Oh I wish I were a little ‘o’ solar panel,
Cuz in the sun is where I want to be;
And if I were a sun absorbing solar panel,
Everyone would be in love with me.
And now, The Rest of the Story . . .
Upon returning from Quartzsite, all my time and energy was focused on completing my Solar Array of Power! For the next several days my friends and I worked from morning till well into the night to finish up the solar system and office / work space in the minivan. Well, after fighting against 2 months of cold windy weather, limited daylight and several uncooperative components we finally completed everything.
I give you the Solar Array of Power and Minivan Office Conversion!
|Grania with her "Sun Hat" on! |
You can barely tell there are solar panels up there and I can't even tell the panels are on the roof when I drive.
We also upgraded the tearbaby to a 12 volt system with new outlets and an umbilical to the Mother Ship’s Command Center to bring the power to the trailer. The umbilical will reach to the back of the trailer where the plug is, so I don't even have to unhitch if just stopping overnight. We still have it set so I can plug into 110 shore power should I need to.
|Teardrop Command Center|
As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I chose a minivan so that I could use it as an office / workspace. Since I have to have a way to earn a living on the road, I needed space where I could work and store supplies. My original set-up wasn’t working, so after much thought about how I needed that space to function, I decided some sort of platform would be best. My friend and I tried several different layouts, but this one fit my needs best. I had just planned to make something quick, simple and inexpensive, but she designed and built this gorgeous “work of art” instead, with a control center which houses three 12 volt outlets, 2 USB outlets, switches to turn the outlets on and off as well as switches for lights under the platform and on the van ceiling. I also wanted the platform to double as a bed for long trips when I don’t want to take the time to set up the trailer (yep, another short bed!). Plus we turned the front passenger seat around to face backwards for my office chair. I can set up my folding table to work on or use the seat as a “reclining theater chair” for movie night – which I have already tested and it was great! No popcorn or Rasinets though – Bummer. The whole van make-over is amazing! I am still trying to get it organized, but am loving it.
|Office Workstation / Bed platform with "Control Center" of outlets and switches.|
The kindness and generosity of my friends overwhelms me. I don’t know if they will ever grasp the impact they have made on my life. I have worked to become a full-time road warrior for the past 2 ½ years and have had dreams for my own businesses for just as long. But once I got out here, I realized that I wouldn’t be successful with my business plans without power for lights and charging my computer. They have made it possible for me to make my dreams reality. What a tremendous gift.