Crinstam Camp


Where we are going

This one is a bit difficult because there is the future where we spend the next 23 years camping where we are and the second where we find a property we can buy where we will have a whole different set of goals and projects. Just keep in mind that any of the projects we do here, will be brought to the new property where possible or recreated in some form there.


The Camping Path

Currently, we are just waiting for a load of lumber. 160 pieces of 2"x6"x16' rough cut lumber. If you don't know, there are a couple of big differences between 'rough cut' lumber and what you normally buy at a building center, called dimensional/planned or milled lumber. The biggest one being that the dimensions of 'rough cut' lumber are the actual dimensions where dimensional lumber has been milled down and smoothed off. A rough cut 2"x6" piece of lumber, measures 2"x6". A dimensional piece of lumber (as you'd buy at a building center) is 1.5"x5.5". Rough lumber is also 'rough', as in you can't run your hand over it smoothly and in most cases, you'll get slivers from it. More importantly, for us anyway, is that rough lumber is much cheaper than planned lumber.

When it gets here, we will be starting on multiple projects with it.


Roof for trailers

All three of the trailers we have have, roof leaks. We've fixed some and covered the roofs with plastic or tarps to stop it, but that was just a temporary solution. We'll be building a simple sloped frame that covers them, covered with plastic or tarps until we find an inexpensive source for some tin/steel roofing.


Doghouse for Luna

Luna, although being a Husky, is convinced she is an indoor dog. More to be near us than anything, but if it's cold or wet outside, we don't like leaving her out for long. So, we're going to build her a doghouse that's big enough for her to stand up and turn around in as much as she wants, that we can fill the bottom with straw both to absorb water off her and provide some ground insulation for her. It will be tied and staked to the ground so it will also act as an anchor point for her chain. For those who don't think it's right to chain or tie animals up... We actually agree for the most part, unless it represents a danger to the dog. The road we are on can get fairly busy and people drive like they are in the indy 500.. Although we have 100% confidence she would never run away for long, even one time onto the road could be her last and we won't let that happen.


Outdoor shower/sink

We have a portable camping shower that comprises of a 12 volt pump and a propane on demand heater, plus hose attachments. We want an actual floor to stand, halfwalls for privacy and roof to block leaves, tree litter and bird crap over it. Right beside the shower enclosure will be our outdoor sink/counter set up. Again with a floor and roof with basic open frame around it.


Outhouse with dumpable container

While we do have the indoor bucket toilet that gets dumped into a tank that we haul to the local lagoon, we really don't like having guests come into the trailer to use it. So we're building an old style outhouse, that will give guests (and ourselves) another option. While we are building it here to use with our main tank that we haul to dump for here, it's being done so that when we move, we can just dig a composting latrine pit under itby simply removing a couple of boards.


Tractor shed/Animal shelter

When it's most important to have the tractor running, is unfortunately, also the time it is least likely to start due to cold weather. There's also the issue that if we don't keep the driver's seat and dash area covered with a tarp, when it snows, it can literally fill it up with snow that has to be dug out and even if it just rains, gets everything wet to sit on. So we're building a 10'x24' frame to sit right on the ground, with a sloped roof over it. As we also want to be able to get a milk cow and some more chickens again, we need some type of shelter for them that they can be comfortable in during all weather, so we're adding another 12' onto the end of the tractor shed. Only 8' of it will be for animals, the extra will go for a woodstove that will heat both ends as well as a work bench area. Although we will look for tin/steel for the roof of it, it will start with a tarp/plastic roof. The walls will be covered on the outside in housewrap with a sheet of plastic on the inside to give a trapped air space around it. It's going to be built so the walls sections and roof are bolted on so it can be dismantled to move.

