Primal Power Method https://www.primalpowermethod.com The Ultimate Resource For A Healthy, More Self Reliant, Simple And Happy Life. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:54:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 72096160 DIY Projects: Knowing When to Call a Professional https://www.primalpowermethod.com/diy-projects/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/diy-projects/#respond Sat, 02 Dec 2017 18:39:25 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=7284   Part of living off-the-grid is being self-reliant. Being able to address the different issues you encounter with ease helps you maintain your DIY status. Frankly, sometimes you live too far away to find anyone that will come fix your problems. If problem-solving and taking the steps necessary to fix an issue with your home... Read more »

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Part of living off-the-grid is being self-reliant. Being able to address the different issues you encounter with ease helps you maintain your DIY status. Frankly, sometimes you live too far away to find anyone that will come fix your problems. If problem-solving and taking the steps necessary to fix an issue with your home isn’t working, it’s time to call a professional to take a look at the problem for you.

A Project Can Cost You More to Repair If It’s Out of Your Scope of Expertise

More often than not, we avoid having someone else take care of our repair work because we’re trying our best not to depend on the services of another person. It cost less to pay for parts, rather then, parts and labor.

Attempting to do a large project by yourself without the proper knowledge, tools or manpower is foolish. You’re not cutting any corners financially when you’re exacerbating a problem by worsening it.

Some of the areas that you may need help with include Electric, Mold, and Plumbing. Although you may possess some knowledge of how to remedy some problems on your own, you’ll know the time is right to call in a professional when it’s outside your scope of knowledge and capabilities.

Having someone else handle these issues for you has its advantages. First, it frees up your time, so you can do other things. Second, it protects you by not putting you in harm’s way for the sake of saving a few dollars.

Last, it keeps you from having to spend money on even costlier repairs because you wired something incorrectly or made a plumbing problem worse. Having a professional come to take care of the problems that you’re experiencing is a wise investment as it preserves your resources. It doesn’t mean you’re not self-reliant but instead pays testimony to how smart a money manager you are when it’s time to spend on repairs.

Electrical

Even though the average person can change light bulbs and repair fans, replacing a breaker is whole different story. If done incorrectly, it can cause you injury or even death. Having a professional come in to make sure that everything is grounded correctly prevents you from being shocked and hurt in the process.

It also keeps your house from catching fire from faulty wiring. If you’ve never worked on the electrical components of your home before, it’s not the time to do it now. You’ll want to do more than read a few books or watch a few videos on how to rewire electric wiring.

Mold

Combatting mold is an ongoing task which at times, is better left to a professional. No matter how many times you try to keep mold from growing in your home, it comes back. If you see it growing in the crawlspace of your property, it’s time to have someone else deal with it. If there is even a small amount of water where mold once was, the mold will, undoubtedly, return. There are steps to take to prevent mold and moisture out of your crawlspace. A great place to find crawlspace products is at CrawlSpaceDepot.com

This is one area of your home that you want to keep dry. If there is mold, there is a presence of water somewhere. When given a dank space to grow, it can take over a home and cause its occupants serious health problems.

Plumbing

Almost anyone can fix a stopped up drain or a leaky pipe, but when it comes to hot water heaters can be relatively tricky. Unless you have a good knowledge of them it’s best to have a skilled professional take care of the task for you. If installed incorrectly, it can cause damage to your home or to the heater itself.

Septic tanks are another problem area worth paying a professional for service. If there is a leak or a sewer leak, digging is involved which takes time and equipment you likely don’t have access to. Once the problem is taken care of, you’ll be glad that it wasn’t something you attempted to repair on your own.

Knowing When to Ask for Help

Although it’s noble to attempt to do everything on your own when you live off-grid, there are times when a professional repairman is needed. You don’t save yourself anymore or time when you attempt to do a difficult repair on your own. Instead, you complicate matters by potentially making the problem worse than it already was.

About The Guest Blogger

Joe Humphries is a contributing writer and media specialist for Crawlspace Depot. He regularly produces content for a variety of home improvement blogs, with an emphasis on DIY projects.

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Boyt Harness Mud River Dog Bed – Product Review https://www.primalpowermethod.com/mud-river-dog-bed/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/mud-river-dog-bed/#comments Sun, 14 May 2017 16:56:15 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=6990 Here is another great product review! As my followers know, I love sharing high quality products by manufacturers and companies you may not have heard of. How do I find them, well I use them myself, and in my older age I’m becoming a stickler for products meeting the demands I expect of them 🙂... Read more »

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Here is another great product review! As my followers know, I love sharing high quality products by manufacturers and companies you may not have heard of. How do I find them, well I use them myself, and in my older age I’m becoming a stickler for products meeting the demands I expect of them 🙂

I have started to do more and more product reviews so make sure to keep an eye out for them here and on YouTube.

You can purchase this bed using the link below:

Purchase Boyt Harness Mud River Dog Bed Here

When it comes to dog beds I have had a ton over the years. Some were eaten or torn apart by my over rambunctious dogs, but most just flat out didn’t hold up. I have bought cheap ones and the more expensive ones promising easing cleaning, and that they would last a long time. I think the longest I have had a dog bed last is about a year.

The two biggest problems I have experienced is the cover is poorly constructed and the foam crushes down within the first month or so. I have used other Boyt Harness products over the years, to include their rugged dog products. When I found out they were re-doing their dog bed, and it would be memory foam I knew I had to get one for my loyal buddy.

I wasn’t disappointed my dog and I both love this bed. It is the highest quality dog bed I have owned, and can tell I will have it for a long time.

A little about Mud River below:

At MUD RIVER it has never been a secret that we suffer from the hunting itch and the love of the outdoors. When the mercury drops and the birds are flying, we trade in fishing rods and 9 to 5’s for the over & unders. As this time of year comes around you can lay your money down on a few sure things – dirty trucks, lonely wives, and happy dogs. In an industry where very little product refinement gets defined as innovation, consumers rarely experience ground breaking changes in product performance.

The MUD RIVER team is all about enhancing product performance and providing superior gear to the quality minded customer is our core. We’re taking our passion and cumulative knowledge to fundamentally change the expectations of the hunter and dog enthusiast.

