A few weeks ago we published a post covering the Lithium Battery upgrade that we did on our Hybrid Camper Trailer, along with a 3000W inverter that is capable of running most household appliances for a short time.
There were plenty of constructive comments, and then a number that made me chuckle.
‘Where’s your 65 inch TV and hairdryer?’
‘You can get 12V appliances to run all of that.’
‘You don’t need an induction cook top.’
‘I’ve been on the road full time and never needed any of that.’
Now, we are all entitled to opinions, and I’m all for a good chat. What I find hilarious is that people get so upset over what someone else does, when it has no bearing at all on them.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know we are big advocates of only buying what is going to suit what you need, and not fitting things that really aren’t going to help your cause.
I stand by that, and only fit what we need, and the battery system is well justified for what we want to do, and there’s a few posts coming out soon to cover this in more detail soon.
If it doesn’t suit what you do, or what you think is normal, that’s fine; you are entitled to your thoughts, but you should know that they are don’t have to be the same as mine. If we all thought the same way life would be very boring!
No, you don’t need an induction cook top to go camping. Will it make your life more enjoyable on the road? Maybe.
You don’t need to be able to run your caravan air conditioners, microwaves, coffee machines and air fryers off grid either, but some people have setups that will do this, and good on them.
Everyone’s circumstances are different
The camping niche is huge. You get those who want to stay in a caravan park for a few nights a year, and then you get those who want to get away from every person possible and camp with minimal gear.
Then you get those who are on the road full time with a family, running a business or just enjoying themselves and each setup can be different in reflecting this.
No two setups are the same, for this very reason, and just because you have no need for something doesn’t mean the same applies to another person.
Each morning, you get in your vehicle to drive to work. Now, you could walk instead. It’d be unpleasant, long, and hugely time consuming, but you could do it. Why don’t you? It just doesn’t make sense.
Technology changes, and people move from carrying ice boxes to 12V fridges, or gas lanterns to 12V LED lights.
If you want to stick with a certain level of technology, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. However, there’s also nothing wrong with people running expensive lithium battery and inverter setups. Each to their own; you do you.
For us, we are setting our Reconn R2 to be able to live out of for long periods. We could go back to using ice boxes, cooking our food on the fire (which we still do often) and sleeping in swags, but why would we?
We love being out in nature, and if you can do it in comfort it only gets better, and we want to do it more often as a family with two young kids.
We’ll be doing some much longer trips in the future, and anything that makes it more comfortable, easier and more enjoyable is getting looked at, very seriously.
So, what do you really need? That’s up to you, and no one else, but expect to be judged by your actions, like usual. Laugh them off like we do; we learnt a long time ago that others opinions are no business of us.
For the record, we’re pretty happy with our induction cooktop so far. We won’t depend on it, but its nice to use!