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Old 02-20-2009, 09:44 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm so happy I came across this site during a web search this evening.
After dumping over $18,000 in rent this past year I decided no more.
We have a 25 ft Nomad and we're looking into buying a 5 acre place.
Looked into water containment and a generator today.
With the economy going the way it is and feeling like paying rent is throwing
away money, next week we're moving into our camper at a camp site till we
can close on a piece of land.
We're tired of being broke all the time and this will help us save money
with hopes of buying 20 acres and building a straw bale house in the future.
I have to admit, I'm both excited and scared about this adventure.
Seems like in the US we all want everything super sized, including our homes.

I'll read up on back posts and learn all I can that way, however if anyone wants to send some
advice and words of wisdom, please feel free to. I was so gun ho about this and now
that it's about to happen, part of me is saying, GIRL !!!!! what in the world are you doing.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:24 PM   #2
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This a good option in this day and age. Good luck.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:17 AM   #3
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I was so gun ho about this and now that it's about to happen, part of me is saying, GIRL !!!!! what in the world are you doing.
Welcome and best wishes.

Gina D. posted a link in the thread Les Stroud, OFF the Grid to some YouTube video's you might find worth watching given your situation.

Parts of the video's might scare you a bit more, but in the end, you should find them inspirational.
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:11 AM   #4
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Thousands of people live in mobile homes and are quite happy doing so -- Especially the Full Timers who move them around occasionally. I lived for nine years in a Jayco 16' and then my Scamp 13'. You might even reconsider bothering to build a straw-bale home -- Why bother? <g>
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:53 PM   #5
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Sure appreciate the encouragement and we're looking forward to living simpler, paying off bills and saving.
I'm now actually looking more forward to it and it's getting less scary.
I'm getting good at realizing I don't need all the 'stuff' I have.
Having so many things one doesn't use is kind of like a sort of bondage.
(worrying about it, storing it, etc.)
I can't get over how much 'stuff' I keep that I never use.
On other hand, I learn to spin today and am looking forward to
buying a spinning wheel and doing that in our cozy little trailer.
With the slide out is sure is roomy.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:57 PM   #6
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I have a trailer but do not live in yet but maybe soon as things are going. I happen to spin as well and have a wheel for sale if you are interested. Where are you thinking about getting your land maybe we could meet and spin together?

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Old 03-01-2009, 01:14 AM   #7
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Hi Caroline, I lived up until recently, in a 30ft. travel trailer for 15yrs. The pad fee fluctuated at the end it was $250 per. month including hydro, cable, water. Although it was just myself I managed ok. I did have an addition build and installed a small wood stove for when it got really cold. The spot that I lived in was focused on tourists during the warmer months, but there were about 8 of us that we there permanently. I eventually put a metal roof over the whole thing because the trailer leaked.

There were hard times for me one time or another and I always felt that I could always handle the pad fee if anything went wrong. My situation is very different now working fulltime for a few years now so, have bought myself a mobile home which I have paid off last month in less than a year. My modest lifestyle has allowed me a couple of trips to Hawaii, helped my adult children out, and remained debt free. I don't know how many times that people have said to rent an apartment, but I coudln't bare to. Good luck Bonnie
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:04 PM   #8
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Hi Caroline, straw bale house building caught my attention last year. Are there local examples that you can point a link to for us?
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:42 PM   #9
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hey Caroline

bought another wheel today I spent the whole day spinning.

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Old 03-01-2009, 08:42 PM   #10
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in 21 days i'll be fulltiming in my 13" boler for just over 6 months! It is somewhat comforting to know that there are other people out there as crazy as I am. I don't think it will be too bad, at one point i was forced to live out of the back of my truck for a month, so I figure that the boler is luxury in comparison! I hear you on the rent, I am sick and tired of paying someone else's mortgage! Best of luck to you!
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:17 PM   #11
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14 days till we're fulltime camper/rv folks
Just typed a respomse to the posts above and then lost it before I
was able to hit the reply bottom, getting late, will retype it tomorrow.
Mike, will post links to the straw bale site I know of,
Alexandra, I'm jealous, you got to spin, however I did get some crocheting in today.
Started a blanket for my newest granddaughter (7 months old)
Is your other wheel still for sale?
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:56 PM   #12
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Caroline, Good Luck in the coming months and years.

Mike T, maybe this site will be of help to you:
http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/stra...use-design.htm

Some years ago while we were out on a drive up in the Black Range of the Gila Nat'l Forest we drove around in the old almost Ghost Town (now coming back to life) of Kingston, NM. They had some StrawBale homes built and one was under construstion, very neat method, very sound, good insulations, very green. http://blackrangelodge.com/lodge2.html
http://www.strawbalecentral.com/
http://www.strawbalecentral.com/newSBHome.html
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Then there always are tiny houses:

http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses.htm

and:

http://www.discoverys.net/Tiny%20Texas%20Houses.htm

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Old 03-02-2009, 07:16 AM   #14
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sent you a PM about the wheel, but we have 5 wheels now another adiction be caredul.

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