Originally Posted by DocsDad
I'm curious about you boondocking for this extended period of time (8 mos). My wife and I love the idea of off-grid living. What unit are you in? Is this private land or are you mobile? How are you handling water supply, sewer etc. Or am I mis-reading your post? Thanks in advance.
Hi & thanx for your interest & q's:
Yes I boondock for 8 months of the year here in West Michigan on the edge of the Manistee National Forest not far from Lake Michigan.
My trailer is a 2014 Shockwave T24FQ MX toyhauler. I don't however use it for hauling 'toys'. Rather I liked the fact that its really built tough (it is after all a toyhauler) and it is very spacious hence I don't need slides. Its already nice & open.
My 'power' set up is 2 30lb propane tanks & 2 12volt marine grade deep cells and the trailer has a 160 watt solar charging panel. It came with a 4000 watt Onan genset and being a toy hauler has a built in 40 gallon gas tank which I use exclusively to power the generator as I never bought the trailer to haul toys around but to live in.
I park this on my own private land that as 0.6 acre that I purchased at the county tax sale auction. The parcel had reverted back to the county due to previous owner not paying the property taxes. It is too small to build a house on (zoning is 1 acre minimum). Its on a paved road and essentially surrounded by State and Federal Forest lands....... I bought it at the auction for 400$ and had to pay the summer taxes of that year which amounted to a whopping $4.53. the deed recordation fee was 22bux. So I got my piece of boondock heaven for 427 bux. It cost me 800$ to have a culvert put in at the drive for egress/ingress to & from the paved road.
I initially contacted the power company to have electric installed and they wanted 3500$ plus the electrician wanted another 900$ to install my rv pole with shore power plugs, etc. that the power company's lines etc hook up with. I was like f*** that. For 4400$ I can buy a lot of propane & batteries & can burn a lot of gas for the generator.......... not to mention the monthly electricity usage bill. Forget them!! haha
This Shockwave has a 100+ gallon fresh water tank but when I need to fill I have a 55 gallon blue plastic barrel that I've outfitted with a house type outdoor faucet. I load it on the truck and drive to a campground about 5 miles away fill it up and unload it in the trailer.
Sewer is basically a ditto:
Gray water drains down the 40' deep gully my trailer is parked next to and I empty black tank into 42 gallon 'blueboy' and unload at the same campground's dump station.
Thats it pretty much ina nutshell.