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  1. NBDDreamer

    12v Food Warmer

    I've been using that RoadPro 12v oven for a month or so in my van. It burned out my cigarette lighter fuse, but the accessory port of my Chevrolet Express handles the amps. I've been cooking veggies, pork loin, chicken breast, etc. Just modify the recipes to adapt to the 300 degree max heat...
  2. NBDDreamer

    new to van dwelling

    Been rubber tramping in LA since June 1st. I pay 609 a month on a killer class B Roadtrek I picked up used. I found a 2005 model with 21,000 miles. The last rent I paid was 1,300 a month for a house in Burbank... and that was about 1,500 below market. I split up with my old lady and in the...
  3. NBDDreamer

    new to van dwelling

    Been rubber tramping in LA since June 1st. I pay 609 a month on a killer class B Roadtrek I picked up used. I found a 2005 model with 21,000 miles. The last rent I paid was 1,300 a month for a house in Burbank... and that was about 1,500 below market. I split up with my old lady and in the...
  4. NBDDreamer

    Woodstoves aren't very stealthy, huh

    I like the smell and the romance of a wood burning stove, but I only use 21 dollars worth of propane a month in the van running a furnace , a stove and a refrigerator. It's a nominal cost for a ton more convenience. I'm sure if I had less resources and lived in a more extreme climate, I'd...
  5. NBDDreamer

    News & Blogs Los angeles seeking to ban homeless people from sleeping in their vehicles

    Good luck with that city of LA! LAPD doesn't have the manpower to enforce this. The only real way someone would get a ticket is if they parked in a ritzy neighborhood and someone called to complain, left trash around, or if their vans/RVs were in poor repair. I've been homeless in this city...
  6. NBDDreamer

    Anybody got a CB Radio? I'm kinda confused

    I'm kind of a CB nut. Every truck/van I've had in the last few years has had one. Don't get a firestick. The fiberglass core breaks with any sort of impact. They also degrade in the sun. If you have the room, the 102" stainless steel whip antennas will give you the most range. They're also...
  7. NBDDreamer

    Event [Jan 5-19th, 2016] Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, Quartzsite, AZ

    Stayed for a few days. Super cool crowd. All ages and persuasions. Learned a lot.
  8. NBDDreamer

    Open carry machete in US

    There's an old desert rat with a blog called "woods roamer." He homesteads on the TX/Mexico border and argues that the machete is the most useful tool he has in his area. It's good for processing cactus, clearing brush, and whacking logs that may hide scorpions or rattlers. The longer the...
  9. NBDDreamer

    Nice! Thinking of hopping the sunset route to FL next week. I didn't realize AZ has been having...

    Nice! Thinking of hopping the sunset route to FL next week. I didn't realize AZ has been having so much snow. I hope you're jungled up somewhere warm!
  10. NBDDreamer

    ESEE-4 or ESEE-5

    I have the ESEE-4. It's kind of an albatross. The blade is too fat for fine work. The length and shape of the blade is too short/too straight to be a very good chopper. It's more like a sharp pry bar... probably great for combat... not great for hoboing. The handle is also too short for large...
  11. NBDDreamer

    Where are you at these days Kal?

    Where are you at these days Kal?
  12. NBDDreamer

    Hi dude. It's David from the slabs. I'm happy you made it home safe. Let me know if you're ever...

    Hi dude. It's David from the slabs. I'm happy you made it home safe. Let me know if you're ever swinging through Los Angeles.
  13. NBDDreamer

    Stealth Spots Near Santa Monica

    Last time I checked, a lot of rubbertramps overnighted around Venice Blvd and Fairfax Ave
  14. NBDDreamer

    Event StP Dirty Scouts Jamboree; Slab City, CA - Oct 1st-4th 2015

    I'll see ya'all there. Probably bring the little lady.
  15. NBDDreamer

    i don't want to run stp anymore

    I appreciate the site Matt. When I started freighthopping, this site gave me a lot of valuable information and probably saved my life. I mostly checked out after the Widerstand affair. I understand it's a thankless job keeping this place going. Great job keeping this place fresh. If I had any...
  16. NBDDreamer

    What are the chances of me needing to defend myself?Hitching/train hopping

    Don't carry a handgun for self-defense unless you already have an attorney. Pepper spray is mighty handy. Cops hate big knives. A surprise slash with a legal length knife is an iffy way to break contact. Water is not compressible. Why is this important? A long skinny bottle of vitamin water...
  17. NBDDreamer

    knife tips

    Pepper spray is way better than a knife. Pepper spray is also way easier to defend in court. Highwayman, had your buddy hosed down that motherfucker with pepper spray, the ADW charge would have gone away. knives, not so much. Also, keep in mind the cops are there to collect evidence...
  18. NBDDreamer

    hobo chic??

    I tossed the punk-as-fuck uniform years ago. Whether I'm working or riding, I always wear a collared work shirt, a pair of jeans or tan trousers, a wide brim hat, and work boots. That way I look respectable enough to go into small towns and not freak out the locals. I can also keep protected...
  19. NBDDreamer

    Milsurplus Jungle Boots

    I ended up getting a pair of Thorogood boots on a discount. They're like Red Wings but cheaper. The upper is just unlined leather, so with a good pair of wool socks, I should be golden during the summer months. This is the first pair of boots I found comfortable right out of the box.
  20. NBDDreamer

    News & Blogs Are Crusties the most authentic alts in the world?

    About as articulate as I expected from offended crusties... "Peace and fuck off." To each his own. I'm a water/soap/needle-thread kind of guy.
  21. NBDDreamer

    Homeless man shot to death by police while "illegally camping" in the foothills of New Mexico

    The police chose to escalate rather than de escalate the situation, and after they gained compliance. The cops I've heard talking about this think it was a bad shooting. Will it be prosecuted? Of course not. Cops get away with whatever they want... 'Merica.
  22. NBDDreamer

    Heading east from LA for some RnR. Anyone know any good wilderness camping spots off the Sunset...

