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Solar and Heat for Boondocking

[IMPORTANT 2/11/16] Hello everyone! A reader alerted me this morning that Google is listing IO in its search results with a “This site may be hacked” message. Everything looks okay to me at first glance, but it’s possible there is a problem so while I sort things out you may want to avoid my blog […]

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The Great Fridge Debacle (part 2)

Let’s rewind time a little. In the last episode on the ongoing saga of my broken fridge, I opted to drive out to Arizona to attend the RTR and Xscapers convergence rather than wait in Texas to get the replacement done at the Casita factory. I’ve not regretted my decision, but it’s now been over […]

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2015 Full-timer Cost of Living and Income Report

I summoned the willpower to secluded myself from the Xscapers festivities last week long enough to work out my 2015 cost of living and income numbers. Here they are, conveniently tacked on to the chart I’ve used for previous years for ease of comparison. As always, let me stress that these numbers will be different […]

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Camping on a Gold Mine

January 21, Thursday Field trip! So, one of our number at the Xscapers convergence here at Dome Rock just outside of Quartzsite is a bonafide tour guide. He works 6 months on, 6 months off and is currently theoretically off, but I guess when out taking a walk he happened upon a fellow who is […]

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Xscapers Convergence

The second gathering on my whirlwind tour of Quartzsite happens to be just down the road from the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, the drive over with Bertha and Cas was only about ten minutes. I’m going to the Xscapers convergence. Readers may have noticed in the right-hand column of IO, near the bottom, an icon that […]

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First Thoughts on Boondocking

My first day boondocking. I’ve been waiting for this experience since I first started dreaming about full-timing five years ago. When I purchased Cas and Bertha, I had fully intended to buy solar equipment and other boondocking gear at the start, but then I decided I couldn’t take it at my vet tech job any […]

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The Great Fridge Debacle (part 1)

So, lets recap. My fridge started leaking ammonia on the 24th, it stopped working on the 26th. I arrived at Little House Customs on the 28th for an appointment I made months ago to get some other non-essential work done. I ask Larry while I’m there if he can do anything about the fridge. He […]

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Lake Tawakoni State Park, TX

EDIT 12/27: Was not hit by the tornados last night, thanks for thinking of me! Thursday, December 24 Last post, Brian guessed correctly where I was heading: Lake Tawakoni State Park, east of Dallas. Why east when I want to go to Arizona? Because I still have that appointment at Little House Customs on the […]

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Texas BBQ and A Rental Car

I’ve been on a quest here near Dallas/Fort Worth to find a good BBQ joint. I’ve found that barbecue varies a lot from state to state and it’s been interesting to sample different regions take on this favorite of mine as I’ve been traveling. In asking around, I learned that Hard Eight BBQ in Roanoke, […]

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2016 Health Insurance Update

Last year, I wrote a pretty lengthy article on South Dakota health insurance for pre-retirement RVers. You can review that article for the full story but here’s a recap: Up until 2015 I had a low cost, high deductible plan that would cover me in case of emergency only, everything else I paid out of […]

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