ArchiveOctober 2018

A Simple Guide to Wiring an Advanced Off-Grid Electrical System

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Once I had planned and installed the solar panels and battery in my tiny-home/van, I was prepared to begin wiring everything up. Okay, maybe prepared is an overstatement. I was… eager, then. It was March, and I hoped to take it skiing at least once before the mountains closed. With short days and cold nights, I had a deadline to get the lights shining. In this post, I’ll cover how I...

Planning an Off-the-Grid Vanlife Solar Electrical System

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In early 2018, my new Ford Transit van had insulation, floors, walls, cabinets, and a bed. I was even able to take it to go skiing one weekend, parking near the mountain and sleeping comfortably through the cold night without heat. One major thing was stopping me from taking it on longer trips though: electricity. Vanlife Electricity Needs Electricity needs will differ wildly from person to...

Sabbatical: Six Weeks; Three Headlines

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Airbnb offers a “recharge” program for those who have worked at the company for over five years. I just returned from such a six week sabbatical. Here’s how it went. Camping Naturally 🌲 this was the highlight of the trip. I spent the second half driving around campsites in Northern California… from Big Sur / Carmel up to the Humboldt Redwoods. Here are some of my favorite...

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