Vanlife is now a way of life with millennials and boomers alike. More and more people are in search of a minimal lifestyle where the focus is on experiences and not possessions.
Many vanlifers have forged a path built on exploration and life off-the-grid to gather inspiration from. Something that pops up often as an integral part of these van builds is solar power. Thanks to the solar panels mounted on their vans' roofs, vanlifers are able to adventure freely with a renewable energy source to power their gadgets while on the road.
But with different sizes and styles, it can be difficult to choose which panels will work best. First, determine your potential solar system's size by calculating your power consumption. After you size out your system, you can decide on what panel type best fits your needs. There are standard rigid panels, lightweight flexible panels, and even portable panels you can store away when not in use.
A vanlife couple, who aptly calls themselves Exploring Alternatives, focuses on minimalism and alternative living for long stints on the open road. They own a camper van that they often take on extended road trips. In this video, they talk about their Renogy flexible solar panel setup. Check it out!
Unlike many competitors, solar has been our main priority since day one. Over the years, we have redesigned, tested, and researched our products to develop cost effective, highly efficient, and safe products that are suitable for consumer and commercial use. If you’ve followed us long enough, you’d already know that our mission is to change the way the world looks [...]Read More »
Summer is heating up in southern California, and apparently, so are the rules and regulations relating to renewable energy. Just recently, the California Energy Commission unanimously declared that starting in 2020, (most) newly constructed homes must contain solar panels. To our knowledge, California is the first and only state to make such a mandate. [...]Read More »
Life on the road has been a lifestyle and goal of many travelers for decades. Whether it was Jack Kerouac who first inspired freedom-seekers in the 1970s, or the VW Westfalia, young people to this day still seek the solace that’s found on the road.Current trends like vanlife and overlanding have never been about the vehicles, but about [...]Read More »
The Intro:The US is slowly beginning to slip into the dog days of summer. You know, that time of the year when school’s out, its too hot to sit outside for any extended period of time, and your steering wheel could probably burn your hands off. Right now though, it’s still warm enough to get [...]Read More »
Often, travel encompasses beautiful places, different cultures, and delicious fare. But for some, it’s all about getting their heart pumping with some action and adventure. We’ve compiled a list of the best hostels to stay at that cater to action sport junkies.Alyeska Hostel, Girdwood, Alaska Nestled in Girdwood, Alaska, this hostel offers plenty of outdoor activities in [...]Read More »
A few years ago, Renogy released a 100W flex panel. It quickly sold out, and we realized it was a hit. Instead of restocking, we started redesigning to make it even better. After all, flex panels are great for boats and airstreams, both of which have curved surfaces. If the flex factor isn’t enough, flexible panels are easier to [...]Read More »
This land is your land, and it’s used a lot. From hiking, to biking, skiing, kayaking, and more, our national parks see a lot of faces and feel a lot of use each year. That’s why it’s important that everyone pitch in and support the National Park Service for National Park Week. Starting April 21, [...]Read More »
Every single day, we work hard to make sure our customers have an excellent shopping experience. From customer service, to technical support, and even post-purchase support, we’re here to help. Since we launched our first online store site over 5 years ago, we’ve spent a tremendous amount of [...]Read More »
Getting outside and on the road usually lightens the camping load. Whether you embrace #vanlife full time or you’re a weekend warrior, it’s important to choose products that have less of an impact on our environment. Check out these eco-friendly products that you can easily throw in the van, and be on your way!1. Solar [...]Read More »