    Heading east from LA for some RnR. Anyone know any good wilderness camping spots off the Sunset Route?
  23. NBDDreamer

    News & Blogs 9 tips for keeping your internet useage private (infographic)

    Hey Matt, thank you for researching this stuff for all of us and keeping this site secure.
  24. NBDDreamer

    Who turned you on to this place?

    Who turned you on to this place?
  25. NBDDreamer

    Milsurplus Jungle Boots

    Are you using those SMC surplus boots for the warmer months then, highwayman? Rugburn, are you running those walmart specials year round?
  26. NBDDreamer

    Milsurplus Jungle Boots

    Well shit, that about answers it. How about those IDF scout boots? They're kind of like heavy duty converse. Maybe those and an insole? I'm using lined leather hiking boots right now. My dogs are going to be miserable in a few months.
  27. NBDDreamer

    Milsurplus Jungle Boots

    Does anyone have any experience with surplus jungle boots for summertime freight adventures. I used tennis shoes last summer for about a week and I need something a little more durable. Something like these: http://www.altama.com/categories/18-jungles
  28. NBDDreamer

    Ecws fleece aka bear suit

    Used a bear suit top for awhile. It's bulky as fuck. I'd rather use a heavy fleece shoplifted from somewhere.
  29. NBDDreamer

    Mil-Spec warning! (cloth items)

    If you bought your ruck from that surplus store in SLO, it's probably not mil-spec. Those guys sell some real shit. Of course, the straps on the CFP suck. I ripped mine after a few months. Picked up a yuppie pack (Gregory Savant), and it's tough like a brick shithouse.
  30. NBDDreamer

    best color for clothing

    What's up with all of these silly questions lately? Wear whatever color you wish. After a week, everything is the color of dirt.
  31. NBDDreamer

    Hey dude, I'm a location manager in film and part time railroad bum in Los Angeles. If you ever...

    Hey dude, I'm a location manager in film and part time railroad bum in Los Angeles. If you ever take a show down here in the states or find yourself rolling through, drop me a line. Keep the videos coming. Your work is crack for a traveling soul.
  32. NBDDreamer

    Whiskey International

    Have you tried the whiskey with the cobra in it yet?
  33. NBDDreamer

    Back from tour.

    Back from tour.
  34. NBDDreamer

    Eating Utensils / Cutlery

    MRE spoon. When it gets lost or fucked up, I steal a new spoon from a fast food place. It's a disposable item. No sense in spending money better spent on whores and the bottle.
  35. NBDDreamer

    down vs. synthetic

    Down. Lightweight. It goes in a bivvy, so no trouble on ripping. Compresses to burrito size.
  36. NBDDreamer

    thermal-insulated tarps

    Without a doubt, the casualty blanket is the most versatile piece of kit I own. I put some paracord and mini bungies on each corner to rig it as a rain shelter. 12 oz. and 16 dollars at a surplus store. When I travel, I use it every day.
  37. NBDDreamer

    KCS

    Holy shit, how are they still in business?
  38. NBDDreamer

    What is a good starter pack for a newbie? Also am I packing enough or too little?

    There are always things to pick up on the road. After a few days you'll know what you're not using. The best advice I would give is go as cheap as possible your first time out. That way, anything you toss isn't a big deal. If you're going to be wilderness camping, pick up a book at the library...
  39. NBDDreamer

    My (and doobie d's) first train ride.......

    Coast line=home=beautiful scenery=fucking cold
  40. NBDDreamer

    a weird fetish.. maybe?

    Not weird at all... nope, pretty fucking normal.
  41. NBDDreamer

    News & Blogs nice blog on crusty kids

    Sigh... fucking junkies... the same logic over and over again.
  42. NBDDreamer

    What type of watch to use??

    Go cheap. It's going to get fucked up/lost while travelling. Plus, having a computer on your wrist makes you a target for thieves.
  43. NBDDreamer

    Advice for Showering & Staying Clean

    oooooooohhhhhhh yeah.
  44. NBDDreamer

    A comparison - Carhartt (prada?) vs. Walls gear. Bibs, coveralls, coats, etc.

    Has anyone tried Pointer Brand work wear? It's still made in the USA. It's also ridiculously cheap. Pointer Brand: Product Catalog
  45. NBDDreamer

    c.f.p-90 GI issue pack

    I use it. It's easy to load light at the bottom, heavy on top. It is more than adequate for my winter load. Compression straps keep everything tight on your back. I've used it for loads up to 50 lbs. Pocket on the side fits my cut down sleeping pad. It's not a golite, but it's durable, and works...
  46. NBDDreamer

    Tasmanian Tiger Backpacks

    I use the CFP-90. I picked it up at a surplus store for 70 bucks, issued and in good condition. I've read the mil-issue ones are more robust than mil-spec PLUS. Weighs 6 pounds, 1000 denier nylon, can carry 70 liters of gear, toploading, ALICE attachments, internal aluminum frame, a false bottom...
  47. NBDDreamer

    cheap, good, backpacks

    I travel with a military issue CFP-90 I found at a surplus store for 70 bucks. I like the design, it's pretty light at 6 lbs., it's hydration compatible, has a sleeping bag compartment at the bottom, compression straps all around to consolidate the load, and the large size requires discipline...
  48. NBDDreamer

    Multi-use items

    I'm not sure if carrying a .357 mag is worth the trouble of getting pulled off of a train, being searched, and having to explain why I have a .357 mag. That and, if your crackhead is within 20 feet, chances are you won't be able to squeeze off a round before he's got you pinned. The quandary of...