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An awesome way to live extremely cheaply.
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An awesome way to live extremely cheaply.

While searching for ways to avoid society and live freely, I stumbled upon this awesome idea. While it's not full-proof, it's certainly a viable option for going without a job for a while, and living the free life you've always wanted.

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I've read numerous articles on it, and apparently a bunch of people do it. It's similar to RV'ing but cheaper, and it is slightly more illegal. I think I may end up doing this for a while.

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This looks pretty epic. The only thing that would put me off is trying to obtain money for petrol and stuff. You can probably scavenge for food in dumpsters pretty easily though when you have a van.

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Elfy Wrote:This looks pretty epic. The only thing that would put me off is trying to obtain money for petrol and stuff. You can probably scavenge for food in dumpsters pretty easily though when you have a van.

Yeah, the two main issues I can pick out is the gas, and getting a shower. The guy in the video goes around with a metal detector and sells the shit he finds for gas. I doubt that would work TOO well, but hey, there's one way to get some quick cash.

Personally, I'd probably just save up a few thousand at some job, then set out and see how long I could get it to last, or if I had to, find some way of sustaining an income/job while on the move...

As for getting a shower, that's not TOO difficult. You can find gyms and sneak in, or just ask if you can use their showers or whatever. If you absolutely cannot find a workable shower, I'd just get some shampoo, go into a bathroom in a store and wash my hair, then get some baby wipes and wipe myself down, throw some deodorant on and be on my way.

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I've lived in a converted bus for a few days with a friend and one problem which you would not really suspect is condensation, all my clothes were literally soaking. I can't imagine it being any better in this van.
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Absentinsomniac Wrote:getting a shower.

Hmmm....

You could probably steal a bar of soap from a public toilet somewhere. If you was desperate you could go in the sea if you're near the coast, or some kind of lake. Do it at like 4 in the morning Razz I've been skinny dipping before, its not too bad as long as there is no one about. Hell you could probably wash your heair in some public toilet sink. I know of some toilets that have an individual sink and toilet and a lock on the door, you could probably make use of that if you got some kind of towel.

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The Circus Wrote:I've lived in a converted bus for a few days with a friend and one problem which you would not really suspect is condensation, all my clothes were literally soaking. I can't imagine it being any better in this van.

From what I've read, you have to make sure everything is sealed...

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Dropping out of society like that sounds heavenly right about now. After spending about $1400 on books alone, I've decided this accounting thing isn't for me (unfortunately, there isn't anything I can do about it right now), and neither is the conventional life of going to a job I hate just to wrack up debt and to eventually get screwed over.
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That seems an awesome way to live off the grid. This could work pretty well with SoulRisers money-off-your-website thing. Like others said, the only foreseeable problem would be gas. Especially now a days.

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This sounds pretty cool. I could probably earn enough money from translating while on the move, I just need an internet stick to connect to send of the finished translations.
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A few friends of mine recently set off at living 'off the grid'. Not in a van though, they're just renting out people's rooms for roughly $50 a week, etc. Finding cheap places and all chipping in, I think that'd be awesome. I couldn't think of anything better than getting out of a regimented lifestyle and just going out there.

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Lakeway Wrote:A few friends of mine recently set off at living 'off the grid'. Not in a van though, they're just renting out people's rooms for roughly $50 a week, etc. Finding cheap places and all chipping in, I think that'd be awesome. I couldn't think of anything better than getting out of a regimented lifestyle and just going out there.

Yeah, this type of shit is awesome. Once I finish up with my future plans I'm seriously considering doing this for at least a few years.

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Definitely, I'll join you on that one!

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Re: An awesome way to live extremely cheaply.

Truck stops have showers.

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Prince Rilian Wrote:Truck stops have showers.

Really? Well good then. Thumbsup

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Prince Rilian Wrote:Truck stops have showers.

They do? I didn't know about that, that's cool.

Also - work. I was thinking that a line of work based around the internet is clearly a lot more sustainable whilst you're busy touring around, unless you want to be constantly applying for jobs to get income. This definitely seems like a much more fun way to live though.

