Beginning the trip toward the northwest–but those drive tires on the truck are looking a bit worn.
Our Open Range has a residential refrigerator.
This is good–we’d planned on being on grid or having our generator available to keep things running for those times we weren’t in transit.
Ice maker, water dispenser, family-sized capacity… All reasons we decided on it rather than a unit with the less power hungry propane Dometic fridge.
Except the last few weeks of off-grid, extended transit periods have had a huge draw on the single G27 battery dedicated to the refrigerator’s inverter. It’s just not taking a full charge anymore.
And the single house battery (also a G27) also seems to have trouble taking a full charge now.
Yes, there’s a generator, but it’s big, not a built-in, doesn’t have a transfer switch, and it’s rather loud and inefficient. Its inconvenience has discouraged us from using it more often to keep things running optimally.
We’ll be looking in the coming weeks at upgrading our battery capacity and also look at some more convenient backup power solutions.
Helpful how to from Ditching Suburbia; How to Use an RV Dumpstation.
But it’s not just good for the high seas–it’s good for your tiny house, your rural/remote house, or even your suburban/urban house.
Being able to fend for yourself and your family, even if it’s just long enough for help to arrive, is part of adulthood.
…has been and gone.
Now it’s time to work our way up to Eastern Washington to spend a few months – some Fall & Winter holidays – with family before we make the long trek to the complete opposite corner of the country by March 1st.