Farmers and homesteaders make up 2% of the nationâ€™s workforce. Although homesteading is a viable way to live off the land, no one can deny that there might be disasters and unexpected situations that may force you to leave your homestead. Natural disasters already affected 8% of the US population in 2017 alone and a further damage of $91 billion was incurred in 2018. If you own a camper or an RV, prepping it well can save you in emergency situations.
Self-Sufficiency is Key to Survival
Water is one of the most important things that you must have in your RV if you want to survive. Your RV should have at least 40-50 gallons of fresh water for dry camping. There are also natural sources that you can tap for your supply of water such as lakes, rivers, and streams. Rain water collection is also an option.
Another vital element of a self-sufficient and independent lifestyle is adequate power. Reduce reliance on generators and switch to renewable sources. Solar energy has become affordable and investing $3,500 to $4,500 in a system that produces 2,000-2,500 watts/day can run most of your appliances. Rocket stoves, battery-powered fans, Lavario for laundry, and so on, there are many appliances that can run manually, on solar energy, or using batteries.
Basic Tune-Ups Your RV Needs
If youâ€™re going to use your RV for trips, prepping it for journeys is a must. Therefore, make sure that it is serviced and maintained regularly. That means the lights, brakes, engine, and battery must be checked, motor oil and air filters changed, and tire pressure regulated.
It is critical as well to run systems in your RV before hitting the road. Run the water faucets, ensure that the hot water heater works, and test electrical outlets. Check the generator, fridge, and other appliances inside your RV as well as cooling systems, slide outs and awnings. Filters and vents should also be tried to ensure that they are working properly. If there are damages on doors, systems, and other stuff, they must be repaired as soon as possible. When the RV is not in use, make sure that it is properly winterized emptying tanks and grey water.
Donâ€™t Forget Reliable Communications Systems
Another important part of RV living is a reliable communications system. You can do this by installing a satellite system and youâ€™ll have internet service anywhere or even in the remotest location. Just make sure that the sky is clear. The biggest downside to buying a satellite system is the cost. Weather factors and lower speeds are also other factors.
A cheaper alternative is to use a cell phone and wireless provider for internet. All you need to do is to hook up your phone to your computer and create a tethering spot so that you can use your deviceâ€™s internet signals.
Homestead living is a great way to live off the grid and become self-sufficient. However, if things go wrong and itâ€™s not possible to stay there any longer whether temporarily or permanently, prepping up your RV for extreme situations, can save the day providing a self-contained and mobile accommodation in an instant.