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Are you looking to exchange a comfortable middle class home for life sitting round a campfire? You might be in luck. Winnebago Industries has recently unveiled a new off-road motorhome that costs as much as a house.

 

All the trimmings

Equipped with four-wheel drive on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis, the Revel is a smaller motorised home which can get its inhabitants to more remote places. Its trimmings include a full galley – complete with a compressor refrigerator. It has an all-in-one wet bath and gear closet with a cassette-style toilet, so there’s no need for a separate water holding tank. A power-lift bed raises the roof, which means that there’s room to pack extra outdoor equipment.

In addition, the Revel has a standard 200-watt solar power system, diesel-powered heating, and a dinette with a pull-up table that converts to additional sleeping space.

The Revel also offers an on-demand four-wheel-drive system, in conjunction with a high/low range, and a ‘hill descent’ mode. The vehicle is powered by a 3-liter turbo diesel engine, putting out 325 lb-ft of torque.

 

A real deal off-grid home?

Winnebago’s President and CEO Michael Happe said that the target market for the Revel is people who “want to get close to a fly-fishing stream or get close to that hiking path or truly get off the grid.”

Starting at $134,799, The Revel will be the most expensive vehicle in Winnebago’s Class B line, which is built on a van-sized chassis instead of the company’s bus-sized campers.

 

Don’t fancy living in a car? Have a read about how you can make a home out of a boat here

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Featured

Alone in the Peruvian Desert

Although every place on this planet is unique in its own way, Peru manages to stand out above the crowd because of its many natural and cultural aspects. This has astounded people for hundreds of years and still fascinates them today. So pack your camping bags and running shoes because here are the best Off-Grid places you can visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its always a great thing to meet new people and to learn about new cultures, however Peruvians tend to make this act an even more enjoyable experience. Most Peruvians are hard workers, extremely polite, peaceful and curious about the interest of their visitors. So if you ever visit, don’t hesitate to talk to a local!

Peru’s various climates crates a diverse ecosystem and natural variety, all in one country. You can enjoy a drive in the desert and then end up by the ocean. it is one of the only places where its desert meets the sea. The combinations and varieties are endless. Peru is also known for its beautiful beaches, of Herradura, Costa Verde, and Puntas Rocas – all located in South of Lima, Peru’s capital. For a good time in the sun, sand, and crystal clean waters; you can go to popular beaches like Pucasana, Punta Sal, El Silencio, Punta Hermosa, and Santa Maria. Peru makes it perfect to do many short budget trips that allow you to experience this natural variety.

There are so many ways to discover this incredible country with Peruresponsabile.it You can book your honeymoon trip, or book an unforgettable stay in the Amazon with one of their collaborative communities. You can also walk among the Peruvian Valleys with one of their hiking trails or finally drive on the remote landscape in one of their off-road vehicles!

Watch Video Here: https://youtu.be/u8DSoulj7jM

For more information on Tours in Peru, please visit: https://www.peruresponsabile.it

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Coral eggs meet sperm deep under water
Water

Great Barrier Reef – Coral Spawning

The world’s biggest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, has held its annual Coral Spawning event, with trillions of eggs and sperm simultaneously releasing into the ocean making the underwater world more akin to a snow globe. We have exclusive video footage.

Some of the most extreme and beautiful off-grid locations in the world are around coral reefs – in New Zealand Australia and the Bahamas, as well as Hawaii and elsewhere in the Pacific. but its rare to get shots of the way these reefs grow – known as spawning.

Spawning events and egg production revealed a peak breeding season from November through May, which coincides with temperatures below 30 degrees C. Noticeably fewer spawning events and smaller clutch sizes occurred during the warmer months (30-31.5 degrees C) of June through October. Within the spawning season, egg production increased weakly leading up to the new moon and decreased after the full moon.

About 600 types of coral can be found in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and all of them come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Despite looking like plants, corals and colonies are very small animals called coral polyps which are clsoely related to jellyfish and come in two common types, hard and soft.

Hard corals act as a building blocks for the Reef that form when colonies of coral polyps produce limestone skeletons to support themselves. In most cases, a hard coral consists of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of individual coral polyps living together as a colony.

Soft corals are flexible because they lack a solid skeleton which means they are often mistaken for plants. Instead, they are supported by tiny limestone spike-like structures called spicules.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s biggest coral reef system on Earth stretching 2,300 kilometers from the tip of the Cape York Peninsula to Bundaberg. It is Queensland’s tourism asset with around two million visitors experiencing the reef each year!

