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Old 11-25-2015, 02:01 PM   #15
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Yep, I was there and saw the San Jose area burst with subdivisions in the 60's. We bought our house in San Carlos in 1965 and had no desire to live any further south. But I did go to San Joe State University for upper division and grad school in the 70's
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OOOH Boy! Are you guys off topic! ;-) If I understand the original thread it was looking for helpful hints on how to live without modern conveniences.
Throwing my 2c in -- remember you CAN boil water on a propane stove to wash dishes, hands, etc..... You can even boil water on a campfire pit - just make sure the outside of the pot is covered in tin foil so you don't have a pot full of soot to clean up.
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Well, it wasn't exactly dry-camping but it probably made some of the fifties midwestern small town homes look luxurious. In the mid eighties, I lived with my two daughters on a few acres in the Sierras. No electricity or running water although the phone company did run a line in for me. I had a small Honda generator which I would run for a few hours in the evening and I installed a Ram pump (with a huge length of plastic pipe) leading up to a large wooden wine barrel which I situated above my 30' trailer. My teenage daughter dug the outhouse with help from her younger sister and the only complaints I ever heard from them was the sparsity of showers. We could heat water on the propane stove and sometimes pay for showers at a campground abbout half a mile away. So I know about living rough
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Smile Flimsy construction and bathing

Flimsy construction
You should see the houses in Hawai'i. We stayed at a B&B on our first trip there and I was astounded. No inside walls. No insulation. Merely plywood sheets which are the outside and the inside. 2x4s on the seams of the plywood sheets. Painted inside colors on the inside and outside colors on the outside. Of course, the airport doesn't have doors, either.

One of the reasons houses have lighter construction on the west coast is because you don't want a lot of heavy 2x12s over your head in case of an earthquake, hence the truss type construction.

Bathing
We didn't have a shower until 1965 when we bought our first house. The house was built after the war (WWII). When we moved into our present house in 1977 it was the first house we had lived in that had a shower stall.
The 1965 house and one of these bathrooms had/has the shower over the bathtub. Since 1977, I have only had about 5 baths. LOL
When I was a kid, we lived in a cold-water flat. The bathroom had a bathtub and a two burner gas heater upon which we had to heat the water if we wanted to take a bath.

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We used a tub sort of like this to heat the water only it was straight sided and had a lid.

PS: Roger, you had the name I was going to use, so I had to add the "C".
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Old 11-25-2015, 06:23 PM   #19
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OOOH Boy! Are you guys off topic! ;-) If I understand the original thread it was looking for helpful hints on how to live without modern conveniences.
Throwing my 2c in -- remember you CAN boil water on a propane stove to wash dishes, hands, etc..... You can even boil water on a campfire pit - just make sure the outside of the pot is covered in tin foil so you don't have a pot full of soot to clean up.
Finally, a tip that matches the OP thread topic. I saw this post title and thought.. Oh Boy... This will be a fun thread... I was expecting that ppl would share their ideas about off the grid tricks and tips, and all I read until this post, was I walked 10 miles in the show to school... gibberish. Sorry, don't mean to sound negative or sound mean spirited, but this thread swerved clear off topic and into the ditch. LOL

OK, getting back on track... If you are boon docking or off grid camping and want a shower.. an actual shower, you can buy one of those Solar black water blatter showers, and hang it outside, in warmer whether of course, and shower using the sun to heat your water..

Viking Nature Solar Camping Shower Bag

If it's too cold for the outdoors, then heat water in a basin like was mentioned and take a sponge bath. Paper towels work great for this... plus you can save the paper towels to use later to start a campfire.

Oh, and if you're showing outdoors, you might want something like this to ward off those scary old bears that might be curious why a naked human would stand under a sprinkler..

Aerosol Air Horn

Also, if you can afford it, buy one of those catalytic heaters that run off propane to keep warm..

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater

Here are some starter tips and tricks that most already know. Anyone else have ideas for off the grid comfort and peace of mind...

And sorry if my post sounded negative or ranting... I just wanted to try and get this back on course...
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Never seen a real cowboy with a solar shower or a Buddy Heater... LOL
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Never seen a real cowboy with a solar shower or a Buddy Heater... LOL
Guess you haven't watched much of Hollywood's Cowboy perversions then. LOL..

Yes, we're talking a modern day version of the old cowboy. Only our wagon is our trailer and our horse is our car or truck. Grin.. Don't know about you, but our partners probably don't enjoy the ambiance we men emit if we've not showered in a week.

Happy trails my friend.
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There are many other tricks and tips I know that you folks use when dry camping or boondocking off the grid in trailers that aren't self-contained and where you don't have campground facilities.

Share your Cowboy Way tips and hints on dry camping here!
Near Fairbanks there is a pretty large dry lifestyle and non electric community for living, (not just camping.) They aren't the only ones of course but, the largest geographically located group that I found. Simplistic.

Ever since living in Texas, and then Alaska, which opened my eyes up to realize that not every ground built home can have plumbing and that water waste is common for those who have it. Or rather, at least, water complacency!

My last apartment I used a stove top percolator but think cowboy coffee is better than expresso when made right, right!?

I am NO minimalist or eco friendly small foot print person but, I just ordered my "wonder wash" crank washer yesterday and wish I would've gotten it a long time ago! I'd also really wanted a composting tumbler toilet when in Alaska instead of the dry cabin outhouse or thunder bucket but, never got one. Now that I'm going into a non bathroom trailer I was really contemplating on the waste in a bag system or in finding a smaller tumbler toilet. I'd love any recommendations on that!

Jen
edit: another interesting thing I saw in Fairbanks is, olden style, the laundry mats have shower rooms. Wash your clothes and jump in the shower at the same time, (small fee.) Felt a little like the wild west but wilder. They also had the "Water Wagon" stations. Which are very similar to a gas station but, you are pumping water to take home. I used to use Three five gallon jugs but, I left them in Alaska. Silly me!
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Now that I'm going into a non bathroom trailer I was really contemplating on the waste in a bag system or in finding a smaller tumbler toilet. I'd love any recommendations on that!
Good question... Looking forward to seeing what others recommend...

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If you use the search function there are several recent and extensive threads on the question of sawdust, waste-in-a-bag and composting toilets.


There are any number of filtered water dispensing stations at most Wal-Marts and other major stores, at least on the west coast anyway. Wal-Mart sells several sizes of water jugs, including the 5 gallon size.


And for the off-grid, alternative lifestyle, in the lower 48, be sure to check out "Slab City" in CA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slab_City and here: Slab City is, umm, different. Very different.


If interested further be sure to Google '"Slab City" for a fuller picture.
We went out there a few years back and two nights was enough for us, but others have lived there for years.
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About refrigeration: that is true about there being plenty of foods that don't need the fridge. Butter, margarine, pasta, fruits, soups. Even eggs don't really need to be chilled. And you can get UHT milk as well.
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About refrigeration: that is true about there being plenty of foods that don't need the fridge. Butter, margarine, pasta, fruits, soups. Even eggs don't really need to be chilled. And you can get UHT milk as well.

There is a lot of disagreement on that, especially if you are using store bought eggs and/or those that have been previously refrigerated.

Here's a few links:


Here's why you have to refrigerate eggs in the U.S. but not in Europe - LA Times

Why Europeans Don't Refrigerate Eggs - Business Insider

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't : The Salt : NPR

Soooo, unless you get your eggs right out of the chicken........
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