When last we left off, we had just purchased our new home and had plans to install solar and a composting toilet to get us set up for being completely off grid (boondocking) before our departure date of June 29th (now June 30th). Well, we are very happy to say we accomplished both these goals! Our wonderful friends (who will be going full time themselves next month in a vintage Avion!!) came over and helped Mark get it done in ONE DAY! Yep, solar AND composting toilet complete. There were a few things that had to be tidied up in the days following that Mark took care of, but the majority of hard work was completed in just a few hours. And in 100 degree heat, no less. Needless to say, we bought them a really nice dinner at our favorite place – May River Grill!
When we installed the composting toilet (Nature’s Head on Amazon) , we had to add a piece of wood to give it a little lift on the floor to get above the hole to the black tank. No big deal for a master carpenter like our friend Doug! He had that thing measured and cut out in no time flat!
Next the guys had to cut the hole in the floor of the RV to install the venting tube. They did that with no trouble and it looks great (didn’t get a photo of that.. boo)! I will need to stain the wood piece the toilet is on but that is the last of my worries for the moment! 🙂 Here is the toilet installed:
As of this writing, we are pleased to say that the toilet works like a dream! NO SMELL and it’s very low maintenance! If you are curious about what a composting does and how it works, be sure to check out Gone With The Wynn’s video on it. They do a great job of explaining it!
Also, we will be taking their advice and will be combining our grey and black tanks to extend our boondocking adventures! This great video of theirs explains how they do it in a very simple and easy manner! Check it out:
Our solar install was pretty simple as we had previously installed solar on our Georgie Boy. We removed the solar and batteries when we traded it in and just moved it to our new rig. We have 4 – 100 watt – solar panels (Renogy Solar on Amazon) with 400 AH of AGM batteries.
Our batteries we installed in our storage bin pass through. Mark used some 2×4’s as brackets to hold them in place. The GoPower! 1500 watt Pure Sine Wave inverter (Go Power on Amazon) was installed close by with the battery monitor being installed in the closet of our bedroom. All neat and concealed!
The solar panels were mounted on the roof (picture coming soon) with plenty of room to add more if needed! We are using the Renogy tilt brackets and they are nice and sturdy for securing them to the roof. Dicor sealant makes sure they won’t go anywhere.
When we purchased our new rig we had a list about a mile long of everything that we wanted to get done before we departed for our trip. I am so glad to say that list is nearly complete! Just a few more things. It does look like our trip might be delayed by one day but that is no big deal in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes plans are set in jello and you just got to go with the flow!
So where are we headed, you ask? We are off to IDAHO! Why Idaho? Well, my (Shelly)’s mom lives there and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen her. Then it’s off to Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho and Montana (possibly – again, jello plans) until it’s time to head to New Mexico for the Balloon Fiesta in October!
We will be pulling out of here on June 30th and making our way via South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah and then finally… Idaho! Whew! 2500 miles. We plan to take about 7 days (or more) to do the trip. Hopefully all goes well! I will be posting along as we go so it could get interesting. 🙂 Stay tuned and thanks for dropping by!
Shelly & Mark ~ Boondock or Bust!