Nissan has been working on a solution (ROAM) to recycle used electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Batteries that are cycled beyond their usable life span for vehicles.
Nissan has developed a device called a “Roam”. A cube made up of lithium-ion battery cells. Cells that have been pulled from Nissan electric vehicles.
A “Roam” can store up to 700Wh of energy, offering 1kW worth of output.
When the “Roam” is combined with a 400W Solar panel it can provide ample power to most RV type trailers. Enough to provide enough power for a week without being recharged.
The “Roam” could be charged in approximately one hour when plugged into a suitable power outlet.
While this is still a concept, not in production, it shows possibilities for recycling EV batteries that may not still be suitable to power a vehicle. But still usable for other purposes. Thus extending their usable life.
For more information, do a internet search on Nissan Roam, or Nissan x OPUS.
Have you ever been camped next to someone that left their campsite for the day and their detector keeps going off on periodic intervals? The audible alarm is hard to ignore. Sometimes this is a Carbon Monoxide problem. Other times it may be low voltage.
If it is your rig, attend to it immediately. If it is a fellow campers rig make sure they aren’t in it unconscious, and/or notify a ranger or camp host immediately.
In the article at the link below we focus on choices you might want to consider. Especially before you buy a major component, cut holes, frame things in, or run wiring.
We had priorities to enable long term “boondocking” or “lot squatting” for extended periods. Perpetually in fact, without firing up a noisy generator.
We had additional concerns since we camp in desert terrain. The Southwest section of the USA. Where air temperatures can exceed 100°F for days on end. Even continuing throughout the entire night. It is not uncommon to have the interiors of closed up vehicles exceed 150°F.
We wanted to power ours off Solar and Battery. We can state we have succeeded, and have been successfully refrigerating and freezing our food for numerous years. Off solar and 2 relatively inexpensive marine deep cycle batteries.
We are prepping the trailer and tow vehicle to head out soon. We attend an annual Teardrop & Vintage Trailer Rally. This rally goes on every December at Buckskin Mountain SP. Near Parker, Arizona. Right on the banks of the Colorado River.
The campground usually sells out for this event….normally a year in advance. There is a ton of eye candy in the form of Vintage Trailers, and Vintage Vehicles. Mix in some Dutch Oven Cooking, serious “Glampers”, sites and trailers decorated for Christmas, and lots of socializing by like minded people. You can see why this event is so popular.
Be sure to watch for our follow-up post/article and some of the many photos we will more than likely take [December 2018].
A step by step guide to one method for installing windows that don’t leak!
Are you wanting to install your own windows! Afraid to start hacking into the skin of your new pristine trailer? It can be done without cutting any reinforcing ribs. This is a no welding necessary method.
Link to full article on Installing Windows without cutting reinforcing ribs.