Yep, the GDB is now sporting a 95-watt solar panel. This panel is the largest my limited roof space would allow but should be plenty for my limited power needs.
Life should be easier now without worrying about playing the stereo or the silly stuff - like running the furnace at night when it’s 40-degrees out.
When I first started traveling in the GDB, I drove many miles just about every day so keeping the coach batteries charged was not an issue. But I’m boondocking more and more. Having to move away from camp every day to run the generator for an hour to keep the batteries charged finally got old.
Now, in addition to the significant power boost courtesy of Mother Nature, I won’t have so much generator maintenance.
Brian, who spends his winters at Q, installed the system. He was the lead solar technician at Solar Discount here in town for years so I knew I was in good hands. He came out to the RTR for an assessment and did the install a couple of days later at his camp.
Brian was recommended by full-time blogger Me And My Dog. He’s a great guy – honest, thorough, and charges reasonable rates. In fact, as I was writing this post he called to make sure all is well.
Brian worked hard all afternoon while I spent some quality time with Sasha, the wiener dog. We lazed in the sun together and, at one point, she fell asleep with her head on my shoulder. Her sweet loving nature reminds me a lot of Doris.
Brian does any sort of RV-related maintenance work as well.
Almost as exciting as the solar hook-up is the ease with which I can now check the voltage. Accessing the battery terminals was made difficult by the stubborn slide-out tray that houses the 2 heavy AGM batteries. So Brian connected a couple of cable extensions insuring that I can now use the voltmeter with minimal effort.
I’m certain the paradigm shift to solar will really enhance this part-time vagabond life of mine.
BTW, here is Brian’s business card: