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Using an Inverter to Generate Off-Grid AC Power

A power inverter generates 120 Volt AC electrical power to run your standard household appliances, fixtures and power outlets while boondocking. Trust me, you're going to want one. This article covers the two main types of inverters available (modified sine and pure sine) and how to choose the right one for your needs.
09/14/2015

When NOT To Visit Mount Rainier

Neither Melissa nor I had ever been up to Mount Rainier in the few decades we've lived in Western Washington. At last, the day finally came. We headed up for a some great hiking to admire the majestic mountain (volcano actually) up close. But where was it?
08/30/2015
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Choosing The Right Solar Charge Controller

The solar charge controller is the brain of your solar charging system and choosing the right unit is critical. There are several things to consider when selecting the right unit such as solar array output, multi-stage charging, battery type selection, PWM and MPPT. We'll address all of those things and help you make the right decision.
08/25/2015
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How Much Battery Capacity Do You Need?

When preparing your RV for boondocking, it becomes important to have your battery bank adequately sized for your needs. Here are some techniques for calculating your battery power need.
08/11/2015
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Tips for Camping Without Hookups

A successful remote camping (a.k.a. "Boondocking") experience requires some preparation and practice. Here are some tips that experienced boondockers use to get the most out of their camping experience. Learn these tips and you too can have the freedom and confidence to camp anywhere?
07/25/2015

Components of a Solar Charging System

These are the basic components of a solar charging system. This is fundamentally the same configuration you would use on a off-grid cabin, tiny house or sailboat.
07/16/2015
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Maximize Your Waste Water Capacity While Boondocking

Even though your RV's gray water and black waste water tanks are roughly the same size, the gray tank will fill up much quicker than your black water tank (which rarely ever fills up). So while boondocking it is important to monitor the level of your gray water tank. Here is how you can use the full capacity of both your black and gray water tank and extend your stay.
07/15/2015

How To Connect Solar Panels

How you connect your solar panels on your RV depends on many things. A common question is whether to connect them in a series or parrallel configuration. In this article I'll share some pros and cons of each setup and demonstrate on my solar panels what happens when you connect them both ways.
07/12/2015

Camping Along the Columbia River Gorge

My wife and daughter were away for a weekend and instead of staying home doing yardwork I decided to take a boondocking roadtrip along the Columbia River on the Oregon/Washington border. Dams, trails, boondocking, and scenery to boot. Come along on this awesome road trip.
05/30/2015

How To Restore Power to your RV When It Goes Out

When the power in your RV suddenly shuts down, you might be wondering "WHAT JUST HAPPENNED?" Follow these steps to get your power back and enjoying your RV.
05/22/2015

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