I suppose it’s only fitting for a native of Columbus, Ohio visiting Arizona to make a stopover in Buckeye. That is where we caught up with my parents as we headed back to the Phoenix area from up north in Mohave Valley where we visited extended family and installed our solar panels.
They had stayed a few days out in the desert wild camping on BLM property and headed back in to a campground to “reset”. So we met them at the campground for two nights, then headed back out to wild camp together.
We spent six days there in the desert and actually, despite the heat, managed our water the best we ever had – we could have stretched it to seven.
We also discovered the nagging problem in our newly installed solar system – a bad remote unit that we sold and need to exchange. Removing that simple plug-and-play unit brought our solar panels and charging to life with great success. Sunrise was at 7:16a and by 8a our 6 batteries were fully charged!
It was hot however; too hot. Heat is not good for batteries – 87ºF cut’s battery life down 24% and up to 97ºF will cut the life of batteries in half. Heat is also not good for solar which, like batteries, performs optimally at 77ºF or less.
The heat is also not good for people and pets. We easily found ourselves dehydrating more and more and, ironically, going through more water than we would have otherwise.
But we also made it out on a cooler day and hiked the great mountains surrounding us.