I went shopping a few days ago and purchased tools and a few items from Harbor Freight.
One of the things that caught my attention about the Harbor Freight 100 Watt Solar kit is that the panels work under cloudy conditions. That’s perfect for Washington’s weather.
Here are the items I purchased:
I got these panels on sale for $149. The regular price is $189.
I purchased the brief case because I wanted a light weight solution when I’m not in the van. It will also charge my van battery by plugging into my lighter.
I used this to keep the van batteries charged while I worked on the van. The doors were opened and closed for hours and I didn’t want to kill my battery.
I purchased two (2) of these solar batteries. The great thing about these is they do not let off gas, which means they are safe inside the van.
I had an old inverter given to me by a friend back in 2005 when my family and I made a road trip moving from Michigan back to Washington State.
My goal is to mount the Solar panels on top of the van. But before I did that, I needed to hook up the electrical for the water pump.
First I ordered a pump from Amazon. So I visited HomeDepot and Amazon for some parts. Here is what I purchased.
Water Pump from Hell
I learned my lesson about the types of pumps to buy. The first pump I purchased was quiet, but every time I need fresh water I had to figure out how to prime the line. Any air in the line will stop the flow of water. I couldn’t image getting up in the morning fighting to prime this thing.
I settled for a pump from Harbor Freight. It’s loud, but I get the water flow I need.
The right taste
When I connected the pump I purchased a regular water hose and a water filter. Big mistake. RV’s use a white house specially designed for drinking water. The regular water hose taste like “water hose” even with the filter connected.
From Walmart’s camping section I purchased two (2) 7 Gallon water jugs.
Then handles from HomeDepot. I put these on each side to make it easier to carry.
Here are early shots of the front and back.
My first design; had the batteries and inverter close to the kitchen. The propane was held in place with a bungee cord. The current design, (later article) the battery and inverter is stored under the van.
I’ve made changes to this setup and will discuss it in the next post.