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Boondocking alternative power options   Dry Camping/RVPark Issues

Started 8/16/20 by Smokeydoodle; 240 views.

From: Smokeydoodle


Living on a barrier island can cause you to use your dry camping alternative power in your driveway.  The ECO FLOW R600 Pro devices have arrived are nice, less expensive and can be chained but the Delta 1800 watt power stations are our favorites.  We have occasional power outages in our home so I keep one of the R600 Pros in my office because it can run my 4 computers with monitors and internet mifi device for hours.  If I need power for a longer period I chain the R600s.  They can be recharged by wall outlet, solar ( takes longer) or 12 volt car outlet. The delta stations are heavy duty and can run the microwave, air fryer, electric skillet, etc.  We ordered 2 larger propane tanks in February but they are still on back order.  We have not connected our additional 750 watts of solar panels (which were installed on our roof right after the winter storms) yet,  ECO FLOW has announced new power stations that are ore more powerful and we are waiting for more information on them before we decide what Lithium batteries, inverters etc. or power stations to purchase.  We do use our generator when it is appropriate but sometimes we stay at a family members house and just sleep in our rig because it is so comfortable and both we and our hosts still have privacy.   It is not always convenient to plug into their homes so we have other power options. 

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From: Smokeydoodle


FYI - New very powerful lithium options for Dry Camping and emergencies.  I am pasting data from the ECOFLOW website. I just purchased 3 of these which can be chained to provide 10,800 watt and each one has an Anderson (30watt) port built in.  I have purchased pre production products in 2 prior kickstarter campaigns because I get a much better price.  We have dealt with 2 hurricanes and a winter storm in the past 3 years and  are getting very mindful of the  electrical, propane, diesel and gasoline shortages that come with emergencies.  ECOFLOW is becoming part of our contingency planning.  PS,I don't receive any income or discounts for recommending them, I just find their products very helpful in the motorhome and in our house.

The ECOFLOW advertising text is next.  

 From tailgate power to extreme blackouts that last for days on end, DELTA Pro delivers up to 25kWh of capacity. With that, you're covered for any situation. That's the industry gold standard.

A single DELTA Pro unit packs a 3600W AC output, which can be expanded up to 4500W with X-Boost technology. Power 99.99% heavy-duty devices at home, outdoors, or at work. You can even pair two units together to achieve 7200W.

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Or, for another option, connect two DELTA Pro units together with the Double Voltage Hub* to get 7200W, 240V to power heavy-duty devices. That’s enough power for your electric heaters, dryers, and other heavy-duty devices.

Pre-orders are now available on Kickstarter, and backers are expected to receive their products in late November of this year.

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From: Smokeydoodle


We have been searching for additional propane capacity since January as well as looking for a battery upgrade.  We just located and purchased 2 x 24.5 gal propane tanks and are replacing our old tank. Our mechanic is going to modify the bay next to the original propane tank bay to accommodate the second tank.

Last winter we were  cut off from the mainland by a winter storm and lost running water and ran the heater in the Vesta to avoid any freezing pipes etc..  Our island does not have propane available.  Most of the island also lost electric service but we did not.   The experience gave us a whole new perspective on how valuable our Vesta can be.  Since we keep the Vesta ready to roll for dry camping,  the additional propane and battery capacity are always on tap for emergencies.