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Old 10-13-2018, 03:43 PM   #1
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Hi I'm Kevin (Casita owner) and this is Siena the off grid van conversion.
Unicell makes these beautiful bodies, this one is a 2012 and when you wax it, it looks brand new.

What I'm going for here is something all-electric, freezeproof, and off grid. The Inergy Kodiak makes the wiring pretty simple. You can't even tell there is 800 watts of solar on top.

It seems to be a huge market mainly for millenials trying to save on rent through Urban Stealth Camping. There is no dedicated shower, but the idea is to join a health club for $30/month and shower there.

More photos at https://www.outdoorsy.com/rv-rental/..._93541-listing

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all electric heat and offgrid don't work real well. when its cold, its rarely sunny, and heat requires a LOT of juice.
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Hummm, 800 watts of solar on the roof is meaningless since it doesn't power anything. It's about batteries and charging. How many and what kind of batteries and where are you storing them? Where I live there are far too many gray days to go all electric and expect to be comfortable.


Interesting idea to see where this goes...
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Could you live full time in the city with just a porta potty?
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Inergy Kodiak.... its a 90AH (1100WH) liion battery pack with integrated controller and inverter.... that costs $1500. yeouch.

that would get you 1 whole hour of 1000 watt heat (which is the typical portable electric heater on LOW). then you need to wait for 3-4 hours of direct sunshine before you can get another 1 hour of heat.

oh yeah.
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:14 PM   #6
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Heat can be done with a diesel fueled heater or of course propane. There is also the option for putting in a small wood stove. Those tiny wood stoves being used in caravans are more common in Europe as they have a varied choice in tiny woodstoves which sell for use in the canal boats. But the USA market also have a few different model of tiny woodstoves.



I myself have a diesel fueled heater that is also a cooktop. The diesel heaters have exhuast to the exterior and they remove humidity from the interior when they operate. I did not need to put propane lines into my remodel scheme. But I do have a portable, one burner butane, camp stove that I can use for quick water heat up or for taking outdoors on hot days.
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Heat can be done with a diesel fueled heater or of course propane. There is also the option for putting in a small wood stove. Those tiny wood stoves being used in caravans are more common in Europe as they have a varied choice in tiny woodstoves which sell for use in the canal boats. But the USA market also have a few different model of tiny woodstoves.
All kinds of ways/methods to heat or cook, but other than silent, you'll no longer be 'stealthy' and that was the OPs point.
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:05 AM   #8
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Hi I'm Kevin (Casita owner) and this is Siena the off grid van conversion.
Unicell makes these beautiful bodies, this one is a 2012 and when you wax it, it looks brand new.

What I'm going for here is something all-electric, freezeproof, and off grid. The Inergy Kodiak makes the wiring pretty simple. You can't even tell there is 800 watts of solar on top.

It seems to be a huge market mainly for millenials trying to save on rent through Urban Stealth Camping. There is no dedicated shower, but the idea is to join a health club for $30/month and shower there.

More photos at https://www.outdoorsy.com/rv-rental/..._93541-listing

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retty rough finishes? I know longer have the tools but with what we do still have I can do a better job than that.
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Could you live full time in the city with just a porta potty?
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If you didn't give a crap.
:yes I could as it you can dump them just about anywhere where as if you had a built in you have to find a dump station and in a big city it is impossible but I can dump porta potti in a service station toilet, johnny on the spot if door open at any construction site, or friends bathroom toilet. I would rather have a porta potty only because I boondock if in a Class B or Camper but if MH different story.
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:52 PM   #10
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Heat is the biggest challenge

The cheap 110v fan forced heaters do use too much electricity. Low setting is usually about 700W.

A gas generator to provide electricity for heat is probably too noisy and too much hassle and not stealthy or practical in the city.

The vehicle engine is not too economical, but it is fairly quiet and stealthy.
My current method is to use a coolant-fed unit heater with 12v fan. So when it gets too cold, you start the engine which not only heats the living space, but recharges the batteries. A remote starter makes starting the vehicle easier.

The Kodiak is currently the only "solar generator" that can recharge at 50amps, which can come from the vehicle alternator. The Kodiak also can piggyback several AGM deep cycle batteries. Yes, the Kodiak is expensive but it simplifies the whole mess. In the worst case, you might have to find a plug for shore power somewhere.
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The vehicle engine is not too economical, but it is fairly quiet and stealthy.

No concern for the environment?
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I am also in Denver. Although rents are sky high, $90 a night or >$2,700/mo is ambitious for rent. It seems high for a student or employed person who is not building equity. It might work well for a few nights. If it works as a rental, great. It is attractive as a DIY.

Box vans make nice spaces, however this one and most have those Todco roll-up doors at the back to seal & insulate. I'm no judge of the 35 cents a mile over 150 miles. I like the box van as a DIY conversion, but students or retirees on a budget will build their own. The 1st link below was under $5,000 total. The 2nd was likely more for the van, less the interior:


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The cheap 110v fan forced heaters do use too much electricity. Low setting is usually about 700W.

A gas generator to provide electricity for heat is probably too noisy and too much hassle and not stealthy or practical in the city.

The vehicle engine is not too economical, but it is fairly quiet and stealthy.
My current method is to use a coolant-fed unit heater with 12v fan. So when it gets too cold, you start the engine which not only heats the living space, but recharges the batteries. A remote starter makes starting the vehicle easier.

The Kodiak is currently the only "solar generator" that can recharge at 50amps, which can come from the vehicle alternator. The Kodiak also can piggyback several AGM deep cycle batteries. Yes, the Kodiak is expensive but it simplifies the whole mess. In the worst case, you might have to find a plug for shore power somewhere.
700 watt at 120 volt AC = 700/120= 5.8 amps.



It might not work so well.
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700 watt at 120 volt AC = 700/120= 5.8 amps.



It might not work so well.

yeah, and at 12VDC == 58 amps, and that's not allowing for inverter conversion inefficiency

like I said, 1 hour to pretty much totally flatten a typical RV battery (or that $1500 fancy-pack mentioned in the original post)
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