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Essential Tools For Off Grid And Simple Living https://www.primalpowermethod.com/simple-living-tools/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/simple-living-tools/#comments Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:00:45 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=6940 In this article I go over the basic tools I have used and recommend for people either looking to live off the grid or move into the simple living lifestyle. I have provided the links below to all the tools I not only recommend, but I actually own myself, you can rest assured they are... Read more »

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In this article I go over the basic tools I have used and recommend for people either looking to live off the grid or move into the simple living lifestyle. I have provided the links below to all the tools I not only recommend, but I actually own myself, you can rest assured they are verified and tested by yours truly.

Unless you have unlimited resources, plenty of time, and the patience to have others do your work for you, you will probably have to learn a lot of new skills as you construct your off-grid or more remote home.

First, when constructing and living in an off-the-grid/remote living building, it is essential to have a good set of tools. Growing up in the sticks, I have had at least a basic set of tools since I was probably around 10 years old. That bike and Evel Knievel jump ramp were not going to build and fix themselves. (For you youngsters: Evel Knievel was a famous motorcycle stuntman.) So very early on I was using my hands, my own tools, and my Dad’s tools to fix and build things (without his permission . . . most of the time).

Once I got older and purchased my first property, these tools and skills became incredibly handy. As any homeowner knows, things constantly need fixing! I still had a lot to learn, but knowing some basic fix-it principles was a huge help.

After realizing that contractors are expensive and (usually) a pain in the butt to deal with, I started doing most of the work on my homes myself. I actually did almost all the remodeling work on my first place by myself. Truth be told I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I purchased numerous books on home renovation and just figured it out. Today, YouTube has a video on pretty much every type of remodeling or building project. This makes it far easier to learn these skills, and to see how they are performed.

A word of warning: any idiot can make a video and post it on YouTube. I saw a show recently showing a young couple who decided to build and live remotely exclusively using YouTube videos for their information. I haven’t seen an update to see if they have been eaten by a bear or starved to death, but it looked like they were well on their way to that.

Of course, you will still need tools to get the job done. Here are some of my favorites.

Hand Tools

Instead of giving you a long list of basic tools, I recommend you get a “homeowner’s tool set/kit.” These are basic sets that contain a multitude of tools commonly used for homeowner projects such as a hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches, a socket set, a tape measure, and so on. These usually run from $50 to $100 for a decent starter set.

Click here to see the tool kit set I carry in my travel trailer

The reason I recommend this for beginners is that it’s a cheap and easy way to get started. Tools can be very expensive, so until you get more familiar with them and figure out exactly what you need, the tool kit is a great way to get started and figure it out.

As a matter of fact, I carry one of these “homeowner tool sets” in my travel trailer, so I don’t have to carry a bunch of expensive individual tools that I will probably not use on a regular basis and will just take up space.

Power Tools

Over the years, there is a basic set of power tools that I have used for a majority of my handy work. Here is the list I think everyone considering an off-grid journey should have:

Drill/driver: is primarily used for drilling holes but can drive screws and small bolts.

Impact driver: used primarily for driving (or removing) screws and bolts. Differs from drill/driver in that has more torque and has a fast-moving hammer that continually pounds the bit, letting you ease up on the pressure you would normally have to exert.

Sawzall: (reciprocating saw): is considered the workhorse of demolition tools, as it is compact and can cut through wood and steal.

Circular saw: (skill saw): is a small handheld saw that can cut most wood construction materials. Different blades allow you to cut through concrete and steel as well.

Miter saw: is more of a specialty tool but one I have used a lot over the years. This will make quick work of miter cuts (angled cuts), such as those used on baseboards, crown molding, and cabinet finishing work.

Cut-off grinder: is, for me, probably one of the most versatile tools I own. For a metal fabricator, this is a must-have tool, but it can also be used to make difficult cuts with different blades on wood, concrete, and tile. I have primarily used this for cutting steel or metal piping and for tough angled tile cuts.

With the advancement of cordless tools, we off-the-grid enthusiasts now have a great set of resources to perform jobs that, in the past, used to require a generator and extension cords. You can get a decent set of the above listed tools, cordless, for about $500 to $600. (Note that you will still have to plug in the battery chargers for cordless tools somewhere, but they become ultra-portable throughout your work site without the need for wires!)

Here is the combo kit I recommend if you do not want to buy them piece by piece

The contractor (professional) grade of these cordless power tools costs more because they usually have more torque and a longer battery life.

Now if you have never used power tools before, I wouldn’t recommend you buy a set and just go for it. There are many professionals in the construction business missing fingers because of accidents. Power tools are very dangerous and can injure or even kill you or someone else if used improperly.

If there is a large hardware store (such as Home Depot) in your area, consider attending one of the numerous how-to classes they offer on home improvement and tool usage. These classes are typically free, so the price is right! The last thing I want to see is someone who read my book missing a finger or hand, so always educate yourself first on how to use tools with which you are unfamiliar.

One more safety tip, and I can’t emphasize this enough: always, always wear eye protection when using power tools. As a matter of fact, I would recommend safety glasses when using any type of tool. I have lost count how many times a piece of debris has been deflected away from my eyes and I was spared injury because of safety glasses. I have multiple sets of protection glasses, so I always have access to them. They are cheap and readily available at any hardware store.

Also consider industrial noise-blocking earmuffs, especially if you frequently use power tools (there are a lot of long-time builders out there with hearing problems!), and a hard hat if there will be overhead hazards at your work site. Again, all are inexpensive and easy to find at the hardware store.

Yard Tools

This is a pretty basic list of yard tools to get you started. Depending on your project, and the type of yard you plan to have and maintain, this list may quickly expand. However, I have found these five yard tools are the ones I have used the most.

Digging shovel: talk about one of the oldest, but most-used tools around today. Dig holes, move dirt, move rocks, mix concrete, chop tree roots, take care of that annoying . . . the many uses just keep on going.

Post-hole digger: (manual, not powered): if you live off-the-grid or in the sticks, digging fence postholes is going to happen. It is a cheap and back-saving tool that I highly recommend.

Steel rake: this is not to be confused with a leaf rake that is for those yuppies in the suburbs. This is the tougher version with teeth spaced farther apart and made of hardened steel. You will be raking up many types of heavy debris and smoothing dirt on a remote property, so this is a must.

