Is your battery bad? Did the manufacturer rip you off? Did the dealer rip you off? Are you going to be able to use your RV without being plugged into shore power? Frustrated and maybe even a little bit angry. It’s how you feel when you burn through RV battery with seemingly little effort. Understanding […]
What’s new with Mattie Ross?
It’s that time of year. No, not when we see the orange cones popping up along the highway, although it’s time for that, too. The time of year when I take my T@b, Mattie Ross, for her first annual “well visit” to the nuCamp service center. Austin Jones is used to my annual email with […]
RV Electric in Plain English
Just nod and smile Converters. Inverters. 12v. AC. DC. 110v. Parasitic drain. Shore power. Fuses. Feeling a little lost you pretend you didn’t see the words or that you don’t need to know what they mean. It’s the one thing that can make you feel like you are in over your head with your new […]
Demystifying RV Batteries
Battery life, capacity, voltage, series, parallel, amps, amp hours. You might as well be speaking another language, right? Let’s make it a little more simple for you, right now. What does my RV battery do? Your RV battery powers the 12v appliances and outlet in your trailer. In a T@b 320, that includes: USB and […]
Camp Longer This Year By Knowing These Three Options for Extending Off-Grid Power Capacity
Driveway camping went perfectly and you are ready for your first weekend at that nice little National Forest Service Campground a few hours away from home. You arrive just before dusk and rush to set up your campsite. You quickly cook dinner, running the fan to exhaust food odors and cool the air, while listening […]
Is the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Solar Generator Right for Me?
Maybe the weather turned bad and your solar isn’t generating quite the output needed to recharge your T@b, or maybe you are a gear junkie and you want the peace of mind of being able to recharge all of your electronics without risking draining the house battery in your trailer. In this week’s episode of T@b Talk, I review the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 lithium solar generator and discuss different use cases that might the Yeti a good option for you.
How Much Solar Do I Need?
Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions by new or prospective owners is how much solar they will need to keep their trailer powered while camping without an electric connection. It is a reasonable question, and most of us have pondered it at some point along the way. I have learned a lot about […]
Lessons Learned: Solar and Battery Management
This is the second post in my Lessons Learned series. To read the first post, on planning, follow this link. I have a lot of gear and gadgets. I am techie, an early adopter, a geek….however you might like to put it, that’s me. Plus, work and photography bring tech requirements of their own. Keeping it all charged can […]
Guilty As Charged! RV Battery Use & Management Part II
If you missed part 1, check it out, here! When I first bought my T@b, I looked into solar and people recommended that you know should how much power you will use before you purchase your solar set-up. They were right. The problem was, I had no idea how much I might use. To be […]
Big Data for a Tiny Trailer: Installing a Victron BMV-700
The new 2016 T@bs that are starting to come off of the line now and make their way to new owners have a battery monitor installed by the factory. Kudos to Little Guy and Pleasant Valley for addressing this and helping owners have a better understanding of their battery health. It appears that they are install […]