Thank you for the compliment Dave, I really appreciate it. I knew I was going full time in my Arctic Fox about 2 years before I actually did it, and for me that was barely enough time to get ready. And I was still getting ready literally minutes before I had to be at the closing of my house sale. So savor the time Dave savor the time. I plan on spending my summers in Colorado because I can't think of any other place I'd rather be than the mountains of Colorado in the summer, and living there yourself you know what I mean. Always good to hear from you Dave.
Thank you very much Barbara, I remember you. I plan on writing more about solar and how to deal with it because I'm still learning it myself. Right now Boondocking in the deserts I'm in the best place to try to live on sunshine. I cant imagine where you would find more sunshine than the Arizona desert. But this summer I plan on being back in Colorado and even though Colorado is a fairly sunny state a lot of the Boondocking areas are in the National Forests where there are a lot of trees, and trees are the natural enemy of solar panels. So what's working well for me out here in the desert may not work so well in other places, only time will tell.
But one thing I have learned is that I use on average about 100 amps a day. I can use a lot less than that if I need to, some days I will use a little more. I use it to run two laptops, a few LED lights, a little bit to run the refrigerator which is using propane. Charging up camera and cell phone batteries. A small amount of microwave use, and a little bit of TV, very little. The rule of thumb is, if you want your batteries to have a long life you should never use more than half of their capacity. So if I use 100 amps a day I have to have a minimum of a 200 amp battery. But then what do you do the next day if it's raining and your solar panels aren't charging the batteries, now that could be a problem. The solution is more money for more batteries, and more solar panels to keep them charged. It never ends. Any questions you have Barbara feel free to ask.