While creating YouTube videos I travel full-time in an RV. With my tech background I had to apply some high-tech solutions to make it easy for me to camp …
I wanted to share with you my high-tech 
RV solutions. Hopefully these will give  
you some ideas of how you can take your 
RV travel to the next level. Let's take a  
look. 18 months ago I left my corporate 
job as an IT Director and jumped into  
this 2018 Jayco NorthPoint 381flws. This 
is a 43 foot front living fifth-wheel  
with six slides that provides a total 
of 422 square feet of living space. 
It has a gross combined weight rating of 
16,750 pounds.  
I tow it with a 2016 Ford super 
duty F-350 dually with an 8-foot bed.  
I quit my job to focus on creating tech 
training videos for my YouTube channel  
Sele Training. Since I also travel 
full-time in my RV I knew that creating  
videos and managing my YouTube channel 
would require good Internet access to  
stay connected. I also wanted the ability 
to boondock anywhere, feel safe, and live  
with many of the comforts of home. After 
two years of research and the past  
18 months of travel, I've found 
answers to many of these common  
RV challenges and am here to share my 
top 6 high-tech solutions that work well  
for me traveling full-time on the road. 
For off-grid camping you need power. I  
could have added an optional generator 
to my RV. It came with a generator prep  
but to avoid the fuel and the noise 
I went big on solar. How big? I have  
2,880 watts of solar panels, 600 amps of 
lithium batteries, dual Victron Charge  
Controllers, and dual Victron Multiplus 
Inverters. I didn't go cheap on solar. 
This complete system was $17,500 installed, 
but i was able to use a 30% energy tax credit to reduce that cost  
significantly. The solar panels are 
mounted on IronRidge aluminum rails  
which are screwed into the roof and 
covered with a generous supply of  
Dicor sealant. There are nine 320watt 
solar panels. Each panel weighs 40 pounds  
and with the railing included it adds 
about 400 pounds to my roof. Six lithium  
batteries fit nicely inside the front 
storage compartment and I was able to  
find an empty space above the batteries 
where I mounted the charge controller,  
inverters, and other solar equipment. 
A Victron Color Control is mounted  
inside the RV and is connect to a Victron 
app on my phone to monitor the system.  
When I boondock the solar handles all 
appliances including my residential  
refrigerator. As you can see here it 
only requires 300watts during normal  
use for both AC and DC power combined. 
The solar panels are generating 1900watts  
from nearly direct sunlight. In fact on a sunny day like this i can  
run one air conditioner without even 
draining the batteries. With the air  
conditioner turned on it adds about 1400watts 
but results in next to no drain on  
the batteries. It'll even handle both AC's 
on high at the same time for a few hours.  
This high-tech solar system is the power 
station that gives me the ability to  
boondock for days or weeks at a time, 
completely off-grid. Currently cell  
phone-based internet connectivity is the 
only viable option to work remote. Cell  
service is the most widely dispersed 
connectivity solution in the US and is  
available in many boondocking locations. 
Sure you can get satellite internet and  
download at blazing speeds but the 
latency makes it unusable for normal  
back-and-forth communication like what 
I need. Low orbit satellite solutions  
like Space-X's StarLink has promise but 
it's not here yet and may not work well  
in the woods without clear views to 
the sky. The wi-fi at campgrounds is  
notoriously bad and does not help when 
I'm boondocking. If you are fortunate  
enough to have a grandfathered unlimited 
data plan then you can use all the data  
you want in an RV while traveling but 
I didn't have one so I needed to find  
another solution that would give me lots 
of data without paying an arm and a leg.  
After a bunch of research and testing 
of several devices I found the answer. I  
use a MoFi 4500 router paired with a SIM 
card. I just added a line to my existing  
T-Mobile cell plan for only $20 a month. I also added an AT&T  
SIM card for another #20 a month plus tax. Now i can swap out those  
two SIM cards in the MoFi depending on 
coverage I have. Unlike other routers,  
the MoFi has a special TTL setting in 
the menu that lets you use streaming  
data without throttling. That means you 
can use a standard cell plan from any  
carrier to get virtually unlimited data. 
