Frequently Asked Questions
How do I work with you?
When you're ready to start prepping to get your rig ready to leave the plug in campsites behind, the first step is to find if we'll be crossing paths. I've always got a fresh travel map on my website with my availability in each area. So check the map and see if I'll be in your area! If i'm not stopping directly in your area, but am going to be passing nearby, shoot me a message to inquire about special detours to your location. Either way, the map and contact form on my website is always the first step to planning your off grid adventures.
Where will my project be done?
You tell me! Literally! From campgrounds, storage facilities, the middle of the desert, to your own driveway, I come fully equipped in a mobile workstation that has its own solar and lithium battery system. So all my power tools are ready to knock out an install no matter the setting.
How do we get parts?
Once we've spent some time designing a system that meets your electrical needs and budget, I'll take a parts deposit and have all the specific parts for your project shipped directly from my vendors to the project location. All the wiring and connectors needed for the rest of the install I have in stock.
I'm already nomadic and don't have a shipping address, how do I get parts?
Some additional planning will be required for these situations, but generally most campgrounds will allow you to ship everything directly there. Otherwise, local shipping stores can receive packages for a fee.
Looks like you're not going to be in my area. Any recommendations on other installers in my area?
Sure do! Head on over to amsolar.com, click on the ''contact'' link and you'll find a list of qualified installers across the nation.
Can you guide me through a DIY project?
No, unfortunately, I can't. Due to high demand in the install world, I simply don't have the additional bandwidth for the time and detail that would be required to guide a DIY'er through these systems. But, luckily, I'm teamed up with AMsolar who are champions in offering just that. From detailed wiring diagrams, complete kits with every inch of wiring and connector you need, as well as a large staff ready to answer the phones, AMsolar has the resources to help you DIY straight to off grid adventures.
What if my system has problems?
Due to the fact most people are using their off-grid systems to get out and away from the hustle and bustle of humanity, having a qualified repair technician nearby is highly unlikely. So, from the moment we start an install, simplicity and serviceability is always in mind. Most systems will have phone connectivity or even remote monitoring. So sharing live system data with me is a breeze. No more trying to find the words to explain what's wrong, just send a picture! On top of that, after an install all systems will have detailed photography taken so that we can direct you, or a qualified technician, on exactly what to do, with visual aids.
How much does it cost?
You tell me! Electronics, especially batteries, are expensive. Due to this, total cost can very wildly depending on your needs. That being said, a complete off grid system is going to be in the thousands, not hundreds, of dollars. If you fill out the contact form I can evaluate you rig and even provide some generic system estimates to give you some cost ideas.
Is your business insured?
Yes it is! Off The Grid Camper, LLC is insured to perform installs in all 50 states! Get your new off grid system installed with confidence.
How do I pay you?
Off The Grid Camper, LLC accepts cash and all major credit cards. Even on a remote job site we can swipe your card, get your signature, and send you a receipt in seconds.
What is an off grid system made up of?
Generally an off grid system is main up of 3 major systems: Storage, charging and conversion.
Storage generally refers to batteries, and you can think of batteries just like your water tanks. How many batteries you have, and what size they are, is going to determine how much of this precious resource you can carry with you. And just like your water tanks, when your batteries run out, you need to go searching for ways to fill them up or live without.
Charging sources are anything that can fill your batteries up. Charging sources can be things such as a solar system, a generator, an alternator, wind/water turbine, or plug-in style chargers. Without charging sources you can take with you on your adventures, your time off grid is going to be entirely determined by your storage/batteries.
Conversion is the final part of this recipe. There are two types of electricity we deal with in most RV's, vans, camper trailers, boats, etc. The two types of electricity are Alternating Current (AC), and Direct Current (DC). Batteries only can store DC, but any electronics you have that can only be plugged into a household receptacle require AC electricity. So an inverter must be used. An inverter is able to take the DC power that's stored in you batteries and convert it into an AC power source that your household electronics can use.
I'm DIY building a camper van. When should I see you about electrical?
This totally depends, I've done finished vans to blank canvases, so really all are possible. If you plan on building the whole van interior before having an off grid system installed, pull all your accessory wires, with plenty of slack, to your intended electrical locations so we can easily connect everything to the fuse and breaker panels. If your van is naked, we can install the electrical base system with breaker and fuse panels first, then you can connect your own accessory wires at your leisure.
Can I purchase my own parts?
Generally, no. Accuracy and compatibility is paramount in not only putting your system together, but making sure it works together without a hiccup. If you're going to turn to a professional to do the installation, why not also have them ensure everything is ordered correctly for said install?