You haven’t been introduced to Couik-Couik yet? -Couik-Couik is the name we gave to our recently purchased recreational vehicle in Quebec.
Welcome to our home
Our 26-feet recreational vehicle consists of a kitchen area with a table booth, a bathroom and a bedroom with storage space. We also have a cabin over the driving space that could serve as a double bed.
In our house on wheels, we have electricity in two ways:
- 12 volts: the motor battery gives us a 12 V current.
- 110 volts: we have installed an inverter, which transforms the 12 V current of 3 auxiliary batteries into 110 V current.
We operate all our electrical devices on the 110 V with the inverter to avoid tapping the motor battery, which allows us to operate the engine.
To operate the inverter and allow it to spread the 110 V current in our outlets, we have a switch, which also allows us to control the charge of our batteries. We are autonomous in electricity for about 3 nights, according to our needs in terms of heating.
When we are at a campsite, we plug into the mains socket on 15 A or 30 A. By being plugged in, it recharges all of our batteries.
With this electricity, we use the lights (DEL), the ventilation in the bathroom, the water pump, the heating and the radio. We also charge all our electronic devices. We have a microwave that we use only when we are plugged into a campsite. As well as a fridge that runs on electricity when we are plugged in.
In the recreational vehicle, under our bench seats, we have two water tanks (150 liters each) that we refill for free in the dump stations, as well as in campgrounds. We use this water to do the dishes, cook, and to wash. Then this waste water goes into the grey water tank that is outside under the vehicle. The water from the toilet flush goes into a black water tank. A water pump allows us to have the necessary pressure to circulate the water into the pipes.
When camping, we do not need to use the pump because we benefit from the pressure by connecting to the water service of the campground. This water being drinkable (most of the time) and not passing through our tanks, we also use it to fill our two cans of water (5L and 10L) to drink. We also have a bottle of 4L bought in the supermarket that we keep in a cupboard just in case.
Under the recreational vehicle, we have a propane tank. This gas allows us to operate the water heater, the hotplates, the oven, and the fridge when we are not at a campsite.
The outside of our recreational vehicle
We have three awnings including a large one on the side of the door to have a shady exterior. The other two, on the other side, are used to hide from the sun on small windows.
On the side of the door, we also have a large trunk, which is under the bed. It allows us to store outdoor equipment as well as tools and our big suitcases.
On the left of the RV, we have a bunch of traps:
- water in direct access
- water to fill our tanks
- sewage drains
We also have a ladder on the back of our recreational vehicle to go on the roof. 🙂