Eight Off-Grid Appliances I Can’t Live Without!

When I’m off-grid with my Tiny House RV, I want to be comfortable. That means I need the right appliances and gadgets to help maintain my lifestyle. Below I’ve listed my favorite off-grid appliances and materials, in no particular order. I can’t live without these items!

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Solavore Solar Oven

8 Off-Grid Appliances I Can’t Live Without!

1). Solavore Solar Oven

My Tiny House RV doesn’t have a regular oven, but even if it did, I would use my solar oven when I was off-grid. The Solavore Solar Oven uses zero electricity, and it even works during winter with the help of sun enhancing reflectors! All you need is sunshine and an appetite.

2). BioLite Camp Stove and lantern

Cooking outside is my preferred method when I’m off-grid. With my compact BioLite camp stove, which burns small pieces of wood, I can charge my cell phone with the energy it produces. That’s a handy tool when electricity is at a premium. I also love to use my BaseLantern as a camp light because it’s very bright, lasts a long time, and is compact.


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3). Solar Generator & Panels

For off-grid electricity, I use a portable 1250 watt solar system from Goal Zero with four panels. This will power most of my Tiny House RV, as long as I have enough sunshine and I’m careful with my usage.

off-grid appliances4). Propane RV refrigerator

Call me fancy, but a regular cooler just isn’t enough for my lifestyle. I need a refrigerator and freezer. When I’m off-grid I switch my Dometic 2354 3-way refrigerator to run on propane. It still uses a little electricity to spark, but it’s very efficient.

5). Nature’s Head Composting Toilet

I love my composting toilet whether I’m on-grid or off-grid. I can’t imagine having a tow around and dump a black water tank. This is so much easier. More info here.

6). Off-grid water system

I have a 46-gallon water tank, 15-gallon greywater tank, and a water pump. More information about my off-grid plumbing system here.

7). Instant Propane Water Heater

I use the Precision Temp propane tankless water heater, and it works great off-grid. It only uses about 40 watts of electricity and then runs completely off of propane. It has freeze protection and it vents through the floor. For more reasons why I love my water heater, click here.

8). Wood Stove

I have the Kimberly wood stove, which is lightweight (for a wood stove) and extremely efficient. In cold weather off-grid living, this stove is a savior! You can even cook on top of it. For more info on how I heat my Tumbleweed, click here.

Do you have recommendations for off-grid appliances? Please comment, we’d love to hear about it!


Jenna BioJenna Spesard built a Tiny House RV in 2014 and traveled with it for one year, clocking over 25,000 miles. Today she lives simply in Mt. Hood Tiny House Village and writes about the Tiny House Movement and travel on her blog:  “Tiny House Giant Journey.”


*Disclosure: Some of the products in this post are sponsored. This means I received the item for free or at a discounted price in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend the products I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.*


  1. Samuel Webster February 21, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    This is really great. Thanks for being green. Be even more green. Park your rigs and do not drive them all over the planet.

  2. Olivia February 23, 2017 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Do you have a water purification system?

  3. Cynthia Taylor February 23, 2017 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Use the Incinolet powered by solar. Cleaner, ashes to toss.

  4. dell Green February 24, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I didn’t major in English but noticed that you spelled “Precision” two different ways. Otherwise I enjoyed reading your blog. How do you find the time?

  5. Kevin Cody March 21, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

    http://www.Agiluxusa.com makes an excellent LED lighting system that’s low profile, plug and play, 24V, and connectable to solar. It’s a modular and interchangeable system so you can put the right amount of light, exactly where you need it. For people who like to grow their own herbs and vegetables, the grow light modules can let you grow your own 365.

  6. Terre Schroeder April 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all of your great ideas. As a first time Tiny Home designer, there really are a lot of options to consider and newer and more efficient appliances coming out all of the time. I will definitely take your advice on the compost toilet and the good old fashion wood stove.

  7. Mark A June 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I’ve always been interested in living in a tiny house but haven’t been able to convince my wife to leave all the comforts of a larger home. All of the appliances you mention seem like great ways to add comfort and help the environment. I’m going to talk with her again about my dream to downsize and be able to go wherever we want, when we want.

  8. Fan Expert July 6, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Great ideas, and efficient as well. The benefits of the tiny home lifestyle. 🙂

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