Hand ax: most off grid livers will have trees on their property, so a small ax is a great tool for cutting down small dead trees and removing limbs without having to use a chainsaw.

Wheelbarrow: besides moving dirt, debris, materials, and tools around, it is a great tool in which to mix concrete by hand.

Obviously there are many more tools that can and will be used on your off-the-grid property. But over the years I have found the above tools to be the most commonly used in everyday projects. Depending on your preference of buying used or new, the price of the tools will vary. Even if you decide to purchase all these recommended tools brand new, they can be all be had for well under $1,000 if you take your time when shopping and get them on sale.

That is not bad when you consider that—with some creativity—you could build an entire house with just these recommended tools. Tools also hold their value well, so you can resell them fairly easily down the road if you exit the off-grid life.

Conversely, if you don’t buy these tools, you are going to have to pay someone who does own tools to come and do every handyman and yard project that pops up. Over the long run, that will be much, much more expensive.

Also check out my new book “Going Off The Grid”

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Entrepreneurship – The Professional And The Amateur https://www.primalpowermethod.com/entrepreneurship-professional/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/entrepreneurship-professional/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:59 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=6909 If You Act Like an Amateur, You are an Amateur! One thing I have learned during my time as an entrepreneur, there are a lot of amateurs out there. Of course we all have to start somewhere, so what do I mean by this? Being an amateur, is a natural process when starting your own... Read more »

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If You Act Like an Amateur, You are an Amateur!

One thing I have learned during my time as an entrepreneur, there are a lot of amateurs out there. Of course we all have to start somewhere, so what do I mean by this?

Being an amateur, is a natural process when starting your own business, or pursuing any new venture in life. We learn the ropes in the beginning, and then perfect our skills or trade and then become a true professional in our field.

But what I’m talking about in this section is the entrepreneur mindset that separates success from failure. It estimated 8 to 9 out of ten start up businesses fail within the first three years, so why is this? Is it a lack of funds, lack of knowledge, poor planning, well it could be any of these, but what I primarily see is the mindset of the entrepreneur. If you are a “dabbler” and not fully committed about what you are doing, I can almost guarantee you will fail.

The professional goes into their new venture or pursuit full-bore, they don’t consider it a hobby. It is their passion, it is their life, they can see themselves doing nothing else. They already have a plan for the next 5-10 years for their business. The consummate amateur pursues their newfound business, not for passion, but for money or just to fill their time, or something to do. That is exactly what it sounds like – a hobby.

Can you imagine an aspiring Olympian dabbling in their sport? It flat out doesn’t happen. They love what they do, they know there time is now they have to give everything they have in order to be successful. Now just being dedicated or passionate about what you do does not guarantee success, but it sure helps. We will discuss some of the other factors you need to be successful later.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is why are you pursing your new business venture? Is it for money? Is it because you have a true passion for this type of business? Well, if you are doing it for money, you need to come up with another business idea, period. I can smell these people a mile away. As soon as they open their mouth they are trying to sell me something instead of listening to me and understanding what my needs are. I have turned away hundred’s of potential clients because they simply didn’t need my products, or they did not fit into my model at that time. Did it hurt my bottom line and my earning potential? Yes, but it is the right thing to do. Many of these people referred me on to their friends and family, because I gave it to them straight.

Honesty goes a long way, having a lot of money and being a dirt-bag is not the road to happiness. I know this first hand from the white-collar criminals I used to investigate. Yes, they had money, but they were always looking over their shoulder and had no true friends. When you do things the right way, you never have to look over your shoulder and your friends, well are your friends, not because they look at you as a money source.

So simply, you need to be passionate about your business, without this element you are nothing, but another rubber turd salesman! Ok, I need to clarify, this is it important in anything you do, to be passionate about it. We have all worked for someone else doing something we were really not passionate about. That is a job, not a business.

Here are some books that I think every aspiring entrepreneur should read:

We all know how that dreaded Monday morning feels after the weekend doing something we are not passionate about; it sucks! I have never dreaded a Monday, while running my own business. Matter of fact there are no Mondays when you own your business, because you really don’t work a conventional schedule while running your own business. Everyday is different with different challenges.

I see a lot of people start a business and never fully commit. Now in the beginning it is smart to continue with your job to pay the bills until you get going, that is what I call the gap job. But where most fail is they never leave the gap job, and pursue their new business or passion fully. Again this is the amateur mindset…never fully committing to anything in life, waiting for something to happen instead of making it happen! How many people have you met who’s retirement plan is playing the lottery.

When I first started out, and was in the genre of holistic/natural health, it was and still is filled with dabblers. Most have no background in health or wellness, and they do it on the side. It used to drive me nuts because all they tend to do is crowed the space and confuse most of the people following them who are buying their crappy cookbooks or e-books. These are usually the people who are into network marketing, and live and die by social media. Sure, some of them have large followings, but they are complete amateurs. It shows in their websites, blogs, and products they produce (some have no products of their own). There is never anything original or creative, they simply grab others information and repackage it, thinking that is the way of the get rich quick scheme. There are a ton of “get rich books” perpetuating this type of business model. For them it is purely about numbers, the more people they get into their funnel the more sales they will make. These are the people who want to cross-promote with you, but fail to promote you, just themselves through you. They simply want to grab your list of customers and move on.

Many have tried this with me, and found that I don’t play nice when they use this slick “get my followers scheme.” All who have tried this have been permanently black listed from anything I do or are involved in. Worse for them, if anyone asks me about them or what I think, I tell them exactly what this individual tried to pull and do not recommend them to anyone for anything.

Don’t get me wrong all of us need customers and a following in order sell products and make a living. What I’m talking about is having a connection with your customers and understanding their needs. I have seen people with a tenth of the following or even less, than one of these popular amateurs and outsell them big time. You want to know why this is? Because they have a direct connection with their customers, it is not just about the numbers.

The amateur can get the first sale, but without out a connection they will not get the second sale. They are one hit wonders surviving on the next best thing. They prey upon the uneducated consumer. I call it the Dr. Oz affect. If Dr. Oz was truly interested in changing peoples lives his show would last about 3 weeks and that would be it. Instead he is constantly peddling a new wonder product guaranteed to make you burn fat and be sexy, all you have to do is take this magic pill. Then next week he has a new magic pill, proclaiming the same miracles as the last one that didn’t work.

