Sunday, December 25, 2016


Huge Solar Panel

10am - Yesterday I received a huge solar panel that was ordered from Amazon. It's not clear what was going on in my head when I bought it?

The were no dimensions in the online description. It just did not dawn on me to question the size!! I had planned on having this panel setup when I boondocked. However, this panel is about 50" long x 36" wide! It would occupy Little Honda's entire storage area. I knew the moment that I first saw it, that I could not keep it.

Right now, this solar panel is loaded into Little Honda for return to Amazon.

PS: It turns out that Scampy's battery stays fully charged without hardly any need for using outside power. When Little Honda is driving, electric power is sent to Scampy's battery.

Yesterday, Scampy's battery had a 1275 to 1300 hydrometer reading in all cells. Can't get better than that!

2pm - Solar panel comments
Two Readers commented on solar panels:

Reader Squire: "Take a look at...Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase."

Reader Dale P: "Mount on little Honda roof. Use a cable which has plugs on both ends?"

Reader Squire's comment started me thinking about different solar panel configurations. Which led me to "flexible/bendable" solar panels.

Reader Dale P's comment got me to thinking about mounting the panel on Little Honda.

What to do?
It seems that a combination of these two comments is the way to go.

The answer:
A flexible/bendable solar panel mounted on Little Honda's roof

Here is the dilemma:
  • Buy a flexible/bendable solar panel now?
  • Wait until the need for solar power develops. Then buy.
It appears that "wait until need develops" is the answer!

5pm - Christmas Supper
Four persons were at the supper celebrating Christmas.

L-R: Mimi, John, Joanne [George taking pic]

Two pics for sharing: 
Don Quijote 
In John & Mimi's lovely garden

Mimi has been saving a gift for me. It is an exquisitely made tiny RV trailer. It is a Christmas tree ornament!

Thank you, Mimi! 😀
RV Trailer Christmas Tree Ornament

8pm - 3rd day "Dances With Wolves"
Little Boid and I are back with Scampy. Little Boid wore himself out socializing with Mimi, John and Joanne. He wore himself mainly because Mimi practiced singing her Christmas songs while Boid sat near Mimi in his cage in the kitchen.

Boid has a love for the sounds of music. And today, that music sound came from his new friend, Mimi.

On returning to Scampy, Boid went beddy-bye right away. The inside of his cage when covered with black fabric, is very dark.

I placed the Wave3 heater a very short distance from my feet. Then began watching "Dances With Wolves." This will be the 3rd day watching this movie which is 3-hours long.

The movie should finish this evening.

PS: "Dances With Wolves" won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1990. Great flick!!

PPS: Click [here] to watch "Dances With Wolves" trailer.



  1. Take a look at...Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase .

    1. Hi Squire,

      Your comment has me now thinking about different configurations of solar panels [ie: flexible solar panels].

      Thank you sooooo much!

      Tioga George


    2. thats what i would do -- those things look really tube has a video

    3. Hi Jenny,

      I'll search for that YouTube video.

      Thank you,
      Tioga George


    4. I agree with the wait and see approach. After 4 years now with 1600 watts

  2. Mount on little Honda roof. Use a cable which has plugs on both ends ?

    1. Hi Dale,

      It NEVER occured to me to mount a solar panel on Little Honda.

      Wow! Great idea! 😎

      Tioga George


  3. George. Have to tell you. Your surprise at receiving such a large panel reminded me of a time when you had the wrong size tire put on Ms. Tioga. RV Sue has her solar panel on the roof of her tow vehicle.
    I think you are probably safe waiting until you see a need for more power.

    1. Hi Rose,

      To make clear to other Readers:
      The dimension of the tires that you are commenting on, was the width not the diameter of the tires.

      You and I are in agreement on, "waiting for need" before buying.

      Thank you for a very interesting comment! 😎

      Tioga George


  4. George,
    With her tiny water and holding tanks, I doubt that Scampy has the staying power to need much more power than the single battery can supply between charges. Why not just buy another battery? A lot cheaper, less electronics, less fragile and easier on the eyes.

    1. Hi W3,

      My experience RVing with Scampy seems to reveal that a Boondock of two weeks length is doable [No showers. Eating with disposable dishes, etc.]

      I appreciate your advice. An additional battery is a viable answer!

      Tioga George


    2. .also, as you've pointed out, the batteries recharge whenever the car engine runs.

    3. H9i again W3,

      Yes, that's right. And I have NOT pushed Scampy's battery by not driving for several consecutive days.

      Until pushing that battery to its limit like that, it will not be clear if a 2nd battery would be needed.

      Installation location of a 2nd deep cycle battery would have to be in the rear storage area of the Honda. Installing that battery isn't doable on Scampy's tongue. Insufficient space.

      Tioga George