Our goal is to live as simply and as inexpensively as possible as we travel and work across the North American continent, and over the years we have winnowed down our needs to what we can comfortably sustain. During our vintage renovation, we added a very basic solar power system to help us reach this goal, freeing us from expensive electrical hook-up campsites, restrictive reservations, and gas generators. RV solar panels opened the door to boondocking without sacrificing our basic electrical needs.
In 2017, we were introduced to RENOGY, an awesome, female-owned, solar power company in Ontario, CA. We upgraded our system with their high quality products which makes living off the grid fun and easy!
Our links below, combined with promo code CANLIFE, will get you 10% off all non-sale Renogy products! This code can be used in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
As Solar Educators, we offer FREE consultation services to anyone who wants to DIY -- just let us know how we can help you with your questions about living off the grid and solar power installation!
Joe Soave, CPA & Happy Solar User
A perfect place to start to get your head around solar power terminology and how to begin sizing your own system.
Simple strategies for living off the grid and stretching your solar power savings account so you can keep your system small and affordable.
Perfect for boondocking and living off the grid! Use a Dual Input DC to DC charger to augment your solar powered system.
Not certain if you want to tackle your own solar power project? This DIY video will help you evaluate if you are ready to install your own RV solar panels, or if you should hire a professional.
Check out how our 2021 solar power system upgrade held up after the first 3 months and 3000 miles across the country.
We can use either 12V DC or 110V AC in our camper, and our truck has a Dual Input DC to DC Charger (alternator + solar power). To run our lives and mobile business, we use the following RENOGY equipment.
Check out our RV solar installation videos for step-by-step instructions to begin living off the grid!
Camper: LED lighting, ceiling fan, immersion blender, small electric blanket, heating pad, recharge a smartphone, batteries, laptop computers, powerbank, and other small electronic devices such as GoPro batteries, speaker, and bike lights.
Truck: 12V ICECO refrigerator/freezer
We also have a portable Phoenix 300W Power Station that we can charge while driving or via our 100W Eclipse Solar Suitcase. We use it when we need some power when we are away from Hamlet and it serves as some emergency back-up power on those rare occasions when we just don't have enough sun.
Join us on the road to hear about our solar powered adventures, upcoming events, full time RV living tips, as well as our favorite RV resources and outdoor gear!