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70° Trips

Hier habe ich zwei Bilder gefunden, mit Routen die einem 70°F das ganze Jahr bescheren.

Sehr interessant, sollte man mal machen.

Quelle: DoItYourselfRV


RV Solar Panel Installation

  • I installed a 100W Solar Panel to Charge our Batteries.

bought the set, including the Panel, Charge Controller and 2 MC4 Connectors on eBay for around $150.

Following instructions on the Internet I put the cable through the fridge vent. That was a good choice.

For cable I bought thick cables at Home Depot.

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I unscrewed the cover of the fridge vents and put the cable through the cover. It was a bit tricky getting the cables through.

The brackets attached to the panel.
I have selected a place at the rear behind the fridge vent, because it has the least wind when I drive and the cable is not so long.

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Here an overview.

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Now the brackets are screwed into the roof. I used a lot of chalk, so that no water can get into the roof (hopefully).

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The white cable is coming from the roof. I had to drill a small hole, so the cable can run into the RV. Everything is covered with a lot of chalk afterwards.

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This is the solar converter. I have installed it in the electric compartment. It is directly wired into the points where the batteries are connected.

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Here are the cables coming through the vent after it’s reattached. The screws are covered in chalk again.

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This is the final installation.

RV in Winter


RV’s don’t have a good insulation. When the temperature gets below 10°C it is getting cold inside too.

Basically there are two sources of heat: your gas furnace and electric heaters. If you stay with a campground on a daily or weekly rent, the electric energy is usually included in your rent. On a monthly base it is not. Which means if you travel around it’s cheaper to use electric energy, if you are staying a longer time it is a good question, use electric or gas energy to run the heating.

With electric heating it is the question, which technology to choose. There are fan based heaters and there are radiators. We have both. I like the radiator when it is not so cold. It gives up even heat and makes no noises. I put it in the bedroom at night and under the dinette table at day, so I am close to the heat. The fan heater comes as a secondary heater when the temperatures drop another 10°C.

From my experience one electric heater can raise the temperature around 5°-10°C, so when it’s -5°C outside you need two heaters to get 15°C inside. Of course it’s worse at night when temperatures drop and the sun cannot help heating the RV.


The Problem in running 2 heaters are the fuses. Our rig has 30amp total and we have two separate 15AMP circuits. If we put one heater on each circuit and let them run with 70% power we are fine. If we want to use a portable water boiler or the coffee maker, than we have to turn of the heater on the connected circuit. Sometimes the fuse blows even if we didn’t use another device. It might be the water heater turning on, so you never can be sure if the fuse blows, especially at night when you sleep. So the furnace should be turned on with a thermostat level low enough so it doesn’t kick on when the electric fans are working, but high enough so it can work as a fall back when the fuse blows at night and you don’t want to freeze in your beds.

To help with the low Amperes of the RV is to check the post of the campground where you connect your power cord. Often the post has another connector for 110V. Here you can hook up one of the heaters, so your rig has the full 30AMPS for usage.

If you have to pay for electricity here are some calculations. When I ran both heaters they used around 100kWh per 24 hours. The price at that campground was 15cent per kWh, so heating would be around $15 per day. I didn’t try, but I would estimate that a propane tank would heat the rig for maybe two days, one filling is around $20. So the price seems to be even between gas and electric.




Installing a Rear View Camera

Installing a Rear View Camera on a 5th Wheel Trailer.

Our F250 has a full size Radio Slot, so we decided to install a Car Stereo with a Screen for a Rear View Camera and hook up a Camera at the Rear of our RV.


Car Stereo $150

Camera $7

Audio Cable 30 Feet $20

Switch $1

Female Cinch $1


I installed the Car Stereo in the original mount in the Dash. The radio was slightly larger than the opening, so I had to cut some of the plastic to get the Radio in.

The stereo plays DVD’s, but only if you connect the cable to ground, it plays when you are driving.

I put the wiring for the camera through the wall into the engine compartment. From there I brought it to the end of the truck.

With the Stereo you cannot turn the Rear view camera on and off, so I had to install a switch in den dashboard, that opens the wire to the camera. Otherwise I would only see the “NO VIDEO SIGNAL” picture.

I unscrewed the Socket for the RV connection and put the cable through it. Then I put the socket back on.


I secured the Camera with Silicon, to avoid drilling holes in the RV

The camera needs 12v. Because I didn’t want to install another wire, I took the power from the lights, so the camera only works when the lights are on.

It‘ saver to drive with light anyway.

I put the Chinch cable under the RV and secured it where the pipes and oher parts are.