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Old 09-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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As it turns out...

My family owns property about 20 miles from Asheville, NC and I'll be moving my TT1350 there for full time living. It will be mostly off the grid, water from a spring. We'll be getting solar panels for my electricity needs. I only have one battery to start with, but may need to get another one.

I never thought that I'd end up with this type of lifestyle, and honestly I'm a little nervous. The land is private and green, about 25 acres I think, with almost nothing on it except an old barn structure. My dad was planning to build on it as he gets closer to retiring. There is a septic tank, no electricity and does have a spring coming from the ground. I'm sorting out my phone service to be able to get internet also from my smartphone.

There's still a lot to do in the next few weeks to have my camper ready for this setup, but I'm so grateful for this forum and all the help you've given me to get my camper in good living condition and making it possible for me to even be able to consider this opporutnity. I look forward to sharing pictures with you all when the camper is done.

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Noralee...best wishes with your future move....may you enjoy the life of a full timer!
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I have a friend that has lived in an ancient old trailer in the woods of Maine for 30 years no water no power, a wood stove and outhouse. She is perfectly happy with her life style her only link to the modern world is a telephone. We are not sure how old the trailer is but the Co. started in "51"
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thank you! we'll see how it goes. But, it's giving me an opportunity to have my own home
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Noralee,

That sounds exciting! You'll be moving your Sunline to a very nice part of the country, certainly different from FLA. Good luck and post pixs when you can!
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I have a friend that has lived in an ancient old trailer in the woods of Maine for 30 years no water no power, a wood stove and outhouse. She is perfectly happy with her life style her only link to the modern world is a telephone. We are not sure how old the trailer is but the Co. started in "51"
Do you have an overall picture of it? I know someone who is REALLY into the old Skylines and could ID it like I can with a Sunline. His grandparents bought a '58 Skyline 45' and pulled it all over the country, and shockingly they still own it and live in it today even though it no longer travels regularly.

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thank you! we'll see how it goes. But, it's giving me an opportunity to have my own home
I take it that you're single then? It'll be cozy in a 1350 regardless! Best of luck as you go off the grid.
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Sounds very interesting......and fun!
Enjoy and stay in touch.
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Noralee,

What you are doing sounds rather exciting. I think a second battery would probably be good along with a smallish generator to charge the batteries if there have been too many cloudy days in a row. I live in Florida now as well and used to live in NC. It does still get pretty hot up there and the ability to run the AC when it gets to be too much would be nice.

A small 12v water pump would probably be very useful as well to get the water from the spring into your camper. I saw one at Harbor Freight for about $35. Of course a small inverter so you can run the TV and DVD player from the batteries when you want to watch a movie at night or something.

Of course, the ultimate would be an aluminum carport or something so you don't have to keep up with the roof so much.

I know that if I was living on 25 green acres out in NC, the outdoors would be my living room and the little trailer would mostly be for sleeping.
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Ashville is a nice area, for sure. Many people going there from Florida during the Summer. Might be hot but not for as long as we get here. With all those pines you should be able to find some shade.

We have a small 10" HDTV, 12V/110V, low 1Amp draw, just for watching the weather on local channels if we can get any where we camp. Small, lightweight and easy to run from either the car battery or the TT battery. It is our backup for hurricane time here in Florida.

Hope you get along great on top of the hill.
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[QUOTE=Sunline Fan;117529]Do you have an overall picture of it? I know someone who is REALLY into the old Skylines and could ID it like I can with a Sunline. His grandparents bought a '58 Skyline 45' and pulled it all over the country, and shockingly they still own it and live in it today even though it no longer travels regularly.

I do! The TV antenna is plugged into a portable radio think she found it at the dump.
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Noralee,

Wow, that sounds like a real adventure. Every time I camp I cannot help marveling at the completeness of a home in such a tiny space. I wish you the best of luck.

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Do you have an overall picture of it? I know someone who is REALLY into the old Skylines and could ID it like I can with a Sunline. His grandparents bought a '58 Skyline 45' and pulled it all over the country, and shockingly they still own it and live in it today even though it no longer travels regularly.

I do! The TV antenna is plugged into a portable radio think she found it at the dump.
Awesome! I've asked, so I'll let you know if I hear anything.
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Do you have an overall picture of it? I know someone who is REALLY into the old Skylines and could ID it like I can with a Sunline. His grandparents bought a '58 Skyline 45' and pulled it all over the country, and shockingly they still own it and live in it today even though it no longer travels regularly.

I do! The TV antenna is plugged into a portable radio think she found it at the dump.
He said it's also a '58, and is the 30' model!
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He said it's also a '58, and is the 30' model!
Great I'll let her know she said she had the title for it some where and could not remember the year. All though she bought a much newer 44' mobile home (she just got married and hubby was not to keen on primitive living) she is going to keep the old one. As a Wedding gift I had a B/W print of the old trailer done on canvas for her.
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Thanks for your well wishes!

It was a tough move and upon arrival, there seem to be so many new problems to figure out it's been bitter sweet so far. The picture below is from the drive from the property to the main road

We ended up putting in a power line, since the land would eventually need one anyways, so didn't have to worry about the solar panels. The underground spring has enough pressure coming down from 450ft up the hill so I don't have to worry about a pump, and it turns out i'll be able to pipe into the sewage line (left here from an old house that is no longer for living). So, i'm set up on those fronts.

When I arrived though, the water heater no longer works properly, the fridge wasn't getting cold enough after having it on propane for 1.5days, and it smells like a palmetto bug nestled in the window somehow that i can't see and left a heinous smell in the window next to my bed. i have taken the window apart and found nothing so i'm just going to keep putting vinegar over the area. and my phone service wasn't' working properly. i think the fridge is working ok now, but not as well as before.

When I was getting ready to go, the camper was on a slant and to my shock, I noticed water leaking out the back corners. I have no idea from where, or why, but I'll post a detailed thread in repairs and maintenance to try to resolve this. But it was really upsetting--water coming from a new and weird place when i was hoping to be towards the end of the repairs on this camper. I was hoping for a "final" ending feeling of urgent and damaging repairs before I moved.

Besides that, there have been some deer that visit to eat the apples in the orchard, there is a very cool old barn. the back part is sturdy a good place to set up a lounging area. the front part was an addition and it will get taken down in the spring. I'm getting used to the animals, the quiet, the camper, and the weather. When we got here, there was bear droppings-right where the camper had to be parked but no sighting yet, hopefulle ever! still lots to do with the repairs that need to be made now and even need to start winterizing before it gets much colder. lovely sunsets, sunshine and lots of fresh air.

I've been enjoying my on demand outdoor shower/tub under the stars as much as possible.

I'll post camper pics once i'm more settled in. it's still a mess.
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Noralee may this be the beginning of a wonderful new journey for you!

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Sounds very exciting to me! My idea of camping.

Natural spring water....great!

Keep in touch and keep the pictures coming. Would like to see some of the "new lounge area", etc. as well.
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Noralee,

Wow, what a nice looking area!

Good luck and looking forward to hearing and seeing more of your Sunline adventures.

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