Installing Solar Monitor
March 29, 2020

We were inspired by a YouTube video by Everlanders to monitor of solar production and battery state. We took a different technical approach, but the end goal is the same. The idea is that this solution will be able to monitor all sorts of things in Molly. There are four basic components to the system. […]

Battery Monitoring
March 16, 2020

Something is not quite with the batteries, but it might not be the batteries! And so the investigation starts, why do we seem to have trouble charging the batteries off our Solar panels, even when we have a full day of sun? It starts with understanding how much electricity we use, how much we generate […]

Stuff Carrying Capacity and Maximum Range
February 21, 2020

The plan is for Molly to take us and all of our stuff to some of the most remote places in the world. But just how much stuff can we take and just how far can we go? In this blog post we explore these questions in a little detail. Payload Calculation Payload is the […]

Windy Doran Beach
February 9, 2020

Weekend, February 7 to 9, 2020 We managed to get out of San Francisco early enough to arrive at Doran Beach Jetty campground around 4:30pm. Despite the very strong wind we managed to get the fire going so aperitif was enjoyed outside. Cooking on the fire would have proven at bit of a challenge, instead […]

Molly’s Inspection Routine
February 6, 2020

Daily Checks We have a little ritual we perform on every drive day to make sure Molly is in fine form. It involves a walk around the truck checking the following 6 things Coolant. Obviously check between the “FULL” and “LOW”. Oil. Pull the dipstick and make sure the level is between the low mark […]

Worldwide Satellite Comms
February 3, 2020

Molly has three types of satellite communication, each with its own features and benefits. Let’s get into the details of each of these. Voice Communications via Sat Phone Molly is old school, with an Inmarsat based Sat Phone. Inmarsat actually put its first satellite into orbit in 1976, although the current generation of satellites is […]

Monitoring Molly’s Vitals
February 2, 2020

There really is no need to monitor the engine for failure, as the FUSO Engine Management System seems to alert us the moment anything is even slightly wrong. Rather we keep track of Molly’s engine and vital statistics more for fun and long term trends. How is it all Wired Up? To make this all […]

Overlanding with HAM Radios
February 1, 2020

Molly has two HAM or amateur radios. One is permanently fixed in Molly and acts as our mobile base station, going wherever Molly goes. The second is a portable or handheld radio which can go with us on walks. These two HAM radios are a great addition to the rest of our communication equipment, especially […]

Mobile “off-grid” Data Center
February 1, 2020

Molly contains a little more computing power than typical in an overland expedition vehicle. This little luxury makes it easy for us to use our laptops, ipads and iphones in seamless coordination with the electronics in Molly. There are three major components in Molly’s house, compute, storage and networking. The very same building blocks found […]

Yosemite in the Rain
December 9, 2019

Weekend, December 7 to 9, 2019 We headed to Yosemite and were hoping for some snow. As we left San Francisco the roads were open and no restrictions. Snow was forecast and we did want to get there without having to put chains on. Turned out we needn’t have worried; we arrived in good time […]

Thanksgiving East of the Sierra’s
December 3, 2019

Thanksgiving Long Weekend, November 26 to December 1, 2019 We were very much looking forward to our traditional Thanksgiving to Deatth Valley. This time we wanted to add a side trip to Alabama Hills, a place we had never got to. The forecast was for heavy snows so we kept an eye on weather developments […]

Clear Lake
November 9, 2019

Weekend, November 8th to 10th, 2019 A new camping spot for us. We plan to return in March or April next year for a little fishing. Apparently the White Crappie is quite good. So, this was a practice run. Which is just a good excuse to spend the weekend out of the San Francisco Bay […]

Chores around Molly
October 8, 2019

Friday and Saturday, October 4th & 5th, 2019. It was a good plan, head down to Santa Lucia Memorial Campground, do a little hiking and do a few Molly chores. And then there were the insects. Arrived in the dark at campsite number 8. A favorite spot, even if the ground is not very level. […]

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