People, I had no idea how dangerous these portable solar panels could be.
For your own protection, I have a little story to share with you…
I recently remembered a childhood saying that my parents used to use on my sister and me. It’s called a ‘B-no’. A ‘B-no’ is short for ‘Be no’. A ‘Be no’ is a rule. I will give you an example:
‘Kelly don’t put that key in your ear.’ ‘That’s a B-no.’ (A rule.)
Or, more recently:
‘There will B-no walking around the RV outside at night in the dark without a light source.’
The latter example is not JUST an example. It IS a new rule for the safety of my body and life.
I was coming out of my Rv at night. I was boondocking in the middle of nowhere, in a large open spot. I had my hands full. There was not a full moon on this evening.
My little brain is only capable of thinking of or believing so much at once. On this evening, my silly little brain said, ‘Yeah, sure, the only stuff around you is the Rv and the truck.’
In fact, there was a fairly big something else out there. Something very hard to step over or to recover from once the process of falling has begun. It was my very loved, constantly used portable solar panel. It charges my batteries for free! No campground hookup necessary. (Hallelujah 1)
Out of ALLLLLLLL the space around of free land, my goofy brain somehow chose the route with my solar panel smack dab in front of it.
I fell so hard that my sandals both flew off and each one landed in a different county. My poor solar panel ended up on its face. It DID NOT break!
So I sailed through the clear night air and landed hard, my left elbow taking the brunt of the fall. I was quite surprised that I did not break my arm.
Ego damaged, drink spilled everywhere (Yes, captain and coke.) ( No, that’s not why.) and other items finally gathered, I picked my arse up and dusted off.
I was very fortunate I did not need a hospital because the nearest one was about 50 minutes away. That wouldn’t have been a pleasant drive! I was very thankful for that.
My Renogy solar panel? It’s fine. It’s not QUITE the same aesthetically as it was before I tried rearranging my teeth with it, but it but it still gets the job done! Points for my Renogy!
My Ego? Fine. It’s funny to me now. Hell, it was funny when it happened. I do s*** like this all the time. I am not a very careful being, I’m lazy. I just go. Or do. And then I pay. It’s been about 3 weeks and my left elbow is still sensitive. (Boo hoo.)
And sometimes I pay. It’s been about 3 weeks and my left elbow is still sensitive. (Boo hoo.)
Lesson learned- well, at least I am now SUPER aware of where my solar panel is. And being the not so careful being that I am, yes, I have walked outside again without a light source.
Usually, though, I use one. It’s my nature to be lazy that way. In the back of my goofy brain, I do usually at least think of my new rule and it probably has saved me since.
That’s it. Walking around your Rv outside at night without a light source? Just say no.
Having a portable solar panel to charge your batteries if you boondock? A hell yes! Why pay for campgrounds?
I do highly recommend the Renogy 100 watt solar panel. Many of my boondocking friends also use it. Mine survived Kelly drama, so kudos there for sure!
It folds flat and stores easily. Best $200 I have spent in RV accessories!
Feel free to click the solar panel below to purchase. If you have questions about it feel free to comment and I will happily answer.
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