In 2016, now more than ever Marcus would like to postulate that our, and by that I mean our Western Civilisation is critically dependent on Electricity.
This week I am travelling, principally house hunting, but my purposefully modest lifestyle is still critically dependent upon the Volts and Amps that power just about everything.
(Oh, and there is the Diesel as a motive energy source too don't forget)
Whilst touring in Europe the strange but terrible truth is that Gas Bottle standards are different. So you need to set out with full Gas Bottles and since you can't normally exchange them as you would do in your home country when empty (at a Petrol station), then conserve that Gas!
The Electric Circulation Fan is set to Eco meaning a soft quiet, non hurricane airflow.
- Intelligently feed and Charge the Double 12V Heavy Duty House Batteries.
Motorhomes typically have a Car Battery for the Engine and a separate circuit with one or two, separate House batteries.
Whilst plugged into the mains your 12V rails are being powered from the mains whilst the house batteries are charged and also mains diverted to the heating system, so that the Gas backup is not used.
Also not shown but charging are the GPS watch, step trackers and Smartphones
It's modest. Whilst the hob is Gas powered the sink uses hot water from the Electric Boiler (there is a Gas backup).
Going Simple I am able this week to just use a regular FM radio to receive BBC Radio 4, ah so wonderful!
The SmartphoneThe Smartphone, aka Phone, Camera, Torch, GPS is all powered by Electricity. At the end of the day using the Android Debug Mode I transfer all my pictures to my Laptop and then after editing to the Internet.
Made possibly by the Mains powered Asus 4G-N12 SIM router I have a pretty decent 7Mbps mobile internet connection tonight, literally in the middle of nowhere
Whilst out on the road it is possible to 'Wild Camp' wherever legal; using Gas Heating, and 12V electrics. But not for long. It's much easier when there is a Mains 240V feed that can supply you with ample heating, hot water, and enough juice to power and recharge all the equipment that one now needs for even the most rudimentary living in 2016.