good points rod' but u've spent a few years learning and developing compromises that work for your lifestyle...
water conservation is an example and the o.p. may have trouble learning to take a 1 gallon shower.
Originally Posted by Gen Disarray
...I doubt storing black water for a month is feasible...
IF peeing outdoors, so as not to FILL the black tank, i have often 'stored' black water for a month or LONGER, without issues.
but the poop tank on my trailer is 35+ gallons.
Originally Posted by Albatrill
...If you have any other comments, suggestions, or questions feel free to jump in...
i don't agree with the ECONOMY=airstream connection for alternative living.
these things are generally more expensive that comparable rvs or other mobile
so folks needing 2 pinch pennies for living are best to look at other living options that are NOT stream based.
30 day is a LOT of supplies, unless it's all dry goods, dehydrated food and so on
FRESH food isn't fresh at 30 days regardless of the storage methods.
and 30 days of water could be up to 1500
gallons (check your household average water consuption)
streams are not and never were built for full time habitation.
that doesn't mean one can't bend that notion, but COMPROMISES are needed to do so...
a 6 gallon water heater is PLENTY, recycles quickly and meets MANY of the conditions for rv living.
the SUV otoh is a problem.
30 days OR full timing typically results in a LOT of gear that won't fit in the stream...
most SUVs have 1. small storage space and 2. limited PAYLOADs...
so a full size truck or van or box truck provides much greater capacity for hauling crap.
1 full timer here hauls with a ford box van and has solar on top and a freezer in the van for food, along with tools, motobike and so on...
u cannot do THAT with an suv.
the simplest way to HAUL water would be a bladder system inside a truck/van bed with the CAPACITY to carry it.
it's wasted time to try REengineering an old stream to carry 100 gallons of water...
and very expensive to execute.
the whole gym/workout/bike storage space INSIDE a stream...
suggests NO understanding of what living in 160 square feet of space requires.
so it's back to TV for storage and USING the OUTdoors for working out.
you offer up NO info on budget, where u plan to camp/live or rvin' history.
most campgrounds have showers, laundry, hook ups and so on.
and USING those facilities would be LESS expensive in the near term.
the average FULL TIMER bails out in ~2 years.
that's right 2 years.
so it's wildly expensive to spend much money on the utopian boondocker myth...
without some experience and accumulated time living in an rv.
buy one ready to USE and try it first.
rebuilding is fine, totally redesigning ok, but REinventing is typically a scheme that goes no where and sucks the coin purse dry quickly.
not suggested as a discouraging thought but true generally.
minimalist build-outs can be VERY nicely done and for not a lot of coin...
IF the ideal donor stream is uncovered and NO major structures need make overs...
100s of folks post some half baked idea here that quickly cools in the first 20-50 posts....
but many others DO succeed.
Originally Posted by Albatrill
...I would like to compile here a giant list of resources for building features into an airstream!
that's already been done.
it's called the archives and should u spend adequate time reading, mining and uncovering the gems already posted...
that can be your 'giant list'.
for example here's a member with basically the era of trailer that can work...
and with a minimalist interior and usage that includes months of time...
not exactly your needs but close enough based on what little we know.
it's UNexciting but
1. start with a budget/personal inventory, related to $$, time, skills, personal resources and so on...
2. spend a LOT of time reading and collecting bits here, include LEARNING some of the many issues/limitations a SILVER TUBE includes.
3. RENT an rv and go somewhere for a few weeks, ANY rv.
4. sketch out WHERE u plan to live with an rv, free boondocking is LARGELY a myth novices imagine is easy...
good luck but keep in mind chasing this dream is NOT easy in any economy....