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Old 02-27-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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We are moving to ak this summer sold everything and right now in Bellingham wa
We are from Colorado where we lived off the grid with generator solar power wood stove
any advice on best way to do this
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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We are moving to ak this summer sold everything and right now in Bellingham wa
We are from Colorado where we lived off the grid with generator solar power wood stove
any advice on best way to do this
Here is a link to checkout.

Subsistence lifestyle.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Kitschk-hin
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We are moving to ak this summer sold everything and right now in Bellingham wa
We are from Colorado where we lived off the grid with generator solar power wood stove
any advice on best way to do this
Dry, off grid cabins are rather common in the Fairbanks area- that is probably a good place to start since living in Colorado probably didn't give you nearly as much experience in real rural living as you think it did.
Hope you have jobs and some kind of plan for housing lined up- that should have been done before you sold everything, really.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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Buy some land off the grid, build a cabin, put a wood stove in the middle and you are good to go.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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If they did it before ... then ??? Do the same thing again!!
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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Thanks for the link. We have a camper right now and a canvas wall tent a really nice 1
we were able to live total off grid in Colorado no water no electric no grid what so ever
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Don't forget your canned crops.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:04 PM
 
Location: "Out there" in Alaska.
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Solar is possible in the interior, but it's not something to depend on in the southcentral or southeast region. Remember, as long as the days are in summer, they're equally as short in the winter so solar is not much good. Have your hands ever been so cold that you couldn't pick up or hang onto something because you hand no feeling, or your fingertips were so stiff with cold they had no give but were hard as sticks? That's what it's like to try and start a fire in the morning at minus temps if you don't have a torch of some kind to kick start your wood, assuming there are no coals and you didn't lay in the kindling. Think on the extremes of everything - like water that's really 4 feet of ice you have to chainsaw or drill through to get anything wet. Consider also that wall tents blow in the wind, rip under the weight of snow and frigid temps, and aren't waterproof. They aren't bear- or moose-resistant. Anytime you leave you risk loss of heat and damage to your supplies or invasion by undesireables, be they wildlife or human variety. Communications off the grid? Trail access? Transport of supplies? How about a visit by enforcement personnel, and how do you get your mail? What plan do you have to be without communication for months - will people worry and send rescuers, or do you have a plan for welfare checks? How will you store your provisions?

Not to discourage you from doing what you want - it's a free country, but be sure you really think through all the negatives, the potential for disaster (being burned out is a pretty common way to end a dream), and back-up plans should all things come to the worst possible end. The positives take care of themselves and multiply, but it only takes one of the unexpecteds or unplanned-fors to ruin a great life.

Otherwise, the dream is great and the life is grand. Expect and plan for the worst and enjoy yourself. Success requires diligence and hard work, constant awareness of and harmony with the elements. The life is something more people could do if they could only wean themselves from civilization and use their brains, ditch the drama, and become self-sufficient. If you have those covered, why not?
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:16 PM
 
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Solar is not full proof by any means a generator either but we are off grid family already if we watch tv we watch it on r 12 volt tv are light are also all 12 volt are tent has held up to 60 mph plus winds the tent its self aint water proof but the flys usually are. also we have a camper
Colorado has it fair share of cold winters
And to note that there is no discouraging from anyone we are a stong family that has left everything in colorado to move to the last frontier we have been planning this for years before all the tv shows that make us want to be there even more. not to get rich or anything but to live free
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Solar is not full proof by any means a generator either but we are off grid family already if we watch tv we watch it on r 12 volt tv are light are also all 12 volt are tent has held up to 60 mph plus winds the tent its self aint water proof but the flys usually are. also we have a camper
Colorado has it fair share of cold winters
And to note that there is no discouraging from anyone we are a stong family that has left everything in colorado to move to the last frontier we have been planning this for years before all the tv shows that make us want to be there even more. not to get rich or anything but to live free
Solar is very difficult during the winter months (no sunlight), but very good during the summer months. However, winters are quite long. In some areas of Alaska where the weather is mild, your wall tent should be fine. But in the interior you will need something better. Maybe an Arctic Oven with a stove and lots of firewood:
http://www.alaskatent.com/oven/ao10extreme.html
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