Since today is my 3 month anniversary of going full-time I thought this be a good time to take stock of what's going right and what's not.
What's Going Right
1--The solar panels are working great, I've had some cloudy days but they still charged up the batteries by lunch. It's too early to say that there working perfectly, I'll need a couple of back to back rainy days to determine that, but as long as I can park facing North they seem to be working really well.
2-- My propane radiant heater by HearthRite has exceeded my expectations. And even though we've had some pretty chilly weather, chilly for the desert that is, its keeping in the Arctic Fox comfortable. Since it doesn't use electricity it's probably one of the main reasons why my solar panels are able to keep up so easily. I'm still counting the days of my propane usage and I haven't had a tank run out yet so I don't know how I'm doing with that so far. All in all my HearthRite radiant heater is definitely boondork approved.
3-- I really enjoy making videos about driving to Boondocking spots. It gives me things to think about, it gives me things to research on the Internet, it allows me to learn about Boondocking spots for my own use in the future, and it gives me something to look forward to when I get to a new location because for me scouting for Boondocking spots is fun.
4-- I'm hopeful that I have finally bought a data program from Verizon that is semi-affordable, and offers enough data so I don't run out before the month is over. I took advantage of the 18 GB for $100 plan, and I'm also keeping up with Verizon's offers of free data that they do every now and then. These free data offers are usually for a limited time, but they are free. Right now I'm using several gigs of free data that doesn't expire until March. But these deals are only offered up for a short period of time so you have to pay attention.
5-- I'm getting better at staying boondocked. Tonight will tie my 16 day Boondocking record that I set last month, and I'm not planning on leaving here until January 28. And I've still got drinking water, my holding tanks aren't overflowing, and my batteries are fully charged.
That's the main things that I can think of, tomorrow I will write about the things that still need work.
I moved to a new location today, I'm still at Scaddan Wash in Quartzsite I just moved farther away from the highway. In my last location I was about 200 yards away from Interstate 10 and now I'm about three quarters of a mile away from Interstate 10, and there is a world of difference. This can be a lesson for you Boondocking grasshoppers, the farther you get from the main road the less boondockers there will be. You don't have to drive to some far off wilderness down 10 miles of jeep trail to be at least somewhat alone. At the busiest time in Quartzsite's Boondocking season you can still get away from 99% of the other people just by driving a little farther off the main road. Here is an example.
Scaddan Wash 200 yards from Interstate 10 January 23
Scaddan WashThree quarters of a mile from Interstate 10 January 23