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Cost and Installation of Solar Power on Our Truck

Cost and Installation of Solar Power on Our Truck

Once we had our trailer and truck topper we bought a solar/battery setup for our truck.  We wanted to have two separate power systems on the truck and trailer so when we disconnect from the trailer we can still charge computers, phones, etc.  Here’s a list of items we purchased for our power for the truck:   Description Price Topoint 190W Monocrystalline Solar Panel $135 Tracer 20A Solar Controller $140 Roof Brackets for Solar Panel $15 (2) 15A Fuse $34…

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How and Why We Decided on a Pickup Truck and Cargo Trailer as Our Home

How and Why We Decided on a Pickup Truck and Cargo Trailer as Our Home

After living in a truck camper for just over 6 months, we spent some quality time looking into all the various options and configurations of living in a vehicle on the road.  The basic options we considered were: (1) sprinter van (2) truck and trailer (3) truck camper (4) pop up truck camper (5) rv.  We decided on a truck and trailer setup because it gives us the best compromise of all important components we were looking for.  If you…

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Running Away

Running Away

I still wake up anxious that I don’t have a plan some days, like today.  I’ve been running from the part of myself that never changes and has the answers, and generally running away is because of fear, but I cant figure out what I’m scared of. At full speed I lie constantly.  I don’t give myself time to tell the truth, only time to appease whatever half understood intention happens to be pulling for my attention.  I want so badly…

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Recycling While Traveling

Recycling While Traveling

It is clear to me that we don’t as a nation believe in the environment, or at least we all think different aspects of the environment are more important than others. As a road traveller I no longer recycle. Yes I said it. If you live out of your vehicle you save water, power, in many cases fuel but I bet you find it really hard to recycle too. I recycle if I find a can but those are usually…

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To Truck Camper, To Van or to Truck and Trailer

To Truck Camper, To Van or to Truck and Trailer

We just hit six months and 20 thousand miles with our truck camper, it was a 2001 Summerwind weighing about 2,300 pounds, and closer to 2,800 pounds loaded with our stuff. Let me tell you the reasons we loved it and why we sold it. Making the Truck Camper Work The camper sat on our year 2000 Ford F-250 short-bed diesel truck. Being a ¾ ton truck it managed the weight admirably going under 50MPH on straight roads. I highly…

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I Am A Fumbling Human

I Am A Fumbling Human

Every person has a whole world that exists in their own head.  No one else will ever see that world.  I forgot about that. When I meet someone I habitually analyze their person, and assume that who I see is who others see as well and also who they themselves see.  Generally, you can see a joyful spirit instantly, but a lifetime lives in the minds of every thing, and we’ll never really know the person as they see themselves. …

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Camping, Computer Bugs, Winter Approaching

Camping, Computer Bugs, Winter Approaching

Since we last wrote a bug flew into my computer according to Apple and it landed on my cooling fan where it was killed prematurely. The fan killing spread liquid onto a liquid indicator sticker that tells apple you have spilled coffee on the keyboard. Anyway, it wasn’t covered by warranty; it fell into the “abuse” category. I attempted to tell them the bug did not belong to me nor was it domesticated.  My father happened to write an e-mail…

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Our First Job – Learning How to Make Money on the Road

Our First Job – Learning How to Make Money on the Road

We have been on the road for 5 months!  (Woohoo!) While we have been brainstorming ways to make money on the road, we figured some form of labor here and there with little commitment might be a good addition.  Browsing craigslist, we found that music festivals need temporary workers for just a few days.  The upcoming Vertex music festival was being held just under seven miles from where we were camped.  We applied for jobs as bartenders with free camping…

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Young Couple on the Road – The beauty of breaking away

Young Couple on the Road – The beauty of breaking away

Neither of us lost our jobs. In fact, it was looking much more like the opposite. We were climbing the career ladder, we had 401k’s, we had a house and a big flat screen TV. We were not forced into this lifestyle due to financial constraints. We chose this life because those jobs, the house, the flat screen TV – they were killing us. We woke up to a life in ruins. Our priorities were significantly based on a wish…

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Disarming the Guards

Disarming the Guards

Last night we were laying in the camper watching the Walking Dead. I had to do a double take when I remembered that an hour earlier Chris and I were sitting outside mouths open as a family of bald eagles circled our camp. A river clearer and colder than any I’d ever seen was rushing past 50 feet away, and in the morning we would startle a beaver while crossing it. This is real, we are actually living the life we…

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