. These appear to be the same people who have been working on the Moller Air Car for thirty years.

In software, it's called "vaporware".
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:31 AM   #433
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Gas has some real advantages.

but as to the cost of diesel fuel. it is only about $0.20 a gal more average than regular and they get Much better mileage per gallon, in same/same applications.

Diesel is cheaper than gasoline in Mexico ... something to factor in if you want to be an ex-pat or wanderer.

For other countries you might want to do your own research.

Personally, I'm a big fan of diesels especially for a motorhome application, but as the expression goes, your mileage may vary.
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:39 AM   #434
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Of course around here, there were some years where you could get russian shelters really cheap -
That was because the Soviet and Eastern Euro economies tanked and the former Warsaw Pact nations practically had a fire sale.

Don't be too surprised to see former US military items at fire sale prices in a few years.




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Old 03-28-2010, 03:08 PM   #435
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Don't hold your breath waiting for it to come on the market. These appear to be the same people who have been working on the Moller Air Car for thirty years.

In software, it's called "vaporware".
Actually, they are doing there own thing.
but the guy with the Air car wants their engine pretty bad.
Just doesn't have the money to front the start-up costs of production.

I always wondered what a rotory motor with modern tech could do.
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