Hamlet's Solar Powered System
We can use either 12V DC or 110V AC in our camper, and our truck has a Dual Input DC to DC Charger (alternator + solar). Very occasionally, we plug into a 110V outlet via shore power, but this is rare for us. We recently did an upgrade to accommodate our growing mobile business and now run our lives on the following RENOGY equipment.
Check out our installation videos to the right:
1957 Sportcraft Travel Trailer (*see below for appliances we use):
Nissan Frontier Truck (specifically to run our 12V refrigerator/freezer):
Previously, we had a more simple system which we used for 8.5 years; it included the following equipment:
*Appliances we run with solar! Camper: LED lighting, ceiling fan, immersion blender, small electric blanket, heating pad, recharge a smartphone, batteries, laptop computers, powerbank, and other small electronic devices; Truck: 12V refrigerator/freezer and portable solar generator (just for some additional back-up power).
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 an immersion blender, which we use to make smoothies, cocktails, pesto, sauces, and soups. Adjusting your expectations and staying flexible will help you stay happy while living mobile with solar! 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 other solar powered road warriors!
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SOLAR POWERED SINCE 2012
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Our goal is to live as simply and as inexpensively as possible as we travel and work across the North American continent. Over the years we have winnowed down our needs to a level that we can comfortably sustain. Adding a solar powered system during our vintage renovation was key to reaching this goal. It frees us from expensive electrical hook up campsites, making reservations, and gas generators. Solar opened the door to boondocking without sacrificing our basic electrical needs. In 2017, we were introduced to RENOGY, an awesome, female-owned, solar company in Ontario, CA and have found that we absolutely love their products.
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