Zamp 140-Watt Portable Solar Panel Kit w/ Integrated Charge Controller & Carrying Case
The Zamp 140-Watt Portable Solar Panel Kit has been a great addition to our power set-up for our 38ft Grand Design 312bhts travel trailer. Weather you have traditional lead acid batteries, AGM’s, or even lithium batteries, you will need a way to keep them charged. Sure, you can use a generator, those work just fine, but if you are looking for a light weight, portable, and quiet form of recharging your batteries, then you may want to look at a solar suitcase option. You are in luck, we have already done some research for you.
About Zamp 140-Watt Portable Solar Panel Kit
This Zamp 140-watt Portable Solar Panel Kit has a built-in integrated 10-amp digital charge controller which protects your battery and lets you monitor your power. It weighs 39.7 pounds and the dimensions are 32.4 x 21.5 x 3.1 inches. It is hand crafted in the United States, comes with a 25-year output warranty, and they boast the best-in-class solar cells. There is no installation required and includes everything you need. It charges most 12-volt batteries as well as lithium. This kit is compatible with Zamp Solar Ready RV ports and comes with both SAE plug and alligator clips to connect. The total suitcase includes a 140-watt foldable panel, 10-amp charge controller, tough nylon carrying case, and a 15-foot cable to give some flexibility.
We have owned and used our Zamp 140-watt solar panel for about a year. It has provided us with the flexibility to camp longer and go to more remote places. It has allowed us to park our rig in the shade in order to help keep the inside cool while being able to move the solar panel out in the sun. The durability and build quality is five star quality in our book. We love knowing that we have a 25 hear out-put warranty to back up the performance as well. It is fairly light weight and has a really nice and high quality nylon suitcase that helps to protect the panels when not being used. Overall, we have been more than happy with the Zamp 140-watt portable solar panel kit with a built-in charge controller and would recommend it to anyone.
Predator 3500 Super Quiet Inverter Generator
If you are looking to camp a little more off-grid, then you will need to think about your power source. There are really cool things being done with solar panels and battery banks, but if you camp mostly on weekends or want to save money on a big solar install, then a good generator will work perfectly. Generators are a great way to bring power to your camping experience. The best part about the Predator 3500 is how quiet it actually is.
About the Predator 3500 Generator
This generator weighs 99.2 lbs. and the dimensions are 22.7 x 17.3 x 20 inches. It fits perfectly under the bed cover of our truck. The engine is a 4 stroke and can put out up to 3500 watts of power. The advanced inverter technology produces more power and has a low fuel consumption. You can run this generator for up to 11 hours at a 25% load. This powerful inverter generator is super quiet as well. The output is 57 dB which makes it ideal for a campsite. It is parallel capable and comes with a 30 amp adapter.
We have used this generator for well over a year now with our 50 amp travel trailer (with a 30 amp dog bone). It is a bit heavy, but the power capabilities and the quietness makes up for the weight. We have been able to dry-camp for weeks at a time with the Predator 3500. We have been able to use our instant pot, hair dryers, microwave, and even power our Green Mountain Grill Smoker. It has an easy on/off switch as well as wheel locks to help with stability. The heavy duty build and strong handles make it easy to lift and maneuver. You are definitely getting a lot for your money and we would absolutely purchase it again. The only thing we would do different is get the extended warranty for extra protection.
GREEN MOUNTAIN GRILL "DAVY CROCKETT" PORTABLE GRILL/SMOKER
If you are looking for a great portable grill/smoker for either an RV, tailgating or just to have at home, the Green Mountain Grill “Davy Crockett” portable Grill/Smoker is perfect. It’s no secret that we LOVE to grill, so when we came across this product, we jumped right on it. We have used ours for about a year now and still love it. We smoke meats, grill and bake on this thing. It is an all in one and we have put a lot of miles on ours.
About the Green Mountain Davy Crockett Grill/Smoker
This portable grill/smoker weighs 57 lbs. and folds up to fit in a trunk, in a truck-bed, or RV storage compartment. The dimensions are 31.75” H x 34” W x 23” D (with legs extended), or 20.5” H x 27.75” W x 17.5” D (legs closed). It has a built-in Wifi Smart Control so you can monitor your grill from your couch or on-the-go. Just set the meat temp, stick the probe in and monitor it from your phone using the GMG App. The temperature range is 150 degrees to 550 degrees with 5 degree increment control. Another great feature is that it comes with 110v or 12v with adapters for 3 power options.
Before we started fulltime RVing, we had a big smoker at our house that we used regularly. It was part of our lifestyle. When it came time to sell it, that was a tough pill to swallow. When we discovered that Green Mountain Grill makes a portable and compact grill/smoker, we were so excited. It felt like bringing a part of “home” with us on the road. We have cooked long smoked pork butts, racks of ribs, tri-tips, burgers, chicken…you name it, we’ve grilled or smoked it. The versatility of how you can power it has also come in handy, being that we like to camp off-grid. Over-all, we have been extremely satisfied with the GMG Davy Crockett Grill/Smoker and recommend it to anyone looking for a well-built portable unit.
*we have 2 of the screens and the door open plus a breeze to allow it to vent when we have our propane fire inside. Use at your own risk.
About the Quick-Set Pavilion by CLAM
This 150 x 150 x 94 inch Quick-Set Pavilion Shelter by CLAM is 110 sq. ft. of EXTRA space. Weather you are a part-time or full-time RVer, this tent is the perfect accessory to expand your camping experience.
The 6-sided mesh screens and full enclosure are great for keeping bugs at bay and allow a cool breeze to flow freely. For more privacy or on cold days, you can roll down the built-in wind panels and continue enjoying the pavilion with comfort. You can even fit a standard picnic table inside to enjoy meals, cooking, or just sit around in camp chairs without the worry of bugs.
Easy and Quick Setup
Not only is this CLAM Shelter convenient, but it sets up quick and easy. Within 45 seconds, with no assembly required, you can use this Pavilion right out of the box. Just lay the shelter flat, pop out the 5 panels, push the roof up and you are ready to go. Tie-downs are included for those breezy days. When you are done, stow it away in the included oversized bag to keep it protected.
We have nothing but good things to say about this product. As fulltime RVers, any extra space we can create to expand our experience is huge. We have used it for a space to work, homeschool the kids, entertain, and enjoy the outdoors with the comfort of no-bugs. Our only note to make is the length of the shelter when it is packed away. We have a short bed on our truck and the length of the shelter is just over 6 ½ feet in the bag. This means that we have to pack it away going diagonal in the bed of the truck. A standard bed or longer would be no issue at all. Overall, we recommend this Quick-Set Pavilion Shelter by CLAM for any type of RVer. The model we have is #9882.
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