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Old 11-01-2013, 09:14 PM   #11
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Need to consider the future. You might not always live in Florida or choose to camp on-grid or confine your travels to the sunny south.
I wish I'd added solar to my build sheet, even living in the Pacific Wet Coast.
Wouldn't hurt resale either.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:20 PM   #12
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I agree, with solar then your 12v battery will get charged everyday, regardless of size.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:06 PM   #13
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I would also be interested in Fudge Brownies PDF of the solar set up. How about putting it in the file section of the forum for anyone to download ?
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:16 PM   #14
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Just our first year with our 19, dual 6v and solar. We like to be off the grid and on our last trip spent 7 days without power and water. We have an inverter and run a coffee grinder and small coffee pot in the morning, we also fired up our furnace in the mornings, used LED lights in the evening, hot water tank morning and evening including using outside shower. We parked in the trees with indirect sun. Batteries never got below 65% and were either topped up or made it to 85%. Propane tanks were hardly touched. I figure we could have been there a long time. Very happy with how we can camp off the grid.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:55 AM   #15
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I would also be interested in Fudge Brownies PDF of the solar set up. How about putting it in the file section of the forum for anyone to download ?
Great idea - I'd love to see them too.

We had a large group 27 single 12v on our Scamp and now dual 6v on "Blue" and I'd never want to give up the extra capacity of our dual 6's.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:54 AM   #16
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I went the route of dual 6V, and love the capacity. This option is way cheaper than solar and will let me boondock with freezing temps at night for 5 days (4 nights), no problem. This is the longest I have had a chance to do. I did buy a portable 40W solar panel, and did use it one time recently. It kept the batteries fully charged.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:09 AM   #17
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Jim - which portable panel did you get and do you like it?
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:19 PM   #18
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I was not able to upload the file to the files sections, not sure of the reason. Pick one:
  • It does not like me
  • I ate something with a hole in it for breakfast
  • It's broke
  • I do not have permission
  • The name has spaces in it
  • The file size is 2 MB, several photos included
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If the thing with the hole in it had sprinkles, that could be it.
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:31 PM   #20
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Jim - which portable panel did you get and do you like it?
I bought a Coleman one on sale as a loss leader for $100, regularly $250 at the time. I have seen other ones of a similar size since for well less than $250 though.
http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/co...l#.UnVTTPmkr_4

I actually bought 4 and gave one to each brother, and one to my mom, who have used them more. My brothers both have tent trailers so use heat a lot more, and this year we bought my mom a 17' Bigfoot that just sits out at our rec land, and hers is connected all the time. They seem to work real good.

I really have only used mine once, and that was on a 4 night trip where the temps dropped well below freezing, so we had the heat on at night, and used the pump and lights some too. The 40W panel kept things quite well charged, though I never did real the voltage, even though I meant too.

I just jury rigged the panel lead into a 7 pin connector for hooking to the battery. Seems to work very well.

I also just hooked it up to the trailer yesterday to keep the batteries topped up for the winter. Should work great for that.
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