Category Archives: VanLife

Jacksonville Beach and Castillo de San Marcos

In this weeks video I want to share with you my trip through Jacksonville and St. Augustine. We take an early morning stroll on Jacksonville beach and watch the wave come in. Then in St, Augustine, we tour Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the united states. Then it is time to head for Miami. I hope you enjoy.

You can find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUZG2dLUuUM

KOA Hell

I really didn’t know what else to call this post or video. This short video is the result of my trip home to Iowa to see my family Memorial Day weekend. This was honestly the worst camping experience I have ever had. You would think reservations and prepaying would mean something, but not at KOA. In addition, the camp manager was MIA and does not return phone calls. This is the link to their website: https://koa.com/campgrounds/waterloo/. Sorry about the rant in this one, but I was pretty mad by the time Saturday night came around.

You can check out my video here: https://youtu.be/Pchb9XZb3DA

Testing today

So last night I upgraded my inverter, a change I had to make due to my refrigerator change. So let me back up a bit. I had a dorm size mini fridge I had bought off Craigslist. The fridge worked fine when I used it in the van, but the compressor never stopped running. It was just really old. So I replaced it with a newer more efficient refrigerator. I choose the BLACK+DECKER BCRK25V Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 2.5 Cubic Ft., VCM – https://amzn.to/2syL6pH. It is running great, but I ran into one problem when I got it. My inverter was under powered to run it. I ordered a new inverter, the Cobra CPI 880 800 Watt 12 Volt DC to 120 Volt AC Power Inverter with 5 Volt USB output – https://amzn.to/2xLws3d. I got a deal on a refurbished one. I last night I had a chance to switch out the inverter, I plugged the fridge in and it ran great. So I shut it down and planned to do some testing today. My house battery bank was at 13.1 volts when I parked here at work this morning. Just took a walk out to van over lunch, the house batteries are now at 13.7 and the fridge is ice cold. Everything is running on the solar panels and a surplus of energy is being produced.

Next round of testing will be to see how long the inverter and fridge and run with now power being supplied by the solar panels.