When I began writing my Primal Power Method life and health transformation series, I wrote it for longevity. I made sure that when someone picks up one of my books 20 years from now it will be just as relevant then, as it is today. That is the professionals mindset right there. The amateur produces a product for today and today only, because they are not vested in the future or you. They are spending all their time trying to gather their following, not the products they produce or develop, if any.

I’ll leave you with two of my favorite sayings when it comes to being a true entrepreneur:

“Professionals dream big in a small world, amateurs dream small in a big world”

“Professionals hunt to help feed the village, hacks hunt for the pleasure of the kill only”

Also check out my new book “Going Off The Grid”

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Travel Trailer Living – Is There A Size Sweet Spot https://www.primalpowermethod.com/travel-trailer-living/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/travel-trailer-living/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:00:06 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=6869 I am a regular on the The Survival Podcast, as an expert on Primal/Paleo health, nutrition, exercise, simple living and living off the grid. I share a lot of great information during this question and answer format. I have realized I cover a lot of information that may not be contained on my website or... Read more »

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Gary Collins Nash 24M travel trailer

This is the exact same make and model of travel trailer that I currently use in my nomadic lifestyle 🙂

I am a regular on the The Survival Podcast, as an expert on Primal/Paleo health, nutrition, exercise, simple living and living off the grid. I share a lot of great information during this question and answer format. I have realized I cover a lot of information that may not be contained on my website or blog. Because of this, I have decided to share it with you on my website as well. Below is the audio of my answer to the listener question. In addition, you will find the entire transcript below as well. Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments section, and I will make sure to answer them.

Below is the episode where I answer the question regarding travel trailer living on The Survival Podcast:

The Survival Podcast Expert Council Question/Answer

Transcript from podcast below:

Question:

You have mentioned “four season” travel trailers when discussing off grid living and I would appreciate more specifics about your experience. I am looking for a bumper pull style trailer that will be traveling in Eastern Oregon and Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana. Initially I will be traveling by myself but eventually I will need room for another person and a full size dog. For people who are brand new to travel trailers would you please address some or all of the following:

When thinking about size and space constraints, is it smart to buy something a little bigger than I think I’ll need or is it better to keep it smaller and adjust to the new environment. In the context of towing, parking, sleeping accommodations, and interior space is there a “sweet spot” in terms of size?

Are there any brands and models you recommended? In what price range can you get a good quality trailer that will last several years?

You live in your trailer for weeks or months at a time but I have been told that most trailers aren’t built for extended use. What parts of the trailer need regular inspection and maintenance for long term use?

Are certain systems or appliances better as electrical or propane?

If you had to start over with no trailer, would you by the trailer you have now? If not, what would you change (length, amenities, slider or no slider etc.) ?

Are there any items you would recommend as important additions to a trailer?

I plan on using a 3/4 ton or 1 ton diesel truck for towing. What are your thoughts on tow vehicles?

Is there any other advice you have that fits into the category of “If I had known X, I would have done Y”?

Thanks,

Sam in Washington

 

Gary Collins (Answer):  Hey everyone! This is Gary Collins of primalpowermethod.com, answering all your health and wellness, primal, paleo lifestyle, going off the grid, and simplified living questions. One of my favorite topics today, travel trailers. I’ve been getting a lot of these.

I have a section in my book where I talk about it as well, but this will be a good answer to a pretty specific question. This individual wants to know, or if there’s differences and if there’s a sweet spot in specific size, and type of travel trailer, or make.

Before that, I want to get into a little bit of what he asked there. He goes, he’s looking for a bumper‑style travel trailer that means a tow‑behind, the difference between a tow‑behind and a fifth‑wheel. I want to get into that real quick, because there’s a lot of confusion. I know, I was lost when I first started looking.

A fifth‑wheel is basically one that extends over the bed of your truck. It goes into the bed of your truck and actually connects to a receiver that is bolted down inside of the bed of your truck, right over your rear axle. These things weigh a couple hundred pounds. They take up a large part of your bed. That’s the downside.

Basically it renders your bed, for the most part, useless for most things. The advantages ‑‑ it’s much easier to tow, because it distributes the weight right over your axles, which is a lot different than on your rear tow hitch, just a lot more stable.

Most people who get fifth‑wheels, they get them when they’re about, I would say, 30‑foot or longer. Once you start getting into that range of travel trailer, that’s when people jump to a fifth‑wheel because of the size, and also fifth‑wheels tend to be a lot taller. They’re just bigger. That’s the biggest difference.

Now, a tow‑behind hooks up to your tow receiver at the back of your truck or vehicle. Now, he’s going to be looking in Eastern Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, or Western Montana. That’s where he’s going to be. He wants to know ‑‑ it’s going to be him at first, another person, and a dog later. Now, is there a specific trailer or size that I would recommend?

Well, it depends. I have a 24‑foot travel trailer right now and it’s a Nash. It’s plenty big for me and my dog. It has one pop‑out or slide‑out, technically. Now, if I had another person in here, would it be fine? Sure. Would it be a little bit cramped? Nah, maybe, it just depends what you’re used to.

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I would probably recommend for two people, I would go to a 28‑foot, just because it’ll give you more room. It gives you an extra slider, a slide‑out seat. You can have two. In some of them, you’ll even get three slide‑outs, depending.

Now, I want to talk about a couple things though on a travel trailer to help you, because these are stuff, unless you’ve been living them or dealing with them for a while, you’ll have no clue the differences.

The first thing is the position of the kitchen to the bathroom. Now, you’ll hear a lot of people or even a dealer will say, “Oh, do you want a rear kitchen?” because people usually like a rear kitchen. Here’s why, one clean‑out.

If your bathroom and your kitchen are to the rear of the travel trailer, you’ll have one clean‑out which is where your gray water and your black water attach to. That’s the pipe that goes out, that is actually for your sewage.

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This is what the interior of my current Nash 24 foot travel trailer looks like

Now, why would that be a big deal? Oh, let me explain black. Black water is your poo and pee, gray water is your shower water. If you have a washing machine, trust me, some of these have washing machines in them, stackables, or your sinks. That’s where your gray water is.

