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 […]

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 […]