Hello there. If you’re new to EML, take a look at this post. It lays out a pretty strong foundation for how we arrived at this point in time. Everything in that post is still relevant today – Epic Mini Life is about choosing the life that’s right for us, whenever, and however we want it.
You may be asking, “What happened in 2018?” We’ve been documenting it on our Instagram feed… it certainly wasn’t boring, that’s for sure! Heather is writing about ’18, and I’ll link to it here once it’s posted. Here’s a hint while you wait: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, back to Florida. Let that sink in.
On with the show. This is a good sized post so I’ve broken it into sections, starting with the first. The rest will be released soon!
- What is “Off-grid” to Epic Mini Life [this post]
- Is RV Parking expensive? It’s the rent/mortgage equivalent.
- Power: How we handle our off-grid power needs.
- Water like a boss
- Sewer/Toilet and dealing with the yucky stuff
- Re-arranging our things. Constantly.
- Our secret to sustainable income revealed!
- Internet: the opposite of off-grid. Always on!
What is “Off-grid” to Epic Mini Life?
This is an important detail: here’s what “Off-Grid” means to us. It’s a lot less tin-foil hat, and a lot more peace. We’re not SHTFers or “Preppers” or anything resembling the political overtones of those movements. Though there are some functional similarities (sustainability, reuse, and conservation of resources), our lives are not full of fear and doom. We’re quite the opposite, in fact.
Off-grid means being disconnected from city services: water, power, sewer, and trash. It means not paying for a place to park our home, for a night or for a couple of weeks. There are no check out times, and no sardine like campgrounds in the 2019 version of Epic Mini Life.
Off-grid is freedom. It’s untethered, and simple.
Heather and I both work from home, and that can be practically anywhere we choose now. In the past, we were tied to locations with a power source and a place to empty tanks. That’s easy and comfortable. We’ll have all of the same comforts while off-grid, a major difference being that our nearest neighbor could be a mile away.
Now that the RV is has a fantastic solar install that can be enhanced with a generator (or if we’re near it, a power outlet), we can be in the middle of the desert and no one will know the difference. The picture above was taken in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I can write code there just as easily as I can in a office in downtown Dallas.
Epic Mini Life’s definition of off-grid is the opposite of being socially disconnected. We’re more connected than we’ve ever been. Both of our work situations require internet, and our daughter’s gaming hobby means that internet needs to be solid and fast. It’s the number one consideration for a stay.
In short, off-grid to us just means lots more flexibility, longer stays in more beautiful and pristine areas, and shorter drive days. We’re planning more ways to be intentional with our time, and to explore the locations we choose to park.
This year’s plan covers several states, national parks, and Zizi’s namesake. It’s an all new learning experience, and will offer a new lens through which to see what living and life means. I hope you’ll come along for the journey!