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Old 09-14-2015, 07:07 PM   #11
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I agree with Bob about the inverter. Those inexpensive inverters can get pretty hot, indicating that they can be sucking down a lot of juice. It could also be malfunctioning.

Unless it was really cold and the thermostat was set up pretty high, the furnace shouldn't use that much.

But, when the solar panel is connected and getting some sun, the voltage readying you get will be more a factor of what the panels are delivering to the battery, than the battery itself - so that reading doesn’t tell you much.

I've also had the experience, with my Scamp, that the brand new deep cycle battery that came with it was defective. We discovered that the morning after our first night out. With minimal use overnight it had dropped to about 11V. I had to buy a new one at the closest NAPA and then Scamp would only direct me to the battery manufacturer for warranty.

Didn't you have a problem with a really low battery when you got home one time? Was that for sure the old battery's problem? If not maybe you could have an intermittent short somewhere? Mouse chewed insulation on a wire that sometimes causes a short? After what mice did to my old truck that sat outside I have mouse chewing paranoia
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:02 PM   #12
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I know about the surface charge etc. which is why I mentioned when the solar panels were connected and when not.
I would turn everything off, including furnace before taking a reading. The monitor in the Escape was much more optimistic than the voltmeter.
Anyway, I'm now connected to a power tree at Nk'Mip in Osoyoos, surrounded by Bigfoots. Their first rally here. Who would have anticipated that?
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:15 PM   #13
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.... surrounded by Bigfoots.
Isn't the plural then Bigfeet?
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During Fall camping last year I experienced what I felt was an unusually rapid drop in battery charge, coupled with a slow solar-assisted recovery during the day. I almost changed out my battery this spring, but hung in there and it has performed well this summer. I'll be interested to see if that once again goes south (with the sun), as we increase the furnace use this Fall and deal with shorter days and lower sun angles.
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Had great sun for the two days I deployed the solar panels and we were hanging around camp so I adjusted them for best exposure.
Tomorrow, after an overnight on the power tree, I'm going to try recording events again, testing everything.
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Could be the fan motor in the furnace . Maybe the bearings are dry , if you can reach them a drop or two of 3 in 1 oil may help .
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:41 AM   #17
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Connections to the battery clean?
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Will check battery connections, although I installed new battery two weeks ago. Have problem with my cell phone data disappearing at a huge rate too.
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Could be the fan motor in the furnace . Maybe the bearings are dry , if you can reach them a drop or two of 3 in 1 oil may help .
Furnace motor uses sealed, "life-time" bearings. They last for their lifetime, not yours ( had motor replaced under warranty years ago, so that's how I know that ).
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Will check battery connections, although I installed new battery two weeks ago. Have problem with my cell phone data disappearing at a huge rate too.
Could be a sign to go live off the grid, with only wood to heat and cook with.
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