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Technology


Technology

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Technology


Technology

Disclosure: All the products listed here are paid for with our earned money. No one gave us anything to review & market back to you. Additionally this is generally David's domain, Margaret will inject her thoughts which will be noted as such.

Morningstar Charge Controller

Renogy Solar Panels

This was probably one of the more difficult choices! There are so many solar panel options out there, which one is best? And is there even a "best"? It is true, American or German panels are better, but at a price. Sadly the multi-panel setup we wanted was very expensive. I didn't want huge, but 100w was required. And I wanted to be able to place the panels where the sun was, so I need a "stand" of sorts. 

Sunnsaver MPPT is only 15-amps but our Teardrop is tiny, and we are not running a upright fridge, A/C, blenders and hairdryers. This was the smallest MPPT controller I could find for the right price. 


GOALZERO

Ok, let's be honest. GoalZero has some great marketing. You also pay extra for this as well as their "cool" packaging. AND I have to say for a "green" company, they sure do have excessive amounts of packaging. That said, I did want a small panel to charge AA/AAA batteries. They have a cool system which combines a Guide 10 Recharger and a Nomad 7 panel. I have several AC chargers for AA/AAA batteries, but I was impressed this units ability to trickle just enough extra juice into my batteries that can't be achieved with my standard chargers.

 

 


iPad Pro, iPhone & Software/Apps

GaiaGPS

Western Digital My Passport Wireless

All Stays Camp & RV

Ultimate Campground

Chimani National Parks

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Equipment


Equipment

Equipment


Equipment

 Roof Racks Without a doubt the GOBI Stealth Rack one of the most important tools on the Jeep. It holds wood, spare fuel, Pelican cases, MaxTrax and a great platform for taking pictures! You name it, it's been up here and we couldn't have managed our journey without it! Our rack on Teardrop was custom made for use by Oregon Trail'R and it too is an invaluable tool.

NATO Style Jerry Cans Wavian are the best Jerry cans money can buy. Yes I love Rotopax, but we wanted at least 10g/40l of fuel as a backup (we've needed it a few times) and the two cans plus our great Front Runner mount is perfect for our needs.

Water Storage Water storage is still not 100% sad to say. We ordered three of the new Water Pak online, but they sent us Aqua Pak which quite frankly aren't awesome. (FYI we did not order directly but from a retailer) The spout isn't always facing the correct way when tight and the air vent isn't a screw cap, but a plug that has, more than once, not been correctly seated causing water to leak. This may or may not be our fault (wink, wink) but I would like to see a better seal on these containers. For what it's worth, we use about 2 g/7.5l per day of clean potable water and we carry about 8-10g/30-38l when we dry camp 3-5 days.

LED Lighting All our lighting was installed personally, good or bad. Rigid Industries, along with Baja Designs and a few others are the best in the industry. They cost more, because they put out more light AT DISTANCE. This is something some people can't seem to grasp. You can get cheap lights that have a ridiculously high lumen rating, but can't throw that light very far. So you get what you pay for and lighting isn't something I want to cheap-out on.

sPOD There are hundreds of options when it comes to wiring up your "off-road" lights, but I wanted simple and clean. The sPOD is it, hands down.

Farm/Hi-Lift Jack Probably the single most important tool for off-road/overlanding is the Hi-Lift jack. It's also seriously dangerous....

Recover Tracks There are a number of options out there, but we chose MAXTRAX because they just don't break. Yes, they cost more, but you'll probably never buy replacements either!

Rock Guards/Mud Flaps So you want to tow something behind your vehicle and you don't want it to get destroyed with all the rocks and debris flying all over the place, right? So you get the one purpose build, trusted name.... Rock Tamer. Personally, they are ugly. And I can't say they keep the mud off Teardrop. But they do work and we have no visible damage to Teardrop after nearly 10,000 miles.

Kitchen This will be getting it's own page since it is such a huge and personal space. Suffice it to say, Lodge Skillet, Camp (Dutch) Oven and Combo Cooker are a staple in our galley kitchen.

Outdoor Storage Everyone is different and there are some amazing hard cases out there, but Pelican has a great reputation. But best of all I got a great deal (free) on our two large cases and they are awesome. 

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Clothing


What We Wear

Clothing


What We Wear

Patagonia women's sidesend pants 

Patagonia women's sidesend pants