Hi, I would love if we had a dedicated forum for people striving to be green, 100% off the grid and off fossil fuels completely, but for now I would like to try to organize the best of the best threads and have clear links to the state of the art technologies. I would like to keep this account clear of any other type of post. That should provide a clear post history, dedicated to green tech.
I have been living in a 74 31' for three years. When I first bought the trailer I had big plans for lifting the airstream and adding water tanks. The metal and axles were stolen by scrappers
but that has given me more time to discover what I'm really after, and opened the plans up to different options/materials, as opposed to using what was found cheap and limiting possibilities. Along those same lines of logic the airstream is about to hit the chopping block.
So this is it, this is my last ditch effort to save the airstream. I could sell the Airstream and start from scratch. I have been messing around with a plan to build a trailer from aluminum (sips), and that would let me focus my energies onto pure efficiency and blueprints the rest of the world can follow. It is looking VERY atrractive on every front, even style wise, stealth can be very important at times.
I'm on the fence, but strongly leaning towards selling. I come here in hopes of finding a solid technological reason to keep the airstream that outweighs other options. Regardless of which path I choose, many of the technologies would be the same and Airforums needs a better way to organize the latest and most efficient advancements, to better intergrate systems and disciplines. Airforums is just not setup for that kind of conversation. This has been my gripe for years it's the reason I have been away, and has possibly lead to me giving up on the airstream design, it sure isn't adding to the experience and was more of a source of frustration than anything. Anyways, we are going to come together to teach each other in a nonconfusing organized manner, or throw these newbies to the woods and wonder what happened. Anyways, the last time I brought it up I was told to do something about it, so here it is.
If somebody has not already done so, please start a new thread in the topics you are the most informed about, with the added "AimZero" in the title. This signifies a thread for people to post links to the most clear cut information. It may be the most viewed thread or something that has migrated to the shadows, but each thread should start assuming the reading has zero knowledge and ending with an always growning list of advancements toward absolute zero negative impacts, and zero NEED to hook to the grid. Zero discussion. If you would like to discuss different aspects start a new thread for that aspect and link it.
Title- AimZero, Heating water
Body header message- Aimzero = aiming to have zero emissions, zero NEED for the grid, zero conversation promoting zero nonsense/redundant/outdated information on the state of the art technologies that bring us closer to zero. Any discussions should start elsewhere and link back to provide quick and easy navigation. You can title those discussions as "Aim"-etc.
Hot water production practices:
Links to factory water heater improvements/modifications
* reply links posted here
More efficient types of fossil feul water heaters that currently exist. Discuss concepts not brand. (brands if allowed, they deserve credit)
Solar water heater concepts that exist
DIY solar heat
Electric water heaters
Systems approach techniques
Conceptual, still in development, or technolgy that has yet to cross over to the rv community.
All in all, there are so many great answers going under utilized. We could do better and I would like a place to discuss everyone's latest thoughts. I think we need to take the whole systems approach and that will require people that know these individual systems very well. That's where we will find the points of wasted energy and by talking together maybe someone can come up with a way to recycle that energy to use in the systems they know, thus reducing energy demand.
Yes, I my life's current mission is to build a completely off grid, off feul, life support system on wheels. Sips may be the way to go but why not throw one more insane demand in the mix and encase all of this in an airstream. Aim zero probably won't happen but if you have thoughts, I am all ears.