News from the homefront

MaryAnn found this beauty in our garage over the weekend. It’s the second time in a week we’ve come across one in our garage.
He’s about four feet long and not happy we are here.
We tried to encourage him to leave the premises but he refused to budge. In fact he got quite belligerent about it. He made it clear that he wasn’t going anywhere!
So he left me no choice. For the safety of MaryAnn and the Traveling Pups I had to physically remove him from this world.

On a brighter note we had some upgrades done on our Tiny house in preparation for our upcoming spring and summer adventures.

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We had the original battery DC inverter/charger, solar monitor, and house batteries replaced.
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Had to make some small modifications to the storage bin in order to make room for the much larger new inverter/charger.
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We had the entire house rewired so that all the outlets inside and outside are DC inverted. We no longer have to be plugged in at an RV park to use the microwave or coffeemaker.
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Had to make some modifications to the battery compartment for the new lithium batteries as well. This is the battery compartment.
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Old AGM batteries on left, new Battle Born Lithium batteries on right.
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Twice as much power for twice the length of time for three times the amount of money.
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These Life Line AGM, maintenance free batteries just couldn’t cut the mustard after two years of use.

We replaced our 1000 watt smart inverter/charger with a Victron 2000 watt smart inverter/charger and rewired the rig so that all outlets inside and outside are now inverted to battery power. We also had to replaced our solar monitor since the original monitor didn’t have a setting for lithium batteries.

We can now run the microwave off the house batteries and charge our Ebikes with the house batteries, and MaryAnn can use her coffeemaker without being plugged into AC shore-power as well. This is huge for us since I had to ban the high voltage coffeemaker from use whenever we were not plugged into AC shore-power at an RV parking lot.

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Southern Arizona sunsets.

We have 400 watts of solar on the roof and a diesel generator underneath our rig. Now we are ready for serious wilderness camping completely unplugged from the world!

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Southern Arizona from our backyard.

In April we are leading a group of 24 people on a 12 day tour of southern Arizona and in May we start a 2-3 month tour of Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Everyone is invited to come along with us on this epic adventure! See you on the Barber Road…

2 thoughts on “News from the homefront”

  1. Yikes & Wow, Lucky MaryAnn to have found those snakes and brave both of you, unfortunately yep best choice for pups….did you do that all those alternations & electrical upgrades yourself? Smart choice to be more independent and still have electricity. Exciting upgrades… keep posting. Where to this spring/summer?

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    1. Thanks for the comment Rossana. No I didn’t do the electrical upgrades myself. I paid an expert to do it all. I did supervise though.
      We are leading a group of 24 RVers on a 12 day/night tour of southern Arizona starting next week.
      Then from middle of May-early August we are touring Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. We will be visiting the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in Wyoming, Glacier National park and several national forest in Montana, and many state parks and national forests in Idaho – just to name a few. There’s a possibility we may add North and South Dakota to the list as well.
      Good to hear from you Rossana, hope all is well for you and your family. Some day we will get to come back to Canada – fingers crossed…

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