I've been using over 150GB per  
month for internet, streaming TV, my 
computer, security cameras, iPads, and  
other devices without any throttling. 
I've also installed an omnidirectional  
antenna on the roof and pop it up each 
time I reach a new location. It boosts  
the cell signal similarly to a Weboost or other cell signal boost device.
The MoFi router is $300 and the omnidirectional antenna is $130  
making the initial investment 
less than just a cell booster solution  
alone. The monthly cost is even lower 
than other less appealing limited data  
plans so it's a great combination. This 
has solved the internet connectivity  
challenge for me and I've been able to 
stay connected over the past 18 months  
of travel. With a big RV, expensive solar, 
and boondocking in remote locations  
safety and security at night or when 
I leave the RV is important. This led  
me through a long search for a high-tech 
security system that would work on an RV.  
I wanted a system that was inexpensive,
wireless, had motion detection, and would  
notify me on my phone when I was away. 
The Amazon Blink XT2 system offered the  
perfect match and I've been very pleased 
with the results after a year of use.  
I mounted six wireless cameras on the 
outside of my RV and one inside. They  
all connect to a base sync module that 
conveniently connects to my MoFi router  
with a usb power cord. As long as I have 
internet connectivity it records motion  
from any of the seven cameras and 
uploads the video to a free cloud  
storage space. When motion is detected 
I get notifications on my phone and I  
can view the recording or see live video 
feeds no matter where I am at the time. 
It even has a temperature monitor which 
notifies me when it's outside my preset  
limits. Each camera uses two AA 
lithium batteries that will last up  
to two years. You can get a 5 camera 
kit with the sync module for under $300  
and add more cameras as 
needed. Now i have peace-of-mind when I'm  
away from the RV or sleeping at night. 
In order to work remote while creating  
YouTube videos I needed a work area 
that could handle the constant travel.  
I was able to convert my dining room 
space into an office with a view. I  
made a desktop from the old dining table 
by removing the pedestal and mounting it  
on the wall with an adjustable support 
bar underneath. My desktop computer along  
with the battery UPS sits underneath and 
a dual-mount stand with two monitors is  
bolted on top of the desk. This setup 
is solid and handles the bumps as we  
go down the road. I simply put away my 
keyboard mouse and headset in a drawer  
when I travel. This is obviously a custom 
setup that depends on your living space  
but using some creativity you 
can come up with a remote office  
work area too. One of the regular hassles 
of boondocking is that your waste tanks  
fill up only after a few days. If you 
have a large fifth wheel like me, you  
do not want to pack up everything just 
to run to a dump station. Many people  
use a portable waste tote that you 
can pull behind your tow vehicle  
but that does not work so well when 
you are miles away from a dump station. 
My high-tech solution is to use 
a macerator pump with a 50 foot  
commercial hose and a 100 gallon waste 
bladder. I place the waste bladder in the  
back of my truck and transfer the waste 
from my RV using the macerator pump. It  
will even pump uphill if necessary. Then 
I take the bladder to a dump station and  
drain the waste through the attached 
hose. This water bladder is made for  
agriculture use and it's tough so i 
have no concern about leaks. I pack  
the macerator waste bladder and hose 
into a storage box and put it in the  
back of the truck bed when i travel. Cost 
of all these items is around $350.  
Along with power and waste disposal 
the one other utility you need when  
boondocking is fresh water and that is 
another item I do not want to pack up  
the RV to refill. I use a 75 gallon fresh 
water tank in the back of my truck bed.
I fashioned an RV water pump to the side 
of the tank and added pvc pipes with a  
water filter. This allows me to fill the 
tank at a dump station or other location,  
return to the RV, and connect a hose 
from the tank to the water inlet.  
The pump uses a standard 12-volt 
connection in my truck for power and  
transfers a full 75 gallon tank in about 
20 minutes. Cost for the fresh water tank,  
pump, and connections is around $300. I 
hope these high-tech solutions give you
some ideas about how you can enhance 
your RV experience. They have made my RV
life comfortable, safe, and enjoyable.
You'll find links to purchase all the items used within the
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