OMG! My last post was October 22nd. Today is November 19th. Somewhere, I read that one of the “rules” of blogging is that a blogger must write EVERYDAY. Well, if that’s the case, I’m a rule violator BIG TIME. But, it’s not my fault your honor. It is that damn peskie DIY motorhome solar project. It has taken FAR more time than I thought it would. So much so that it’s starting to interfere with all the OTHER unfinished projects that are begging for my attention.
The good news is that I believe I am doing a pretty good job and I am learning a lot about the whole solar-on-a-RV process and installation. The internet is a wonderful thing. WAY beyond ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA. 🙂 The bad news, which really isn’t bad news, is that I’m learning SO MUCH. Learning takes time. It’s slower than DOING.
But a certain amount of DOING has been accomplished. But I’m both a perfectionist AND an impatient person. These two traits DO NOT play well together. Nevertheless, the motorhome has four (4) solar panels mounted WITH fully functional tilt brackets AND everything has been caulked/sealed. Also, we have removed our low mileage/low hours virtually new 6.5KW Genset that never ran more than 15 minutes at a time because it “sucks” as a generator. We have converted our Genset compartment to a solar power distribution center. Work progresses, but a lot has been done. A cabinet for the Morningstar TS-60 MPPT charge controller, racks for the four GC2 golf cart batteries, a metal floor for the cabinet, back boards, etc. In the meantime, although I originally had intended NOT to have a combiner box on the roof, I’ve since changed my mind. So, I’m designing a DIY rooftop box as this is being written. I have also ordered a Midnite Solar “Baby Box” to house circuit breakers.
In the midst of all this, we managed a road trip down to Joshua Tree N.P. to check things out for future day hiking trips. It is so close to where we live that we intend to use the Park as a means of getting in hiking shape. Since we don’t have any, we have been looking online at Camelbak hydration day packs, as well as “treking” poles. We will be making purchases soon.
That’s it for now. Happy Trails!