I adore systems. Ever since I was a small child I can remember having systems for doing things in my life. I had many stuffed animals that I loved and they were all lined up in my bed at night in order of importance. I think that was probably the beginning of my systemic way of managing my life.
The next big change in my life that necessitated a system was when my first husband and I lived on our three sailboats in San Diego in the early ’70’s. As they were all small spaces, there had to be a system for managing where to put things, otherwise it would be utter chaos. It was before the now-popular plastic containers of all sizes showed up, so I used cardboard boxes that I labelled to store things, and then I wrote a list of what was in each box. I also used soft duffle bags to keep our clothes in, and labelled them as well.
I collected an essential part of our on board electrical kit yesterday, a Honda EU20i suitcase generator.
Both Cynthia and I are used to living off grid on the boat, but we had a slightly more robust electrical system there. We had four 160ah AGM batteries powered by a 300w solar array and the engine’s 70amp alternator. The solar array catered for all of our electrical needs in the warmer months without having to resort to running the boat’s engine for battery charging.
The boat had a 2kw inverter fitted so that we could run mains appliances. We had more power than we could reasonably use so, to be honest, we were a little wasteful with our electricity. We have to be much more careful in the Hymer.