Electric Camping

Electric Camping


Electric Camping

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22 thoughts on “Electric Camping

  1. I saw this video yesterday breaking down how a ute/pickup pulling a caravan will never be a practical option in Australia (or anywhere) with current battery limitations… pretty much the exact scenario you’ve got going on here. So were you able to travel more than an hour and a half at highway speeds before needing to recharge? It’s not a situation I’ll ever be in but curious to hear 1st hand. (Relevant part starts at 11:20 if you want to skip ahead)


  2. I wonder if one day caravans will come with large capacity batteries that can connect to the towing vehicle to support towing range then be used to power the camping site once you’re there.

  3. Sick camping setup! Curious to see what you use the gear tunnel for? General storage or have you seen it being helpful for specific equipment?

    Oh and NICE battery percentage you got there. 😎

  4. More like glamping…you’ve got a paved road at the campsite for heavens sake

    Lol at everyone down voting…I love the cars but ‘bragging’ you are going glamping is lame. No doubt these could handle a real camping trip on unpaved roads and trails, I’d like to see some actual posts about that instead

  5. Were you able to use the trailer power for faster charging at the campsite or is it using the 15A plug?

    I went camping recently and my site had a TT-30 connector, after doing some research it seems not every EV supports charging faster than 12/15A on 120V. I hope to take advantage of this next time I go camping. (Hopefully I will have an EV by then)

  6. It depends on where you live I guess. If it’s only a couple of hours of driving to the sea or to the mountains, like say from Raleigh NC, electric towing is no problem.

    Otherwise, a hybrid makes more sense until there are more 350kW+ cars and chargers out there. That’s what I do atm.

    On a side note, state parks should make their juicy NEMA 14-50 outlets available to electric cars during off-season. Would be great to have that fallback option.

  7. This looks great, but I think for camping, and being able to get to the great national parks outside of the Midwest, I’m looking at the F-150 hybrid. More range, less downtime, especially when traveling with 2 little kids, and you can use the f150 as a generator to run your rv if you have to Walmart Boondock one night.

  8. End of trip summary: I forgot to reset my trip odometer before leaving, but based on the total miles I knew I’d driven with the trailer, mi/kWh at the end, and approximate mi/kWh I knew I was at without the trailer, I figure I got ~1.0 to 1.3 mi/kWh trailering to the campsite. That way was all 45-55 MPH back country highways, including a mountain pass – starting at ~100 ft elevation, climbing to ~6000 ft, ending at ~4000 ft.

    The trip back, I actually remembered to reset. I took a different route back – part was backroads 45 – 55 MPH highways for 120 miles, averaging 47 MPH, climbing from ~4000 ft. to ~5000 ft, then dropping to ~500 ft. 1.28 mi/kWh for this stretch.

    Charged at an EA to ~85%.

    The second stretch was all interstate highway, 60-65 MPH limits. 101 miles, average speed 54 MPH, 0.85 mi/kWh.

    (Average speed was under 60 because there was an extra charging stop in the middle – while I could have made it all the way home on a 100% charge, I really didn’t feel like waiting the extra 45 minutes to go from 85-100%, when a 15 minute stop along the way would do it with range to spare.)

    Also, we stopped at a truck weigh station – our rear axle weight was 4950 lbs. Rivian says max weight on rear axle? 4960 lbs. 😳 Talk about cutting it close! (Trailer alone was 5850, forgot to get unloaded truck weights – but trailer axles when on truck was 5350, so we can assume tongue weight was 500.)

    The two Electrify America sessions added 167 kWh, for $51.77. The one third-party charge on the way to the campsite (a measly 50 kW unit,) was a whopping $45.80 on its own – adding only 93 kWh. Of course, I noticed as I was *un*plugging a “one month free trial unlimited charging” sign on the post next to it. D-oh! So total trip cost for 420 miles was $97.57. (Not counting the charging to 100% at the campground included with the campground fee while there, or the $0.04/kWh to top back off upon getting home – by my quick math, that should come to $2.96 – meaning the actual total will a hair over $100.

  9. This is for Rivian owners: why do your headlights have 4 projectors each? On my late-model VW I have two projectors per headlights — one for the low beam and one for the high beam. What’s the deal with Rivian filling up the headlights with projectors? Do you get double low beams and high beams or are they for something else?

    I wasn’t bothered enough to google it but it’s been pestering me for the last couple of weeks.

  10. Glad I didn’t have to wait for you at the 50kw station, I use that charger all the time! 🙂

    Kidding aside, awesome to see this! I probably would done a triple take if I saw you drive by with that thing on the highway. I’ve been seeing some big trailers behind EVs in Bend this summer, but yours takes the cake.

    I’m excited to see EVCS start modernizing their stations like they’ve been talking about, I’ve heard they’re planning to have 4 stations and more than 50kw in the future, that can’t come soon enough

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