We’re working on a solar system for waterfall so we can be off the grid. Eric came out with me today to install the larger batteries. We had to relocate them since there wasn’t room where the old one was. He brought out the soldering iron to make sure they last.
The batteries are installed and the power is on and working. We’ll have to come back another day and get the solar panels complete… Somebody forgot to bring drill bits 🙁
Solar power has become our thing. We have it on our house, and now we’re getting ready to add it to Waterfall. I used the expertise of my coworker, Eric Ent, who just put a similar system in at his parent’s house. We have a 400 watt Renogy system.
Initially I wanted to put the on the roof, but I realized quickly that I could never get it clean enough and I was afraid it would not hold my weight no matter what advice I was given about it. So we decided to build a rack attached to the ground. Back to holes and concrete
A few screws sticking out on the end that goes in the hole. This should help it hold in the concrete!
It may not look like much, but this frame will hold 4 solar panels.
It wouldn’t be work if we didn’t mix in a little fun. Here are some silly shots of Corvin demonstrating how deep the holes are.
We ran out of time and material to finish putting up the solar panels, but here is where they will go.
So I mentioned previously that our shelter fell. We found a nice 5th wheel RV that we are going to make a permanent fixture on our property. In order to make it permanent, we needed to start with a concrete pad for it to sit on. This will help keep it from settling out. We started with detailed drawings of the dimensions so we would know where to put the pads.
The previous weekend, the whole family was out at Waterfall digging holes, placing forms, mixing and pouring concrete. It was such hard work, that we didn’t take any photos. There is nothing like mixing over 1,000 pounds of concrete by hand in a bucket and pouring it to make you too tired to take photos. In addition to all of the concrete, we cut out a ton of brush and trimmed a tree. I knew that if the guy driving the delivery truck didn’t like the conditions, they would just turn around and I wasn’t having any of that.
It took many tries of back and forth before the delivery guy got the camper placed 95% of where we wanted it. From there, we put down the supports and disconnected it. This is the permanent home as its not ever moving again. We have nothing to move it with and as time goes on, it’ll be more obvious that the camper is a landmark!
We didn’t take long to enjoy it before heading back to work for the day, but I did manage to take out a light bulb to figure out what size it was. Since we’ll be off the grid, I want to get more efficient LED bulbs to save power!
I know I’m cheating time a bit, but here are some photos after it was a bit more setup.
After the shelter fell, we took a few days to think what our next plan was. We decided to look into a RV trailer. After lots of looking and research, we ended up buying this 5th wheel.
Buying it was the easy part. But we then had to take numerous measurements to figure out how it was going to fit on our property. This one is a 5th Wheel, and we have nothing to pull it with and no plans to ever buy a truck that large. Now we had about 2 weeks to get out to Waterfall and pour concrete pads to support this monster. Cause once it gets delivered, its never moving!
We made a trip out to Waterfall as we had not been there in over a month. There were mixed emotions as we pulled up to our shelter being knocked down.
I had mixed emotions about the shelter being knocked down. I wasn’t sure how we were ever going to make it stable. There were many things about the design I learned after messing it up and constructing it. One of the neighbors came over to tell us that 50mph winds came up the hill and knocked it right over. Its better that it fell down before we had any more effort into it. Here are some more photos of what the wind did to our creation.
We didn’t have any tools when we were out. So Corvin and I went out the next day to disassemble all of the wood and stack it up. Its a lot of money invested in the lumber and we vowed to find another use for it at Waterfall.