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Post by wafflehousehat » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:12 pm

About me:

- 25 yo male
- Live in California
- Studied computer engineering, worked for ~3 years
- ~90k in 401k (half traditional, half Roth), 12k in Roth IRA, 72k in bitcoins (lol)

I got into a hobby of living in vehicles. I lived in a cargo van for 8 months. I got an RV a couple weeks ago and wrecked it the same day. I got the idea in my head that I'd fix it myself and sometime after found this community. I like the sentiment -- that retirement should be a neverending pursuit, constantly seeking to learn new skills and widen bottlenecks, seamlessly mixing work and play, never bored.

The RV is almost done. I could have gotten it fixed for $5200. Instead I did it for $2000, including the price of some *very* nice tools.

https://imgur.com/a/5qWEe

Do I think I'll keep this thing long term? Not sure. I know I've destroyed its resale value, though in my opinion the frame in the overcab was so rusty that the resale value was immoral to begin with. I see this as an educational experience. I have an RV that's nearly worthless where I can tinker and break stuff without worry.

Expenses are starting to trail off. The last big one should be storing it for a week while I fly to the east coast.

On the side, I was into a low carb, high fat diet for a while. Only meat, mostly organ meats, and lots of lard. It's obscenely cheap. I cheat when I'm stressed out though, and this month has been stressful. I need to learn to control my habits when life takes unexpected turns.
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Post by wafflehousehat » Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:45 pm

Resealed the roof. It rained when I got back from the East Coast, and I didn't notice any leaks. Still need to clean it -- it's functional, just VERY dirty. Returned a bunch of stuff, got rid of mostly necessary but not totally inexcusable waste.

For now there are still a couple holes in the corners of the sheet metal but they're pointing downward and don't cause leaks -- just noise. It's not a priority, though. I plug them up with sheets and a banana costume. I'm sleeping on the foldout couch that came with the RV. I'm a tall guy and my lower legs hang completely off it, but I wake up feeling rested so it's not a priority. I'd rather this than a job, that's for damn sure.

I took my IKEA standing desk out of storage. I spent way too much coin on it, and only today I realized that it only adjusts when plugged in -- no manual option. Oops. Moreover, I'm going to probably want to do some modifications, but this would void my warranty. I decided to risk breaking something and figure out how to adjust it manually.

The solenoid (one on each leg) is connected to a threaded...thready thing (don't know what to call it) that acts as a gear, which connects to a gear, which drives the adjustment bolt. I've never actually held one of these motors in my hands. The really cool thing (other than the fucking solenoid) to wrap my mind around is that since the thready thing connects to a gear rotating at a 90 degree angle, it can drive the gear but not vice versa. When the gear rotates due to gravity pushing the table downwards, it drives the thready thing into the case until it hits the back. I removed the PCB and flipped the solenoid/gear pair over so that next time I can remove the gears and adjust the legs instead of taking everything apart. I don't really believe in sit/stand anyway -- I just need a strong, sturdy standing desk. Now my routine to adjust is to remove the table, open the casing that holds the solenoids, and foreach leg remove the gear, adjust the bolt directly with a hex driver, and put the gear back. Saved me at least $80, although I imagine by the end of this journey I'll be building furniture out of driftwood and dryer lint. I'm still missing a few fasteners, but I'm excited to have a place to work that's actually meant for work.

My diet is slightly better (and better entails less expensive), but still not under control. I need to be more proactive and view my addiction to food like any other addiction.

Working on getting my phone back online. I broke the LCD screen while removing the A/C unit (it's HEAVY). I'm in no rush because I've already missed the tax deadline.

I had a really interesting idea this week. Shame I'll have to keep the Prius to investigate. Also shame there's still so much more to do. Right now my priorities are:
food, water, exercise
declutter
organize
figure out the taxes I'm at least two years behind on (which will require the phone)
investigate solar, ideally a setup where I can return my jump starter
clean the roof

I really don't see why I should have to buy anything this month that isn't a fastener or a solar panel.
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Post by jacob » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:40 am

Harbor Freight sells various sets of fasteners and other hardware for very cheap. I have quite a collection now. They've saved me more than a few times.

Example: https://www.harborfreight.com/240-piece ... 67532.html

PS: Solar means more holes in the roof means more potential leaks. Consider hooking the charger up to the alternator instead and charge while driving. Solar is mainly useful for boondocking.

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Post by wafflehousehat » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:38 pm

jacob wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:40 am
Harbor Freight sells various sets of fasteners and other hardware for very cheap. I have quite a collection now. They've saved me more than a few times.

Example: https://www.harborfreight.com/240-piece ... 67532.html

PS: Solar means more holes in the roof means more potential leaks. Consider hooking the charger up to the alternator instead and charge while driving. Solar is mainly useful for boondocking.
Good call, thanks!

wrt charging while driving, I'm not completely sure yet. I'm really trying to drive this thing as little as possible, but at the same time I'm not sure how much basic comforts (e.g. heat) will cost, and how long they can run off the battery.
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Post by wafflehousehat » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:45 pm

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Post by wafflehousehat » Sun May 13, 2018 3:24 pm

Here's a case for breadth of experience: when you don't have it, a specialist can come and ruin you and the people you care about.

Been living off liver and lard for about a week. It's feeling much easier now, which is strange because life has only become more intense.

April cash flow (including RV fixes):
in: 632.79
out: 3662.61
net: -3029.82

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