Upgrading Rosie to go off-grid

In the 20 years that Rosie has been on the road, there world has changed somewhat and she needed some upgrading to allow us go off-grid (wild camp or stay in places other than a campsite).

 

Bike Racks

The downside to having a motor home as opposed to a caravan is that if you need to drive somewhere then your whole house has to come with you. This isn’t a major issue when you are free camping but on the occasions that we’re stopped for a while it becomes a bit tedious to have collapse everything down and unplug.

The bikes give us the freedom to venture into town, head to the supermarket or just go out for a longer explore without it taking hours or costing a fortune on public transport.

Solar Panels

We started with a 120W MTTR solar panel but that got damaged in high winds and so we replaced it with an 80W MTTR combined with a separate 85W leisure battery. So far we’ve never exhausted the capacity of the leisure battery.  That said, we only use the leisure battery to power the lights, the laptop. Our heating and fridge run off gas.

Reversing Camera

After a few close shaves, the final straw was when someone came round the corner and managed to miss a 3.2T motorhome reversing and hit us. We got a wireless one from Amazon which Doug spent Boxing Day afternoon fitting and it’s a godsend. It makes reversing and even driving so much easier as we can now see what’s behind us.

Satellite Navigation App

We have found out that Google Maps and a motorhome don’t mix on one too many occasion. So we’ve upgraded our Sat Nav to Co-Pilot which has a feature whereby we can put in the dimensions of the vehicle. Touch wood a week in we have no complaints. Even when we’ve thought it’s a bit tight we’ve had 30cm either side to spare as opposed to the 3cm either side in Evora. 

Motion-Sensor Alarm

As Rosie didn’t come with an alarm, we fitted a simple wireless alarm which we picked up from a hardware store for 15 Euros. Whilst not absolutely necessary, it’s piece of mind and hopefully will alert people if someone does try and break in.

Issy’s Room

For the price of a shower curtain rail and some cheap curtains we have created Issy her own bedroom complete with bed and separate table and chairs. She often shuts herself away in this little oasis playing on her tablet or with her beloved Lego.

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