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SURVIVAL DAY 111 (Collapsible Wash Bin)

There are so many uses for this Collapsible Wash Bin. For Van Lifers, this is a must have to do everything from peel potatoes, wash the dishes, to taking a sponge bath. When every square centimeter of space matters, like having the right gear all stocked up at your bolt hole, you will appreciate how little space this Collapsible Wash Bin takes up.

  • MULTIPURPOSE BIN- This collapsible bin is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. It can be used as a wash basin for dishes or hands, ice bucket for drinks, storage container for your items for camping, hiking, boating, picnicking or tailgating, and more!
  • COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN- The reusable basket has a convenient space saving design for efficient storage. It collapses to a compact 2” height, making it easy to keep in your home, garage, or packed in the car with your camping gear.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND SPACIOUS- The lightweight bin features a large 10 L capacity and is spacious enough to hold accessories needed for outdoor fun like smore or picnic supplies! It can even be used at home as a laundry basket or to store cleaning supplies.
  • DURABLE BUILD- The multiuse container is made from safe silicone material with a plastic rim and base for durability to withstand normal wear and tear of use outdoors. The sturdy plastic upper portion also makes it easy to grasp and carry while in use.
  • PRODUCT DETAILS- Materials: pp/TPR (plastic/plastic rubber). Dimensions: 14. 75” L x 10. 75” W x 5” H, Collapsed: 2” H. 10 L capacity.
DaySurvival GearCategoryEstimated Cost
Survival Day 111Collapsible Wash BinBasic Supplies$12 X 2 = $25
Total = $15,325
Survival Day 110Rainbow Cat Face MaskSurvival Clothing$12 X 4 = $25
Total = $15,300
Survival Day 109Camping ShowerBasic Supplies$125 X 2 = $250
Total = $15,250
Survival Day 108Bamboo Practice SwordsWeapons$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $15,000
Survival Day 107LED Motion Sensor Solar LightsSecurity$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $14950
Survival Day 106Dual LED Rechargeable HeadlampTechnology$75 X 2 = $150
Total = $14850
Survival Day 105 Ball Pein HammerTools$12 X 4 = $50
Total = $14700
Survival Day 104LifeStrawSurvival Food$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $14650
Survival Day 103Tactical Pants With Cargo PocketsSurvival Clothing$50 X 4 = $200
Total = $14550
Survival Day 102Diva Cup Model 2Basic Supplies$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $14350
Survival Day 101Throwing Knife SetWeapons$10 X 5 = $50
Total = $14250
Survival Day 100Defender Security Fixed Window GuardsSecurity$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $14200
Survival Day 99goTenna Mesh - Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS DevicesTechnology$175 X 2 = $350
Total = $14100
Survival Day 98Heavy Duty Bolt CuttersTools$75 X 2 = $150
Total = $13750
Survival Day 97People's Choice Beef JerkySurvival Food$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $13600
Survival Day 96Camo Hunting WadersSurvival Clothing$100
Total = $13500
Survival Day 95P38 Can OpenerBasic Supplies$10 X 2 = $20
Total = $13400
Survival Day 94Magnetic Gun MountWeapons$25 X 4 = $100
Total = $13380
Survival Day 93HAVEN Heavy Duty Lock, Floor Mounted LockSecurity$150 X 2 = $300
Total = $13280
Survival Day 92Jump-N-Carry 12-Volt Jump StarterTechnology$150
Total = $12980
Survival Day 91Folding 15 Inch SawsTools$40 X 2 = $80
Total = $12830
Survival Day 90Holiday Styling String Light PolesTechnology$115 X 2 = $130
Total = $12750
Survival Day 89Condor Combat ShirtSurvival Clothing$60 X 2 = $120
Total = $12620
Survival Day 88Waxed Canvas Heavy Duty Work Apron With PocketsBasic Supplies$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $12500
Survival Day 87Hunting SlingshotWeapons$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $12450
