American motorhome manufacturer, Winnebago, has revealed its highly-anticipated electric RV prototype, the eRV2, in response to the changing community expectations for sustainable forms of road travel.
A fully-operational prototype of its all-electric, zero-emission RV was revealed at the Florida RV SuperShow in January 2023.
The motorhome is built on a Ford E-Transit chassis, and is powered by a proprietary IonBlade lithium house battery, which has more than 15,000 usable watt-hours.
We recently converted our road bikes to e-Bikes, installing a Swytch conversion kit – a hub motor and lightweight battery. We can still ride the bikes as ‘regular’ pedal bikes, but have the option to flick a switch to fire up the battery for that long climb.
Most importantly, we have only added 3.5kg to each bike, so that they can still be carried on our rear door-mounted rack, without exceeding the rack load limit.
Don’t have a Campervan, but still want to glamp-up your campsite with a fridge, and a 12V power supply?
A portable fridge is a great piece of camping kit for weekends away in the back of a van or in a tent – but you do need a reliable 12V power supply, not only to run the fridge, but also to hookup lights, and for charging phones and other devices.
Affordable portable fridges are now widely available, and it is pretty straightforward to setup a portable power supply, using a 12V deep-cycle battery fitted in a powered Battery Box – then just plug in a portable fridge, and even hook up a solar panel to recharge the battery for longer off-grid excursions.
A low-power inverter is also an option to provide a 230V outlet for charging drone and camera batteries or a laptop.
Or, if you have a slightly larger budget, a Portable Power Station is a one-stop-package that does it all!
A cold fridge is at the heart of every modern campsite, and a reliable (and sustainable) 12V power supply is critical in keeping that fridge cold, along with supplying electrical energy for lighting, cooking, device recharging and water pumping.
There are 4 important factors in maintaining your 12V energy supply:
Not so long ago people were happy running their basic camping kit from a 12V battery or an LPG bottle. Inverters were clunky old boxes that were used by those working away from a mains power source, firing up the angle grinder to repair the hinge on the gate in the bottom paddock.
Fast forward to the present, and inverter technology has improved to the point where these devices are well and truly accepted in the ‘mainstream’. It seems that every Campervan, Mobilehome or Caravan is equipped with a sleek high-power inverter used to run modern domestic appliances from their 12V battery. Continue reading “Do you need an Inverter?”
Have you noticed that your Campervan’s hot water isn’t quite so hot when you setup camp off-grid in the high country?
The efficiency of Propane-fuelled heating appliances decreases at altitudes above 600 metres (2000 ft). In our experience, our LPG-heated hot water becomes noticeably less hot once we are camped at altitudes above 800 metres. When camped at Jindabyne, for example, at 900 metres, our hot water is warm rather than hot.
This battery monitor is one of the most useful pieces of kit that I have installed in our van. No more guessing how much current is being consumed by appliances, or how much current might be being recharged to the batteries, or the batteries’ state of charge. This monitor makes all that info available at the touch of a button.