Living Off the Grid

Off the Grid Living means many things to many people.

The question is, what does it mean to you?

Some think that living Off The Grid means to live a minimalist life style; while others that live off the grid will tell you that you don't have to give up anything by using Solar, Wind or Micro-Hydro.

Renewable Energy

The wonderful thing about Renewable Energy is that you can start small and work your way up to being completely Off the Grid.

We offer an overview of what solar equipment you would need to get started down the road to Energy Independence.

We give you the basics of “The different types of Solar Panels;” “What is needed to put a solar system together?;” “What is the difference between an Off the Grid Solar System and a Grid-Tied solar system?”

We cover the different types of Solar Thermal Systems and those best for your area.

Micro-Hydro & Wind Energy

Do you have running water on your property? Then Micro-Hydro is the way to go. We cover what is needed to set up a Micro-Hydro System.

Wind Energy is another wonderful resource, but may not be suitable for everyone. Don’t waste your money buying a Wind Generator until you test the amount of wind you really have

How to Live off the Grid in an RV 

10 UGLY TRUTHS About Full Time RV Living (& Tiny Houses)

Living Off the Grid It’s not all that unusual to talk to folks who say they wish they could get back to nature and live in the wild.

There is something to be said for watching the sun rise over the horizon rather than over the neighbor’s house, for breathing in the sweet smell of sage and grass instead of exhaust fumes.

And sometimes you have to get away, far away, to enjoy those experiences. You could find yourself in a place without electricity, running water, and yes, without cable television.

Don't worry-you can live off the grid in your RV and be perfectly comfortable

Family of 7 Living Completely Off-Grid in Northern Canada!

In this video, we meet Jeff, Rose, and their 5 girls who are living completely off grid on a 40-acre piece of land in Northern British Columbia, Canada. They built their own off-grid house for less than $25,000 with cedar posts sunk into the ground like a pole barn, log rafters, plywood, foam insulation, and a living roof. The house was so affordable to build because they didn't have to excavate or pour a concrete foundation, dig a well, or install a septic system.

They have 2 solar power systems to power everything they need. The first solar system is just one solar panel that generates 12-Volt power for their lights, cell phones, and music player. The larger system is a 2.5 Kilowatt solar power system installed on their shop roof with a lithium ion battery bank that powers their full-sized fridge, a chest freezer, washing machine, as well as a mixer, blender and a toaster. They have a backup generator but they only have to use it for about 40 hours per year during prolonged cloudy or snowy periods.

All of the water the family uses is rainwater collected from their shop roof and stored in a tank under the shop floor to keep it cool. They carry buckets of water into the house for cooking, dishes and showers. To produce clean drinking water, they filter their rainwater in a passive water filter called a Burkey (check them out here: 

The grey water from their kitchen sink and shower drains into a shallow grey water field in the backyard.

They have 2 composting bucket toilets and they sprinkle sawdust into the buckets after each use to absorb moisture and prevent smells.

For heat, they cut their own firewood for their Blaze King catalytic wood stove, and for their antique cookstove in the kitchen that they use for cooking and baking. 

Jeff and Rose homeschool their 5 girls for a few hours each day and also ensure that their kids are learning diverse life skills like growing their own food, caring for horses, raising bees, and more.

We're very impressed with the clever solutions this family has come up with to make off-grid living seem so easy.

If you want to learn more about this inspiring family and follow their journey, check out their Gridlessness project — they have a blog and a YouTube channel.

Gridlessness YouTube Channel:

Gridlessness Blog:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle 

Ten Things We Wish We'd Known Before We Went Off Grid

This one is lighthearted and encouraging. It's also true. But it's lighthearted and encouraging. For more in depth responses to the same question see our other videos. Enjoy!

Esther's book:

Esther's mom's book:

Esther's channel:

Our rechargeable headlamps (may be affiliate links): 

Nick's headlamp:

Esther's headlamp:

Kids' headlamps:

Camping World's Intro To RVs: RV Types and Classes

A recreational vehicle (RV) or camper is a common term for a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with a living space.

There are two main categories of RVs; motorhomes and towables.

Let's dive into what defines the different RV types and classes.

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WOW, RVs are JUNK! What you need to know!

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Finding Campgrounds & Planning RV Travel Routing

Guide to Finding RV Parks, Campgrounds and Boondocking

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RV Travel - Planning a Day's Drive: Routing, Cross Country Trips and Booking Campgrounds Last Minute

We don’t plan our travels too far in advance. We may have a few destinations along a cross-country repositioning pinpointed – but many mornings we wake up, not knowing where we’ll be sleeping that night.

Trailer Tires, ST Tires vs LT Tires vs Passenger Car Tires ~ The Right Tires for your Trailer

Passenger car tires achieve comfort in part by making the sidewalls of the tires softer, allowing the sidewalls to flex. Many trailers (especially enclosed cargo trailers and car haulers) have higher centers of gravity than the typical tow vehicle and sidewall flexing in this case can lead to increased trailer sway. The stiffer sidewalls and higher inflation pressures on ST (Special Trailer) tires helps to reduce trailer sway. 

