haha i know all about the "stuff" people own...i am in the self storage business and if it taught me anything is that less is more...you wouldnt believe what people store...for example, an old washer and dryer in a 5x10 for $120+ per month!
the stored them for almost 4 years. eventually, they stopped paying so we held an auction. when we opened the unit i couldnt stop laughing. sheesh.
ive been giving lots of thought to freezing temps...it makes me wonder about the holding tanks. easy to drive around the cold but i dont mind cold myself. so the idea of moving because its freezing outside hasnt really formed a sense of urgency in my head except when i think of freezing tanks and lines. im not sure how far enclosing them underneath the bus and insulating would get me. ive installed pipe heaters (heating wire type) for people before and it is a perfect solution but for the electrical draw. another thing that would need to be added to the pv calc.
despite having lots of toys and gadgets im pretty old school. ive got 1 tv in the living room, thats it. i have craploads of computers all over the place. its what i do for spare $. but ive no problem using one or the other. its what i do now. good point though because i can see a tv being left on while surfing the net. total waste. im starting to prepare for life with a laptop only, as opposed to an htpc, main, spare and server lol. its all doable given hd technology and ssd. ive started migrating all of my files off of my server onto a simple large cap hd in an external enclosure in anticipation of eliminating the server. the others will soon follow.
sounds like if i practice water conservation to a degree slightly more strict than yours i might stretch a 100 gal tank to a month? washing clothes is something i hate myself. really going to have spend time researching that one. drying outside is a no brainer. i suppose if i shower every other day and wear my clothes in there it might solve it hahah
to reduce or eliminate phantom power ill be able to switch everything off when not in use...surge protectors are a good idea. i was thinking of a switch in each wallplate. doesnt give me surge protection though...unless the inverter can handle that. or an inline device that does it at the panel.
that brings me to another question...if i connect to shore power, dont i need to change the ground? the bus 120v system will be grounded to the chassis but the shore power needs to be grounded as well. can the inverters that automatically switch from pv to shore to gen handle this?
the a/c is going to be a challenge. no doubt. im going to try and do whatever i can to reduce its need. paint, insulation, air flow & venting. vehicle color. where i live, when its hot, its ridiculous due to humidity. i feel as though if spend the majority of my time in nevada, new mexico, arizona etc the heat can be really brutal but at least dry. also, im more worried about keeping the bus cool so that food/devices/finish etc wont deteriorate too fast. i can create outdoor living space with shade and just deal with the heat. i doubt ill be inside too much during the day. night time should be cooler which is good for sleeping.
i can picture, given all of this, running the a/c very little. but its all a guess at this point. ill have to experience it. if things get really monstrous and i just need to cool off, ill fire up the gen.
i appreciate your input on all of this smitty. got some good ideas and food for thought. i cant wait to get started. its killing me just being able to plan for now. i suppose the next thing ill do is inventory all of my devices and get a usage spreadsheet. im expecting that to be a real shocker
oh..how the heck do you guys tell if your tanks are full/empty or whatever? how do you know to fill the water tank if you cant see it and i think the question is even more pertinent regarding the black water tank
are there sending units? sight gauges? guess? crawl under bus?