Electrical Redesign – More Battery

As of the last revision of my camper’s electrical system, I had two battery banks with the ability to charge both and switch between them as needed. Under normal use, the AGM battery bank would barely last one night, and only if it were fully charged late in the afternoon. To balance the utilization betweenContinue reading “Electrical Redesign – More Battery”

IoT – Dumb Camper gets Smart(er)

I’ve made progress on the information screen that I want to incorporate into the camper. As hinted at in the message bus post, I’m using a 7″ Nextion display and an ESP32 to create a touch screen interface into the temperature and electrical data that I’ve been gathering on the camper and uploading to theContinue reading “IoT – Dumb Camper gets Smart(er)”

Swamp Tour II – Summary

We got back to Minnesota (and cold weather) last week. Smooth trip, no issues. Spent quite a few nights in Louisiana State Parks, hit a handful of wildlife refuges, and visited family in Houston. We covered the same general area as “Swamp Tour I“, but skewed towards the east just a bit. This trip startedContinue reading “Swamp Tour II – Summary”

Every Camper needs a Message Bus 😀

It’s been months since my last post. Life happens – and when it does, travel and blog posts get deprioritized. Not for long though – we’re getting ready for another road trip. In the meantime, I’ve been messing around with a couple of technology-related projects. The first is a new version of my refrigerator fanContinue reading “Every Camper needs a Message Bus 😀”

Nerd Post – Controlling Refrigerator Fans with a Microcontroller

No travel on this post. Just nerd stuff. 🙂 We’ve been mucking around with the refrigerator since the campervan was new. Coachmen didn’t vent the fridge properly and issued a service bulletin to correct the venting. My glorious dealer claimed to have fixed the issue. I discovered that not only did the dealer do aContinue reading “Nerd Post – Controlling Refrigerator Fans with a Microcontroller”