Solar Powered by:

Our goal is to live as simply, as minimally, and as inexpensively as possible.  This meant winnowing down many of our needs to a level we could sustain.  Adding a solar panel to our trailer meant that we didn’t need to limit ourselves to expensive RV parks with electrical hook ups, or run a noisy generator.  We can park in the space of a traditional tent campsite, which saves us money.  It also means we can boondock and still have some electrical luxuries.  Take a video tourof our solar powered life!

Hamlet's Solar Powered System

Our trailer has two electrical systems:  1) 12V DC and 2) 110V AC shore power.  We run our lives on 99% solar.  When we are parked near an 110V outlet, we can plug in directly using an extension cord.

Each solar powered system consists of 4 components.  We run our lives on the following Renogy equipment:

What we run with solar:

  • LED lighting
  • Recharge a smartphone, batteries, and other small electronics
  • Recharge laptop computers
  • Ceiling fan

Making the Most of Living with Solar

The key to living with a small solar powered system is minimizing what needs electricity.  We make great meals without the normal appliances you'd find in a traditional American kitchen!   Believe it or not, we do not have a microwave, or a TV, and don't miss them at all.  For coffee, we heat water and pour it into a French press,  toast bread on a griddle, make waffles on an Amish waffle iron, and reheat food in a pot/pan on our 2-burner propane stove.  The only electric kitchen appliance we have is a stick blender, which we use to make smoothies, pesto, sauces, and soups. 

Adjusting your expectations and staying flexible will help you stay happy while living mobile with solar.  What happens when we have low solar gain and run out of power for the night?  We use battery operated "puck lights" strategically placed around the camper.  Or, grab some candles and a good book, or just go outside and hang out around the campfire.  

​​No matter what type of RV you have, living with solar is possible.  If you are seeking a larger system, check out our article about these solar powered road warriors!  If you are NEW to solar, these FAQ resources will help guide you.  If you still have questions, feel free to contact us; we'll walk you through it or put you in touch with an engineer.


If we've inspired you to go solar, use discount code "FreedomInACan5" when you place an order from Renogy.  They will love to know we sent you!