About the Photos
In the summer of 2010, we made two trips to the cabin. The first trip, I made a bit more progress on taping and mudding the sheetrock we put up in 2001 and 2002. With no running water, this is a bit of a chore. We also need to move furniture out of the way to do this, and the weather hasn't always been cooperative.
On the second trip, we installed a small photovoltaic panel we picked up at Harbor Freight on sale, and a marine deep-cycle storage battery, so we could have a bit more light for early-morning cooking and late-night reading, plus a ready source of power to pump up the air mattress and vacuum the bugs without having to lug our car-starting unit down from the car.
In order to install the solar panel, we decided to finally restain the south side of the cabin, which has been weathering for 11 years and desperately needed a fresh coat of stain. The shelf for the solar array was made from left-over siding and 2x4s, a bit weathered, but serviceable. The shelf is bolted to studs; the battery is in a weather-proof box under the house, and the regulator inside. On our next trip, I plan to install a bit longer battery cables to move the regulator up to a more usable height, but for now, we are using the small cables that came with the panel kit.