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 Solar Basics
I was clueless. I didn’t even know my dealer battery would only give me a few hours of power, so forget about solar. I didn’t want to learn more. Surely other people could just tell me what I needed to get and that would be all. That was me when I brought home my first […]
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 […]
Solar for Long Term Boondocking
As technology changes, it seems inevitable that my power set-up will change. I put off analyzing my power needs and understanding solar and batteries like people put off going to the dentist. It took me 2 years to really determine what kind of set-up I needed for solar in order to sustain long-term boondocking. I […]
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 […]
Guilty as Charged! RV Battery Use & Management
The T@b is the first RV many of us ever own. I thought I would pass along a few things I wish I had known, from day 1, about battery life and maintenance. These are things dealers should educate new RV owners about, but most often do not. I am hoping some of our battery […]