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Hey guys, I've known Tynan for some time, from back in the Life Nomadic days. My girlfriend and I are permanent gypsies, traveling in our '98 Rialta. We have been traveling up the Oregon coast, and will be arriving in Portland tomorrow. I was wondering if anyone had any experience parking overnight in any central locations in Portland (we are totally stealth, with capability for complete blackout and sound control), or, barring this, if anyone who lives in Portland might be willing to let us hang out in their driveway for a few days. We don't need anything other than a place to park (totally solar powered).
PS: @Ty, if this is the wrong use of the community area, slap my wrist and I'll take it down.
I'd rather chop off a limb than read financial books right now. I wouldn't even know how to go about investing in any kind of stocks or bonds and don't really know what other possible avenues I have to choose from other than starting a business or buying property to rent to tenants. Currently, my money is rotting in a checking account, at the very least, I should put it in some kind of high interest account to defeat inflation. I've felt overwhelmed lately with personal projects and what to do with my life, and this keeps getting put on the back burner.
I remember Ty's post on Lending Club, how's that going? Peter Parker, you're with Prosper, right? I'd be happy with consistent 10% returns, is either of these two sites safe enough to dump a majority of my cash into?
Background info: I'm 30 years old, live in the Rialta, probably spend under $700/month on normal expenses (super frugal, not glamorous at all), 2-months unemployed by choice and living off what I have saved: a little over $32k, engineering drop-out, don't seem to have many high-paying skills, and don't know what I'll do in the future as far as making income. I'm not a dumbass, but I'm not a "runner" as Tynan might put it, and I don't know if I can change that... I don't want to work forever. I love my leisure time. I guess it's different if the projects you love are making money... maybe that's another discussion. Along with Tynan's goals, being able to bank a few million and comfortably support a family would be awesome, but I'm not that hopeful; fortunately, I don't seem to mind living very simply and without kids (for now at least...). My goal might be making $1-2k/month passively. Some of the entry-level oilfield jobs here pay well, $1900/week for driving a truck a limited amount of hours for example, so I might consider putting up with that for a year or two, but I still need to find out what to do with that money. Thanks everyone. Great job with SETT and your whole blog, forum, & book history, Tynan; we're lucky to have you.
SHORT VERSION: Here is a link to my saved search on eBay that shows cheap Rolexes that are probably worth buying. Read on to see why.
A month ago or so I wrote a post called, No One Cares if you Buy a Rolex. If you didn't read it and don't feel like doing any link-clicking, the gist of it was that when I was younger I bought a Rolex, assuming that people would be really impressed, but in the end no one noticed or cared. You can't buy your way into being interesting.
Ironically, in writing that post, I remembered how much I loved my Rolex, despite the fact that no one else cared about it. At the same time, I had stopped really using the advanced features of the Suunto GPS watch that I had, and was thinking about getting some different watch.
Maybe I ought to get a Rolex, I thought...
As some of you may know, Captain Power, a member of Sett, currently published a book. I am writing this because I got it on kindle a few days ago and just read it today.
It is an awesome book - once I started it I did not stop until I was completely through a couple hours later. It is a biography of sorts, split up into very small chapters that almost all deal with bodybuilding or "game." The genius of the book is that all of these mini-stories also teaches a core concept - whether it is a weight loss tactic or a brilliant way to tease a girl.
These are also the reason the book is so addicting - once you read the first one, you cannot help but devour the next one, and so on. And if that wasn't enough to keep me chugging along, he strings a narrative of how he seduced a billionaire's wife throughout the book, before revealing how it all went down at the end.
Anyway, great read. Self improvement principles strung together in a very entertaining way. I recommend you guys check it out - it is only $3 on Amazon.
The Meetup link is http://www.meetup.com/RV-Nomads
I have no ulterior motive whatsoever other than to create a community of fellow RV nomads that I can meet up with when I take off on the road. And if you want, you can join the group too and do the same. I have set up the meetup so that anyone will be able to post events. The only thing that really makes it unique is the Meetup calendar platform, but that's a biggie. You can read more about that at the Meetup link...and join there too. http://www.meetup.com/RV-Nomads I just started the Meetup and already have close to 30 members, not bad. And there are already a couple of awesome Meetups posted by Technomadia. Check it out! Don't worry that the Meetup group is "located" in Austin, it is really nationwide (heck, I am the organizer and I live in San Diego). If this thing gets going (i.e. enough members and events), I will use this SETT Blog platform to chronicle the events.
Not sure if this forum is active still, but I'm selling my 1999 Rialta FD rigged with two solar panels (490W total), two Lifeline AGM batteries, Blue Sky charge controller + remote, 1000W inverter, Maxxfan, and new Norcold AC/DC refrigerator. My ebay auction is coming to an end soon: https://goo.gl/AmYXod
Does anybody have any tips for automated marketing software for Twitter? Or at least how to Follow more than 5,000 accounts?
I am up to "Following" 5,000 people (accounts) on Twitter. I have done really well on getting orders from the people I have been following. It appears that Twitter won't let you keep following accounts past 5,000. I have Unfollowed some accounts and Followed new people. Any tips on how to break through this limit.
