Beth Buczynski

Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

by , 01/19/13

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Because they wanted to stay off the beaten path as much as possible, the Dangerz also decided they needed a way to have at least some power even when posted up in remote areas. They installed a Kyocera 135W solar panel on the van’s roof, and use it to power two 12 volt batteries that are stored under the van’s seats. “For the solar controller we went with a Sunsaver Duo, which seems to be the controller of choice with the added bonus of being very affordable and easy to use,” explain the couple. “The handy panel tells us how much energy we are pulling off the sun, how much we are drawing at any given time and how much power we have left to draw.  We also hooked everything up to the starter battery so that we can track its power level and recharge it from the sun as needed.  An isolator ensures that the starter battery wont draw down and leave us stranded simply because we stay up late and leave the lights on like motel 6.”

Want to live vicariously through the Dangerz? You can follow them on Facebook or read more detailed van-remodeling stories on their blog.

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