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Nomadic Living Tips, Tricks and Techniques

A group for sharing knowledge, methods and wisdom on living nomadic.  How to survive living on the road.  Sharing diverse money making methodologies along with other different skills.  

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any tips for heating a tent/survival shelter.....

Started by Renee. Last reply by Dennis Hardy May 31, 2013. 19 Replies

I was just trying to see how many differant opinions and whys of heating a shelter there are.... also was wondering if any one knows how to make a home made nature glue? and lastly i am trying to…Continue

From a purely practical perspective

Started by Old Jules. Last reply by sojourner Nov 26, 2012. 3 Replies

This only applies to those who haven't gone completely off the radar, who are attempting to survive inside the current, fluid societal environment with all its gradually developing constrictions…Continue

survival in the sh(c)ity

Started by Keith blahblahblah Jun 28, 2012. 0 Replies

   NEVER EVER TRAVEL WITHOUT HOT SAUCE! I always like to carry instant soup in my pack and when I go to a truck stop I get a cup of hot water from the coffee brewer, mix in some onions and relish…Continue

Freeganism aka dumpster diving

Started by Gypsy Scout May 7, 2012. 0 Replies

I have been known to frequent grocery store dumpsters, the ones that do not have enclosed compactors, where all types of delecacies can be found. Also, for free water, truck stops/travel plazas have…Continue

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Comment by High Country on May 24, 2015 at 6:46am

Thanks little wing.  You have an amazing knowledge about survival. I appreciate you sharing some of that knowledge. 

Comment by little wing on May 24, 2015 at 12:17am

I did a gathering, my first one, with a roll of plastic for a tent.  Use a thick enough ply to not get punctures easily, figuring on stickery forest flooring like pine duff.  The best to keep out rain is 6 or more feet wide roll (your lying down length plus room at one end for your pack).  It will take one long piece, which you will make a triangle shaped tube (search 'tube tent' on youtube); and two or 3 small pieces for the doors on the ends.  The big piece needs to be long enough to do the 2 sides of the triangle, giving room to sit up and have the sides of the triangle not touch you as you move around in the tent.  In humid or rainy weather, the inside of plastic will sweat.  But you will stay dry if you don't touch it; and your pack will stay dry if it doesn't touch the walls of the tent.  The bottom is the ends of the tube folded over each other, giving you two layers of tent floor under you.  So your roll is the width you need to sleep + pack; and the length maybe 20'.  Take a tape measure at home and work out how big you need it.  You need a long length of rope to tie off onto two trees to keep the top of the tent taut.  And the sides are kept in place with rocks, limbs inside the tent along the tent floor.  Basicly, a long rope lifts up the middle of the plastic; you pull the sides out wide enough to keep your double layer of plastic under you; and place rocks, limbs along the inside width of the tent.  A couple of pieces of sticky tape velcro over the top of the tent where the doors will be is the easiest way to secure your end pieces.  Don't put the velcro on till you hang the tent; the glue on velcro really sticks.  You want to do this only once.  The plastic will tear before the velcro comes loose!   I didn't have velcro; probably tied the top to the rope and rocked in the bottom.  Velcro would be great, though.  I would secure one end of the tent to not use for a door; and put my pack in there... harder to steal.  If you have a third small piece, you can use it for a front 'porch', either on the ground with a throw rug on it; or attached to one side of the tent, shelter style.  You can use a heavy string, like hemp, to gather a corner of plastic and tie around a stake.  Rocks work nicely to pound stakes in the ground.  A tarp can be used, of course; but imo, a roll of plastic is lighter and more portable; and a tarp mounted over a tent is Grea-a-at! to deflect rain.  Some tips on placing a tent: put on high enough ground to not pool rainwater.  A slight pitch in the ground is good for drainage; but place the tent so pitch is front to back 'cause you will slide with the pitch.  Most folk like their head on the high side.  If you are fortunate enough to have both tent plastic and a tarp, tie the ends of the tarp to trees on 4 sides, making it taut with a steep pitch to one side, draining rain away from your tent.  AAHHHhhh, sound sleep without rain drumming directly on your abode!  I didn't have a tarp that year; but stayed dry under large trees in my little tube tent.  It rained every day for several days; and I slept thru it every time... running around the gathering all nite.

Comment by High Country on May 23, 2015 at 6:48pm

Does anybody have the tips on how to make a tent out of an inexpensive plastic tarp?

Comment by High Country on May 23, 2015 at 6:47pm

I used to work in a food pantry for homeless people. Due to fear of lawsuits, we threw out a lot of food I would eat in the dompster.  A lot of sealed canned goods. Worth a look

Blessings

Comment by solarbob on August 4, 2012 at 8:33pm

another tip, you do not have to heat you're dwelling, there are 12v heaters for you're body too. In the winter I use a pair of seat heaters, (after  market for those of you who did not order them in you're new car) as heating pads in my bunk, toast's it up nice in five minutes I turn it off, if I get cool during the night I will flip it on again for few minutes. Food for thought.

Peace and love

Comment by solarbob on July 31, 2012 at 6:12pm

thanx it's mine and I fit fine, we all learn from each other, I am just a student too.

Peace and love

Comment by solarbob on July 30, 2012 at 10:17pm

Can't really call it a 'RV' but Mini, I've been living in it for almost 5 years now, does this count as 'RVing' ?

Peace and love

Comment by Joseph "Gypsy" Villalobos on July 24, 2012 at 11:56pm

Really awesome blogs/sites if anyone is interested.

http://www.danielvitalis.com/

Comment by helen banai on June 12, 2012 at 12:40am

hi I am here

Comment by Mini Snyder on May 9, 2012 at 9:21am

Is there anyone here who has also traveled via rv? Looking for someone to share experiences with!

 

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