Living in a van makes you acutely aware of the resources you consume. You find yourself keeping track of odd things like how long the overhead fan has been on or whether you really need the interior lights to be on full intensity right now. Power usage is a major concern. My battery holds 125 AHr of charge, but draining the battery to less than 50% will damage it, so it’s effectively only 62.5 AHr. To put this in perspective, my fridge draws about 1A of current, which means that I can run the fridge for 62.5 hours (about 2 and half days) with no additional charge from the solar panels. Of course this is assuming that I’m only running the fridge and that I don’t turn the fan on, or the lights, or charge my laptop, etc. And so I find myself asking questions that I’ve never considered before. That parking spot near the tree may look nice and secluded, but in a few hours it may be shady and that’s no bueno! Maybe I can move later?