I thought I would start out today with a few links to some recommended reading ideas… I was going to try for another “Book Review” today but I just didn’t have the opportunity to get it put together in time. We’ll do it next week instead!
This first link is to a short fiction story over on the Shenandoah blog. It’s an excerpt of what this particular blogger imagines could be the way our Dollar finally dies, a different take than the slow slide that has become a popular theory as of late… This is the first time I have run across this blogger but this particular entry was interesting and I’m sure that as soon as I have the time I’ll look into his other work.
These next couple of links are for a blog that is written by the far left author, a somewhat radical James Howard Kunstler. I don’t agree with a lot of the premises that he has come up with but I do agree overall with some of his conclusions… He publishes his blog on Monday mornings each week and I usually take a look. He has a typical leftist disdain for all things conservative. Specifically in these posts Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin but if you can over look some of his prejudice his writing should prove interesting to you as well…
This last article I’m linking is by the ever popular Jack Spirko over at TSP -The Survival Podcast… If you’re unfamiliar with his work – you gotta check him out! This is the first of about 10 principles that he’s come up with to base his “Modern Survival Philosophy” on. Well worth your time to investigate!
The topic I was going to bring up today isn’t exactly something out a left field. Several of the daily videos this week were along these lines. It’s the idea of converting a cargo trailer into a stealth camper. Whether this would be something you might decide to actually live in, like a growing number of people have or just as a cool camping/get outa dodge type BOV rig, its worth considering…
Last weekend on my trip to the BOL, I borrowed a friends enclosed trailer to haul my motherload of storage boxes in. I couldn’t help doing some sizing up of the possibilities. This trailer is only a small single axle unit, 6′x6′x12′ long. I was looking at the size and determined that it would be tempting to get a little larger trailer for a project like this but it might compromise the practicality of the whole show if you got to large.
I think that a stronger unit would be required, a second axle for sure to handle the added weight of the built in furnishings. I’ve seen several of these completed projects and it would seem that there’s endless possibilities, even if your working with less than 100 square feet.
I’ve done some research into the whole van dwelling and life on the road gypsy movement. I have to admit that it really does call to my soul to have the freedom to come and go with the weather. If I can get Mrs. Prepper to sign on with me, we’ll be taking an extended road trip in something like this or maybe even a purpose built BOV camper van.
Are you starting to wonder if I might just get myself a few to many projects and be unable to finish any of them… So am I and even more important, so is Mrs. Prepper! She’s very supportive and willing to do some creative travelling with me in the future but we’ll probably need to have a home base for in between these big adventures I have planned.
If you watched the videos this week you saw the concepts that a couple folks came up with. There is really nothing that you could have with a conventional RV, that couldn’t be included in this Stealth Camper idea. I saw toilets, showers, full and partial kitchens – the works!
The idea is to be able to go, camp or at least sleep for the night, in areas that wouldn’t be advisable to the full fledged RV crowd. Several websites that I’ve discovered show people with this arrangement parking everywhere from urban industrial parks to places like ‘Slab City’ out in the middle of the desert, local beaches and everywhere in between.
Lately, we’ve been looking at the proposed budgets for a simpler lifestyle. I think we’ve established that it is easily within any of our reaches to create a lifestyle that requires much less of us financially, if that’s what we’re after. I can’t relate with the few naysayers that sent me hate mail about what a cruddy lifestyle I was suggesting. If there’s a way to have a $100K annual income but annual expenses of only $10-25K, sounds like a person could have a lot of discretionary funds. I for one like the idea of choosing how much money I might require myself to work for, without the ugly head of the bill pile dealing harshly with my reality.
I see these odd-ball folks living in unconventional ways and wonder what it would be like? I have a handy side that thinks I could probably build one of these campers, hit the road and live a freedom road lifestyle for a few years… Then I get back to my grounding, I have a few debts to still wipe out, a 17 year old daughter and a BOL project that will keep my busy for years to come. I’m pretty happy with our progress and wouldn’t want to stall that train mid track, so I will just day dream about this! I hope that some of these side trips I keep bringing to you, don’t put you to sleep! There is so many interesting lifestyles out there that the (9-5) j-o-b for the next 40 years program just can’t compete with!