Survival Day 86Master Lock Set Your Own Combination PadlocksSecurity$10 X 5 = $50
Total = $12400
Survival Day 85Tactical Flashlight With StrobeTechnology$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $12350
Survival Day 84Hi-Lift JackTools$75 X 2 = $150
Total = $12250
Survival Day 83Pringles Snack StacksSurvival Food$10 X 10 = $10
Total = $12100
Survival Day 82Under Armour Men's ColdGear Camo Liner GlovesSurvival Clothing$35 X 2 = $70
Total = $12000
Survival Day 81Outdoor Fish and Game Cleaning TableBasic Supplies$125 X 2 = $250
Total = $11930
Survival Day 80Cold Steel War HammerWeapons$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $11680
Survival Day 79SecuraDoor Security Door BarSecurity$90 X 2 = $180
Total = $11580
Survival Day 78TACTICON Laser SightTechnology$20 X 3 = $60
Total = $11400
Survival Day 77California Air Tools Quiet Air CompressorTools$125 X 2 = $250
Total = $11340
Survival Day 765 Gallon Samson StackersSurvival Food$175 X 2 = $350
Total = $11090
Survival Day 75Foldable UPF 50+ Baseball CapSurvival Clothing$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $10740
Survival Day 74humangear GoBites Uno Travel SporkBasic Supplies$5 X 2 = $10
Total = $10710
Survival Day 73Cold Steel Boar SpearWeapons$95 X 2 = $190
Total = $10700
Survival Day 72Wireless Security CameraTechnology$150 X 2 = $300
Total = $10510
Survival Day 71HKYH Solar Panel Lighting KitTechnology$155 X 2 = $310
Total = $10210
Survival Day 70FatMax Xtreme 55-120 FuBar IIITools$100 X 2 = $200
Total = $9900
Survival Day 69Macaroni & Cheese DinnerSurvival Food$5 X 20 = $100
Total = $9700
Survival Day 68Carhartt Waterproof Insulated GlovesSurvival Clothing$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $9600
Survival Day 67Swiss+Tech Micro-ClippersBasic Supplies$12 X 2 = $25
Total = $9550
Survival Day 66Pepper SprayWeapons$10 X 5 = $50
Total = $9525
Survival Day 65Wedge-ItSecurity$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $9475
Survival Day 6436 Channel FRS Two-Way RadiosTechnology$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $9375
Survival Day 63Heavy Duty Extension Cord Reel with 4 Integrated OutletsTools$75
Total = $9275
Survival Day 62Red Feather Cremery Canned ButterSurvival Food$20 X 4 = $80
Total = $9200
Survival Day 61Waterproof BootsSurvival Clothing$60 X 2 = $120
Total = $9120
Survival Day 6010d 3-Inch Common NailsBasic Supplies$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $9000
Survival Day 59Cold Steel Brooklyn SmasherWeapons$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $8900
Survival Day 58Door Reinforcement LockSecurity$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $8800
Survival Day 57Electric Mountain BikeTechnology$600
Total = $8700
Survival Day 56Raptor Bed LinerTools$120
Total = $8100
Survival Day 55Augason Farms Emergency Long Grain White RiceSurvival Food$50 X 4 = $200
Total = $7980
Survival Day 54Camo Rain SuitSurvival Clothing$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $7780
Survival Day 53Stake And GrilleBasic Supplies$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $7680
Survival Day 52VIPERTEK VTS-T03 - Stun Gun FlashlightWeapons$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $7580
Survival Day 51Solar Security LightsSecurity$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $7480
Survival Day 50Garmin eTrex 30x Handheld GPS NavigatorTechnology$150 X 2 = $300
Total = $7380
Survival Day 49Overhead Garage Storage RackTools$200
Total = $7080
Survival Day 48Future Essentials Canned Dry Dog FoodSurvival Food$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $6880
Survival Day 47Thermajohn Thermal UnderwearSurvival Clothing$25 X 4 = $100
Total = $6780
Survival Day 46Shop TowelsBasic Supplies$25 X 4 = $100
Total = $6680
Survival Day 45Bear SprayWeapons$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $6580
Survival Day 44Blackout CurtainsSecurity$25 X 4 = $100
Total = $6480
Survival Day 43Light Bulb Security CamerasTechnology$40 X 1 = $80
Total = $6380
