Originally Posted by BonesBarth
Running the genny 24/7 isn't needed since you probably won't have the need for that much power. You would need a gen with quite a dutycycle to pull that off. Remember that sealing the genny in a box cures the noise issues but the engine has to be cooled. Your plan would be more fesasible in cold weather. You could always plumb the engine heat into the TT (I'm assuming it's a water cooled genny). In the summer, that is a different story.
I looked a one 6k generator running at 1/2 rated load and it would use about 125 gallons of fuel per month. That is only running 12 hours a day, double that for 24/7. Don't forget that WVO still has to be processed even if only filtered. That costs money as does hauling the oil to your home base. WVO also needs to be heated to use it which can present problems when the temps drop. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
You seem to have done some research on the subject but be sure you won't have problems with living on whatever land you buy to park your TT on. I know in my area it wouldn't fly. What I've seen is someone who built an "RV" in a diesel box truck. He saved a bunch of money and flew under the radar with his stealth RV. He towed a small cargo trailer and lived quite comfortable in his rig. He ended up getting a spot to park at his job and provided security for the business at night, a win for everyone.
Check out this link for a few ideas. just food for thought.
Thanks for the link and stay tuned for my adventures.
It's gonna be a learn the wrinkles as I go project.
Unlike the box van fellow, this is on principle !
I was the Mr.Mom and after the divorce I'll be walking away with about $140,000.
So I'm in the process of purchasing several businesses that should net me about $150k annually give or take $50k.
But the problem I have is that without a "job" no landlord will rent me anything in this NY tristate area.
But there are numerous plots of unimproved properties for sale fairly cheap. So I calculate that I can have living quarters that I own for $20-30k
plus $200 to 1,500 annually in taxes and if I set up greenhouses and declare it a farm, $0 taxes.
Or even buy property that is already zoned recreational. In which case you are not allowed to build anything anyway.
There are a multitude of ways to run off the revenoors.
The rest of it is to reduce my cost of living as much as possible and pay as little taxes as possible.
It isn't any one big thing, it will be an accumulation of a lot of little things. Such as solar, the right windmills, heat pumps, a Jacobs wall or 2, copper tubing heat sinks to convert an air cooled diesel generator to liquid and pump the heat to the outdoor hot tub and to preheat the RV hot water supply along with using the Peltier effect where ever possible. And using the generator at my peak usage times for maybe 2-5 hours a day. And of course transesterificated B100 has no need of preheating and stores longer and more safely too. And the glycerine can be sold back, but I will keep the soap. As long as I can make my own biodiesel for less than $1 or maybe less than 50 cents, I am well ahead of the $4-5 at the pump for petro and besides biodiesel's greater lubricity adds to the life of the engine too. Whether it is WVO or new only the price matters.
But you are absolutely right: TANSTAAFL !
That is from Robert A. Heinlein's book : The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
I'm only looking for a decent lunch at a reasonably reduced cost.
And at the same time trying to make sure that what I spend doesn't go to countries and people that hate us and want to harm and kill us. [Moderator edit]
And of course add to that list, the corporations and the rich that haven't paid their fair share in 30 years and want to destroy America.
Oops, they don't want to destroy they just want to own America. So I guess, count me part of the 99% that just wants my country back and my weapon of choice is money. Deny it to the enemy and spend it among friends.
So I will document everything I do and recount it here.
It will start the moment the divorce is final.