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I read on Violent Acres how the writer did something similar. For showers, she wound up getting a gym membership. For money she worked two jobs because not living in a real home (she slept in her car near the gym) gave her too much free time. Although I can see how unappealing that would be, since it sounds like you're trying to drop off the radar here, while she was just going super minimalist to pay off some debts as fast as she could.

This post of hers explained it.

EDIT - Ah, shit, I didn't even notice the three week bump.
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Violent Acres? I love that website!

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Hm...I had this idea too....but my bro says that he's too claustrophobic to live in a van >_>
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Get some soap and just clean off in the lake. Be careful though, it's illegal in most places.

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gore goroth Wrote:Get some soap and just clean off in the lake. Be careful though, it's illegal in most places.

That always works too, lol. As long as you're not in a city or something.

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I'm highly considering living off-grid after I acquire some money.

http://www.off-grid.net/

Live off my own land, create my own power, grow my own weed, it would be awesome.

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That's probably what I'm going to end up doing. They tell me that working is even worse than school, how the fuck can anybody do it??
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(11-15-2011 03:55 AM)StadiumArcadium Wrote:  They tell me that working is even worse than school, how the fuck can anybody do it??

I've been "looking" for a job for two years.

Haven't filled 1 application form LOL.

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If you want to live off the grid, read the book "Evasion" by Crimethinc. Also, read Recipes for Disaster. Both will help very very much!!
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^ I've read both of 'em. They have some pretty good tips and ideas, but Mack (aka the evasion kid) has settled into a squat from what I hear. He's supposed to be coming out with a new book or some shit soon, too, so you've got that to look forward to. Just keep in mind that living like the Evasion kid isn't as sustainable as it looks. It's a full time job, and if you don't have anything to fall back on, it can get pretty hairy.

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you guys know you can become a truck driver and make money living like this right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmXMA34CeoQ
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Except you couldn't go wherever you wanted, and you'd actually have to drive a certain amount every day, and you'd probably eventually develop back problems, and stuff.

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An awesome way to live extremely cheaply.

YES! I could definitely do this once I turn 18.
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Times are tough. You're either out of a job or yours doesn't pay enough. You need to save money, pay off your debt, and avoid going broke. Here's how you can radically cut your living costs without turning into a hobo.

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(11-17-2011 06:20 PM)Jesusaurisrex Wrote:  you guys know you can become a truck driver and make money living like this right?
EDIT:I know it's old, but INFORMATION HAS NO TIME!

My father was a trucker for about 2 years. The pay wasn't bad(about 6-8k a trip from NY to CA, which took about 10 days or so). The only problem is finding suitable jobs(since the transportation sector, while stable, tends to fluctuate in available jobs and prices depending on a number of factors. When gas prices went up, more companies just used trains instead of trucks, which was about the period my father called it quits due to rising maintenance costs and crappier pay). Oh and police see 18-wheelers as giant piggy banks. They'll crawl along the entire vehicle, and practically leave no spot unchecked, just so they can give you a massive fine for something(slightly bent tire rim? tiny crack somewhere? an extra hose in engine connected to nothing and has no use?)

And NY cops are annoying. Once, we were driving through NYC, and my seatbelt was getting a bit uncomfortable as I was reading a book, so I pulled it forward and began to adjust a little. Some NYC cop then pulls us over and gives a ticket and the reason being that the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt(me) and the cop didn't care to hear that I was just adjusting.

Fools...

But if your single, independent, willing to suffer the road, willed enough to establish a healthy lifestyle(truck driving is a very unhealthy life style. It's very inactive physical-wise and if you're not careful of what you eat, it'll be obvious), then you literally have a house that serves to make you cash as well. Plus truck stops are awesome places(Flying J, Pilot, TA, Love's etc.), with areas just for truckers(big screen TV with cable, showers, arcade and I've heard some have gyms)

And of course, you need to keep good records. Delivery papers, checks, receipts, all the various taxes and fees, a daily log(most important. Police will ask for it, weight stations will ask for it, inspection stations will ask for it, and if you work for a company, they'll ask for it. It's basically a book with each sheet representing a day, and you have to put in how many hours you slept, how many hours you weren't driving and how many hours you did drive, with a sort of line graph representation. Suckiest part of the job too, it's boring as hell and takes some time to actually fill out)

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