BYOV = Bring Your Own Vehicle Event
Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA)
Sponsored by Lectric eBikes
Who Should Apply?
- Boondock full-time (camp off-grid with no water, sewer, electricity, or trash)
- Can not afford even basic electrical power for charging devices on the road
- Have enough space in vehicle-home to store a portable power station (12.6 x 8.5 x 8.7 inches plus additional space for good ventilation), a folded 200W portable solar panel (24.8 x 22.05 x 1.77 inches), and two 20 foot extension cables,
- Are committed to be at the Pahrump BYOV event for the full day on Saturday, October 14, 2023
- Agree to be interviewed, video taped, and photographed for sharing on HOWA website, social media, etc.
If you answered “yes” to each of these qualifications, HOWA wants you to apply!
How It Works: The successful applicants (grantees) will be informed by email on or before October 1, 2023. The BYOV Event will be held on private land in Pahrump, NV on October 14, 2023. Recipients and Volunteers may choose to disperse camp (boondock) together on BLM land east of town. A HOWA Caravan will be active from October 11-24 in Pahrump.
October 14th Schedule:
- Distribution of 200W portable solar power systems
- Instruction by knowledgable volunteers about power system abilities and limitations
- Recipients unbox and place the solar power systems in their vehicle for travel and night-time usage, assuring sufficient ventilation of the power supply.
- NOON: Thank You Pizza Lunch with Recipients, Volunteers, Sponsors, and Staff
- Recipients will stage their vehicles in the parking lot with their solar panels deployed, charging their power supplies.
- The larger community will visit with Recipients to view their systems and learn how they plan to use it.
- Staff will provide Recipients with the receipts of their granted items so they have the proof-of-purchase to problem-solve with the manufacturers should any future issues arise.
The granted items include:
- Bluetti EB70S power station, or similar. Videos about the EB70S:
Bluetti customer trying many types of home devices with EB70S, including time and watt usage
- Pair of 20 foot extension cables, red & black, 12AWG, or similar.
- GRECELL 200W solar panel PRO, or similar.
Click here to learn about the capabilities and limitations of the EB70S with 200W of solar..
For the Nomad who typically travels to camp in the most comfortable US climates throughout the year – at elevation during the summers, and in the southern most states in the winters.
- More hours of sunlight; more power can be generated
- Less hours of dark; less power needed while dark
- Sunlight sometimes blocked by shade so vehicle can stay cool; less power can be generated if in the panels are in shade
- Less hours of daylight; less power can be generated
- More hours of dark; more power needed while dark
- More overcast or cloudy skies; less power can be generated
Examples and General Guidelines of Sample Devices
These are estimates, monitor your specific devices for your specific results.
Big Assumption for these guidelines – The EB70S portable power station has been fully charged when device is plugged in.
|Typically All By Itself
|X –~50% battery/night
|Drip Coffee Maker
|X – will drain battery
|X – will drain battery
|X – will drain battery
|X – will drain battery
|20qt 12v Compressor Fridge
|X – a portion of 24 hours
|Fridge w/household 110v plug
Pro Tip – When possible, run devices connected to EB70S when simultaneously recharging EB70S in full sunlight. The EB70S can then be immediately recharged after being discharged from use of a connected device.
The application for the BYOV is fully online. Applicants use a computer or smart phone to fill out the application and to upload images/photos. The application requests contact information and asks some qualifying questions. Applicants upload current photos of their vehicle. In addition, applicants upload images of documents for identification, vehicle ownership, and finances. Since this is a need-based grant program, HOWA also requests applicants’ monthly income, payments/debts, and other assets.
Click here to read the preparation details of the Application.
To confirm your identification, be prepared to attach electronic image or picture of your driver’s license.
For the Review Committee to review your vehicle’s readiness, be prepared to attach 3 current interior pictures of your vehicle from different perspectives to show where you will be storing your (vented) portable power supply (12.6 x 8.5 x 8.7 inches), and portable solar panels (24.8 x 22.05 x 1.77 inches)
For health and safety, be prepared to electronically attach a doctors note (on letterhead) if you have or may have a contagious condition (skin, respiratory, viral, bacterial, etc.). The note should give their signed approval of your participation at the BYOV event.
In accordance with HOWA’s Mission, BYOV grants are assigned to Recipients in the greatest financial need. The following documentation and information is necessary, therefore, for the Committee’s review and selection process.
Be prepared to upload financial documents and/or Letters of Recommendation.
Note: Upload all pages of each document. That is, a single page of a multi-page document is not sufficient.
- Latest Statements (all pages) from all of your Financial Institutions
- Latest IRS 1040 Tax Form OR
- If You Did Not File 2021 Federal Taxes, then upload electronic images of 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Example of effective letters include:, length of time and how you know applicant, examples of your personal knowledge of their financial need.
