Camping in Stealth Mode
Last week I talked a little bit about my camper and how I set it up with a combination of Goal Zero energy with solar as well as a composting toilet. Today I would like to talk in more detail about Goal Zero.
Goal Zero is an advanced battery bank that allows you to plug just about anything to it including toaster, refrigerator, power tools, and just about anything you can imagine. You also have a 12v connector for all those camper items that pull low power. It`s great for emergencies when the power goes out in your home or for powering stuff while working outdoors or camping, but for me, I want to use it in replacement of my camper battery by hooking it directly into my breaker box. I am really looking forward to enjoying the benefits of having power when parked in a Walmart parking lot or roadside wherever I travel.
Most campers have loud generators that help power the camper but are so noisy and draw attention to yourself. I prefer not to have anyone knocking on my door at night telling me to move cause my camper is too noisy. I really rather be stealthy and let my Goal Zero do all the work.
My Goal Zero has Solar hookups so you can add as many panels as you need to keep a continuous stream of energy to maintain a full or near full battery while you`re running everything inside.
The particular battery I have is the YETI 1400 Lithium, the biggest and best one Goal Zero makes. It sips energy and lasts forever it seems. It has a nice lit panel that displays your input and output of energy and also shows other useful information. You can really keep tabs on everything that`s going on with your battery. Just a great device for everyone.
Other cool things you can do to a camper / RV is to remove the heavy water heater with a compact Tankless water heater which heats up water as it runs thru a series of compact pipes and as the water flows thru it heats up to the desired temperature then releases the water in a shower. This will be the next project for my camper in 2018.
It`s always fun to buy a camper whether its old or new and change things around to fit your style or convenience. The sky is the limit. A lot of people that do these customizations tend to add space or turn a booth table into a side desk for example to open up the camper and allow for more livable space to stretch out because nowadays campers are just jammed packed with storage and creature comforts and are so complex trying to compete with competitors that there is no room and you feel so claustrophobic while inside.
Next week I would like to talk about this and some interesting ways of creating more space and how to use color to also aid you in this quest for spaciousness.
See you next week for our next topic!
The Staff at Alpenlore USA