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I have been reading Early Retirement Extreme, and I am quite convinced at this point that owning a car is expensive in terms of health, money, and the environment. However, because I also don't want to be paying rent for housing, while I am gaining experience, before I eventually start my own permaculture projects sometime in the future, I need an alternative for housing and transport. Jakob Lund Fisker in ERE makes an awesome argument for bicycling, and low and behold, Barry Howard is an example that I can look to for how to live as a nomad with a bike. He has a blog called the Aimlessly Wandering Artist, where he shares his journey and passions. I think this will be what I aspire to live in and travel in, sometime in the near future after I graduate college.



Barry Howard is awesome, and I really think what he is doing is an ideal solution for me.

At Tiny House Talk, they had an article about this guy, and these are some pictures of his caravan.





 
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That is so cool. Made from recycled materials too. To move long distances it could simply be put on a truck.
 
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The Dwelling Portably books have some good ideas about bikes and stealthy living.

https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/2336/
 
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Looks great and very well made. Did not read about the trailers weight, though I expect it to be in the 70-100 kg area. So uphill might be a challenge with it?
 
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Driving 100kg of load uphill with a bicycle is possible (but not fun). Someone with welding skills could build the trailer and bike into a tricycle, thus avoiding the risk of tipping over.
 
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I am thinking that, with black locust wood, this could be a very durable and long lasting shelter.

Jan White wrote:The Dwelling Portably books have some good ideas about bikes and stealthy living.

https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/2336/



Thank you! This will go on my reading list! And I looked around the website some, and I'm really like the publisher Microcosmpublishing.
 
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If you're trying to maximize cost and comfort, you may want to look into travel trailers.  As long as you have a place to park you are set up pretty good, and some states have permanent licensing (or trip permits for $30 or so every time you move)

Getting around the cost of licensing and insurance with a motorized vehicle is the biggest thing to do.

If you are spending a lot of time there, you will really want a solar setup, some propane, a little space, and some wall insulation...

A small space can be very comfortable when you put in the time to make it all fit your lifestyle!
 
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Eric Thompson wrote:
Getting around the cost of licensing and insurance with a motorized vehicle is the biggest thing to do.



That was one of the biggest things in ERE that kind of turns me off from vehicle ownership and why I am now starting to look into tiny living with a bike. I don't want to be paying money every month for insurance, and then every year for inspections and registration, or even pay for gas to fill up the tank.
 
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Mike Homest wrote: I expect it to be in the 70-100 kg area. So uphill might be a challenge with it?



I guess at least double that.
An e bike and solar panels on trailer roof could be a nice upgrade.
I'd love to have something like this but living at sea level on a volcano,  everything is uphill so for me would have to have a motor.
 
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i have thought about this too
could go either way but it would be luxury to have something like this as youre platform to build on
https://www.carlacargo.de/en/
luxury as in they cost like 5000 or so who know what the shipping would come to

on the other hand this guy builds some nice ones using election signs and the like


i might do this some day
would love to tour around lake superior etc

i bought this:
https://www.wicycle.com/products/bike-trailers/boat-woody-wagon

and have used it with my heavy royalex canoe.. no problems
i bent it while transporting culverts but that was partly due to the pressure of the weight pressing in the middle as opposed to being spread more towards the wheel
still love the product though it was only bent due to being way over the rating
 
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I was doing some YouTube searching, and I came across another cool possibility for living out of a bicycle. Harry Dwyer made a bicycle mobile home, mostly from reused materials.

 
Let me tell you a story about a man named Jed. He made this tiny ad:
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