Usually, you want to hold your black water for two to three weeks in the tank before you dispose of it, because if you don’t, it won’t break down. It will get stuck in what we call the stinky‑slinky. Stinky‑slinky [laughs] is the accordion‑type pipe that leads from that clean‑out and goes into a septic receptacle of some sort.

Now, if you’re dry camping, dry camping means you have no water, you have no sewage connection. That’s what those holding tanks are for. Even when you’re connected, you want to hold your sewage until about 3/4 full before you dump. Trust me on this one. I also recommend using Happy Campers Holding Tank Treatment, as this is an environmentally friendly decomposing powder to breakdown solids and help keep your holding tanks from stinking, and boy can they stink!

You will ruin that stinky‑slinky right out of the gate, because all your poo is going to be stuck in that slinky, because it hasn’t decomposed. Actually, a lot of it won’t even come out of the tank. Just a little hint there 🙂

Where I’m going with that is with two clean‑outs. If your bathroom is separate from your kitchen, and usually what it will be is, kitchen in rear, bathroom will be mid to forward of the travel trailer. Well, they have to do the way the plumbing works just because it’s too hard to get all that plumbing down to the rear, is they put one up at the front of the travel trailer and one in the rear.

These are a huge pain in the butt. If you don’t mind it, that’s one thing. I’d had both and I tell you what the split clean‑outs on both ends are a pain in the ass, because you have to have triple the stinky‑slinky length. Those things are a pain in the butt to deal with anyways. They stink. They’re nasty.

It just makes it hard if you’re going to be moving around and trying to get that whole section, because you got to run that stinky‑slinky from one end of your travel trailer, to the other, then to the receptacle wherever the sewage dump is. That’s just my two cents. I like one clean‑out at the rear of the trailer. It’s just easier to use.

Another thing is, if you’re a tall person, or one of you is tall, or both of you are tall, there’s two different bed sizes. I found this out just recently. I figured, I thought they look a little different. I have a 24‑foot and, like I said, plenty of room for me and my dog, depending on the layout too.

My layout has what’s called a queen short. Most of these will have queen or king, depending on the size, usually a queen. Now, queen short is five inches shorter than a normal queen bed. I’m not a tall guy, so this was no big deal to me. If you’re tall, you better ask. Make sure that it’s a normal size queen, or your feet are going to be hanging off the edge.

I’ve heard a lot of people complain over this, “I hate travel trailer camping and my feet always…”, because it’s the wrong size bed. They got a queen short and fifth‑wheels will usually have a king big, and they’ll be a normal size or a short. Just make sure.

Here’s another thing, the mattresses suck. I have yet to be in a travel trailer where the mattresses are anything more than three inches of foam, and they break down within a week. I replaced mine with a memory foam mattress. It was $209 on Amazon. I cannot remember the name. I just got it, because it had bunch of great reviews. It was all RV people, because it was a short. Below is the mattress I replace the original one with. I’m so happy with this memory foam mattress I plan to get one for my “Off The Grid” house as well.

Thank god, I measured before I ordered the thing. It didn’t off gas. I made sure to read all the reviews. The downside, it was made overseas. I’ll be honest with you, a lot of them were made overseas, and then they put the wrapper on it, call it, “Made in America.”

There are some Made in America ones, but I didn’t see anything that had good enough reviews for me to buy basically. I hate doing that. I’d rather buy American, but in this case, I didn’t. It’s a great mattress. It’s the best mattress I’ve ever had.

Now, as far as the price range. Now, the price range, boy, you can go into 50k to 60k. Trust me, when you’ve got the money, they’ve got the travel trailer for you. On average, for a good all‑season travel trailer…and that’s another thing. I’ll describe that a little bit later.

You want an all‑season or four‑season. That has more insulation in it. If you don’t get one and it’s a standard travel trailer, basically there’s no insulation and they’re meant for camping on weekends a couple of times a year, because if you live in it, you’re going to cook in the summer, and you’re going to freeze in the winter.

Make sure if you’re going to be…This guy’s going to be in more…up by where I live. He’s going to be in harsher weather, definitely get an all‑season. Now, there’s different all‑seasons too. The difference between a Nash and an Arctic Fox, which is made by Northwood, which is a brand I like, because they’re made in Oregon. They’re made for off‑roading. They’re tough.

They have R18, Arctic Fox does, in the ceiling. Mine has R14 in the ceiling. There is a difference. The Arctic Fox is made for more harsher environments. With that, it’s nicer and it’s got a steeper price tag. For me, the money, bang for the buck, the Nash was the best deal.

Now, as far as maintenance, they’re standard. The only maintenance, just like a house, it’s got an oven. It’s got a stove. It’s got a microwave. It’s got sinks. It’s got a toilet, shower. The same things that could go wrong in your house can go wrong in a travel trailer.

It’s got a refrigerator, a freezer. These things have been around forever. You can get them fixed anywhere. There’s replacements everywhere. Not a big deal. I’ve had no problems with any of my appliances.

The maintenance that they usually need is the bearings and the axles need to be repacked every 5,000 to 10,000 miles or every couple years, depending on what the dealer…It’ll be different for every travel trailer.

Well, with mine, the Nash and the Arctic Fox, they come with an easy lube system where you don’t even need to do that, you can do it yourself. I like that and, like I said, it’s got better ground clearance for off‑road stuff. It’s geared to what I want to do and what I do do.

Now, price range, on average, would be mid‑20s to 40s, and it just depends what you want. I will tell you this. You go buy one in the 40s which is still a lot cheaper than any of those teeny homes. It’s going to be nicer. More than likely, nicer than any home you’ve ever owned. They’re crazy nice today.

I can’t even explain to you. I recommend going and looking at a bunch of them. Look at all the different sizes. There’s a lot of different floor plans, different furniture. You can have dual recliner leather chairs, or you can have a couch. The chairs can be at the rear. Like I said, there’s so many different variances.

Now, as far as if they’re intended…The higher‑end ones, a lot of people live in them. I lived in an RV park years ago and everyone at the RV park, this was in San Diego before I left, everyone lived in them. Period.

