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In preparation for my new lifestyle I'm collecting books that may be relevant.

Any suggestions on the following?

A good all encompassing survival book? There are several I know, but if anyone has direct experience with some...

Mechanical/electric handbooks

Foraging. I already have 2 Samuel Thayer books and a Jon Kallas book.

Thanks!
I'll recommend two books I own:

Managing 12 Volts

and

RV Electrical Systems

Regards
John
The new Percy Jackson book is out. Yes, I know it's for adolescents. That's why I read it. One of my grandsons is a Percy Jackson fan. It gives me hours of conversation material with him.

Got teenager in the family?
Army Field Manual FM 21-76 is a classic on survival.
http://www.amazon.com/US-Army-Survival-M...0967512395

I still read mine occasionally, and try their techniques. Smile

I have a 'survival cookbook' too, but it's packed in my backpack just now. Details good recipes for wild edibles you find along the way of your travels.
For entertainment, I suggest Ken Ilgunas' "Walden on Wheels.

(http://www.amazon.com/Walden-Wheels-Open-Road-Freedom-ebook/dp/B00B77UDWU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413037304&sr=8-1&keywords=walden+on+wheels)"

It's a "memoir" of a 20-something who "beat" his student loan debt by living very cheaply and working shitty jobs. Among other things, he lived in a van on the campus of Duke University for two years.
On further reflection, let me add a third book to my list of recommendations:

Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems

The best book I've found on the actual nuts and bolts of doing 12 volt electrical wiring.

Regards
John
(10-11-2014, 08:25 AM)concretebox Wrote: [ -> ]For entertainment, I suggest Ken Ilgunas' "Walden on Wheels.

(http://www.amazon.com/Walden-Wheels-Open-Road-Freedom-ebook/dp/B00B77UDWU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413037304&sr=8-1&keywords=walden+on+wheels)"

It's a "memoir" of a 20-something who "beat" his student loan debt by living very cheaply and working shitty jobs. Among other things, he lived in a van on the campus of Duke University for two years.

I enjoyed that one too.
(10-11-2014, 08:25 AM)concretebox Wrote: [ -> ]For entertainment, I suggest Ken Ilgunas' "Walden on Wheels.

(http://www.amazon.com/Walden-Wheels-Open-Road-Freedom-ebook/dp/B00B77UDWU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413037304&sr=8-1&keywords=walden+on+wheels)"

It's a "memoir" of a 20-something who "beat" his student loan debt by living very cheaply and working shitty jobs. Among other things, he lived in a van on the campus of Duke University for two years.

Ken is the reason I'm on this site! Awesome book and nice guy. I got in touch with him on facebook and chatted for a bit.

(10-11-2014, 11:18 AM)Optimistic Paranoid Wrote: [ -> ]On further reflection, let me add a third book to my list of recommendations:

Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems

The best book I've found on the actual nuts and bolts of doing 12 volt electrical wiring.

Regards
John

Thanks Optimistic. I looked those books over and, yea, I guess I should get them. I was naive and thought that I could just get some deep cycle batteries and wire them together and everything would be fine. Apparently not...
Got Walden on Wheels on Kindle. Did not find it on Nook.

Have also begun to reap benefits of reading Percy Jackson book, steady stream of texts with grandson. With school, chores, family activities, friend, etc, it will take him a while to read it. The conversation should go on for 1 to 2 weeks.
In an attempt to head off problems that could arise I read several vandwelling books in the month before I became a full-timer.

The best 2 are Bob Well's "How to live in a Car, Van or RV" and "The Vandweller's Guide" by Romana Starfield (a hippie name if I've ever heard one)

"Turning a cargo van into a Road Trip Adventure Vehicle" by Roger Steen is good for gathering ideas on how to stuff a lot into your van.

All of these books were $3 each for the kindle versions. How can you beat that?
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