Saturday, May 30, 2015

off grid fluff on Facebook

What's wrong with this idea?
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10 comments:

Larry G said...

no food, no water and no internet...

;-)

Sam Finn said...

I see possibilities ... including mounting one of these on a pontoon boat.

Margery Bills said...

Good idea Sam. That would be a lovely experience.

Sue B said...

I'm going to say that the biggest problem is the embedded energy involved in manufacturing and distributing such a single-purpose design.

Can't be added on to or customized easily with that kind of skin coating as opposed to wood planks or even drywall (which I hate, but it can be gotten everywhere and can be cut into or patched easily as needed).

Spring a leak in that thing, or want to change something about a window or the door, looks like it would need specialized help from the manufacturer instead of something any shade-tree carpenter could do.

Speaking of which, not much shade there... A-course that's not the building's fault.

A close second would be the wind -- anyplace that gets enough wind to be useful for power production, that house is going to go rolling...

Bob Stephenson said...

You can't fully benefit from the solar array unless you park east to west instead of north to south.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I don't see anything wrong with the idea except that it is way too small for my wife and I and the three dogs. Where does it get stored when going down the road?

fartymarty said...

What's wrong with this idea? No wheels IMO.

ecocapsule

Mike said...

Texas version
Capricamper.com

Larry G said...


My grandfolks lived in rural Va. "off the grid", they had an outhouse. they had a dug well that dried up in the summer and they had to walk down the pasture about 200 yds to get water out of a spring. Often this was an evil mule waiting in ambush. The outhouse was halfway between the house and spring.

the "dump" was a place in the woods where anything we normally today, we put in the trash for pickup - went on the pile.. you can still find these "dumps" near old home sites because there was no 'pickup' and even if there had been - there was no money for it.

food was corn, beans, other garden stuff, blueberries, blackberries, apples and fruit, chickens, herring and shad put in salt barrels, squirrel, rabbit, deer, etc. trips to town was for staples.. flour, sugar, etc.. and and "mounds" bars...if enough money.

two story house -up stairs bedrooms, no heat, no electricity, king edward cans in the hallway, kerosene lamps for light.. etc..

pretty much "off grid" as I recall... ;-)



Margery Bills said...

lol Larry. You talkin bout them hillbillies? That's so funny. I had never thought about the mt. shacks as off grid. My family is from West Virginia and Ohio originally. They even preserved deer meat in bottles. They even had a bed warmer from the wood stove to warm the cold beds in the loft at night. In Kentucky they even make their own lye soap in the front yard. etc.