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Old 09-09-2016, 08:35 AM   #11
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Yelp, try sleeping with your heads at the other end of the bed.
Yes, maybe a review of this thread is in order: Where in bed do you put your head?
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Old 09-09-2016, 08:47 AM   #12
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Our 2016 19 has the standard solar panel and dual 6V batteries from ETI. We had the trailer out for four nights this past weekend, off-grid with no plugging in. Evening temperatures dipped down to the mid 30s, daytime highs in the 70s. We used the standard electrical items, but also ran the fridge on 12V in the evenings (my wife was finding that the propane firing for the fridge in the night was waking her up) and for a good portion of the five-hour drive home. IIRC, on our last night the monitor panel was showing around a 40% charge level.
This use of the fridge on 12V will drastically draw down the batteries. Personally, I would never use 12V on the fridge. And like baglo said, once lit, the fridge stays lit, and the sound inside is almost undetectable, and even outside right by the burner is quite. I wonder if your wife was hearing something else, the furnace cutting in maybe?

And like Karen said, at this time of year the solar gain with horizontal panels and a low sun with shorter daylight hours will lessen the rate of charge. This is one of the reasons I am using a portable panel as well.
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:08 AM   #13
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Oh no the which side you put ur heads on discussion. We've never heard any noise from the fridge, sleep with heads on passenger side.
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:18 AM   #14
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Oh no the which side you put ur heads on discussion. We've never heard any noise from the fridge, sleep with heads on passenger side.
We never slept backwards like this, and still never heard the fridge.
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It keeps Canyonrider's spouse awake. If it were my spouse, I know I'd have to deal with it one way or the other. Telling her that I couldn't hear it would just aggravate the situation.

After you figure out why the batteries are only charging 5% a day swap sides, of flip 180. Do whatever you have to do to stop running on 12v.

Can you tell on the GoPower what the amperage output is when the sun is shining, say at mid day?
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We never slept backwards like this, and still never heard the fridge.
Yes, it is just so very wrong. You might as well be holding a hand of aces and eights.
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Yes, it is just so very wrong. You might as well be holding a hand of aces and eights.
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It keeps Canyonrider's spouse awake. If it were my spouse, I know I'd have to deal with it one way or the other. Telling her that I couldn't hear it would just aggravate the situation.
My comments were more about the "firing" of the fridge, and that it actually doesn't do this, it burns continuous. Plus, I really do believe it is not very discernible. This is why I wonder if it isn't something else.

canyonrider, just curious, but could this by any chance be the water heater on propane firing up. With it under the bed in the 19, that burner is very noticeable. This is one of the reasons I added the indicator light to show it was on, so I did not get woken by it firing. I too just hate getting woken, especially shortly after I fall asleep.

Not a huge fan of the furnace noise either, but it beats freezing, and I kinda ge tused to it.
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canyonrider, just curious, but could this by any chance be the water heater on propane firing up. With it under the bed in the 19, that burner is very noticeable. This is one of the reasons I added the indicator light to show it was on, so I did not get woken by it firing. I too just hate getting woken, especially shortly after I fall asleep.
Hmm, interesting. We did use the water heater, but I turned it off using the switch on the monitor panel before going to bed. Could the water heater still be firing even with that switch turned off?

On the solar issue, last night I noticed that the panel was set to "AGM," so I changed it to "flooded." This morning at 9:00, after about 30 minutes of direct sun, the panel was reading 79%/12.6v/3.4 A. So it seems to be doing its thing, I'll check it later this afternoon.
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