- Your Benefit Form from Social Security, SSD, or SSI.
If you have a condition that appears to be contagious, be prepared to upload an image of a note from your doctor’s note.
Be prepared with the following financial information:
- AVERAGE MONTHLY INCOME from every source (paid work, Social Security, pension, retirement disbursements, etc.).
- ALL DEBT & MONTHLY PAYMENTS (loans, credit card, mortgage, etc.).
- ALL ASSETS (savings, real estate, vehicle(s), annuities, etc.).
Applications must be electronically submitted by 5pm PDT on September 15.
For more details about the BYOV, continue reading. Otherwise …
Apply by September 15, 2023.
Only complete applications will be considered.
Selected grantees will be emailed on or before October 1, 2023.
HOWA strives to facilitate BYOV events in alignment with our Mission to serve those most in need, grounded in a community of care and compassion. BYOV Event Recipients have overwhelmingly demonstrated honest, responsive, and kind behaviors. However, a Recipient will be dismissed from participation or planned participation in a BYOV Event if the Recipient engages in certain problematic behaviors. Click here to see GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL policy which outlines the conditions for such dismissals.
Grounds for Dismissal
If HOWA management determines a Recipient has demonstrated any of the below behaviors, that Recipient will be immediately dismissed from that Event or from participating in a planned Event:
- Recipient violates or undermines the mission of HOWA;
- Recipient is found to have provided false, misleading, or incomplete information to HOWA that HOWA relied on in selecting the Recipient for a Grant;
- Recipient disrupts the activities of the Event; or
- Recipient places other Event Participants at risk.
Examples of grounds for dismissal, include but are not limited to:
- Recipient’s vehicle not sufficiently ready in time.
- Recipient is unresponsive to communications.
- Recipient does not accurately disclose financial and other resources available to Recipient.
- Recipient does not show up at scheduled appointment time or is significantly late.
- Recipient’s pet is aggressive toward people or other animals, on leash or off leash.
- Recipient has a contagious condition that puts others at risk.
- Recipient participates in sexual or physical harassment in their jokes, words, or actions.
- Recipient violates the stated rules or boundaries of the event.
If at the time of dismissal, the Recipient was already granted an item, then the Recipient must remove and return all previously granted items within one week of dismissal. The items must be returned in good condition at a mutually agreed upon time at the Event location.
DETAILS, INFORMATION, & GLOSSARY
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Bring Your Own Vehicle
A person who applied, was interviewed, then selected to receive one or more granted items for their home on wheels. Recipients are unable to afford the improvements themselves. Recipients remain in Pahrump for the full event. Recipients are the reason for the BYOV and all the volunteers who gather to make it happen.
A person who gives from the heart for the benefit of Recipients to improve their quality of life. Volunteers in leadership positions work before, during, and after the BYOV Event. Care and compassion are hallmarks of the HOWA community’s volunteers. Other than small tokens of gratitude, they receive no compensation.
Is on private property in Pahrump. Much appreciation for our Hosts at Mail, Messages and More. The Event Site will be approximately a half-hour drive from the BYOV Camp. Bring your water. If desired, and your pet is behaved, then a volunteer will pet-sit for you at the BYOV Camp.
BYOV Leadership Team:
- Bobbi, staff BYOV Manager
- Marieke, staff BYOV Data & Online Communications Support
- Lisa, staff BYOV Logo Designer
- Ronda, volunteer BYOV Assistant
Support the BYOV:
Cash Gifts: Specifically for the HOWA Build Program HERE.
A caring and compassionate community are hallmarks of HOWA. All are welcome to be part of us, all — ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, religious affiliations, political persuasions, physical abilities, etc. Diversity makes us stronger. In HOWA, we focus on what brings us together — our humanity, appreciation of differences, love of nature, exploration, helping each other, the nomadic life. In contrast, we avoid divisive topics, words, pictures, and symbols of religion, politics, and any other current hot-button topic. Together we are changing lives, building community, and ending homelessness one person at a time.
HOWA’s Trustees and Staff:
Trustees: Bob Wells, President; Suanne Carlson, Vice-President; Karen Battaglia, Secretary; Brian Gifford, Treasurer; Arlo Kipper, Governance; Bob Kent; Sarah Kuiken; John Nolan; JP Smith; and Jaime Restorff.
Staff: Suanne Carlson, Executive Director; Phyllis Bickford, Assistant Director; Jessica Harper, Administrative Assistant; Bobbi Stice, Client Services Manager; Tracey Power, Emergency Fund Coordinator; Lisa Bee, Virtual Caravan Coordinator; Marieke McArthur, Technology Coordinator