More and more RVers are seeking ways to get away from everything, off the grid, boondocking far away from crowds and commercial campgrounds. That's why solar power is such a hot item these days for RVers.
In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast, we talk to Campskunk, our resident fulltimer, who shares his extensive experience with solar power, helping us understand the many benefits of solar and just what it can do for you.
Here are the full shownotes for this week's episode:
First, we handled a series of calls from our podcast audience:
- Alexis has a small leak in her two year old RV that has tiny pinhole in steel part of the sink. We urge her to take to a service center. May be a leak from the drain that beads up on the sink. At any rate, it should be repairable and under warranty.
- Dave asks how much water can we take with us boondocking and how much grey and black water storage we have. We share the answers with our Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL: Fresh water capacity – 33 gallons; Black holding tank 10 gallons and Gray holding tank 21 galllons
- Peter, who is about to be a fulltime RVer. He wanted an RV with a standalone shower. He asks how do you make people work in a Class B with a wet bath. We share our experience.
- Debbie wants to retire early and be a fulltimer. She shares her love of the mountains and the west. She leaves a very encouraging message as she shares her love of the RV lifestyle
- Julie asks how we set up and store our bedding at night, whether we leave it up all day or whether we take it up and down each time. We shared what we use, the RV SuperBag. We like them so much we have a king sized one and two singles. Here's a video Jennifer did a while back about the RV Superbag. If you want more info, contact Maureen Prentiss in the Parts and Service Department at at Leisure Time RV in Winter Garden, FL. We noticed that they sell them when we visited there a few weeks ago.
RV News of the Week
Two stories this week about stolen RVs:
- A Canadian couple has received outstanding support from other RVeres after taking out an advertisement addressed to the thieves who tookl their RV – http://www.highrivertimes.com/2015/04/14/stolen-camper-rv-leads-to-overwhelming-support
- A woman reported her RV with her cat inside was stolen in Kentucky- http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Camper-stolen-in-Leslie-Co-with-cat-inside-299611031.html
Traveling Tech: Apps that let you text and make voice calls free
I share three apps that let you text and make calls with no carrier charges – http://pcmike.com/free-texting-and-voice-calling-apps/
Interview: What you need to know about solar power for your RV
Jennifer and I have been using solar since 2012. But to really dig into the topic, I connected with Roadtreking Reporter and fulltime RVer Campskunk, who has been extensively using solar power in his Class B RV for the past six years. Campskunk was up in the mountains somewhere in the Cibola National Forest near Manzano, New Mexico (the picture to the left of his campsite). We covered just about every question you could ask about solar, including:
- How solar panels work
- How you can be energy independent with solar?
- What to look for in selecting solar panels?
- How many solar panels you need?
- How solar works even on cloudy days
- How solar panels should be installed
- Why flexible, plastic panels that glue to the roof man not be such a good idea
- Can solar panels withstand hail?
- How much does solar cost?
- Is it best to install yourself or have someone else put it in?
- How do you clean and maintain solar panels?
- How Roadtrek is offering a special deal for April 2015 to customers who buy a new unit and want solar. Here's a letter from Roadtrek President Jim Hammill describing it – http://www.roadtrek.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Spring-2015-Message-from-Jim-Hammill-Completed-Version-4.pdf
- A good place to get solar installed on older RVs is amsolar.com
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