Ep. 242: Big Solar Upgrade! | RV travel camping boondocking

Avatar admin | February 16, 2022

We're now full-time RVers who use a lot of energy. Because we work full-time from the RV we're running multiple computers, VOIP phones and more, all of which are energy hogs. And because it's our home, many evenings we prefer to just sit and unwind on the couch in front of the television.

On our recent visit to Quartzsite we found that while boondocking we were losing 5-10% battery state of charge per day, especially now that we have Starlink which draws 35 to 40 watts by itself. We want to get back to 100% battery state of charge most afternoons so that our energy supply while boondocking is basically unlimited. We therefore wanted to increase our battery capacity, but with our daily loss we'd also have to increase our solar array even more to close that daily deficit.

Join us as we share our expansion to 1200 watts of solar on the roof of our RV, and 400 Ah of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries to turn our Grand Adventure fifth wheel into an electricity generating substation!

Filmed: February 7-14, 2022


  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:53 Our previous solar & lithium installation
  • 1:26 The "why" behind our upgrade
  • 2:17 What we're upgrading
  • 6:07 Where to find everything
  • 6:28 An important disclaimer
  • 6:56 Wrap-up


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