Solar Power & Date Night – Weekend Progress

By Kyle & Olivia Brady | Founders of Drivin' & Vibin' | We use affiliate links and may receive a small commission on purchases.

This weekend we got to test out the campers A/C as David and Kyle began working on the interior wiring. It was a relief to know we can sleep comfortably on warm nights and I’m sure the boys felt it was a nice reprieve from working in the smothering Alabama heat and humidity.

We are so grateful for David, our camper renovation expert, who will be finishing up the installation of our solar power system this week. Its a modest setup but should exceed our needs – We’ve listed the specs below:

  • 2 – 100 Watt Monocrystalline Renogy Solar Panels
  • 20 Amp MMPT Renogy Charge Controller
  • 1 – 12v 200AH AGM Mighty Max Battery
  • 1 – 1500W Pure Sine Wave Inverter

The solar system will be used to power our LED lights, computers, and other small devices, allowing us to stay connected when we boondock on public land. It’s really important to us that we have the freedom to forgo electrical hook-ups to enjoy the natural world and its wide open spaces.


We ran into some design flaws while painting the exterior and ended up learning some things about the proper preparation needed for a smooth even foundation and reconsidered our color choice. It has become more time consuming than originally anticipated, but we feel confident the final result will be worth the learning curve.

We even had an impromptu date night!

We managed to get a Saturday night off and scored tickets to see Taj Mahal & John Hiatt at Mobile’s Saenger Theatre. Before the show, we stopped by Mediterranean Sandwich Co. for the most amazing hummus and pitas around and then grabbed a coffee at Serda’s as we made our way to the theatre to find our seats. It was an awesome performance and the perfect way to say goodbye to the great port of Mobile.


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