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  I am board, today
Posted by: Mr.LooRead - 05-22-2018, 12:29 PM - Forum: Solar - Replies (5)

Rain curtailed outside activities so new larger improved bored with dual solar controllers and coaxial splitter to be able to use outside magnetic mount antenna with digital portable am/fm/sw radio.    

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  Off Grid News For 5 22 18
Posted by: Mr.LooRead - 05-22-2018, 12:04 PM - Forum: Vandwelling News - No Replies


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  New Nissan NV200 Recon Camper Van
Posted by: tx2sturgis - 05-22-2018, 08:18 AM - Forum: Passenger - Replies (2)

For those who have the money (about $50,000 fully optioned) and want a small, new, ready to drive camper, well, this might be your van:


Here is a video about it:


(high bandwidth)

(cross-posted to CRVL)

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  My name is Terry and I'm a vanoholic.
Posted by: ratfink56 - 05-22-2018, 03:39 AM - Forum: Welcome Center - Replies (8)

About to retire. Been thinking of moving to Mexico. Read about all the free camping there. Thought about a bus. Then thought about vans. Then I looked at van life on line. Blah,blah,blah.

 Bought a big 3500 Dodge. Which I am slowly converting. Was shooting for early June departure.  Not gonna happen. Van ain't done. Gas prices getting ridiculous. Election in Mexico.

 So I'll keep working on the van and hanging out here until things settle down. Leave in the fall. If the next Mexican president builds a wall I'll wander the west.

 If you are still reading I thank you. See ya on the forums.

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  New panels coming soon
Posted by: animalcannibal - 05-21-2018, 06:32 PM - Forum: Solar - Replies (4)

Just reading about some new panels that have been developed in China that produce power from sun or rain water.They also figured out how to produce power from reflected light on the back of the panel.Between funding cuts to research and obstruction by religious nuts,this country is falling far behind in technology.I just read about a US congressman(Mo Brooks) who said rising sea levels were not caused by global warming,but by rocks falling off the cliffs in California into the ocean.With brainpower like that we're doomed.

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  Fees increases in Oregan State Forests
Posted by: BCGuy - 05-21-2018, 03:32 PM - Forum: Oregon - No Replies


Oregon changes rules, hikes fees on forest camping

May 21, 2018 Russ De Maris

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Tillamook State Forest
RVers and other outdoor recreationists may find a few changes if they favor overnight visits to Oregon State Forests. To clarify, we mean lands overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry, not by the U.S. Forest Service. The state authorities are bringing new rules online that will affect fees paid by campers on these state-controlled lands.
Back in 2016, the state put in fee increases for designated campgrounds under its purview. In an almost apologetic fashion, at that time forestry officials said that this was the first price increase in many years, and that increasing costs forced the fee increase. Back then, overnighting in a campground was increased to $15 per night, with two vehicles allowed. Walk-in site fees were set at $10. But what you might find interesting when you compare Oregon’s policy to Uncle Sam’s Forest Service policy is this: Dispersed camping on Forest Service lands is (still) free; in Oregon, you pay $5 per night, per vehicle.
Two years later, and Oregon is revisiting the issue. Here’s a quote from a news release: “Campsite fees have increased to include two vehicles in the base fee. Drive-in campsites will now cost $20 per night, while walk-in tent sites will be $15 per night. This reflects the reality that many campers are already bringing two vehicles.” Reflects the reality? There’s nothing free here – the state was already allowing two vehicles, and has been, at least since 2016.
Gnat Creek Campground. Sam Beebe on flickr.com
Next week, the state will also “pull the rug” on free camping in some other areas. “ODF will begin charging camping fees at the following designated camping areas in the Tillamook State Forest: Morrison Eddy ($15 per night for up to two vehicles) along with Cedar Creek and North Fork Wilson Designated Campsites ($5 per vehicle per night).”
Additional restrictions are also being put in place as to just how long you can camp on state-controlled Forestry Lands. To quote the release, “Stays on state forestland may be no longer than 14 consecutive days, or more than 42 days over a 12-month period.” Can’t help but draw another difference between the state and the feds. Many Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management areas have a 14-day limit; but for most, it’s a matter of moving a specified distance away from the original site, then you can “restart the clock,” as it were. Oregon’s restrictions are a bit more severe, but officials say it’s because too many people are using “state forests as their primary residence.”
On the other hand, the state is offering a freebie or two. If you’re a military vet with a service-connected disability, and you have a Veteran’s Special Access Pass issued by Oregon State Parks, overnight camping in Oregon Forest campgrounds is free. And active duty service members get free camping on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

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Posted by: BCGuy - 05-21-2018, 01:49 AM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (6)

I just noticed that he is now calling his forums "vandweller community forums".

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  Youtube is helping shut down public accsess
Posted by: smrtrvlr - 05-20-2018, 06:04 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (22)

I have talked to a couple of F.S. employees and BLM folks recently who have told me in no uncertain terms the agencies they work for are monitoring vandwellers on youtube and making reports on illegal acts by the same. They believe the violations of law will eventually close off more and more areas and lead to severe restrictions on the use of public lands. No camping other than paid campgrounds, reduced stay limits, perhaps even restrictions on type of equipment authorized. The acts they mentioned are trash, dumping human waste, burning downed wood on BLM land. Ignoring stay limits, I spoke to two BLM employees in the Quartzsite area, they fully believe that gatherings like Bobs are going to result in severe restrictions down the line for vandwellers. Some, according to them are already in the works.

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  Summer 2018, where to?
Posted by: Queen - 05-20-2018, 01:00 PM - Forum: Other Topics - Replies (10)

Thought it would be fun to see where everyone is headed this summer.

We're leaving for Florida the last week of June, staying at a friend's beach house for July.  Then down to Key West for a couple of weeks, then roam up the gulf side to visit a friend.  After that who knows, may head home, may get to I-10 and turn left.

How about you??

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  Summer travels
Posted by: animalcannibal - 05-20-2018, 12:33 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (11)

Last year we spent 3 months in Co,Wy,and Mt.Gas prices are getting a little concerning so we are thinking about western N.C. and north Ga. this year.Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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