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Old 04-05-2013, 01:10 AM   #21
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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.
Brian, you may want to keep your battery properly charged with a "tender" if your solar won't work while it's parked at home.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:41 AM   #22
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Brian, you may want to keep your battery properly charged with a "tender" if your solar won't work while it's parked at home.
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We have a 30 amp power outlet next to our trailer pad and we normally leave the trailer hooked up year round, so it is being maintained by the converter in the trailer. So far this has worked well.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:48 PM   #23
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I have just turned to BC from a two month stay in Arizona. All of it as boondocking. I used a 40 watt portable solar panel which kept my single 12 volt battery topped up most of the time. I also had a Honda 1000 generator which I would use for about an hour once a week to really top off the battery. I chained the panel to the bumper when in use, but I kept the generator inside the trailer when not in use. I did not experience any shortage of power at all. The panel is stored in a custom-mad box under the bed when travellng. The Honda has a vapour-lock which prevents any fumes escaping.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #24
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I have solar as well and like the freedom it gives you.
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You are right about freedom!
To say that solar gives you freedom is very misleading. I don't have solar, and have lots of freedom too. In 4 years of owning my 19, I have been hooked to the grid maybe 10% of the time. Unless you are off grid for more than a week at a time, the dual 6V batteries alone will be adequate.
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I have just turned to BC from a two month stay in Arizona. All of it as boondocking. I used a 40 watt portable solar panel which kept my single 12 volt battery topped up most of the time.
If I do any extended trips beyond a week off the grid, I think this would be the ideal way to go. I did a calculation a ways back (not 100% sure of my calculations though) and and given my power usage, a 40W panel operating 50% for 10-12 hours should easily keep my batteries topped up.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:48 PM   #25
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OK, let me rephrase that for you Jim, "Solar gives me a lot of freedom to use battery power in the evening and not worry about having enough power the following day." Even when I use a lot the batteries will be recharged the next day, even if overcast. You are a minimalist so your needs are very different than mine.
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No need for the condescending tone.....sheesh. My trailering style seems to be getting looked down upon by some just because I haven't upgraded to the best of everything available, whereas I feel I am fortunate with what I have.

I am far from a minimalist. After all, I have upgraded to the luxury status of owning an Escape trailer.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:32 PM   #27
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Jim, OK I stand corrected....since you also have an Escape! BTW, no one is looking down on your trailering style, in fact I wish I did without half of the stuff I bring with me camping. I just happen to be an engineer and can't stop engineering everything I own. That doesn't mean mine is better...it is just me and I love re-engineering stuff. And yes, we both share the luxury of having an Escape. That we definitely have in common...and our love of the outdoors!...
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:12 AM   #28
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Hi all,
Our first trip in our new trailer was spent in Moab, UT two weeks ago, where we camped without any services for 8 days. We used the lights, furnace throughout the night, water pump, a bit of inverter....and our solar panels had our batteries back up to 100% by 9am every morning. We don't have dual 6 volts, just one 12 volt battery. There was sunshine but also a fair amount of clouds and overcast.

It was absolutely fantastic not to have to worry at all about battery status!
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Jim, OK I stand corrected....since you also have an Escape! BTW, no one is looking down on your trailering style, in fact I wish I did without half of the stuff I bring with me camping. I just happen to be an engineer and can't stop engineering everything I own. That doesn't mean mine is better...it is just me and I love re-engineering stuff. And yes, we both share the luxury of having an Escape. That we definitely have in common...and our love of the outdoors!...
It's all good. It just seems that lately I seem to hear a lot of folks saying that in order to boondock you need to have solar, and that the batteries need to be back up to 100% by nightfall or there seems to be reason to worry.

As far as over analyzing and over building things in our trailers, I do that too all the time. I do it for me though, and others may, or may not, not have the same needs or desires. I am good with that....just so long as they are good with my choices.

In years past with my tent trailer, or large stick built, both were not all that great insulation wise, or well sealed to the outside, and there were times that I was lucky to get through a couple really cold nights (temps below freezing) without worry that the single 12V battery would hold out. Now, with the reasonably well insulated and sealed Escape, combined with two 6V batteries, that worry is not there anymore. Some day I would like to test just how long one could go without recharging, as the longest I have gone in cold weather is 5 days.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:10 AM   #30
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.... our solar panels had our batteries back up to 100% by 9am every morning....
Lisa,
Wow thats really good for using the furnace and all. Do you have the Escape factory panel on the roof or some aftermarket ones you bought yourself? If you were at moab Sand Flats Road campground, it's so pretty out there, I love it.
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