Your Guide to the Best 12 Volt Portable Air Conditioners

portable air conditioner for your car

More and more people are looking for portable air conditioning units for cars, RVs and small homes – especially given the recent summer heatwaves. Unfortunately, if you don’t shop carefully (or fully understand how small air conditioners work), you could wind up with a piece of junk. Whether you’re living out of a vehicle or…

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Puck Locks for a Van: Do I Need Them, and Which Ones?

puck lock for a van

Many van owners – whether contractors, delivery drivers, or someone living in a converted camper van – worry about security when they’re away from their vehicle. Because of this constant worry, many consider investing in a puck lock. After all, if a locksmith can get into most vehicles in a minute or so, couldn’t a…

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Spotlight: InstaPrivy Camping Toilet

As we all know, “doing your business” when living in a van is one of the larger personal concerns that people wonder about when just starting out. We have written about budget camping toilets in the past, but just came across these InstaPrivy commodes and thought we should spread the word. We’ve squatted in the…

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Choosing (and Finding) a Dual Battery Box

double battery box

The purpose of a battery box is prevent the battery from moving, contain any possible leakage (as rare as that may be), and to prevent any foreign objects from coming in contact with the positive terminal. If you have a significant house battery setup and are running two batteries (in series or parallel), you may…

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The Top 3 Campervan Awnings for your Van or Truck

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Whether you have a campervan, pickup truck with a roof rack, or a decked-out 4×4, awnings can expand the footprint of your little mobile adventure mobile by double, offering a cool and shady place to relax outdoors. Not only do campervan awnings protect against the elements and provide a nice shady spot in any stopping…

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Review: The Top 12v 100AH Deep Cycle Battery Options

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First, why choose a 100ah battery? We’ve written before on why a deep cycle battery is the way to go, but what makes a 100ah deep cycle battery a better choice than a 35ah, or 155ah battery? Clearly, the higher amp hours means the larger the energy storage of the battery itself, but it also…

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The 5 Best 12 Volt RV TVs of 2018

RV tvs

Just because you’re living life on the road, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a little comfort time to kick back and watch your favorite shows on TV. Having a 12 Volt TV for your RV or camper makes it possible to enjoy the same relaxing entertainment no matter where you are. In addition, having…

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How to Choose the Best 12V Cooler for your Van (if you must)

thermoelectric coolers for the car

As the most popular recreational activity in the United States, it’s no surprise that many RV owners spend days on end in their vehicles, and therefore, need a place to keep their food. Most RVs are equipped with 3-way refrigerators, which can run off of 12V, 240V, or even propane gas. These 12V fridges are…

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What’s the Best 12V Battery Available?

best 12v Battery for camper vans

Choosing a Deep Cycle 12V Battery Designed to provide long term, consistent current, a deep cycle 12V battery is composed of thicker plates that are solid, not sponge, for deeper, repetitive discharging down to 20% of their maximum charge. Typically, these batteries will have two to three times the reserve capacity of a normal car…

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What is a AGM Battery?

All about AGM Batteries You’ve probably read all sorts of advice on how to set up your 12V battery system in your van. Whether you’re setting up a solar-powered battery system, or charging it using your van’s alternator and an isolator– you’ll want a good battery that holds a charge. You’ll also want one that’s…

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