On the road with Rolling With The Whitneys, there are lots of times when we want to stop fix lunch or just take a break. This is usually at a rest stop or some kind of park along the way. Got to stretch the legs and fill the belly. A man has gotta eat!
None of these places offer or do we find electrical outlets or any kind of electricity. Luckily we have 320 watts of RV solar on our van that allows us the freedom to use solar power to accomplish most of our goals in a rest stop.
Here are the things to know along the way if you plan on using solar power in a rest stop:
Not all rest stops have security - this is an important consideration especially if it is late at night. We travel with children and usually try to not stay and rest stops that do not offer security. There are more secure areas to dry Camp including staying in Walmart parking lot or BLM lands or other types of arrangements.
When we stay in a rest stop for a short period of time to make lunch we often consider what items that we want to cook so we can minimize the amount of power that we will use.
For example, if we were making grilled cheese sandwiches we would probably use our induction cooktop plug it into our inverter charger and use our battery bank. This would be an especially useful choice if we have great weather and a whole day of charging ahead of us.
Solar Tip: Always try to use your heavy loads early in the day. This allows more charge time for your batteries to recover.
Always be very mindful of the nature of a rest stop with people coming an going. Lots of animals can be out and there will often be a lot of activity. We usually keep our kids reading at a table or in their seats while we prepare lunch. Rest stops are great for many reasons like bathrooms and stretching out the old legs, but keep in mind the random comings and goings.