Monday, April 8, 2019

Off Grid at Uretiti DOC Camp

We drove about 1.5 hours north today, finally truly entering Northland, to a DOC (Department of Conservation) campsite positioned just over the dunes from the Pacific.

There's no electricity here. We're taking a deep dive into the capability of our caravan to be functional off the grid. That means using propane for hot water, range, and fridge and 12-volt (battery powered) and solar lights inside.

We had an abbreviated late-day walk on Uretiti beach, extraordinarily broad, especially with the tide out.

Back to all the stuff you take for granted when you plug into a power source:
The caravan has built-in USB charging sockets for phones (something Art asked Jeff to supply, and it's so good to have them) and a solar panel on the roof to charge the main battery. 

In 2015 Art bought an inverter, which takes DC current (battery power) and converts it to AC, which is what computers need. All this certainly puts one in close touch with energy sources. Happily, there's much sun.

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