Of course, I can always create more Twitter accounts. Which may be my next course.
Thanks ahead of time for any tips on internet social media marketing. Especially automated software that works good at a low price.
The 2016 Presidential race has plenty of candidates. The front runner is Hillary Clinton, and for a while it seemed like no one was going to challenge her for the Democrat nomination. She now has some competition, and I wondered what Tynan's readers think of our choices.
My personal favorite candidates are the following:
1. Rand Paul (Republican): Liberty, less government, End the wars, End being the policeman of the world, balanced budget, pay down debt
-I also like Dr. Ben Carson.
2. Jim Webb (Democrat): Get us out of Middle East wars, balance budget, intelligent decision maker that doesn't cow-tow to Lobbyist and political friends.
I realize the community forums aren't very active and a several Rialta folks are moving on to other living arrangements, but surely someone will find this helpful. On the topic of summer heat, I realize I could’ve relocated to another climate, but I love the community in Austin and decided to put my time, money, and energy into improving my living space over relocation costs plus building a new community elsewhere. Big ups out to Dave R. for proving the possibilities of solar-powered air-conditioning, out to J. Donna for all the enthusiasm, help, friendship, free tow, and new tires, and of course out to Tynan for sharing all kinds of fantastic hacks and leading us to RV life. Tynan, I don’t know where I’d be without a marine fridge, great find!
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Yes, the new array reliably runs both runs the 5kbtu air conditioner and charges my batteries simultaneously from 10AM-5PM. I only having 4 golf cart batteries, so I usually shut off the A.C. after 5pm because my panels are permanently mounted flat (not tiltable towards a sunset) and I simply don't have the battery capacity to run it at night. Yamaha's 1000W ultra quiet generator runs up to 9-10 hours per gallon, so that's a likely upgrade I'll add in the old generator compartment to run it at night, though I really wish it had an electric start so it can be programmed to come on only when needed (anyone know of a similar 1000W high-efficiency, ultra-quiet, electric-start model or a hack to modify the Yamaha?). The four SunPower 435W panels are 20% efficient and outperformed my expectations (in clear direct sunlight, two panels can often put out over 600W and I’ve seen them peak over 700W!) causing me to add an additional MidNite Classic 150 charge controller (which do need networked to each other btw, otherwise they get confused when trying to change charge stages). Though the controller is $620, it was still more cost efficient for me over wiring the bank to 24V, then adding a big (big to start generator occasionally, otherwise 12V loads are relatively small) 24V-12V step-down converter, 2kW 24V pure sine inverter, and a 120VAC->24VDC charger for emergencies. Keeping the bank at 12V allows me to still use the van's alternator to charge the bank in an emergency, which I've had to do once when it was left in a shop unexposed to sun for a week for maintenance and I forgot to turn off the marine fridge, otherwise the solenoid is always disconnected. I found the new panels for $300 each a couple hours away on Craigslist and knew this was my best shot at an air-conditioned summer. Austin, Texas has had a abnormally mild & rainy summer so far, so it hasn't been tested in 100F heat yet; I really need to add a heavy insulation blanket between the van & coach, as well as insulating the bubble skylight. I did already add insulation to most of the non-moving upper sections of the cabin windows plus the entire rear window; naturally it's coldest on the bed. Currently in the central desk/kitchen area, it’s really never cold, just cool enough to not drown in sweat, and I do run two directional fans inside 24/7 (not the roof vent fan while A.C. is on obviously). Sealing up door gaskets and vents could help too. I’ll also note that the microwave and stock electric water heater are used regularly too, but never all at the same time (I have a Prowatt 2000 inverter wired into the breaker panel). Not pictured in the photo album is the hole cut in shelf where the intake ducting is ported into the air conditioner's enclosure.
Hey all! so I'm starting to plan out how my RV interior layout will be on my 97 rialta (twin beds). Because I am looking at living in it full time in August of next year, I decided to change anything that I need to in order to minimize compromise from a small apartment. Some things I really wanted are a full size couch where I can fit 3 people comfortably, a full size desk with minimal compromises compared to a desk found in a regular home and lastly a full size queen bed, roughly 60" by 78". Of course, the Rialta doesn't have enough space for half of those things so I am hoping to take advantage of my mechanical engineering degree and design transformational furniture that does all those 3 things. Also I am hoping most things are spring aided so transforming the bed to desk or couch takes minimal effort.
here it is in queen size bed configuration - the inside width of the rialta is about 82.5" the CAD model I have right now only uses a 78" foam mattress allosing for a bit over 2" on each side for all the arms/mechanisms. the bed would actually be raised to about where the back counter is (next to the window) so the space under it can fit your legs when you are in desk mode. I was thinking about convenience of making the bed/keeping order and I think all my sheets and blankets will have strong neodymium magnets sown into them to get them to stick to the sides when it is made or stick to a different surface during transition.
so in this picture the front side of the bed, roughly 20" can be easily lifted up with the aid of some springs on the arms.
The front part of the bed tilts to that position and is stopped by either something in the back of the RV or something mounted on the frame. next there is a mechanism to release the front portion of the top mattress allowing it to swivel somewhere in the rear portion like so.