Thanks to a fortunate week of nonstop hi-speed internet, I’ve finally been able to work my way through a massive backlog of videos I needed to process and post. Some are recent, some are previous tutorial videos that I broke into parts, and some are DIY camping hacks from almost a year ago. It’s quite a relief to get through them — though I still have many more to go! 🙂
As this is a brand new channel, it’d really help me out if you’d click the link, watch what you like, ‘Like’ what you watch, and especially, Subscribe(!), so you’ll always know about new videos as I trickle them out.
Here are a few of the new video playlists available so far:
- How To Build A DIY Off-Grid Truck Camper
- Nature & Wildlife Videos From Various Camping / Boondocking Adventures
- DIY Solar Panels For An Off-Grid Camper
- How To Make A Portable DIY Workbench For Your Camper Or Tiny House (Or Apartment)
- Build A Tripod Camping Stool (To Use At Your Workbench Or Whatever!)
- DIY Off-Grid Cooking Devices And Edibles
Happy Saturday, Readers! I’m excited to announce that the first preliminary version of Free DIY Truck Camper Plans are available to download.
This first version covers the basic design leading up to the pop-up roof, which I’ll explain in the next release. Along with more extensive details and step-by-step instruction, later versions will also include plans to build lots of DIY sustainable-design “appliances,” ex. a long-lasting cooler you can make for free, a built-in multi-use solar oven design, a way to use that solar oven to make ICE (really!), a makeshift space-saving indoor shower you can tuck away… and lots more coming up.
NOTE: At some point I’ll put the plans up for sale, but at least for the first few versions, they’re still free. BUT, it’s possible that I may simply release the next edition as “Part 2” and retire the Part 1 preview… So if this is something that interests you (or someone else you know), please get it while it’s available.
In other blogging-related news…
I like to share how my blogs are progressing, especially since a lot of you reading this are also bloggers and/or camping full-timers hoping to turn your blog into a little extra income. I know I’ve had a tough time getting realistic figures on how much money you can expect to make blogging, so here are my rough numbers.
It’s been about six months now since I set up my main site at MobileRik.com, and about three months since I installed Adsense and Amazon ads. After a very slow July, my traffic has picked up a lot, and this week I’m finally averaging over 200 visitors a day. Adsense income has been slowly rising accordingly, and is up to $15 a month. At this rate of growth, assuming it continues, I can expect at this time next year to finally see about $200 per month from Adsense.
Obviously, that’s nothing like the full-time income anyone hopes for, but it’s not bad either. Because in the meantime, I’ll be doing a lot of stuff to increase the growth rate. Now that the camper is nearing completion, I can finally start getting around to publishing the photos and videos I shot, being more active on social media, writing more articles… and tons of other stuff depending on how much time I can find. On the money side, I can start looking into compatible affiliate programs and ad sponsorships, which will widen my income streams beyond Adsense and Amazon and pay a lot better in the short term. And of course, I’ll be selling ebooks full of plans for my DIY camping/boondocking hacks.
So overall, I’m very happy with the progress. The most important thing for me is that I’ve set up a good foundation that’s easy to build off of, even when I’m off wandering in the wilderness kicking at funny-colored rocks.
(Hope you like the animation I made. First one ever, so I’m pretty pleased with that!)
CAMPER BUILD UPDATES — What You May Have Missed From The Past Few Weeks:
New Roof: I just put another day of work into the body of my self-built truck camper. It now has a solid roof — as opposed to the tarp that was covering it the last few weeks — and it’s sturdy enough for me to sit on (pic). (The pop-up function should be ready within a week or so.)
Homemade Door: I built a homemade camper door from free wood (pic) that came from some old drawers. To keep it closed, I’ve been using a spare doorknob set I had lying around, and a simple combination padlock for minimal security until a friend who’s moving to a new place gives me her old keyed-entry knob and deadbolt.
Innovative Solar Oven: I’ve been experimenting with a tiny roof/ceiling installed solar oven (pic) made from free cardboard boxes, aluminum foil and an oven bag. (The recommended materials.) The main innovation, besides the ceiling-installation, is that this solar box cooker opens from the front (pic – top left), so I can use it from inside the camper after opening up the reflectors above the roof. Despite some problems due to its small size and way-too-thin walls, I’ve been able to boil water and cook rice and pasta (inside view) with it.
If you’d like to keep up to date with ALL the rapid developments, be sure to follow Mobile Rik – Living In A DIY Truck Camper on Facebook.