1) Running out of gas just sucks: I now operate under the assumption that the Tank doesn't have a 26 gallon fuel tank, instead I assume it has a 13 gallon tank. Having foolishly run the Tank out of gas (and come perilously close in some really remote locations) I start the gas hunt when the Tank's needle hits the 1/2 mark. This has a secondary advantage of allowing me to drive by stations with outrageously high prices. Gas Buddy is a really useful app for locating the lowest local prices.
2) Nobody ever complains about having too much solar: Early readers of the blog know that I originally started out with a single solar panel. I fairly quickly added a second 100 watt panel and that's the current solar configuration charging the Tank's battery pack. Having now camped during winter months where, even out west, the Sun never gets too high in the sky I probably would go back in time and recommend to "2 years ago me" something approaching 400 watts, either two 190 watt panels or four 100 watt panels.
|I think I could have squeezed 2 more on the roof with a little planning.|
4) West is the best: For boondocking at least. There is so vastly much more BLM and US Forestry land in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado than all the rest of the lower 48 combined it isn't funny. You can, generally, camp for free for up to 14 days on some of the most beautiful land in the US if it's BLM or US Forestry administered. Go West young man.
|I never did find out what was in that cave.|
|My daughter where we camped in Colorado.|
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