The Marriage of Lead and Acid
We wanted to ensure enough electrical capacity for long winter nights, so set out to build a real juice box! The battery box was a Craftsman side truck tool box, with angle iron screwed along the bottom edges for both rigidity and as a trap for the battery straps. Along with this, I installed an external battery disconnect switch and a 300A terminal fuse in case of meltdown.
We padded the bottom of the stock 4 inch cushions of our dinette with an extra inch of stout foam, then covered all in a lively dual fall pattern fabric with vinyl bottoms (important for moisture control). Before, you’d kiss the supporting structure with ass cheeks after sitting for a while. Now, it’s like somebody with great hands is cupping your butt.
I bought an unfinished hardwood laminate plank at Goodwill for $3, and after sanding and finishing with mineral oil , it really shines. Its canted, non-skid legs fit perfectly over sink or stove. I pulled the cheesy cantilever cover off the 3 burner top so the board can sit, providing precious counter space when needed.
Here’s the pantry, chock full of our typical staples, de-lites and small indulgences. Non-skid liner added and the floor of the tall shelf replaced with ½” ply. Added an extra closure on the door and Velcro on the bins to prevent flour bombs and marinara messes from happening. Motion-detect light installed at the top
The Green Grass of Home
We’re carrying two 6x9 sections of Astro-Turf to act as out our perch and putting green. They’re tucked behind the spare tire, held in place by the rain gutter sections that provide both weather resistance and also give support for the blackwater hose when run to the sewer connect. It’s affectionately known as the poop sluice. Note the backup camera below the license plate that’s installed but still needing some troubleshooting.
Done through the addition of 400W of polysilicon panels to the trailer to give us up to 30A solar, trickled through a solar controller into qty 4 6volt golf cart batteries, paired into a 12v supply with 440AH. This, along with the trailer’s larger fresh, grey and black water tanks, gives us the chance to stay unplugged for longer.
The rig was full of Edison plugs (120 volt) but no place to stick a DC device, which can be a pinch if you’re operating on battery power. Now we’ve got 12VDC and USB jacks beside each bed and a central unit with voltage readout under the dinette. Had to put a dot of black paint over the blue LED's to With our 12VDC fans, adapters and appliances, we’re ready to plug and play!
Switched all lamps from incandescent to LED. The harshness of the spectrum seemed a little asylum-ish, so I hit the interior of the luminaires with a Krylon Frosted Glass spray paint. Things are much softer around the edges now. We also exchanged the dim, haunted house incandescent porchlight for a 16 foot LED strip really cast a beam at night. Lastly, I mooded up the bedroom by putting tape over the light.