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    Default The off grid survival cabin

    I actually started this project 2 years ago, before I was a member of whenshtf. I have been steadly working on this project whenever I can acquire the funds. I have been wanting to write a thread on this since I spent the winter in Florida, I hope the information here will be entertaining as well as useful.

    The project started out of necessity so I decided to build this 14x20 cabin with a loft, I got the real idea of off grid living after reading Thoreaus book "walden", where a man in the late 1880s lived beside walden pond in a 10x15 cabin, he built in his free time with a minimal amount of money, he lived and survived out there for 3 years. So this is what I did..



    Last edited by trooper dan; 06-19-2009 at 05:24 PM. Reason: add pics
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    How is your foundation constructed? What frost zone are you in?

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    I have an ipod dock that I listen to music from, I have it plugged into an inverter wired directly to the battery. It seems to run for a long time without draining the battery. I have figured out that with the key in the ACC. position other things are on (computer dash lights etc.) and runs the battery down fast. I have a 12 volt socket wired directly to the battery under the hood it doesent really seem to drain the battery that way.



    this is the loft and the guest futon.

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    I took this picture right out the front window.



    This is a new hide-a-bed I bought last year, its more comfortable to sleep on the couch part than the bed.

    Most of the insulation I used for this project is recycled, I got a couple of loads of it at the air refueling base when they refurbished a hangar. It was free, this is the least I could do for the environment and my walet. I have the insulation stacked and stored neatly under the cabin and sometimes my neighbors cows go under the fence and tear up and chew my insulation. The owner really doesnt care what the cows do, there is an electric fence but its never on.



    A bit messy, but a work in progress..

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    (some) of the preps, next to the guest futon.



    I had no idea I had so much tinned meat.



    Standing in the loft looking, out the windows.

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    Looking out the bottom window.

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    Very nice trooper dan, I have been trying to convince my wife that should this economy and gooberment allow me to retire in another 15 years (fat chance), that we should downsize and live out our days in something exactly like that. Beautiful locale, very nice building.

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    Is that up near where you live? I was born, and still have family about an hour north of pittsburgh, beautiful area.

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    Very Nice. *Thumbs up*

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    I love it and the scenery is beautiful. How large is your plot? Can you hunt and fish as you please?

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