To learn how and why trailers will pull better and ride smoother on ST tires engineered and manufactured for trailers, please visit

Our second installment on trailer tires covered GVWR, GVAR and load capacity ( 

The third and final installment provides tips on extending the life of your trailer tires. There are steps you can take both on the road and off to extend the life of your trailer tires and to ensure your safety on the road. For more details on how proper tire inflation, storage and maintenance can help extend the life of your trailer tires, please visit

Tires are a critical piece of equipment for all kinds of trailers - horse trailers, car haulers, cargo trailers, utility trailers, etc. Using the right tire for the job is critical to keeping you and your horses, cargo and equipment safe and riding comfortably. Your trailer will pull better and be more stable on the right tires. Feel free to contact us at Trailers of the East Coast with any questions on getting the right tires for your trailer.

See 10 acres of in-stock inventory at Trailers of the East Coast. We keep hundreds of trailers of almost every conceivable type in stock, including horse trailers, motorcycle trailers, race car haulers, utility trailers, dump trailers, vending trailers and more. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions. From all of us at Trailers of the East Coast, Happy Trailering!

What Every RV Owner Should Know by Michelin Tires

Choosing The Best RV Tires For Your Motorhome,Travel Trailer,Or Camper

How to Tow a Trailer Correctly & Safely :: Towing Capacity•Vehicle & Axle Weights | Trailering SMART


The hitch must exceed the weight of the trailer you are going to two by 15-30% for a measure of safety.


The towing capacity is how much the towing unit can pull when the trailer is loaded. Towing capacity is important for acceleration, braking, and safe handling and stability of the unit.


The tongue weight is how much of the trailer weight sits on the towing unit. The tongue weight is part of the towing vehicle's load capacity.


A vehicle can pull more weight than it can tow. And the amount of weight a vehicle can carry must not be exceeded. The pin OR tongue weight contributes to the vehicle's load.


To be absolutely sure that all your weights are correct, load your trailer and vehicle and then take it to a certified scale and weight it. By weighing the unit you are certain to be within limits for towing capacity, gross axle weight ratings, and gross vehicle weight rating.

Weight scales are available at:

• Commercial weigh scales along highways

• Truck Stops

• Quarries

• Dumps and recycle facilities

• Timber Mills

• Salvage Yards

If you are weighing on a platform scale and require axle weights, be sure to tell the weigh master before driving on the scale. Drive on the scale with the first axle, then the towing unit, and then the drive the whole unit onto the scale.

For the weight of the rear axle, subtract the weight of the front axle from the second weight.

For the weight of the trailer subtract the weight of the towing unit (second number) from the total weight of the unit.

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Essentials  Instructions

  • 1 Decide where you will be living. You can purchase some property or you can live on public land. It’s always nice to have your own little corner of the world, but it’s not necessary. In many places in the U.S., you can live off grid on public lands at no charge, although you may be limited to a 14-day stay.
  • 2 Do some research before you jump in the RV and head off for the wide-open spaces. Find out about the climate in the area you’re considering. Hot in an RV is really hot; ditto for cold. Figure out how far it is to the nearest medical facility, market and other services. If your health is questionable, living off the grid may not be best for you.
  • 3 Go over the systems in your RV with care to confirm that it will support life off the grid. Make certain the fresh water system is sanitary and that nothing leaks. Check that your black water system (sewer waste) is tight and healthy. Make sure the RV’s electrical wiring is not frayed or damaged. Confirm that your propane lines are good (if you plan to use propane).
  • 4 Set your RV up for comfort and practicality off the grid. For example, carpeting often requires a vacuum cleaner; you might want to install wood flooring or vinyl that you can clean with a broom. Get rid of unnecessary stuff so you have room to move in the RV. It’s a tight space, and you probably won’t have that many guests, so get rid of the dinner service for 12. Seal holes to keep out hot, cold and critters.
  • 5 Fill the fresh water tank with fresh water; add something to purify the water if you haven’t used the system in a while. A small amount of chlorine bleach dumped in the holding tank with the fresh water should kill most bugs. Make certain the holding tank for your sewer is empty; if it’s not, stop in at a station and dump it on your way out of town. Charge your RV batteries and fill your propane tanks.
  • 6 Set up your little homestead in the lovely spot you selected in step 1. Once you’re there, try different layouts of the space to ensure that you’re using the shade and light to their maximum benefit. If you own the property and you plan to stay long-term, think about creating a level pad to park the RV on more or less permanently. Also, consider installing a composting toilet so you don’t have to fight with the septic system in the RV.
  • 7 Make a regular schedule to refill your systems and pump your sewer-you don’t want to run out of fresh water or propane in the middle of preparing a meal. Read more: How to Live off the Grid in an RV |