Posts in Sustainability
The Art Of Solar Parking

Solar panels have to be aimed at the sun to work. I’m serious. They really do. When they are bolted to a vehicle, that doesn’t change...but the location and orientation of the rig certainly does! Combine that with the fact that the sun itself follows a varying path through the sky, depending on time of year and latitude, and you have a lot of variables to consider if your rig relies on solar for power. So where – and how – you park your RV has a big impact on how happy you’ll be with your solar panels’ performance.

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Where To Recycle On The Road

I have to admit, recycling on the road is a pain in the butt. This is a common complaint we’ve heard from everyone who lives on the road: where can we go to recycle? This post will share how we find recycling centers - an attempt to make recycling on the road just a tad bit easier for you.

 

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The Spectre Of Phantom Loads

If you start reading about off-grid electricity or RV boondocking, you’ll come across mention of phantom loads pretty quickly. A phantom load is something that draws power but isn’t doing anything useful for you directly (and might be keeping itself secret, just to piss you off). Reading about these, they sound like a major obstacle to off-grid living, but our personal experience has shown that these loads are manageable once you understand them.

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Solar Panel Shading Experiment

If you have magic rectangles on your roof that turn sunlight into electricity, you probably want to make sure they get plenty of sun. You probably would go out of your way to make sure nothing else on your roof is casting shadows on them, right? But that’s pretty hard, on an RV roof. There’s not much space, and lots of other things up there to cast shadows. So what about little shadows? Exactly how much do you need to freak out about shading on your solar panels?

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When Was The Last Time You Showered?

Back home I showered daily. Ok, sometimes I'd skip a day if I was lazy or just hadn't sweated enough. But there wasn't ever a need to keep track because I showered whenever I wanted to. I didn't have to think about whether there was enough water or enough electricity to shower. Since in living the Toaster, I don't always get to shower when I want to.

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Our RV's Limiting Factors: Water

Our Toaster, with its ability to be off-grid and use minimal fossil fuel, may sound like a perfect rig to some...and a nightmare to others. For us it's literally a dream come true. But as with all dreams that become a reality, it's not perfect. (We still adore you, Toaster!) In a four part series, I'm going to go over the downsides to our RV that prevent it from being perfect, along with potential solutions. This post will talk about water, with the batteries, size and heating posts to follow.

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