Gallery: Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a...

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
 
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."

Little known fact: in 2010 my partner and I got rid of almost everything we owned, loaded the rest up into a 26′ RV, and set off across American in search of adventure. In retrospect, we weren’t really prepared for life on the road, and about four months later we were ready to return to civilization. The first of many bad decisions was the idea to travel in such a big vehicle. Twenty-six feet might not seem like much, but when it’s your only mode of transportation and gas is $3.50 a gallon, moving becomes painful. Our slapstick scheme pales in comparison to the brilliant journey of “the Dangerz“, however.

First off, no their last name isn’t really Danger. Apparently friends started the moniker as a joke, but it eventually stuck, and for two people willing to trade a home and jobs for the inside of a VW van, it’s kind of appropriate! They officially hit the road in July 2012, but they journey began long before that. In order to live (somewhat) comfortably on the road, the camper, dubbed ‘E’, had to be completely refurbished.

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  1. francis.s.juan.1 June 17, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Very cool and classic micro-bus project. Too bad the propulsion isn’t solar powered. Those old air cooled VW engines weren’t the cleanest.

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