How to live off-grid in an RV camper long term?
January 31, 2011 8:51 AM Subscribe
Living off the grid in an RV camper: Legalities, practicalities, and advice?
posted by buckaroo_benzai to home & garden (34 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I'm getting tired of paying rent, and I have some money saved up, so I'm thinking about buying an RV camper, finding a site for it, and living in it off the grid (I will not need ANY connections). I am located in Sonoma County, California.
I have several questions related to this:
1) Finding a site. Ideally I would like to "rent" about 1/4 of an acre on a farm/ranch. Somewhere with road access and some privacy. What would be the best way to find such a situation? Are there any legalities I should be aware of? How should I present it to a landowner? Given that a room in a house around here goes for $600-800 per month, is $200/mo a fair price to offer to rent a patch of land?
2) How practical is it to live "off grid" like this?
I see several things that will warrant changes:
Showering: I can do this at my gym.
Water: I have several 7-gallon containers I can fill up periodically elsewhere.
Cooking: The camper would have a gas stove.
Refrigeration: I have a large cooler that I could keep stocked with ice (it lasted for 4 days in the heat of Burning Man, so I expect 5-7 days here in the north bay, even more if I build an insulated box to put it in). Plus the fridge at work has a bunch of room in it.
Laundry: Find a local laundromat.
Trash: I don't generate much at all, and what I do I could put in the dumpsters at work.
Waste: Composting toilet made from a 5-gallon bucket, some sawdust, and a toilet seat.
3) Does anyone know of any blogs or other useful resources that I should consult when planning this?