More. Is less. Is More.
With a little bit of breathing room after a 2021 fundraiser, IAMU / HRV was able to consider options for permanent cost reduction ideas and strategies, especially around storage rentals in Nevada and the DC area. One idea had been to find alternative storage spaces or facilities, such as buying a plot of land or finding other groups to share costs with. Each idea seemed to have varying degrees of ongoing or unknown costs or responsibilities. Or risks.
After asking around, a theme camp organizer and collaborator recommended we look into buying a semi trailer, an idea we had dreamed about for some time. We followed up with someone he had bought several trailers from and were told he had a unique option at a good price. It turned out to be an 48' insulated, intermodal dry box on a chassis, originally custom built for Apple, and then later purchased and maintained by J.B. Hunt, a shipping and logistics company. After KJ and Dino reviewed the photos our contact sent along, we rallied IAMU / HRV leadership and quickly closed the deal, which included a couple of moves for us to transfer gear from our storage space, then onto it's new, much less expensive home.
And so was born the IAMU / HRV 'The Anything Box' (a working title for now), a rolling storage and deployment platform we could customize and theoretically ship anywhere in the world.
After the dust settled on this sudden move, the math kept adding up. Greatly reduced monthly costs, far less labor not having to do several runs between storage spaces and Playa, and not having to rent Uhauls anymore. All this meant more time, space, ease and resources for creating. The whole point.
What remains is planning and executing on a mission to Nevada to set up and transfer our storage spaces to The Anything Box and a fundraising push to cover trailer outfitting, transferring our gear out of storage spaces and connect a path from now to the next time our Blackrock cycle begins.
Here's the latest on the Anything Box and other vehicle and projects...