The reason they were doing it is because it was A, cheaper and it was just a simpler life, and that’s what I found, or it was people working in San Diego for six months to a year. They didn’t want to have to rent, buy a house, or do any of that. They just stayed in their travel trailer.

These things, the good ones, they’re tough. I mean, they don’t break down. I haven’t had any issues. They’re built pretty well. Just think of it like a mobile home. I mean, that’s pretty much how they’re built.

I hope that answers your questions. I know that was long‑winded, but there’s a lot going on when it comes to getting your first travel trailer. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s a zoo out there. I mean, I couldn’t even explain to you how many manufacturers there are. There’s so many, but that’s the ones I recommend.

Also guys, I have a new podcast and I’ll probably go over this topic as well, “Old Dudes, New Tricks.” Make sure to go get my book, “Going Off the Grid.” I talk about travel trailers and travel trailer living in there as well. Thanks again.

 

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Are Exogenous Ketones A Scam? https://www.primalpowermethod.com/exogenous-ketones-scam/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/exogenous-ketones-scam/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:32 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=6840 I am a regular on the The Survival Podcast, as an expert on Primal/Paleo health, nutrition, exercise, simple living and living off the grid. I share a lot of great information during this question and answer format. I have realized I cover a lot of information that may not be contained on my website or... Read more »

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I am a regular on the The Survival Podcast, as an expert on Primal/Paleo health, nutrition, exercise, simple living and living off the grid. I share a lot of great information during this question and answer format. I have realized I cover a lot of information that may not be contained on my website or blog. Because of this, I have decided to share it with you on my website as well. Below is the audio of my answer to the listener question. In addition, you will find the entire transcript below as well. Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments section, and I will make sure to answer them.

Below is the episode where I answer the question on The Survival Podcast

The Survival Podcast Expert Council Question/Answer

Transcript from podcast below:

Question: Can you tell me more about exogenous ketones. I have heard lots of people take this supplement to get their bodies into Ketosis within 1-2 hours, where eating high protein and fat without carbs could take up to 3 days to get into ketosis. Is this a gimmick?

Gary Collins (Answer):  Hey, everyone. This is Gary Collins of primalpowermethod.com, answering all your questions in health, wellness, the primal lifestyle, simple living off the grid, remote living, all that kind of good stuff.

I want to announce my new book is out, “Going Off The Grid ‑‑ The How‑To Book Of Simple Living And Happiness.” It’s available on my website, primalpowermethod.com, Amazon, and in Kindle format. I just wanted to mention that.

Today, we have a question about exogenous ketones, the supplement, which I have heard [laughs] of. It’s been a while. Actually, I had tossed this thing aside quite a while ago. As with most supplements that claim miraculous effects, I usually just toss it right out.

The first thing I did is I had to go look back at this product and see who’s selling it. This is what I always do, and this is what I recommend to people anytime you have a question. Especially something like this, it’s like 120 to 130 bucks a bottle.

That’s just outrageous. Most of the companies selling this product is MLM, multi‑level marketing companies.

Anyone who’s listened to any of my stuff knows I do not support those companies in any form whatsoever. They’re a pyramid scheme. They had to change their name. It’s a marketing technique that puts basically the seller as the buyer, and then they push it on their friends and family.

It’s a total BS marketing scheme. I never, ever recommend products from these companies. I don’t care what the product is, especially supplements.

It’s guaranteed to be, at the very best, a mediocre to poor supplement with an outrageous markup because there’s multi tiers in a multi‑level marketing scheme and everyone’s got to get their cut along the way.

The only people who ever make money are the people who create these multi‑level marketing schemes. There you go on that, there’s Gary’s get on a soapbox about that.

Now, the science behind it. Basically, what this product is, exogenous ketones, it’s ingesting the ketones and trying to force your body into ketosis, burning fat instead of your body naturally doing it through the production, the down regulation of insulin and glycogen. Actually, glycogen, you have to utilize your source of glycogen.

It kicks into glucagon, which then kicks into ketone body process being made in your liver. This puts you into a fat burning mode. This person said that these products are touting that you can get into it in one hour as opposed to three days. Here’s the deal. It’s complete bullshit, I’ll just be honest.

This is false. The only people who benefit from these products are basically highly competitive athletes that use it as a ketone body source to produce more ATP or more energy. It’s not that high of a level, to be honest with you.

Even for an athlete, a high competing athlete, if it gives them this psychological edge, fine.

The physiology behind it is very minimal at best. For anyone trying to lose weight or go into ketosis quicker, no. It doesn’t work that way.

Your body is very smart. It has to go to through the hormonal and chemical reactions first. Anytime you’re going to consume that, basically your body’s going to regulate itself internally to where you’re going to go into ketosis naturally.

What they’ve done with this product, what it will do is the test strips that they provide will actually trigger it to say you’re in ketosis when you’re actually not. It’s bogus science. Don’t fall for it. Don’t spend the money. Complete waste of time.

As with anything that I always say, “If it sounds too good to be true and it’s going to make you skinny overnight, don’t buy it. Don’t even waste your time.”

Well, I hope that helps. Remember, guys, my company is in the MSB Members site. You get 10 percent off your entire order if you use the coupon code there that I have in there. Again, guys, check out my new book, Going Off The Grid. Thanks a lot.

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Reasons You May Have Low Testosterone https://www.primalpowermethod.com/low-testosterone/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/low-testosterone/#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:09:35 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=6825 I am a regular on the The Survival Podcast, as an expert on Primal/Paleo health, nutrition, exercise, simple living and living off the grid. I share a lot of great information during this question and answer format. I have realized I cover a lot of information that may not be contained on my website or... Read more »

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Low testosterone symptoms

I am a regular on the The Survival Podcast, as an expert on Primal/Paleo health, nutrition, exercise, simple living and living off the grid. I share a lot of great information during this question and answer format. I have realized I cover a lot of information that may not be contained on my website or blog. Because of this, I have decided to share it with you on my website as well. Below is the audio of my answer to the listener question. In addition, you will find the entire transcript below as well. Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments section, and I will make sure to answer them.

