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On the Green Road set to hit the green road early next year
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Sep 04 2010, 12:04 am - By greenrvlife

We are new to the forum and this is great!! Thanks for all the good information regarding going full-timing and greening rv's. We are looking to green the stream and live full-time off the grid as close to 100% of the time as we can. We sold the house, bought a 2003 25 foot Safari and a 2006 dodge ram diesel truck. There are so many great topics to talk about. Here is what we are doing. You can follow us at On the Green Road - Conserve, Explore, Inspire - Home.

solar power for the Airstream - 500 watts
composting toilet
rainwater harvesting
cork flooring, eco countertops and other green materials inside
Diesel truck running on 2nd fuel tank using WVO (filtered waste vegetable oil)

I would love to hear more about how others are greening their rigs and full-timing it. We are set to hit the road full-time in 8/2011.

It is great to find a rv community such as this.

On the Green Road - driving towards sustainability one mile at a time
Sep 04 2010, 2:05 am - Replied by: KevsKnight

Welcome to NuRVers!! So glad you found us :)

Ang and I are escapees from the Bay Area as well - San Jose to be exact. Life has been amazing since leaving the Land of Uber Consumers and the roots of the rat race! We still engage in the rat race part, but now at our own pace. It is very rewarding.

Looking forward to reading more about your preparations and your adventure!


I have washboard abs. They are just hidden under 50#s of laundry.
Sep 05 2010, 4:02 pm - Replied by: LiveWorkDream

Yeeeeeeeay! Welcome to the best community on earth.

Jim and I are former SF residents who thought we were escaping the rat race by moving to Humboldt County, then realized we were just as enslaved as ever with our mortgage and business debt. In 2007 we sold it all when our dog got diagnosed with cancer, hit the road, and never looked back!

Although we bought property in CO this year and became official snowbirds (hell, we can't think of a better place to spend summer than the Rockies!0, we still consider ourselves wanderers because we can do whatever we want, wherever we want, since we are committed to staying out of debt and keep our lifestyle very, very simple.

Your rig, especially your WVO Dodge, is going to be great. I wish we could've done that to ours but we have a short-bed pulling a 5th wheel, with a large toolbox inside the bed, so there's no room for a spare tank. We used to fuel up with biodiesel all the time but it's become really scarce and hard to find out there. With WVO you won't have that problem. Lucky!

As for your composting toilet...well, I have to admit I'm skeptical. Maybe Jim and I have super stinky crap or something but we really have a hard time thinking that composting toilets in an RV are going to be without odors. I am subscribing to your blog because I totally want to see how this works out. For now I'm jealous that you don't have to carry all the swishy icky blackwater around with you!

Congrats on making the move. If you guys wanna meet up in the fall sometime, we'll be visiting SF friends for a few weeks in November, probably staying Somewhere between Petaluma and Pacifica and doing some things in Mill Valley with our dog group. It would be fun to meet up for lunch or something!


Working and Living Our Dream Life
Sep 07 2010, 12:18 am - Replied by: greenrvlife

live.work.dream and Kev -

Thanks so much for the warm welcome.  We are just beginning our greening process and will continue to document as we go along.

live.work.dream - would love to get together and swap stories :)

conserve, explore, inspire

On the Green Road - driving towards sustainability one mile at a time
Sep 09 2010, 10:41 pm - Replied by: tackytexans

Yes, Welcome!

My partner and I have a 1999 Dodge diesel, and a 1978 23' Avion. We want to convert the truck over to WVO before we become more mobile. I'm really interested in the grey water harvesting and composting toilet- looking forward to seeing your set-up. I'm looking into the Sol-Man setup for solar power, and am going to install cork flooring in the next month or so. We're on the same page. :)

My love story and I are currently in central Texas, exploring opportunities with a tiny house company that builds with 99% architectural salvage. It's amazing what opportunities life on wheels can open to you. Excited to hear about your progress!


Sep 10 2010, 2:53 am - Replied by: Technomadia

Awesome to see greener options coming to the road!

For us, we selected a 17' fiberglass RV with double hull construction and parts meant to last 'a lifetime'.  Our Oliver Travel Trailer was custom constructed for us to be fairly off-grid for extended periods of time.   

We choose small to be able to go down backroads, increase our options of places to stay and to lighten our weight (and thus, hopefully, our gas consumption).  We used to tow with a biodiesel running Jeep, but it proved to not be up to the task of full time towing.  For now, we're in a gas guzzling Toyota Tundra. 

Our green options include 200w of solar power, and converting almost everything to run off 12v.  We're able to run our two laptops, lights and satellite internet off the solar - keeping us off-grid and working from amazing places.   

We also converted our Honda 2000 generator (our back-up power source) to run off propane, giving us a slightly greener and cleaner burn, and reducing the need to carry a fuel tank. 

With our small space, we don't have room for a composting toilet or gray water capture system.  But we have learned to be highly efficient with our water usage, regularly making 38 gallons of fresh water last both of us over 2 weeks. 

We just got back from Burning Man (where we hosted a huge camp of about 90 of us full time travelers from around the world, including some NuRVers), and looks like we'll be hanging around the Bay Area for about a month.  If you'd like to get together, give us a shout. 

 - Cherie 
Cherie and Chris / Technomads / www.technomadia.com
1961 GM 4106 - Vintage Bus
On the road since 2006 

Sep 22 2010, 5:09 pm - Replied by: greenrvlife

Hi TackyTexans and Technomadia - 

Thanks for your responses.  It is great how friendly this community is... just as it should be.  So happy to hear your stories.  

Technomadia - we haven't done our solar power yet and would love to hear more about yours.  Did you put it together yourself?  What kind of panels, inverter and batteries did you use?  Great stuff.

Green it up!

Cece and Brenda.
On the Green Road - driving towards sustainability one mile at a time
Sep 23 2010, 12:22 am - Replied by: Technomadia

Here's a link to an article we wrote up about our solar set up:

Cherie and Chris / Technomads / www.technomadia.com
1961 GM 4106 - Vintage Bus
On the road since 2006 

Oct 11 2010, 3:29 pm - Replied by: nina_70

Just read this list of posts. We're thinking of adding solar this year, so the link comes in real handy. Thanks so much!


By the way we're all former Bay Area folks...lived there for over 15 years doing the semiconductor thing. So very happy to be out of there too.

12 paws, 40 feet and the open road
Oct 11 2010, 5:46 pm - Replied by: SL1966

Solar really opens up what you can do when it comes to dry camping. The following link is another great full timer's site explaining solar RV systems and the various choices available to us.

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