Continuing our off-grid preparedness 3/26/22

As with all things, the good stuff never stays forever, and our mild days throughout the winter are no exception. It has been absolutely HOT out recently! πŸ”₯πŸ₯΅ Some of our Nomad Neighbors and Friends have already left for the cooler weather promised by the higher elevation. We hope to cross paths again when the weather changes and we all return to the pleasant winter of the Arizona desert. 🏜

93Β° at the end of March?!?

We’ve been considering our next steps, too, as this is only the beginning of a Phoenix summer and we aren’t sure any of us will make it with our setup as-is.

Poor Sue snuggled the frozen shrimp we were defrosting to cool off!

My boss, Brian, mentioned that he had a portable A/C unit that he would like to sell (only used it one summer) and so we worked out it being part of my paycheck this past week. What a blessing it has been! We should get a thermometer to see the temperature difference between inside and outside, but it is DEFINITELY much better than it was! We hang a curtain across the hallway right past the washing machine and fridge as well as keep the green door closed so as to keep the cooler air to the middle of the bus.

The new A/C in it’s natural habitat nestled between the wood stove (definitely NOT in service these days!) and the counter. Venting out the window, the A/C cools the middle portion of the bus nicely!

We still have our window unit that we bought for the house last year; we are considering installing it in the back over the bed to run at night. What we’ve learned from the locals is that – while the temperatures drop significantly once the sun goes down – when it’s 130Β° out during the day, it’s still going to be 90-100Β° at night. Currently we just wait until about 5 pm and then open all the windows in the back and it’s cool enough to sleep. But come June and July, the windows won’t be useful.

While we plan and prepare for our next steps, we are enjoying our time spent with our Skooliepalooza friend, Konnie. It’s been nice troubleshooting things in our respective busses with someone else who is living the life, too. Konnie is really good with interior design and came with us to pick out some decoration aspects for our bus!

She was the best “fetcher” ever as she switched, swapped, and suggested different cushions for our bus couch!
There were so many options with this being only one of many aisles!
It’s finally coming together!
Poor boys!
We love it! It’s so nice to sit on a real couch and be cool across from the A/C unit!

We also needed a cozier bed upgrade and with three new throw pillows and a few “Goodwill-Find” sheets sewn together to make a new bed spread, I think we did pretty well!

It’s a nice, welcoming space to see at the end of the bus when we walk in!

Some mornings we are woken up from sleep in our nice and cozy bed by the most obnoxious sound! Imagine a jackhammer being used on the bottom of a stainless steel pot and you won’t be too far off! After several mornings of this racket, we finally had enough of an idea of what it was to start Googling. Apparently the Gila Woodpecker, ever-so-popular in the Sonoran Desert for making holes in the Saguaro Cactus as nests and then leaving them for many other bird species to use in following years, has an obnoxious habit of “drumming” – the art of pecking on the most resonant thing around and being proud of the sound. Evidently, our bus with its steel roof was the most resonant thing around! That is, until Konnie got here with her bus and the woodpecker moved over there, terrifying her cats. πŸ˜‰ Thankfully he has since moved on and we haven’t heard from him recently!

In our venture to be more sustainable in the long-term regarding our consumables, Jeff has made some very useful upgrades to our utility trailer. After welding on a double propane trailer-mount bracket, we now have an additional 15 gallons of propane that we can store on the trailer. Our little 5-gallon BBQ tanks last us about 10 days; we hope to get 15 days out of each of these puppies! Jeff also fabricated and welded on a spare tire bracket as to free up some space inside the trailer. It’s looking more and more like our off-grid auxiliary unit with each modification! We just need to add a water storage tank and a way to pump the water it stores into our bus’ fresh water tank. Hmmm…. πŸ€”πŸ’­

The trailer is coming along nicely

We will keep you updated with our plans to escape the heat as we come up with them. But for now we are enjoying every moment of the Arizona desert and loving the heat-induced gorgeous sunsets! Until next time…!

7 thoughts on “Continuing our off-grid preparedness 3/26/22

  1. OUCH, that’s Toasty..! Hope a northerly trip is in the wings..!
    Great idea for the sofa….we were fond of the green set…lol.
    That trailer is looking very utility-ish….I really like the spare mount idea..! Didn’t know there were 5 gallon propane tanks..? That’s pretty small. The tanks on the font of the trailer look great..!
    Maybe someday we’ll see you at Organ Stop Pizza..!


    1. I loved the green too! But while we were planning it out, we bumped against it with our desert-dusty shoes and it left a super obvious mark! So we went with the grey because we stepped all over it and it didn’t show up as much haha!
      5-gallon is the regular BBQ size. Our new ones are 7.5-gallon. We are excited!

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  2. wow..that’s hot!! how about Flagstaff? hope you find some place cool, but the a/c unit in the mean time is great!!
    ooh.. is that At Home?? you did a great job with the decorating!!! love it so much!! great to have a savvy friend! so the cushion from dad didn’t work? the bed looks inviting and comfy too!! goodwill finds are the best! and you know how to make it work!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»OMG..did the bird ruin the bus?! what a horrible noise! 😱
    awesome job on the trailer Jeff!! it looks really efficient! πŸ‘πŸ» did you ever get a spare tire for the bus?
    such a beautiful sunset!! thanks for sharing!! stay cool and enjoy the beauty! hugs to all!! πŸ’•πŸ€—


    1. Flagstaff is in the possibility pot for sure! Will let you know what we decide!
      We did go to At Home! Good eye! That place is just absolutely awesome!
      No, it wasn’t the right size :/
      Bus roof is fine! Steel is still stronger than beaks πŸ˜€
      We haven’t gotten a bus tire yet. Probably will before we drive too far, but just being parked the past few months it wasn’t as big of a priority.

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  3. lol..yup at home is awesome! we have one by Aldi’s😁
    glad the roof is fine! roof -1 bird-0 πŸ˜‚
    prioritizing is the way to go! πŸ‘πŸ»

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  4. hey .. what’s new out west? we’ve got rainy/cloudy 50⁰ish weather here.. some flowers are coming up, woohoo.. just waiting for the Easter bunny to show up .. πŸ˜‚πŸ‡πŸ˜‚
    hope all is well and y’all aren’t always busy! πŸ˜πŸ’•

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