For more information on holidays to Queensland go to

https://www.queensland.com/

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Girl at raves fire-spinning
Events

Psy-che: Off-Grid Raves Outside Beirut

Camping is a popular outdoor activity in Lebanon, but not many would undertake it as a permanent lifestyle. Every now and then, a young and talented group comes together to create wonderful psychedelic raves for the Lebanese community. We travel to the mountains, deep in the forest, and far from civilization in order to set up these events.

Every event is at a different location. This reduces the risk of getting caught by the police which would result in closing down the party and paying a large fine. This event in the video was held in a small village located in-between mountains a two-hour drive from Beirut. Just on the outskirts of the village and deep into the mountains, there is a private landowner. He lives off-grid in a cabin house along with his wife and two kids and is of course quite shy and retiring so there are no photos of him. He was kind enough to allow the organizers to create the event on his land.

There is a grand exchange in experience. For them, it is a change in scenery and a real buzz to see all the strangers dancing to weird electronic music. For the party-goers, it is amazing to see how a family can fully function happily off-grid!

Organizers of the raves head to the location around midday and begin to set up the event. This includes installing generators, sound system, and lighting along with the DJ booth, dance floor and food stands. Ravers soon begin to arrive with their tents and light. preparing multiple bonfires. As soon as the sun sets, the incredible two-day rave begins. From LED hula-hoops to fire-spinning, talented young ravers give spectacular performances that highlight the event. Dancing till sunrise and continuing to the next day is embedded in the system of a Lebanese raver. Although there is not much sleeping involved, people do bring their pillows and mattresses and keep them in their cars. Being an animal friendly environment, dogs also have their share in enjoying the rave!

With breathtaking nature reserves and astonishing views, Lebanon has many great places to live off-grid. However, not many go for the option. Perhaps because Lebanon is a third-world country, luxury is a big factor in the thinking of a Lebanese citizen. So it is mainly foreigners who live off-grid.

Watch the video here: https://ow.ly/6Tu730gpZ0j

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Woman growing strawberries in a covered net box
Food

5 tips on growing strawberries

Are strawberries your favorite fruit?

Want to grow them yourself at home?

Here’s 5 tips on how to grow more strawberries than expected! Practice makes perfect so don’t worry if its your first time gardening.

  1. Make a bed of strawberries. Plant them evenly.
  2. Protect your plants from birds and other critters. Make sure to cover your strawberry bed!
  3. Choose a strawberry cultivar that is known to produce a large berry crop. As most would say, short-day varieties will give you the most strawberries.
  4. Most varieties of strawberries produce runners. These runners will eventually develop their own roots, resulting in a clone plant. Once these adventitious roots establish in the soil, the

    runners begin to dry up and shrivel away. After removing the runners, the plant can absorb more nutrients, which leads to producing more than expected. It’s quite simple to plant strawberry runners. All you have to do is dig around the plant and gently pull it up!

  5. To keep your fruits fresh and healthy, use mulch that decomposes and fertilizes the soil. It will feed your plants and prevent grass and weeds from growing with your strawberry plants.

And there you have it. A bunch of berries! All you have to do now is pick them and enjoy the fresh juicy taste of the red luscious berry. Permaculture experts say that growing asparagus next to your strawberries gives better results.

 

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chicken eating pumpkin seeds
Food

Low maintenance Chickens

It’s great to rear chickens – eggs, scratchy kind of companionship, and eventually a roast bird.

But should every off-grid home have a few? They need work and they can get ill. If they would just stay healthy chickens, they could be a great source of both food and income. If you decide to own some chickens, here are some tips and tricks to keep them healthy and happy.

FACT OF THE DAY: Raw pumpkin seeds are natural de-wormer for chickens!

And at this time of the year there are a lot of free pumpkins to be had.

It seems a lot of people put their faith in this tasty treatment. According to Sunny Simple Life , pumpkin seeds are coated in a naturally occurring chemical that paralyzes the worms so the chicken can expel them.

But where do you get your pumpkin seeds?

What To Not Give Your Flock.

Just like any other animal, giving treats to your chicken is a classic way to earn their trust and get them to bond with you! Most of your left-over food will be safe for your flock but try to avoid salty. You should also keep them away from moldy food for it is toxic. Citrus is another food that should not be given to chickens due to the acidity. You don’t want to make your chickens upset!

If you’re having trouble finding pumpkin seeds for your flock, here’s another article that shows you an alternative for chicken feeding – Karl Hammer, the king of compost, explains how he feeds his extremely large flock with tall mounds of fertilizer. Compost can do the job just as equally as raw pumpkin seeds. Yes that’s right, compost.

Never buy grain for your chickens again!

Happy Feeding!

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