The Survival Podcast Expert Council question/answer

Transcript from podcast below:

Question: Why would a young healthy male have low testosterone levels? Gary, I had my blood testosterone levels tested, and found that my testosterone level was 249, while ‘average’ is around 300-1000. I am 32, and this puts me at lower levels than a 100 year old! I eat reasonably healthy.  I try to keep my diet around 40% fat, 30% protein, 30% carbs in terms of calories. I don’t eat grains. I do eat copious animal products, dairy, beef, pork, eggs. I eat vegetables, though they probably only make up 1/3 of my food volume. Though I do have a bit of a sweet tooth. I don’t exercise, though I do live on a homestead, which keeps me active. I get >8hrs of good sleep. My stress level is usually low. I do have regular sex. I am not overweight. I do have RLS (restless leg syndrome), which I can’t help but think could be related. Maybe a mineral imbalance?

I can’t say I’ve noticed any symptoms of low T, though I am a bit concerned for my age. What might be causing this, and what can I do about it?  Thanks, Josh

 

Gary Collins (Answer):  This is Gary Collins of primalpowermethod.com answering all your questions related to health, wellness, primal, Paleo, off the grid, and just simplifying your life in general.

Today, a good question as always. The testosterone question with men aging. Even though this individual is not that old in their early 30s, this has become quite a hot issue. Especially, I deal with clients talking about this with all of the testosterone replacement therapy or TRT, as they call it.

I think cybergenics, if you’ve ever seen those commercials of the 70‑year‑old rent dudes huge. They show before and after pictures. Guess what? They’re jacking them up with testosterone. There’s no way to get that big any other way. With that, it’s become a big industry.

This individual was worried that they got their blood work back, and that it showed that they had a low level, right around 249. He is right. The correct level is anywhere between 300, 400 to 1,000.

It’s an arbitrary number. I’ve gotten answers from doctors all over the board there, but as a general rule that does apply. I found something out last year though about these numbers that throws it way off.

I got my physical done. I get a physical done every year where I get my blood work drawn. My testosterone came back. I want to say between 230 and 240, so not too far off of the individual’s question here.

I was like, “Holy cow, what happened?” The doctor looked at me and goes, “No, you’re fine. You’re actually a little bit above average.” I went, “OK.” I went, “Why? I don’t understand the numbers.”

Get this. What has happened with the industry of testosterone replacement therapy, and bioidentical hormones, and all these new anti‑aging doctors? Like I said, it’s turned into a multi‑billion dollar business now.

Everyone’s got low testosterone ‑‑ trust me ‑‑ because they want you to have low testosterone just like everyone had high cholesterol. Same deal, same scam, creating a condition that really doesn’t exist.

Don’t get me wrong. There is low testosterone levels, there is, but not anywhere near what people are getting diagnosed with today. He went, “Well, it depends on the lab.” I didn’t realize this, but different labs will actually have different indicators and numbers. Your level, that number, could be different at another lab.

I asked him, “How do I know how that compares with the old numbers that I know?” He goes, “I don’t know.” I actually, after this, I asked a couple of doctors in the hormone replacement world and said, “Hey, how do you know what these numbers are?”

I told them what my number was and they go, “Well, I don’t know. What lab?” They even dug and I told them what lab and they went, “Well, I still don’t understand what that number means.”

Testosterone levels as you age

You better go back to your doctor and ask. I’m wondering if they told you it was low. The thing is that doctor may not even know that the lab could give them a different number as opposed to the old readings. This individual seems to be doing everything very right.

Here is the key indicator for me when dealing with clients to know if you have low testosterone levels on top of a blood test is you’re lethargic, maybe if you have slight depression, or depressed, loss of muscle mass, also low libido, low sex drive, maybe erectile dysfunction.

If you don’t have those and you have normal sex, you have normal erections, you haven’t lost muscle mass, you look normal. Guess what? You probably don’t have low testosterone. I like to look at the symptoms that go along with it besides just a blood test.

You guys know I’ve talked about that several times. Blood testing, that’s a snapshot of that particular time. You got to be real careful with blood testing.

If you are possibly suffering from these, I would try the natural way first which is obviously getting optimal vitamin D, Omega 3s, get resistance training, lift some heavy objects, get plenty of sleep, reduce stress because stress increases cortisol which also doesn’t increase testosterone, but it increases estrogen as well at a higher rate.

This is what stress does. It will actually diminish your testosterone levels because they will counteract each other.

As far as he also has RLS which I’m guessing he means restless leg syndrome. I actually had to go look that acronym up real quick because I was like RLS. Gosh, in the government we used to say that with the boss with meaning retard loose somewhere. [laughs] Hope I didn’t offend anyone there.

He has that. With that, these are two separate questions. This may run a little long. He’s asking if possibly the RLS could have something to do with his possible low testosterone. I would say no, because he doesn’t have any of the symptoms of low testosterone he just has a blood test reading. I would say no.

With the RLS I would simply ask, does anyone in his family, mother or father have it? Is there any genetic previous disposition for this prior? If not, I would say maybe it has something to do with diet, but if it’s a genetic defect from one or both parents, I would go there’s a good chance it’s genetic. Doctors don’t even really agree what causes RLS. They really don’t have a good grasp of it.

Yes, Could it be mineral deficiency or mineral imbalance? Yes, it absolutely could be. What I would do is I would start and think of it this way. There’s a short circuiting going on somewhere, and you have to remember the body is nothing but a neuroelectric network. A very, very, very complicated one.

There’s ways for the nervous system to reroute in certain circumstances, but if permanent damage has happened which I have in my left leg from my back injury, so my left leg doesn’t work as well as my right leg. It’s not going to recover, the damage was permanent. This could happen.

Did you have any impact to your head, unconsciousness, maybe several concussions? Did you have trauma to your spine? There could be several mechanical factors that could go into that.

Now, for a mineral deficiency, I would simply start with a calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin D supplementation. I know Jack’s probably going to go nuts on this. Why is he telling you to take all of those when they usually focus on magnesium?

The reason why is simply this, especially because most Americans get plenty of calcium. By doing this, first, you’ll find out does it get better. If it gets better, you know you’re on the right track without having to take each individual supplement trying to figure out if you have one deficiency.

The thing is if you are deficient in one of those, usually you’re deficient in all of them. I’m talking about potassium, calcium, and magnesium are key electrolytes. Calcium will contract your muscle, magnesium will relax it. I like to keep all that together.

