Why Our Solar Stats Aren't Perfect

On our Currently page we let you know where we are and we track a variety of statistics such as: days on the road, days of paid camping, days we’ve been plugged in, etc.

If you’ve ever looked at the page, you may wonder, “Ching and Jerud talk a lot about being 100% solar powered, but the number of days they’ve been plugged in is really high!”

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Electrical System Design – Part 1: Solar (Updated May 2018)

As a mechanical engineer, most of the Toaster’s systems were straightforward for me to learn about, design, and build.  The structure, interior, and plumbing are similar to residential home construction, and required (mostly) common materials and tools.  But the electrical work was a major challenge.  I know the basics of electricity, but have never really liked working with it – it’s hard for me to trust things I can’t see…

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White Sands National Monument Hiking & Backpacking Tips

The dunes at White Sands National Monument aren’t formidable. They don’t cause a quick gasp of breath the way Great Sand Dunes National Park do. At around 60 feet tall, the sand dunes at White Sands are hundreds of feet shorter than the Great Sand Dunes. Walking out on the white sand brings the laid-back feeling of a beach trip whereas the sheer size of the Great Sand Dunes before you feel more like an outdoor adventure.

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Speleothems Of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Photos can't capture what it feels like to stand hundreds of feet underground looking at the most implausible things you’ve probably ever seen in real life. Put Carlsbad Caverns National Park on your list of parks to visit!

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Coco Pith vs. Peat Moss: Which Is More Sustainable To Use In Composting Toilets?

We figured since coco pith is made from the outer husk of coconuts, something that’s otherwise just thrown away, it was the more sustainable than peat moss. At the same time, we heard whispers about how peatlands were being overly harvested. So out of habit and because we thought we already understood the situation, we kept on buying coco pith. But it turns out we may have been wrong all along.

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Where To Responsibly Empty Your Composting Toilet

Is it time to empty out your composting toilet and you’re not quite sure what to do with the pee and poop in there? You’ve probably heard/read a lot of conflicting information about where you can and can’t empty your toilet. Let's clear things up!

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Travel Guide To Bagan

With over 2,200 temples to visit in just a few days, a visit to Bagan can quickly get overwhelming. Here's my travel guide and tips to make your trip smooth and seamless.

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Temple-Hopping In Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan’s existence today seems to straddle two worlds: The spectacular ancient capital it once was and a dusty town heavily dependent on tourism. But its beauty draws travelers from around the world and Myanmar.

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Places To Visit In Mandalay, Myanmar: Part 1

Mandalay is the second largest city and the last royal capital in Myanmar. We spent two days visiting temples and historic sites in and around the city.

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When Staying At Walmart Ends Up In Chains

I’ve never been a fan of Walmart. Since we’ve moved into the Toaster, I’ve tolerated the company. And that’s only because a lot of their stores allow RV overnight parking, which we take advantage of. But an incident that happened back in early April has left me with a strong distaste for Walmart.

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