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At the time of posting this video, we’ve been living in an RV on our land for just over four months. We arrived on our property in September of 2015 and had to get to work quickly to prepare for winter. This entailed installing our septic system, getting our travel trailer protected from the elements, and finding a way to keep things from freezing as we don’t have access to power and don’t run our generator non-stop. Getting to our land and getting situated wasn’t cheap… visit our expense reports page to find out how much we have spent up until this point:

Needless to say, we weren’t eager to drop thousands of dollars on a well at this point in the game. We did, however, come up with a solution that works for us with minimal efforts.

We know lots of you have your own ideas on alternative solutions such as IBC tanks, cisterns, water barrels, etc. We thought through many of these things and in the blog post, covered why we didn’t use each one. If you have another idea after reading the blog post, then please let us know in the comments!

2015 Highlights of Our Living Off the Grid Journey:
How We Researched, Found & Purchased the Best Land for Our Off Grid Homestead:
Building an Off Grid Cabin for Winter for $300:
Our Homesteading Expenses By Month To Date:
Why We Had a Traditional Septic System Installed ASAP:


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29 replies
  1. LA Prepper
    LA Prepper says:

    I don't have a ton of money saved up but I also don't want to spend the next 3 to 5 years saving when I could be spending that time building my Homestead. Water is so unbelievably cheap so I'm thinking that maybe at least in the short-term owning some land that I can take water to might be better than living in the apartment, of course everyone wants to have a creek on their property and a forest and maybe a dozen other things but I really like what you're doing especially the big tent around the camper to give yourself a little more warmth and a little bit of area that is not quite outdoors and not quite indoors but never the less useful.

  2. Double tap flag co
    Double tap flag co says:

    Store your water jugs upside down (spout on bottom) in colder climates. It wont prevent freezing but will help as water freezes top down do that u can flip it in the morning and possibly still have water not ice

  3. Steven Sargent
    Steven Sargent says:

    Something to do for your seam's run down to your hardware store or Wal-mart and get some "DUCT TAPE" 2" wide and tape over your seam's on your cabin extension to stop your draft's it will raise your temp 2 to 5 deg alone and is well worth the investment: Also spend one day to put fire wood into your cabin as much as you have room for to dry out and it help the burn process: And last but not least have a steel plat wielded into your stove from the flue to the other side and end to end leaving about 2" to 4" space at the front edge for thermo reburn of the combustion gases "(can find the math on the internet)" and install a damper then you can pack your stove and when it's burning good you can the shut down your damper's and it will burn longer.

  4. ASL Mentor
    ASL Mentor says:

    Thanks for this HELPFUL vlog. I appreciate it so much as a Deaf person, the captions were clear, whew. I plan to live off grid in Nevada next year. Curious, what brand of tent you use to put over your RV?

  5. Andrew McCarthy
    Andrew McCarthy says:

    Moved off-grid over 30 years ago. Into existing, but primitive house. Had a drilled well in the basement with a hand pump. After 2 weeks of using a bucket for water-everything, we installed a used deep-well pump and ran it with a generator when we needed to fill a pressure tank. You quickly find how much water you really need and how much you wasted, before. Life was much more interesting, back then. Technology has greatly improved off-grid living.

  6. Larry Humphreys
    Larry Humphreys says:

    here is the question I have, how is the carbon monoxide levels in your cabon/tent? I myself had one of those pop up garages and a camper on some land up north, and that furnace really roars. I know the exhaust just comes out the side, do you have some exhaust pipe out the side of the tent? or is there air flow in the cabin/tent? Love your videos, I have some ideas on doing something like this and fun watching your mistakes and Triumphs. By the way love the hot tub!

  7. Que Gold
    Que Gold says:

    To add for some one aren't sure: If you run your chimney outside on an ever lifting gradient, so the heat coming from the chimney goes under the table.(hot air rises), make a hot table(use clean metal with 3 inch sides) and a roof made out of any material. Make sure to paint the roof and sides black (as this will help to retain heat), have one corner at the lowest point with a drain, (make sure you fit a good quality filter) and then into your water tank. Next shovel clean snow off the ground onto table and wait for snow to melt and make water for your tank without traveling miles to fill lots of water jugs. This is a great way to get lots of water, from the snow on the ground every morning after it snows. I hope this helps someone.

  8. Que Gold
    Que Gold says:

    I am always amazed at people who have snow but go miles away to get water for their off grid living, when you have tons ( if you don't already know snow is just cold WATER)of snow right where you are living.!!!


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