Survival Day 42Ratchet Tie Down StrapsTools$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $6300
Survival Day 41Pure Wesson Vegetable OilSurvival Food$20 X 10 = $200
Total = $6200
Survival Day 40Handyman Tool Belt SetSurvival Clothing$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $6000
Survival Day 39Travel ToothbrushBasic Supplies$8 X 5 = $40
Total = $5900
Survival Day 38Yeacool Portable Shovel MultitoolWeapons$40 X 2 = $80
Total = $5860
Survival Day 37Smart PlugsBlackout Curtains$25 X 4 = $100
Total = $5780
Survival Day 36Solar Water Heater/CollectorTechnology$1000 X 2 = $2000
Total = $5680
Survival Day 35Multi-Tool Screw DriversTools$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $3680
Survival Day 34CLIF BAR - Energy BarsSurvival Food$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $3650
Survival Day 33Over Glasses Ski/Snowboard GogglesSurvival Clothing$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $3550
Survival Day 32Dual Post Grill Fire SpitBasic Supplies$70 X 2 = $140
Total = $3500
Survival Day 31Elk Ridge Fixed Blade MacheteWeapons$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $3360
Survival Day 30Door Stop AlarmsSecurity$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $3260
Survival Day 29SUAOKI Crank Lantern/FlashlightsTechnology$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $3230
Survival Day 2836 Inch Wrecking BarTools$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $3200
Survival Day 27Stanley Classic Vacuum BottleSurvival Food$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $3170
Survival Day 26Watch HatsSurvival Clothing$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $3130
Survival Day 25The Woods White Camouflage Bedding SetBasic Supplies$60
Total = $3100
Survival Day 24Hickory StickWeapons$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $3040
Survival Day 23Spring Loaded Latch PinsSecurity$10 X 10 = $100
Total = $3000
Survival Day 22Rechargeable 520 Lumen Lithium Ion Waterproof LED SpotlightTechnology$40 X 5 = $200
Total = $2900
Survival Day 21Tire ChainsTools$100
Total = $2700
Survival Day 20Emergency 3600 Calorie Food BarsSurvival Food$10 X 8 = $80
Total = $2600
Survival Day 19Winter Camo Bib OverallSurvival Clothing$60 X 2 = $120
Total = $2520
Survival Day 18Bulk Toilette PaperBasic Supplies$50 X 4 = $200
Total = $2400
Survival Day 17CRKT Provoke Kinematic KnifeWeapons$200
Total = $2200
Survival Day 16Personal 130 dB Emergency Protection AlarmsSecurity$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $2000
Survival Day 15Solar Charger 25000mAh With 4 Solar PanelsTechnology$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $1900
Survival Day 14Vehicle Snow ShovelTools$25 X 4 = $100
Total = $1800
Survival Day 13Nature's First Sea Salt BucketSurvival Food$50 X 4 = $200
Total = $1700
Survival Day 12Travel/Camping Utensils Basic Supplies$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $1500
Survival Day 11Carhartt Men's Cold Weather SocksSurvival Clothing$20 X 5 = $100
Total = $1470
Survival Day 10OUTDOOR EDGE ParaClaw Paracord Survival BraceletWeapons$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $1370
Survival Day 9Drop Bar Door BracketsSecurity$40 X 10 = $400
Total = $1330
Survival Day 8Kaito KA500 Crank Emergency RadioTechnology$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $930
Survival Day 7Mechanics Tool SetTools$70 X 2 = $140
Total = $830
Survival Day 630-Day Emergency Food PailsSurvival Food$90 X 4 = $360
Total = $790
Survival Day 5Trooper Ear Flap Bomber HatSurvival Clothing$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $430
Survival Day 4Bumper DumperBasic Supplies$120 X 1 = $120
Total = $400
Survival Day 3Smith & Wesson SWHRT9B 9in High Carbon S.S. Fixed Blade KnifeWeapons$20 X 4 = $80
Total = $280
Survival Day 2RUGCEL WINCH 4.8T Heavy Duty Recovery Winch Snatch BlocksTools$25 X 4 = $100
Total = $200
Survival Day 1Spyderco Tenacious Plain Edge Folding KnifeBasic Supplies$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $100

