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Old 01-24-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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Happy Couple Making a Change

Hello there newly discovered world of Skoolies!

We are the Lunins. We are eco-concious and focused on combining permaculture with off-grid living, moving towards our own converted bus.

We currently reside on my family ranch in Sacramento County, California, but we are itching to spread our wings and see more of the land.

He is a lifetime farmer, born and raised on an organic cattle ranch founded in the late 1800s. He is mechanically inclined and loves to find ways to save money on things usually by building, repurposing, or inventing some way to do it.

She is the brains behind the whole operation. A master of management and a free spirit that loves all forms of art, she is the creative inspiration and mastermind behind the next step in our lives together.

We look forward to getting to know you all better (you all seem very helpful and friendly) and see where the skoolie takes us.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:44 PM   #2
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Not much ecofriendliness about a skoolie once you start moving it,
but as I always say, you gotta break a few eggs to make an omlet.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:53 PM   #3
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We will be keeping the ecofriendliness as much as possible. Looking at WVO and alternative fuel options right now.

We are comparing carbon footprints (and such) of "average California home" to our life style in the skoolie. We also know that it won't be a "drive til we die" sort of life, but mostly a thing to do during the winter months while the crops hibernate.
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:12 PM   #4
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I like to believe the small changes you have to implement to adapt to living in a skoolie even part time turns out to be very eco-conscious if you're not traveling many miles a day. Anyone on an all out US tour over 2 months is obviously burning tons of fuel, but I think the general reduction in consumption really can't hold a candle to the average household plus two cars with daily commutes if you're just putting around slowly a little at a time, using less water, using less electricity, not flushing gallons of water down the drain all the time, just dealing with sweating a little when it's hot and not staring into the fridge for minutes at a time, etc ;)

Call me an optimist, but I think it could comparatively speaking be a very green way to live even if you're still running diesel.

Welcome to the board, Lunins!
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:42 PM   #5
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Good luck finding wvo on the road it will end up burning more diesel to look around for the oil.
But enjoy your bus and dont let the carbon bother you- the big corporations are pumping out much more.than all of.us could ever dream.
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:52 PM   #6
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Good luck finding wvo on the road it will end up burning more diesel to look around for the oil.
But enjoy your bus and dont let the carbon bother you- the big corporations are pumping out much more.than all of.us could ever dream.
It's actually fairly easy to find WVO on the west coast, it's why so many do it here. It's why I plan to do it.

@Luinin, is your ranch hiring?
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:01 PM   #7
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Have you actually tried to find WVO in the NW?

Tim's Cascade Potato Chips uses WVO in their truck fleet. In order to get enough WVO to do so they have pretty much cornered the market on WVO.
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