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Living Off the Grid as an Oilfield Gate Guard

The company supplied service trailer

There was a nice dew overnight so that means the dust will lay down for a few hours this morning,  That is a good thing.

It is a welcome relief to be sucking up someone else’s resources for a change. When Miss Kathy and I were checking out the oil field gate guard possibilities, I always looked real hard at any pictures of their service trailer and septic facilities. Living in an inhospitable off grid situation makes you totally dependent on what the company provides as far as support. We went with

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Back on the Grid

Just a recap here to start. I have been at the new jobsite near Calvert,TX for 52 days. No electricity or water for that entire time period. My Generac 6.6 kw propane generator has run 210 hours. I have been in boondocking situations before like at Cranfills Gap.

The electricity inches closer

The difference here at Calvert was we thought electricity would be available within 2 weeks of our arrival. Well, that didn’t happen. This area is serviced by an Electric Cooperative like most of Rural Texas.  Back in the 40’s and 50’s, Coops were the only

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Batteries and Boondocking - The Final Installment

Interstate 100ah and Universal 8D 250ah boondocking batteries

This battery saga has just about run its’ course. The new Interstate AGM batteries are performing fine.  At 100ah each, they are not going to power up an aircraft carrier but they do as well or better than expected in my RV.

I tried desulphation and equalizing to salvage the 2 8D 250ah monsters.  One of them is deader than a hammer.  The other one did respond and appears to have recovered quite a bit of its’  original power.  I tested it running the inverter for the last few days.  It will run

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More Snow In Texas!

We worked like our hair was on fire Monday. Tuesday was forecasted for 4-6″ of snow as far south as where we were. Nothing will make a job site muddier than melting snow so we knew we were going to have another few days off.

Sure enough, I got up Tuesday morning to rain and sleet. The Weather Radar showed the snow was on the way.

Snow begins to blanket the ground in Central Texas

I had two chores to do before I blew out of there for the sticks and bricks in Dallas. I had to go

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