The electrical system that our 2018 Airstream Sport 22′ camping trailer came from the factory with was pretty basic. It had a single open cell lead-acid battery capable of powering the lights, the furnace blower, water pump, stereo, and a few USB outlets. However, it didn’t come with an inverter, needed to run any AC appliances (microwave, toaster, blender, etc) while off grid. It also came with only a very basic voltage-based battery monitor that doesn’t give much information about how much battery capacity is being used or is remaining. In this post, I’ll describe the first set of electrical system upgrades we’ve installed in the trailer.
Before setting off on our longer RV adventures, we took an airplane trip to New England to visit family and friends. We had a great time catching up with old friends and seeing family, but the trip was also a good reminder of how stressful travel with young kids can be, especially when they are sick.
Today was the last day at my job that I’ve held for 8 years. The decision to quit wasn’t easy– it’s was a great job, working with great people, on problems that make a difference in people’s lives. However, weighing what I am giving up against the opportunity of exploring the country together as a family has made the decision a whole lot easier.