We have modified our Scamp
to include 10 AC outlets, and 3 DC outlets.
The AC outlets are primarily located for convenience, literally all over the place. It's not that we use a lot of AC but like to have it where we need it. We increased the number of breakers from 2 to 4 to accomodate the additional outlets.
We primarily use the DC outlets for small 100 watt inverters for running things like the TV or Sat dish. One 100 watt inverter easily drives our TV and Sat dish.
We mostly use the 100 watt inverter when dry camping
. We also have a 1200 watt Inverter that allows us to have AC throughout the trailer if we choose. I will say we rarely use the large Inverter.
As to lighting
we have replaced everything except the Scamp
with LEDs. I believe the standard incandescent lamps produce about 120 lumens of decidedly yellow light
. We have replaced ours with white LEDs of about the same lumen output.
Besides lower current draw, the LEDs are more tolerant of lower battery
voltage, generally not changing light
output much as the battery
drops. Some people do not like the bright white LEDs, primarily, I think, because they are use to yellow lights
. For us we find the white light
provides higher contrast when reading.
We do have solar
panels taped to our roof, 80 watts. In general they have been adequate to meet our power needs, not enought to run our electric hot water heater or electric heater but for virtually everything else, lighting
, TV, Sat dish, charging phones, computers, e-books, running the water pump....
We have three ways to charge our battery
, from our converter, from our solar
panels and from our Honda's generator
while driving. We tend to only use the Honda's generator
if we're driving on a particulalry cloudy day, this is activared b a switch on the Honda's dash.
We no longer carry a seperate generator
but do own a very small 1000 watt generator that we bought pre solar
panels for a trip to Labrador. It was more than capable of running the trailer.
We also carry a 100 watt cigarette lighter inverter in the car that we use for charging our cell phones or on occasion our computer while driving.
We were gone for 315 days this year and I amazed how little utilities we use compared to being at home.