Living in a canvas tent for the next year.

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  1. Birdman

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    Well, I just purchased 2 river front acres along the Sandy river here in Oregon. In 2 months I'll be living in 15x15 canvas tent while I build a cabin. I'm beyond excited. There is a well with manual pump, so I'll have potable water. I also have a 3000 watt generator to power my tools while building. There is also a pole barn on the property so I do have proper dry storage. For tools and gear.
    I'll update this thread as this adventure unfolds!
     
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    Look forward to following your progress. Sounds like the start of an adventure of sorts.
     
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    sounds awesome! will be watching.
     
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    I wish you luck. Glad I don't have to do it.
     
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    This canvas tent thing seems to be catching on. One legged Josh for another.
    Your set up sounds great. Can't wait to see pictures.
     
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    Awesome! I'm considering a stint in a canvas tent myself. Let us know how it plays out :)
     
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    I'm not too proud to admit that I'm jealous.
     
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    My wife and I have been doing this the past two and a half years. We lived in a tent for over three months with a 3 year old and 6 month old baby while we got our house going. Then we lived the next 1.5 years without running water and electricity, between a bare framed up house and tent while we have worked on it. Finally got water and some battery power this new years eve.

    You won't forget the experience. :D
     
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    BTW, if you need any pointers or advice I am probably one of the few crazy people who you will meet besides yourself that has done this. :dblthumb:

    I Would be glad to help. Life will be very different, and most people will not have a clue what you are doing or going through.
     
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    Appreciate that! I know it's going to be tough, but worth it.
     
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    Jealous... good luck sir!

    and for those who might like to follow yet another guy who made some hard choices and is doing it his way, here's a youtube channel for you. Not fond of all of it (wife seems like she'd be kind of a handful. at least she's out there with him), but the house building videos are great.

    Fouch-o-matic Off Grid
     
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    That's great Birdman can't wait to see your future post on this buddy.
     
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    Sounds like a great adventure. I hope the bears leave you alone. Do you have a good place to poop?
     
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    There is an old outhouse. Not sure of its integrity. May rebuild it.
     
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    Do you know any specs on the tent? Like is the canvas treated with any waterproofing, fireproofing, moldproofing, ect? You plan on running a wood stove? I'm living vicariously through you at this point lol! :D
     
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    This is a great adventure. Keep us posted. I'd love to see your adventure unfold.
     
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    It's 10oz marine canvas, with fiberglass pipe jack. Supposed to be mildew resistant, and fire resistant. I will be running a wood stove.
     
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    Right on, brother. Looking forward to seeing the project.
     
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    Will be watching also and envy you. I'd at least need a camper
     
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    Friend did that....and set his tent IN the pole barn......much warmer and secure.....was only for about 2 months......but seems to work well.
    Good luck sound like an adventure.
     
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    Make the small extra investment and make a raised platform for the tent. It will eliminate most of the moisture problems that you will have in a canvas tent.
     
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    Good for you brother! I moved to Ash Fork, AZ about 2 years ago and spent a year in a tent and then one of those portable Harbor Freight garages. Had a portable shed brought up here and fixed it up so that I'm very comfortable(running water and solar power). I'll start building the "real" house next year. Can be difficult at times but extremely rewarding.
     
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    Life is meant to be lived! I'm glad for you even if it is hard. I will be following your adventure!
     
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    Looking forward to pictures, sounds like an adventure
     
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    Yup. Had already planned on that. Especially for this length of time.
     
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    Pallets and plywood. Did it in the army. Night/day difference. You can run hot water pipes under the floor for heating. Done right it will be self circulating.
     
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    If it is going to be up for more than a couple of months make sure the pallets are hardwood not pine. Push your thumb nail into the wood and slide it along the grain. If it leaves a grove it's pine, if not it's hardwood.
     
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    Figured I'd give you guys an update. shortly after starting the process of moving on the the property, I found out we were expecting a baby! well that changed my outlook on this project quite a bit. so we decided to ditch the tent and buy a little travel trailer. this will be a lot more comfortable for the little lady especially with winter upon us. I'll get some pictures of the plot here in a few days. it's been a lot of work so far, so haven't really taken any pictures.
     

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    Good for you on that camper trailer!
     
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    Might still want to get the tent, those trailers get awfully cramped. But I guess you do still have the pole barn. Good luck, I will be watching and cheering you on. It is funny how a little one can twist your plans around.
     
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    Sounds like adventure of a life time.

    I would suggest something like straw bales stacked around the camper for underpinning / extra insulation if you stack them to the eves, then set some poles over that and throw on some tin roof and it will be both dryer and warmer / cooler.

    i'll be watching things unfold.

    Jim
     
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    congrats on the baby
     
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    Whew... snuck that trailer picture in there just in time. Was going to remind you that without pictures, it never happened...

    Congrats. Sounds exciting.
     
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    Subscribed.....looking forward to this! By the way, what brand of trailer is that?
     
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    Congrats for your family.....and good idea on the camper.
     
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    Congrats on the baby. Like I said we started our adventure with a 6 month old and one that turned 3 about two weeks previous to the move. Then we had the third last year when we were still living without running water or electricity.

    We should have bought the travel trailer the first year but didn't until the second year. That is a good move you guys made.

    It is actually easier to do this stuff with a newborn so don't worry too much about it. In some respects this might be good timing. Also remember that your wife can help you with most projects up until the last few weeks. The doctors will try to talk you guys into her being sedentary, but the work is actually good for both the mother and child. My wife was still helping me hoof drywall around two weeks before she delivered. She is a tough homestead wife though.
     
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    It's a 17' Takena which is manufactured by Chalet. Built here in Oregon. It's a slide out, so very roomy for a 17'. Aluminum and fiberglass construction makes it pretty light for its size. Unloaded it's only 2400lbs.
     
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    I designed this trailer for my company well over a decade ago, and it looks very similar. ;)

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    Sure does!
     
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    Congrats on the baby and the new adventure! Looking forward to following your progress.
     
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    Have fun! I did this long ago, in the N. GA. Mountains. Made a little camp site and built a 10x20, 2 story cabin with an add on porch. No power though so all hand tools. We did have a spring fed creek for water. WP_20161230_08_47_34_Pro.jpg
     
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    I'm going to order a tipi from Nomadics tipi soon it will give me somewhere to be while building. I lived in a tipi for a few years, not sure my city wife would go for that though. I can always keep it up for my man cave after the cabin is built. I loved living in a tipi, hearing the coyotes and owls, seeing the moonlight lighting up the interior during the night. Crap, if my wife doesn't come down much I may not build a cabin, I might just live in the tipi!
     
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