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Old 04-24-2013, 09:43 PM   #1
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Anything special I need to think about...?

SO I've been fulltiming for 6 months now... and I love it!

I worked Huricane sandy as a Insurance adjuster, and I think that that occasional (And well paying) work combined with my military (Disability) pension will be more than adequate. (I'm 30)

I own 80 acres in the ozarks and rather than building a cabin there I am accepting bids for a metal building. (I will build living quarters, bathroom, kitchen etc) for guests, but it's also going to have opposing garage doors so that I can 'pull through' and park my Airstream in it.

It's too far out to be financially practical to get power out to it, so I'll use solar and a geny.

There is already a septic on the property, and I'll put a pipe near the bathroom to be able to dump the Airstream's tank. (And an electrical plug to be able to hook the airstream into the building's system.)

The plan is to be there for a few months in fall and summer, if I ever stop (Military and such I have wandered quite a bit since I was out on my own) I can live in the 40x40x14 building, or build another cabin. Meanwhile I have a place to park my motorcycles.


Thoughts on anything airstream specific concerns I should keep in mind?
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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Spunds great! Just don't forget to give yourself ample ventilation if you are going to have the AS inside and use the water heater, furnace or range ... or anything using propane .... (and generator if it's hooked directly to the AS rather than through the building). Sounds very pleasant, actually. Good for you!
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:25 PM   #3
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Plan on a couple attic fans on the building's roof. Shouldn't need much heat/cool in the months I plan on being there, so it should just be to heat food/water.

Need to figure out the wiring to set the Geny's outside.

It's beautiful land....


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Anyone else see the waterfall?
ETA: Couldn't see it when I previewed the post, but now I can. Can you?
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:00 AM   #4
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Yup...looks great!

(The photos don't show up until you actually post. You can upload a max of 10 pictures at a time to a given post... in 2 batches of 4 each + 2 more. Browse to locate the first 4 pics on your hard drive, upload them in the dialog box, then in the same dialog box, browse for 4 more and upload them...then you'll be able to add 2 more uploads... Once you get the hang of it, it's easy.)
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:22 AM   #5
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I've done it on similar forums before, it's just that they showed up when I previewed the post.


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Old 04-25-2013, 05:42 AM   #6
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Lucky you.

Looks lovely. Good luck.


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How close is that waterfall to where you want your building?
A friend of mine rigged a water wheel and alternator to charge a couple of batteries to provide lighting and power a water pump. It could supplement a solar system, fall in the Ozarks can be gloomy and rainy.
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The waterfall could be key

Can you build down hill of the waterfall....Running water!
But if you can't, capture the water as high as you can and pipe it to a hammer pump that will allow you to pump higher than the water source.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:26 AM   #9
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Sadly the falls are 1/2 the property away, and down hill.

I MAY manage micro Hydro, but it wont be very practical to put in a Ram pump since pretty much all of that 1/2 (the property) is uphill.

I also have an Artesian spring but it's even FARTHER away and MORE downhill!
(The land's beautiful, rugged, and absolutely worthless for anything but looking at... but I love doing that!)

I'll gradually replace some trees with fruit and nut trees and just enjoy it when I'm there.
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My thoughts are that I'd keep the pull-thru layout of the barn, but have a dedicated outdoor parking space, possibly under an attached "car port" for warmer weather.

Your ideas for sewer and electric are good. For fresh water I'd collect rain water from the barn's metal roof into a cistern. An underground cistern could be used all year with an electric pump to periodically fill your trailer's water tank. An above ground cistern on legs could fill the trailer's tank by gravity, and possibly provide enough pressure to connect to the city water inlet. No good in freezing weather though.

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Ogg the grid?

A rifle range.

Tire changing station. I can change and balance (sorta) my own car, m/c and trailer tires, if I have to. Just make a place in bldg to set up.

Overhead platform for roof rat work.

Pit to drive over for oil changes or work under AS...or fighting hole.

In floor hydraulic ram mount vertically so you can put a m/c or work table on it to lift your work for when you get older

Controllable lighting to service only area where you are working.

Lots of power and air outlets for chores. Spool Drop downs preferred

Maxim skylights.

Storage over living area which can double as work area to step onto AS roof. Just make cantilevered walkways you can deploy.

Chain hoist on traveling I beam. (Dream big)

Hughes satellite for Internet

Water and fuel gravity fed storage.

Bug-in capable.

Fuel lanterns.

Windmill generator

Rain capture storage

Concrete apron for cleaning before storage or muddy day outside activity.

Mobile ramp to service sides of AS (a platform on wheels not just a ladder

Will building be in shape/color of Airstream?

Outside places for boondocking AS friends?



Other ideas percolating
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My thoughts are that I'd keep the pull-thru layout of the barn, but have a dedicated outdoor parking space, possibly under an attached "car port" for warmer weather.

I second the scenic option. Sure, build a barn for long term storage or for work in the winter when you want to keep heat in and rain out. But living inside an Airstream inside a barn seems to defeat the purpose of a camping trailer.

Find a spot with a view and put a concrete pad and a carport there. It's nice to be able to look out your windows at something other than the inside of a barn.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:31 PM   #13
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It's on top of a 2,000 foot Mountain... there's a view.

I'm also putting in 2 outdoor parking spaces (My Parents have a SOB, and I figured I might want to be out doors some of the time.) close enough to run a line to the septic. They will have gravel bases rather than concrete as the county taxes you on the concrete.

The way the land lays I can already safely use my Barrett, (Will just need to take out a couple trees)


I'm going to have raised beds, and I don't know if I'll have a greenhouse overhang, or just a place to stack firewood and such.

Wile I plan on a well, I DO plan on using the roof as a water collection system. (I'm the kind of 'greeny' who drives a 4x4)


Lifts and such are not in the budget at this time.

Spool Drop downs???

Oddly enough, for being as far out as it is, I have 4G, so I will be using that for internet. (I have teathering to my phone for work)

I Had thought about using the top of the rooms for storage, but not access to the top of the airstream. I like it and will have to give it some thought (Mechanism.)

Priciate it and any more thoughts.
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