Tiny Home

Our current home is the 8'x24' trailer. Ignoring that it was built flimsy, being meant to use just a few weeks a year in warmer months, it was designed and laid out extremely poorly. We considered building a tiny home the same size, as it could be put on any flatbed trailer and moved without any extra type of permit. However, as our only plans to move it will be when we find a property to buy and it's just going to be once, we decided having to get a wide load permit to move it that once wasn't that big of a deal. Also, even designed and laid out better, it will still make life feel cramped and 'normal' sized appliances and furniture won't fit, which makes everything more expensive. With all that in mind, we decided to go with 12'x24'. Not a whole lot bigger, but after living in the trailer for going on three years, it's going to feel huge to us. It's also not going to have all the wasted space the trailer was built with which will make life easier. The biggest difference will actually be in the heat retention of it. Right now if our wood stove goes out when it's 30 below, the inside temperature will hit freezing within a few hours at the most. It's why we end up taking sleep shifts during cold snaps, so that the wood stove never goes out. With 6 inch walls that are properly sealed and insulated, we'll hopefully be able to actually sleep at night without worrying about waking up to boots frozen to the floor. The lumber will only build the actual framing for it which will again need to be covered and enclosed with tarp/plastic to start with, but if we can get that done before fall, at least we could keep working on it during next winter.


Other Projects

Besides the lumber related projects, we have a couple more things we hope to accomplish this year.


Earth Oven

There are an infinite number of ways this can be done, but simply put, we will build a cob/clay mound with a cavern in the middle of it where we can light a fire, heat up the mass and then bake/cook in it while it cools down. They are great for pizzas and breads, but pretty much anything can be cooked in one. The nice thing is that during the hot weather, they add no heat inside the trailer/home.


Water Filer System

We have as much water as we could need here, unfortunately its from a small creek that beavers like to hang out in. Using a couple of plastic barrels, homemade charcoal, sand and gravel, we will be able to filter as much water as we want. I hope/expect it to result in drinking quality water, however, until after it's built, been used for a couple of weeks and then passes a series of consequtive water tests, we will only be using it for washing, animals and gardens.



I'm hoping to try washing a well down here. That's about all I'll say for now, but if we can get it done, it would save us a lot of hassle over bring all our water in by hand, year round. If we do get it done, the water filter system will be swapped over to it instead of the creek supply. Not only will it be much easier to reach potable water quality, but we would have a year round source instead of just when the creek isn't frozen.


An offer for homeless people - coming soon

Something we have been doing for a very long time, will be continued here in a limited fashion. - Coming Soon



The New Property Path

This path can't happen until we find the property property. That means either finding a seller who is will to make us a deal without a down, or finding a way to save/raise the money to cover a down and transfer costs. We are on a constant look out for a way to make it happen.

As we can't know what the actual situation on the new property might be, I don't want to get into a lot of specifics about what we will do there. I can say that instead of focusing on tiny homes that can be transported by trailer or dismantled for moving, we will be using a variety of natural building techniques to create buildings size properly for their purposes.

The property itself will be divided into three sections.


The Village

The village will be made up of lots for people who want to build some form of sustainable, natural type buildings as their home and work together to make life easier for everyone involved. They will be leased on a long term, non-transferable basis that is renewable for the original approved person.

Why a non-transferable lease instead of an actual ownership type deal?

Because there have been many examples of places like this starting up, only to come to a crashing end when either the original person decided they wanted out and sold to someone who was incompatible with the original vision, or they passed on and their relatives coming, or selling their 'share' resulted in the same.

It will include a common area for things like gardens, greenhouses, animal shelters and workshops as well as a community based store/trading center.


Tiny home transitional housing

This will be an area where someone with any form of mobile tiny home can come and rent land to live and stay on, while they find a more permanent path elsewhere. Half the lots here will have tiny homes that we build and rent out to people who are living rough elsewhere and need a way to catch their breath and find a path forward. See the 'offer' below.


Overnight camping section

A nightly rental RV style camping center. Both an income generating area and space for guests of people in the other sections to stay while visiting.


A different offer for homeless people - coming soon

Basically an expansion to the first offer that allows a greater variety and number of people to be helped.



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