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! As solar educators and affiliates for this innovative company, we can pass along discounts on Renogy products.
Using our affiliate links, combined with promo code CANLIFE, save 10% off all non-sale Renogy products! This code can be used in the United States, United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Canada, and Australia.
As Solar Educators, we offer FREE coaching 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!
Use this worksheet to calculate your daily total Watt Hours, design, and price out your Renogy off-grid solar powered system.
REGO is an innovative, robust, and nearly foolproof solar powered system complete with remote energy monitoring and smart home automation. All components are wired together with Anderson connectors, making installation a breeze!
We provide an overview of the project and the REGO system that we installed into Erin & Jeremiah's 2021 Forest River "Wolf Pup" Travel Trailer & 2020 Toyota Tacoma truck. This 5 episode series is designed to walk you through the process step by step.
Meet Erin, Jeremiah, & their Forest River "Wolf Pup" from Bend, OR! They are new RV owners, recently moved across the country to their new happy place, and love playing outside. They want to have an off-grid basecamp, so we've been coaching them through a DIY solar panel installation and building out a complete new REGO system!
We spent the day testing the REGO System by running various high wattage household appliances using the 400Ah LFP battery and 3000W Inverter Charger. We were impressed by how well these components performed!
After working with Jeremiah & Erin to install their REGO system, we published this blog to provide important installation considerations and approximate installation times, as well as our product review and score card.
A perfect place to start to get your head around solar power terminology and how to begin sizing your own system.
Installation: We install 2 flexible solar panels and 40A charge controller, then connect it to our 100Ah LFP battery. We also integrate a foldable solar suitcase into the mix.
Installation: Perfect for boondocking and living off the grid! Use a Dual Input DC to DC charger to augment your solar powered system.
Product Review: Seeking an easy, portable, and silent generator that can serve as back-up power during a power outage AND power an RV or off-grid cabin?
Product Review: Bifacial solar panels are new to the solar scene. Check out how Renogy's 220W Bifacial panel performs in real world conditions.
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.
Installation: Need more than one battery to power your life and business? To keep our mobile business powered with solar, we added a second battery to power our laptops, Starlink Roam, and other electronics that we use for work. This step-by-step video will help you safely install LFP batteries in parallel.
Joe Soave, CPA & Happy Solar User
Terminology & Lifestyle Info for Solar Newbies
Battery & System Voltage
DC to DC Chargers
Battery Inverters & Inverter Chargers
Solar System Monitoring
Solar Generators (Home & Portable Options)
All component details listed below. Use our affiliate links and promo code CANLIFE for 10% off.
We run on nearly 100% solar and travel all over the continent! To run our lives and mobile business, we use the following RENOGY equipment.
Check out our step-by-step RV solar installation and product review videos!
Camper: LED lighting, 12V fans, immersion blender, small electric blanket, heating pad, Starlink, laptop computers, and recharge other small electronic devices such as smartphone, power bank, electric shaver, GoPro batteries, speaker, and bike lights.
Truck: 12V ICECO refrigerator/freezer
We also have a portable 300W Power Station that we can charge while driving or via our 100W Foldable 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!