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Re: Converting a overnighter to a live aboard.
I'm just going to throw this out there as an idea, I'm not promoting any kind of radical life style, but just presenting this as an idea to consider. You could probably manage without shore power, refrigeration or running water, at least at first to give it a try.
My little bro and his wife hasve lived without electricity at home for, probably a couple of years now. He has a little cabin in the woods in the Cape Breton Highlands. He and his wife both work, so they have internet access at work. They heat water for showering on the stove, a lantern for light and an outhouse, obviously they need a reliable heat source, so they cut their own firewood, but I think that would be less of a concern in Texas. They really enjoy it.
Here are some build ideas.
-Refrigeration. This all comes down to shopping. You can stock foods that don't require it, canned and preserved foods, peanuts, dried beans like lentils, beef jerky, onions, rice, garlic, cucumber, apples, bananas, shelf stable salami, etc. You get the idea. If you are a big meat eater, no big deal, just stop on the way home from work (or whatever your daily activities are) for fresh meat and produce.
-Running water. This one is easy, a couple of reusable 5 gallon jugs and you are off to the races.
-Electricity. You might want something, but it doesn't have to be full on 30 amp shore power. A 12 volt battery and a small solar panel should be adequate to charge your cell phone, stereo and a couple of LED lights. I love kerosene lighting, but I know Texas is hot.
-Cooking is easy. Modern propane systems really should have some electricity assist at least for the solenoid, but propane is not the only fuel source. I find non pressurised alcohol fantastic to cook on. A propane bbq on the rail could work well. There are other options too.
Again, I'm not saying you should do it this way, I'm just brain storming some ideas you could consider trying.