Well I finally finished our solar panel setup after months of baby steps! When we last left off in Part I, the solar panels were on the roof but nothing else was set up. Well it turns out that although installing the panels was the most nerve wracking (because we drilled holes in the van) the rest of the install was tricky and required a lot of figure checking and slow steps towards the end goal – working power in the van!
Solar power is pretty amazing, especially on the road. The idea that you could have energy generated anywhere? Pretty cool. So when we heard that Kevin’s dad had been gifted a 400 watt solar array from a friend we got very excited. The van is very comfy in general but being able to use basic cooking appliances and recharge our laptops will push it that one extra step into palatial (for a van).
So while we were in Las Vegas for a month, we installed one of the panels! It’s a common theme that we come by resources second hand and have to figure out how to work with what we have rather than buying preset kits or ideal configurations of equipment. So this blog post is for the DIYer that wants to know the nitty gritty of solar installs from the perspective of a total electrical layperson.