This page lists a few products that look interesting, useful and unique to me — products I’d never seen before and thought when I first saw them “what a clever idea”.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Bret converted a gasoline powered VW van to an electrically powered camper. The van includes a sort of pop top in which the tilt up roof is made from four 305 watt PV panels. The tilt up top provides for more efficient PV charging and provides a large sleeping area.
Amazingly, the total cost of the project (including the used VW) was only $25,510. A planned phase II will go to Lithium batteries that will increase range significantly.
The website for the van is Solar Electric VW Bus
There is a very detailed article in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Home Power magzine. This article also describes a 1400 mile trip in the van with the whole family of four.
Zodi makes some very simple products for getting a hot shower with no electricity or running water.
One of them uses what looks like a one of the pressurized can garden sprayers to hold the water and pressurize it. The heater is basically a propane canister powered cook stove and a 6 ft rubber hose delivers the pressurized water to a shower head. Takes about 10 minutes to warm up the water for a shower.
Another version is basically a compact version of a instantaneous (tankless) water heater. The heat source is a propane canister and a 12 volt pump is used to pump water through the tankless heater for a shower with no wait.
They also offer shower tents and other accessories.
Gary December 2015