Living Off-grid in the Desert

Recently we’ve had people ask what it’s like living in the middle of the desert off-grid. Well I’m not sure how to answer that question, it’s not much different than living pretty much anywhere. There are hardships and joy. We have all or most of the modern conveniences, lights, water, heat, TV, computers.

I would have to say not having a shower is probably the biggest difference . Building the shower is not a priority and has been put on the back burner for awhile. Not because we couldn’t use it, but we can easily take long hot showers in town. Whereas with the shower we are building you will be required to do military showers, due to having to conserve the water.

Another is the solar, we aren’t able to run electric heat or AC on it. We don’t use many electronic devices like air fryers, coffee makers, and toasters to name a few. It’s not that we can’t but they tend to draw a lot of electricity so it’s easier not to have them. We do however have a microwave and it works but it is used for storage.

If you have a continuous cloudy days you do need to conserve your electric. Meaning no TV, fans, even small things like charging phones can cause too much of a drain.

If you are wanting to experience this way of life. You are welcome to come out and camp or attend an event here at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun and see for yourselves!

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Dealing with the cold at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun

Mornings have been a bit chilly here at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun , It was 17 outside when we got up this morning… Since we run a buddy heater for our heat, we only tend to run it at night before going to bed and in the morning when we get up. This morning when we got out of the warm bed, it was 30 degrees inside. The dogs wanted out, but Weillow met me with her teeth chattering.. Weillow wears a jacket and crawls up on the couch at night under blankets.. Like us she was probably warm until she had to go to the bathroom.

We can run the heater all night and probably will if we feel it’s going to get cold. Cold to us is when it doesn’t warm up during the day. Usually our days warm up enough to warm the inside of the RV nicely, we open windows and doors to get the heat in, but before it starts to cool off we shut everything down to trap in the warmth. We tend to stay at an even temp (depending on outside temp) until around 9-10 pm.. If we plan on staying up a bit we kick on the #buddyheater until we are ready for bed or it warms up. We do this as we feel safer, and save on propane even though we have smoke and Co2 detectors, sleeping with the heater off.. In the morning the first to wake up turns on the heater.

We had talked about doing wood, but if you’ve ever seen any of our photos trees are pretty sparse, and the cost of wood isn’t worth it.

What have you used for heat. Comment below and let us know.

Hight Temperature and RV living

We watched a RV YouTube video and they were saying you can’t be without AC in a RV in extreme heat stating “all RVs are heat boxes”.. It’s 103 out today and 89 inside. Maybe to some 89 is too hot, but to us it’s not that bad. (Ignore the date on the weather station, it doesn’t connect to the internet anymore). 14 degrees cooler in a class A with windows open and running a fan isn’t bad. You can do it without AC, is it for everyone? probably not.

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When Karen is in heat.

Another warm day has come and gone.. Not much to report other than working on staying cool. We’ve had a few comments stating the heat isn’t healthy for us or the dogs, and that we should start the generator to run the AC.

I don’t believe the heat is causing us health issues, as long as you stay hydrated, in the shade and keep your body as cool as possible. We do all this, we and the dogs stay hydrated, out of the sun as much as possible.. We pretty much hibernate during the day. Once the sun starts going down and starts cooling off we go out, dogs go out and play.

Issues this last week the nights haven’t been cooling off as much. Which makes it harder to sleep, and in turn makes the heat of the day harder to handle.

Sure AC would be nice, but we also don’t want to be dependent on it. There are times we have to work during the heat of the day. My experience is when I have AC I tend to get sick when trying to work in the heat.
And for those that can’t find a rationale for living the way people did before AC… know nothing of the pioneering strength that builds character.
Not once were we complaining of agonizing “the struggle”….it was conversation that everyone is mostly experiencing around the globe…IDK, maybe to many people have just gotten to soft for hard work and harder living.

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Plateau Hame De Colquhoun dealing with heat and solar

Since we don’t have AC, during the really hot days we stay quiet, lay in front of the fans, or run errands. But this last week we haven’t been handling the heat so well.. It’s not cooling down as much at night, which doesn’t give us a chance to cool off. But it’s not just us it’s affecting, it’s affecting the solar.

When it’s hot (Yesterday it was 124° feel like 118 and over night in the 90s) the fans on the controller and inverter run, which is okay during the day, when there’s enough light to charge. But at night those fans draw a lot of power from the batteries. If we leave the big fridge on overnight the batteries will be dead by morning. Luckily the fridge is gas or electric.

We have few options to resolve this issue, and have everything to do it. We need to get cooler days to build and work outside. Until then we are busy trying to stay cool.

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Desert weather…

113 degrees with no AC is not easy, sitting in front of the fan feels like you’re sitting in front of a heater. Floors are hot in the RV, even toilet feels hot. We close the shades to try keep the sun out, it helps until evening, when it’s suddenly hotter inside then out.

If it isn’t the wind it’s the heat… We have so many projects to finish, yet to hot during the day, few if our neighbors go out at night after it cools off. Our issue we’d rather get good sleep when it’s cooler, rather than trying to sleep during the heat. So we try to do a little bit in the evening and early morning. What have you found that works during hot days? I like to jump in water, but no water here in the desert.

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