Van Life – New Versus Used

I can’t stop thinking about my van purchase. I’ve already decided that I will be getting a RAM Promaster, the decision now is to break the bank and get a new vehicle (which comes to $38,750 when configured the way I want it, and that is just for the vehicle.

These are the options I would want. I really like the power switches and the LED light bars, as I think I can easily move the light bars down under my insulation and the switches give me the ability to control lots of different potential add on items.

Option

Price

220-Amp Alternator $295
Remote-Start System $95
Interior Convenience Group $345
Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coted Exterior Paint $200
16-Inch x 6.0-Inch Black Painted Steel Wheels $100
Wide Power Heated Mirrors $195
Passenger Sliding Door with Fixed Window $295
Rear Hinged Doors with Deep Tinted Glass $295
LED Cargo Area Light Bars $285
Driver Swivel Seat $595
Passenger Swivel Seat $595
Rear Heater and A/C Prep Package $145
Rear Window Defroster $195
12-Volt Rear Auxiliary Power Outlet $45
Auxiliary Switches $95
Speed Control $345
Daytime Running Headlamps $50
ParkSense® Rear Park-Assist System $295
2 Additional Key Fobs $125
Total Options $5,310

So it is not that hard to figure out why I can’t decide what to do. A new van will cost me over $44,000 dollars when taxes are added in, and then I still have to invest a large sum of money into converting it into living space. Assuming I’m going to spend at least $15,000 between the interior, batteries, and solar, I’m easily into this for $55,000 to $60,000. Which makes me wonder if just buying a pre built RV makes sense?

Arggg!!!!

But of course I have the used van option right?

They are easily half the price, but don’t even try and find one that has all the options I wanted, and that is really the smallest of my worries. This van is a good example of one of the vehicles I find around this price. They are off lease or traded in from companies that used them, and those 30K plus miles were probably hard miles.

So save a massive amount of money and take a gamble that the foundation of my future travel van is beat to hell or drop some serious cash for a new unit? In which case I think I’m actually back to my original decision between make or buy.

The other very real consideration for me is my back. I’m not sure I have the physical capability anymore to do the work I would need to do, and that scares me more than you could ever know. I can barely walk around the mall these days without ending up in bed the rest of the day. (I do have an MRI scheduled, I just have to get it scheduled. And yes, I am subconsciously putting it off because I’m scared they are going to tell me I need a fusion or some other massive spine surgery.)

Well, I have some time to decide. I’m not planning on buying for at least a few more months, and I’ll keep you posted.

Van Life – Decisions, Decisions

I’ve been watching a few different channels on converting vans into Class B style motorhomes. I’d like to think I’ll be physically able to travel when I cross over into retirement in a decade or two (fingers crossed).

I’d love to buy a fully configured Class B RV, but, well, the ones I like are easily over $100,000:

This Winnebago is amazing. The interior looks like a luxury hotel. I want it, but shy of hitting the lottery there is no way I could ever actually afford it.

So that brings me to the decision to build my own. The up front investment is much smaller, and I can slowly build and upgrade over time.

The next decision point comes down to what van to start with. Once again price is a major factor here. I’d love to build my RV on top of the Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 platform, but try to find even a used one with decent miles and you are looking at a $30,000 to $40,000 starting point. That brings the two real choices down to the Ram Promaster and the Ford Transit.

What I am currently thinking is that I’m going to go with the Ram Promaster. My reasoning comes down to two points. The first is that the Promaster is front wheel drive and drives like a minivan. (I am going to go drive both when I get closer to buy time, so I’m going on what other reviewers have said here.) The second is that the Ram has a larger area across the back, allowing you to put a bed across the back, which leaves a much larger area in the front for living space and kitchenette.

That 73.4 inches across the back means I can put a bed there, and leave the area underneath it open for storage, batteries, water tanks, whatever I want to do with it.