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Installing LED Marker, Clearance and Porch Light on RV

Do you want to upgrade the external lights on your RV, motorhome, trailer, camper or van? Here is how I replaced 14 incandescent marker clearance lights on my RV with LED lights for under $50. I also replaced my old incandescent porch light with a motion sensor low power LED light for added security while overnight parking and boondocking.
10/08/2017

How to Disconnect the Converter Charger Automatically When Using an Inverter

I’ll show you how I installed a switch to automatically disconnect my RV converter charger when my power inverter is used. Some RVs with built-in inverters do this automatically, but I installed my power inverter myself. Now I am adding my own automatic switching to be just like the big boys.
07/24/2017

Using an Inverter to Generate Off-Grid AC Power

A power inverter generates 120 Volt AC electrical power to run your standard household appliances, fixtures and power outlets while boondocking. Trust me, you're going to want one. This article covers the two main types of inverters available (modified sine and pure sine) and how to choose the right one for your needs.
09/14/2015

Components of a Solar Charging System

These are the basic components of a solar charging system. This is fundamentally the same configuration you would use on a off-grid cabin, tiny house or sailboat.
07/16/2015
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How To Connect Solar Panels

How you connect your solar panels on your RV depends on many things. A common question is whether to connect them in a series or parrallel configuration. In this article I'll share some pros and cons of each setup and demonstrate on my solar panels what happens when you connect them both ways.
07/12/2015

How To Restore Power to your RV When It Goes Out

When the power in your RV suddenly shuts down, you might be wondering "WHAT JUST HAPPENNED?" Follow these steps to get your power back and enjoying your RV.
05/22/2015

Low Power LED Replacement Bulbs

How much more efficient are LED replacement bulbs compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Here is a side by side power comparison. A second video demonstrates the nice bathroom replacement bulbs we chose that put out just the right light.
04/15/2015

Using an Inverter to Provide AC Power When Boondocking

To run AC powered equipment in your RV without shore power, you'll need to run your generator or install a power inverter. I installed a 2000 watt power inverter in my RV which allows me to plug into any outlet in my RV while boondocking. I'll show you how it all works here.
07/06/2014

Smart Power Converter/Charger Upgrade

I upgraded the stock converter/charger in my RV with a smarter multi-phase charger that would prolong my battery life. Older units like mine have a poor charging circuit and it was time to go. Swapping out the old with the new unit was as simple as unscrewing a few screws and moving some wires. In this video I'll show you how to do it.
04/09/2014