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Old 03-04-2013, 08:42 PM   #11
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Today I installed a 300 watt inverter which will supply 110 volt 60 cycle power. I installed it under the front driver side bench seat.

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Old 04-04-2013, 11:57 PM   #12
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First Trial of Our Solar Installation

This week we camped for three days at Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island and had the first trial of our new solar installation.

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I monitored the performance with our new Trimetric TM-2025-RV.

Our single 12 volt battery was fully charged on arrival. The overnight temperatures were about 8 deg. C (46 deg. F) and we used our propane furnace as well as the water pump and LED lights. In the mornings the Trimetric registered 96 - 97% charged. By noon it was reading 100% charged. Fort Casey has little shade. There was sun or bright cloud on all days.

I'm happy with the performance of all the components of the system.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:28 AM   #13
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Hi Brian....How did you like Fort Casey ? Did you need reservations ? We are seeking out state parks to try. We used to tent camp at Larabee 30 years ago but drove through there 2 weeks ago and it is rather bleak looking now. Do you recommend Fort Casey ?

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Brain, very nice setup you have and I'm glad it working out well while actually camping. I have solar as well and like the freedom it gives you. Enjoy!

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Fort Casey

The good points of Fort Casey State Park:
1. it is in the middle of Whidbey Island which has many interesting things to see
2. it is right at the ferry terminal to Port Townsend, a wonderful place to visit
3. not much shade and opportunity for full sun so good for testing solar systems!
4. walking distance from Fort Casey and Admiralty Head lighthouse
5. clean, well maintained park with some serviced sites
6. clear views of ferry and freighter traffic
7. no reservations needed in off season

Things that some people may not like:
1. park is small so you are close to your neighbours
2. there is no protection from sun and wind, might be a problem at times
3. no reservations means it is "first come first served" in off season, so arrive early!
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Brain, very nice setup you have and I'm glad it working out well while actually camping. I have solar as well and like the freedom it gives you. Enjoy!

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Steve:

You are right about freedom! Not knowing how our solar would perform we arrived at Fort Case prepared to camp with or without hookups. As it turned out this was spring break in this part of Washington State and all the serviced sites were occupied by large RVs. It was cold and we needed to use our furnace, so the solar setup came through wonderfully! There are many campgrounds in our part of the world that have no serviced sites. In some campgrounds the sites with the best views have no power or water, so it is great to be able to manage without hookups! It is also nice not having to depend on a generator.
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Forecast for this weekend ( according to Weather Network ) is 120mm of rain.
Are you gonna test the solar and compare?
Might want to stay home and do it there.

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The forecast in Alberta is 15 cm. of snow, so I think my solar panel may not do well!
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Forecast for this weekend ( according to Weather Network ) is 120mm of rain.
Are you gonna test the solar and compare?
Might want to stay home and do it there.

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I already know that even when it is sunny out our trailer pad at home is in shade, so this test will not be necessary.
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Brian, another advantage to solar we learned is that the shaded sites are most popular and the one's we like for solar are often open when we want to camp.
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