I’m a sailor. Having spent a lot of time anchored in out of the way places I am familiar with rationing water and electricity. If you use your 12volt cabin lights a lot, you have to recharge the batteries. On the boat, that meant running the engine long enough to charge the batteries. This was ok because it also chilled the zero degree holding plated in the freezer. In cooler weather I burned oil lamps in the cabin for light to save battery (and make heat).
I figure that traveling in the T.O.A.D. isn’t much different. Oh sure, we do have a generator if we choose to run it. And the refrigerator will operate using 12v, 110v or propane so it doesn’t need to deplete the house batteries. But lighting in the coach still has the same issues. High battery draw and heat. Those automotive type bulbs can really put out some BTUs.
Here is my solution: 12v LED bulbs. Yesterday I swapped out several of the old incandescent bulbs with LEDs. They draw only a 10th of the power and are oh so bright and white. I mean white as in a cooler white similar to the old fluorescent tubes. Not warm like the original bulbs. Bright. Very bright. I put one in the lamp over the easy chair where I expect reading a book in the evening will be easy on the eyes.
Have a merry Christmas, Y’all.
To be honest, I have never done any video imagery. It just hasn’t appealed to me. So, I am way behind the curve (again).
I think I want a way to easily record some video along my travels. After looking at this video stuff, I realized that I could film the trip and then I could film the subjects that I am shooting . And of course I can capture selfies of me and the dog doing our Art On The Run thing. And with the proper camera, I can even do so in the rain or under water.
The Cadillac of these so called action cameras is the GoPro line. Way too rich for my novice blood. After all, I may not care for this video stuff and toss it into the corner where it’ll sit until I stumble across it years later and sell it at a huge loss on eBay.
Which brings me to this. I picked up an SJ4000 camera with wi-fi for about a third the price of a GoPro. It comes with waterproof housing, all sorts of attachment gadgets and very little documentation. I figure I can experiment with it and learn if it is something I want to add to my bag of tricks.
This is this first video I recorded. The Sj4000 was suction cupped to my dash board of the Honda Fit while I drove up to the parking lot at Brasstown Bald.
I discovered afterwards that I missed one of those pesky clear vinyl protectors they stick to every screen, etc.. This one was covering the lens window in the waterproof housing which I happened to be using (though it wasn’t necessary). Imagine how much better the video might have been if I’d removed it.
Well, it is food for thought, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure I won’t become a threat to the accomplished videographers of the world!