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  1. These are all the answers I needed - purrfect! Was just making sure that, somewhere at least, there was a viable space to take my adventure cat along with me on my adventures. Thank you all! :)
  2. So in videos/pictures/diagrams of Ollies, it looks like there's an empty area to the side of the toilet. I can't tell if it's big enough for a small kitty litter box or not. It's the only area I've found that I could reasonably, perhaps, put one to bring the cat along. :) Thoughts? Thanks!
  3. Very helpful information, thank you both! A bit overwhelming, though. The only thing I know for sure is that my laptop, which I'd use anywhere between 3 and 5 hours a day, is 200W. Is there a place I can find information about exactly how much energy the appliances in the Ollie consume (microwave, fridge, using the stove once or twice a day, LED lighting, etc.) so I can add that to my laptop wattage and try to figure out how many AH I'd need? Under specifications, the upgraded Ollie battery is 450AH which would mean 225AH usable. Plus solar, which I am hoping there will be a 640W option as mentioned in the linked post by the time I am able to get a trailer. Plus propane. Does any electricity run on propane or only certain things? And how could I calculate how much propane I'd use/need? Am I unable to use the A/C due to power consumption issues, or does it have to do with the build of an Oliver trailer? And I don't know much about generators - do they hook up to the truck I'd be using, or how does that work? And are there such things as quiet ones or are they all loud? Regarding shore power - do regular homes (like my friend's home I'd be camping at during the workweek) have connections or are they special connections only found at RV sites? I very much appreciate any answers, guidances, tips, etc.! This is all new to me, but I'm trying to make sure living full time in an Oliver trailer isn't some pipe dream that I've been dreaming for almost a year now. :P This whole "accumulate loads of crap and move into a bigger house and keep running the rat race" nonsense is getting to me, and I'm only 26! As a massage therapist I have lots of work schedule flexibility for this kind of lifestyle, and I really want to live small, low-ish impact, and see lots of places, at least in North America. My energy goal is this: Cook once or twice a day, have a fridge, use a microwave once or twice a day, run at least a lukewarm shower daily that I turn off during lathering, have a reading nightlight, and be able to still play games on my laptop since I'm a gamer. And write on it, since I am a writer. Have reasonable A/C in the summer and reasonable heat in the winter. And as a side note, I plan on trying to use some wind power (I've seen some cool things that attach to the top of the trailer when camped) in addition to solar, propane, and maybe a generator. EDIT: I just realized this may should have been placed in General. I didn't see that forum earlier, and posted this under Boondocking since I would like to live without connecting to shore power. Sorry if this is posted in the wrong spot! :)
  4. So my goal is to pretty much permanently live in an Ollie in a couple of years. I'll spend a week at home base so I can work and earn income, and I'll have the Ollie at a friend's place. Then I'll spend a week traveling or camping. Rinse and repeat! I plan to run primarily on solar and propane. I guess I just want to make sure I'm not overreaching when I think I'm going to be able to live fully in my trailer. So what kind of power capabilities should I expect? What kinds of appliances can I run, for how long, etc.? Thanks!
  5. Hello, y'all! I'm really considering getting an Ollie and living a fairly free life. I am 25, and since 24, for many months now I have struggled with what I call a quarter life crisis. I have been living on my own, with a solid professional career as a licensed massage therapist. Then I kinda felt this unceasing existential dread and became very nihilistic. Everything in the world seemed to be terrible, and I felt trapped, like I was a hamster on a wheel that I didn't want to be on. I don't want to keep renting, but I don't know where I want to live to own my own home. I keep accumulating more stuff - furniture, washer/dryer, decorations, pots, pans, books, on and on... I want to check out of this society where I work hard until I'm old and if I make it that long then I can retire (maybe, if I'm lucky) and enjoy my last years, and somewhere in between there I need to marry and have kids and a house and settle down. I understand that many people like this lifestyle. I thought I would, in fact. But I want out. I casually looked up RV living one day and then fell into a hole where I started learning about all the different kinds of RVing and camping and all the different vehicles and homes available. Basically, I fell in love with everything about Ollies. I can have some modern conveniences I love (such as showers, I love showers so much lol), but I can also be eco-friendly in ways I cannot at an apartment - I can use a compost toilet, be much more aware of power and water usage, and leave a smaller destructive footprint behind when I die. I could even learn to use a bow and arrow, and occasionally hunt and fish (with proper licensure and during proper seasons, of course). I can travel all I want and explore America and Canada. I can come back to home base and visit friends and family when I want to - no more worrying if I can afford the time off, or if I have the time on my off days in the first place! I can work as a massage therapist, yoga instructor, and movement therapist while I am on the road for income. Limitless possibilities when my home is on wheels! And definitely more of a boondocking/wild camping kind of thing, RV parks have never appealed to me. So I am now preparing a 4-5 year plan to 100% own my own truck, own my own Ollie home, and pay off my student loan debts by age 30, so I can truly live and enjoy life. When I figured this out, that this is what I want to do, it's like all my anxiety fled from me, and I now have a set goal to achieve for a dream life (as much as one can get a dream life, anyways, in this old world). I just had a few questions: - I am 6 feet 1 inches tall. The Ollie is 6'6"... Will that be cramped feeling for me? Anyone else a similar height level? - Can I realistically ship my Ollie and truck to Hawaii to explore Hawaii? I've been there once... perhaps backpacking there for a vacation would be more ideal than an Ollie? - Can I realistically ship my Ollie and truck to Europe for travels? What about Australia/NZ (I know I'd need one of their right side driver vehicles, though). Or would this venture be mostly limited to North America? I could also do Mexico and South America, but I feel like that would get more dangerous... - Is this a good investment? I think yes - if I live in it for 5-6 years, that would be the amount I paid for an apartment in that same time, just stuck in one box in one place. I definitely see myself living in it for more than that, though. If I ever sell it, the resell value would be better than a RV. - Realistically, what kind of terrain can I expect to go over with a truck and an Oliver camper trailer? - Also, for towing an Oliver and doing off road stuff, is a manual transmission or automatic transmission better? I love manuals. Thanks for any and all input! :)
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