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A Simple Guide to Wiring an Advanced Off-Grid Electrical System


Once I had planned and installed the solar panels and battery in my tiny-home/van, I was prepared to begin wiring everything up. Okay, maybe prepared is an overstatement. I was… eager, then. It was March, and I hoped to take it skiing at least once before the mountains closed. With short days and cold nights, I had a deadline to get the lights shining. In this post, I’ll cover how I...

Planning an Off-the-Grid VanLife Solar Electrical System


In early 2018, my new Ford Transit van had insulation, floors, walls, cabinets, and a bed. I was even able to take it to go skiing one weekend, parking near the mountain and sleeping comfortably through the cold night without heat. One major thing was stopping me from taking it on longer trips though: electricity. Vanlife Electricity Needs Electricity needs will differ wildly from person to...

Installing Solar Panels and a Fan on a Van Roof


With the insulation and plywood walls up, the inside of the van was starting to look good. Before I could move on to the ceiling, though, we needed to do the scariest part: Cut a hole in the roof to install a fan. Layout I purchased a MaxxFan to keep the inside of the van cool in the summer and well-ventilated while cooking. It offers some great options, like the ability to turn on automatically...