A while back I blogged a bit about our reason for picking a light SUV for a homestead car. We chose not one but two Toyota RAV4 suv’s. One of the reasons I decided on a 2012 Rav that is identical to the one we’ve had in the family for four years was that the original Rav has been absolutely bullet-proof. No problems whatsoever, Ive changed oil religiously, swapped the battery and changed the brake pads (and one caliper).
We bought Rav1 as a Toyota Certified used car with 34k miles and are now at 87K+ and it still runs and drives like new! We are just approaching the need to replace the FACTORY tires!.
Then there is RAV2, my Rav, it’s been shall we say, interesting. I traded off my sporty hatchback (that was killing my back) on Rav2 which even though being 5 years old had only 24k miles on the odometer. I’ve driven Rav2 for twenty thousand miles in the past 8 months, and I’ve nearly traded it off a dozen times.
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I tried this shit and trust me, if my ass had fallen face first into a mud puddle I would have had to try to use one of my three fire starting methods to light my shitty chap-stick and signal for help before not only my two phones were water-logged , or I in fact drowned because all the “survival” shit I was carrying made it impossible to get up! Continue reading →
Hunting, trapping and fishing can legally fill a good portion your families protein needs every year, and watching Craigslist can net all sorts of free materials that can be used around the homestead for projects. Continue reading →
I did a ton of research, and found the best two used options for our situation were Subaru and Toyota. Continue reading →
In a fraction of the time it would take to radio town and find someone with a manual, you open your laptop, connect to the packet radio BBS hosted on the laptop and download the manual directly to your laptop.
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I immediately set about to make the necessary modifications to the Mossberg, that allow it to work even better for our needs. Continue reading →
If you have ever wanted to automate any mechanical or electrical device, you can probably do it with Arduino. IF you have a desire to learn electronics and programming. If these subjects are not for you then find a friend that can help you. Continue reading →
TecniCulture: The art of meshing open-source technology, low cost (re-use/recycle), and Small Agriculture Operations. Continue reading →
I carry quite a bit of gear every day, and my initial thought on the Alpha jacket was “LBE for the urban environment”. Unfortunately it did not quite work out as I had planned. Lets look at the good and bad of the ScottEVest, Brad Thor Alpha. Continue reading →
I will be posting some of our past and current adventures as we strive to balance practicality and paranoia! Continue reading →