I finally had a chance to install the solar system on the Vegfalia. It consists of a 60 Watt solar panel that is mounted over the rarely-used luggage rack on a homemade, tiltable rack. Running the cable through the roof, under the headliner, down the wall and behind the stove/wall panel, I mounted the Sunforce charge controller on the outside of the hanging closet. This worked well to charge the dual Optima 50 amp-hour batteries that are in an enclosure in the closet. On it’s inaugural voyage for two nights of fossil-fuel free camping in Big Basin State Park North of Santa Cruz, we traveled 397 miles on veggie oil and biodiesel, had plenty of power for our lights, phone charging, and the iPad. We were also able to spend a few hours introducing Orion to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
The Vegfalia Gets Solar Power!9 06 2011