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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Yeah, it's not. I don't have to live out there, I just want to get started with making something useful on the property.

This place is about 20 miles from town. There's no codes or restrictions on it.

I have a 4Runner that fits a single sized mattress almost perfectly in the back. I've slept in it and it's okay. I figure with the roof overhead, I could park it right under and sleep protected.

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[–] Thinspiration 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Tent first. So you can sleep there and basically camp while framing everything up.

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[–] GoofyGrape 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I was out that way one time. Once I got away from town, every other vehicle was border patrol.

Anyway, I don't think you could rely upon just rain barrels for water. The area gets 11-12 inches of rain per year. If you were planning to be there for any length of time, you would need to truck in your own water or drill a well. I would think a well would cost a bit of that $3,000.

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[–] Titus-of-Voat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If that's the case, just save the money or get one of those prefab shed/mini-barns and put it together.

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[–] baneofretail 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Shipping container on solid earth, and additional funds can be used to frame it and insulate as well as furnish with everything else you'd need. It's probably the cheapest option if you can find a damaged one that would otherwise be sold for scrap.

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Do you think a regular shipping container is better, or one that's already insulated?

When you say 'frame it', do you mean the outside or the inside?

What do these usually go for? I looked into them in the past, but have forgotten what it costs to have them delivered.

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[–] drakesdoom 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

A smaller intact one can be had for under 3k. Not sure on delivery cost.

That is solid steel floor, walls, and roof. Doors only latch from outside. Industrial paint inside and out.

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[–] baneofretail 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I mean frame the inside, 2X6 since you're in a fucking sauna, insulate and drywall, there's no need for structure. I'm on the west coast and the last as is container that I helped purchase 5 years ago was 1300.

Getting one shipped to west Texas would probably be a pain in the house unless you have a rail yard nearby.

The extra money would probably be better spent having a well drilled than with anything else.

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If I go for a shipping container, I'd put a big roof with an air gap over it, then insulate the outside.

I agree that if it's exposed and has no draft (and it seems like most of them only have a door on the front, so a draft isn't possible), it's just going to roast.

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[–] BowtieDog 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

10/10 for location, from Texas myself.

Buy a gun if you haven't already, they're pretty handy if you're out nowhere. Also camping type stuff, probably a little limited at 3k

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks! I felt the same way, it is a pretty good spot. I don't know why people are paying the same or more for land in Terlingua Ranch.

I have a 1911. Thinking about trading it for a rifle and a double action revolver. If not, I should get a holster for it.

I figure I should pursue a CHL either way. Do you know if there's any animals I should be careful around up there? I guess, other than rattle snakes.

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[–] BowtieDog 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Your main worry would be spiders, there are some nasty ones that like to crawl in boots! So bring something to keep those buggers away

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[–] Cb404 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Easy model your home after the old adobe homes. Mud over thick straw bale walls . Like building an old mission. Cheap materials = great insulation . Start with a living space then addon as needed. Finish with a waterproof layer to the outside. Could cover roof with tarp till able to properly finish. Would need a decent slab of concrete to start. You will be amazed at the amount of stuff windows doors etc you can reuse on the cheap from salvage. Your in Texas lots of sunshine so solar and batteries will be expensive part to work up to. I was thinking pole barn at first but that would be a sauna in summer. Or a hobbit hole build into the side of a hill if you had one. If possible build into the ground consistent temperature year round easy to heat. Other option the amazing and unique structures they are building with spray able concrete over an inflatable bladder. Or find a tow able rv for the 4runner fully self contained with all home like qualities some really nice used ones for under 3k

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[–] 6718127 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

@Telocaset made a very effective and inexpensive home out of earth bags. Check out some of his posts about it https://voat.co/v/Offgridders/907324

https://voat.co/v/Offgridders/994095

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[–] Datawych 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I believe some pretty decent cob houses have been done for that price.

Particularly if you're willing to scavenge for things like windows/doors (which you have the freedom to, since cob can be molded around almost any shape) and have friends who want to help.

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[–] Rellik88 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Rent a backhoe and buy sand bags. Dig a large hole. Fill sandbags with dirt. Make half under ground and above ground house

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[–] SkinnyMagna 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Trailers last pretty long out in the desert, and land code bullshit usually doesn't apply to things on wheels.

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