From there, if you notice improvement what you do is you simply eliminate each one at a time. I would start with calcium, and then I would go to potassium, then I would go to magnesium. More than likely, like I said, usually it’s magnesium if it’s going to be one. I like to put all three in there and Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is essential for synthesizing those three minerals. You need to have vitamin D and to simulate those. That was complicated, but there was actually two questions in one.

I would say for Josh, I think he’s good testosterone‑wise. I don’t see any issues. It seems like everything is working great. The RLS, like I said, is it could be many, many things. I hope that helps.

Make sure if you have any more questions, you can contact me via my contact form on my website. Also, I’m an MSB member. I give 10 percent off for all my products, my supplements, and my books, and my exercise equipment on my website for MSB members.

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Mission Automotive Tow Hitch Tightener Product Review https://www.primalpowermethod.com/mission-automotive-tow-hitch-tightener/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/mission-automotive-tow-hitch-tightener/#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:28:08 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=6778 Anyone has owned a tow hitch bike rack knows, they like to wobble around, usually driving you crazy. There is nothing worse than seeing your expensive bikes being continuously shaken, without you even riding them. I did all kinds of modifications to my last tow hitch bike rack just so it wouldn’t wobble as much.... Read more »

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Anyone has owned a tow hitch bike rack knows, they like to wobble around, usually driving you crazy. There is nothing worse than seeing your expensive bikes being continuously shaken, without you even riding them.

I did all kinds of modifications to my last tow hitch bike rack just so it wouldn’t wobble as much. In the end I spent hours messing around with it and I never completely solved the problem. When I got my new bike rack I was hoping this would not be the case, but just like my old one it swayed and bounced all over the place while on the road.

Mission Automotive tow hitch tightener review

So using the dummy net, I actually found a simple solution that made sense, and was fairly inexpensive. I found a product made by Mission Automotive that actually secures your bike rack the tow hitch receiver. Click the Amazon link image and link below to get the Mission Automotive Hitch Tightener I’m using in the video:

 

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My “Going Off The Grid” Book Is Now Available Get Your Copy Today! https://www.primalpowermethod.com/going-off-the-grid-book/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/going-off-the-grid-book/#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:17:57 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=6743 My new book “Going Off The Grid” is finally here! This off the grid adventure started 10 years ago when I wanted to get back to a simpler life, such as I had growing up. There were a lot of stops and starts, but I kept at it, and finally made it happen. During the... Read more »

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My new book “Going Off The Grid” is finally here! This off the grid adventure started 10 years ago when I wanted to get back to a simpler life, such as I had growing up. There were a lot of stops and starts, but I kept at it, and finally made it happen. During the process of my project I noticed a lot of people showing interest in what I was doing, so I started documenting my progress. That is where the idea of my “Going Off The Grid” book came from.

I know there are a lot of shows on television today glorifying how to live more remotely, but I’ll be honest that is just for TV. In my book I don’t sugar coat anything, and give you the real hard facts on how to pursue your off the grid dream. This isn’t a project you can do overnight, and it surely isn’t as simple as those TV shows portray. But with a little real life knowledge from someone who has actually done it, I think it will make your interest in such a lifestyle a more realistic goal.

Not only is my book my story, but I also give you a step by step process of how you can do it yourself. Here are some of the topics I cover in my book:

  • Downsizing your life.
  • How to find your dream piece of property.
  • Different types of off the grid construction.
  • Off the grid television and internet options.
  • Setting up off the grid security systems.
  • Drilling a well and water rights.
  • Figuring out what to do with your poo and pee 🙂

And much, much more!

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GEN-Y Hitch Adjustable Tow Hitch & BoltLock Locking Hitch Pin Product Review https://www.primalpowermethod.com/geny-tow-hitch-review/ https://www.primalpowermethod.com/geny-tow-hitch-review/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:17:28 +0000 https://www.primalpowermethod.com/?p=6702 Every once in awhile I find a product that deserves my time to do a detailed review; Gen-Y Hitches and BoltLock locking tow hitch pins are two high quality products that I definitely recommend. I do a lot of towing spending half the year in my travel trailer, and hauling building materials up to my... Read more »

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Every once in awhile I find a product that deserves my time to do a detailed review; Gen-Y Hitches and BoltLock locking tow hitch pins are two high quality products that I definitely recommend.

I do a lot of towing spending half the year in my travel trailer, and hauling building materials up to my property off the grid. I have 4-5 drop down hitches in various drops and ball sizes, and I finally got fed up dealing with multiple tow hitches depending on the rise or drop I needed. So on the dummy net I went searching for an adjustable tow hitch. As with anything on the internet unless you know exactly what you are looking for you are overwhelmed by the choices, and that was true in this case. I found a multitude of different drop down hitches and I found two main characteristics:

  • Most were poorly made
  • They were overpriced

I finally ran across a company called Gen-Y Hitches, and I was pleasantly surprised. I had actually found exactly what I was looking for – a high quality product at a good price, and well made (in the USA). I ended up getting the 7.5 inch adjustable hitch from Gen-Y. Now for us who do a lot of towing or have a tow hitch bike rack know, a good adjustable hitch is one part of the puzzle. The other piece of the puzzle is having a high quality locking tow hitch pin. Trust me someone will gladly relieve you off that nice adjustable tow hitch and anything attached to it if you don’t have it secured with a locking tow hitch pin.

Luckily I found BoltLock, which also has a partnership with Gen-Y Hitches. What makes BoltLock locking hitch pin unique is they are specially designed to be keyed to your car key. You simply choose the BoltLock for your vehicle and you are good to go. I have owned numerous locking tow hitch pins and most are a pain to lock and unlock, and you usually have a different key for each one. BoltLock is the easiest locking tow hitch pin I have ever used.

Below are some pics of my 7.5″ adjustable Gen-Y Hitch and BoltLock locking tow hitch pins:

Gen-Y Hitch Review Gen-y Hitch 7.5 Inch BoltLock Locking Tow Hitch Pin

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Also check out my new book “Going Off The Grid”

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Get My Book On Amazon:

 

Make sure to stay in touch with Gary by following the links below:

Purchase my Primal Power Method books at:

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