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Old 10-11-2014, 10:25 PM   #1
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So.I have ordered a 21 escape.How much power/draw is there when utilizing a Maxfann.Thought I may purchase a generator,but really doubt that it would be used for anything .Other than charging batteries 500 watt? Or should I go with a 2000 watt.I have heard that if you don't put suffient draw on a genset,they develop a memory..thanks
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:31 PM   #2
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Brian,
Just get the factory solar and dual 6 volts or single group 29 battery. The MaxxFan draws little juice on low and with this set up you will always have juice, skip the generator. I have the single battery and the original 95 watt solar, I leave my fan on while camping, have had no issues.
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:45 PM   #3
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I now have both a 1000 Honda genset and two 40 watt Coleman solar panels.
Haven't really put the panels to the test, so I'm still dragging the genset around.
I agree with Jim. Go solar. You don't have to haul gas or put up with even the minimal noise of the expensive Honda. You won't annoy your neighbours with the genset ( or in my case, my wife ) and you don't have to change the oil in a solar panel or run it every couple months, just to keep it in shape.
I didn't get the ETI solar option, so I'm limping along with small portable panels.
Wish I'd just gone solar from the start.
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Old 10-11-2014, 11:16 PM   #4
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Brian, you're on the right track! Welcome to camping. You'll great advice here. Suggest you order a trailer with all the essentials, like dual batteries, and then learn about them out on the trail. It can be a little cumbersome and expensive to retrofit. Doing mods can be as much fun as actually camping!

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Welcome, Brian P. As said, the Maxx draws very little. The solar set-up is now 160 and people with the 95 have had no trouble keeping up.
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Welcome Brian, I don't recall the exact numbers but the fan uses something like 1A on low and 3A on high. Agree with the others, go with the solar, you can always buy a generator later if you find you need one. Most folks go with a 1000 or 2000 watt, the 1000 is plenty to charge the batteries, it just takes longer and weighs a good deal less when lugging it around. The 2000's are quicker and will just run your air conditioner, at least it ran mine when I tried it out. Yamaha makes a 2400 watt that would give you some overhead if running the air conditioner is a prime concern, it of course weighs and costs even more.
I usually look for campgrounds with hookups if we're going to be in real hot or cold weather. Other then that the solar and 2 6v batteries has so far worked out very well.
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We weren't sure if we needed solar, we mostly camp where there are hookups, although we do go for 4 days or so without. We didn't get the solar, but did get it pre wired and got two 6 volt batteries, from what I've read on the forum, I think we should be able to manage with the extra we get from the two 6's, if not then we'll add the solar panel.
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Welcome, Brian P. As said, the Maxx draws very little. The solar set-up is now 160 and people with the 95 have had no trouble keeping up.
When you speak of 160 is that watts,or cost of a panel.
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Brian,
Just get the factory solar and dual 6 volts or single group 29 battery. The MaxxFan draws little juice on low and with this set up you will always have juice, skip the generator. I have the single battery and the original 95 watt solar, I leave my fan on while camping, have had no issues.
I have ordered the trailer w/dual 6 volt batt.One of the reasons for purchasing a generator is.You can put it away,out of sight out of mind.Solar where are they generally mtned.?Would they charge batt's in 3 hrs. Love my fishing time,more then baby sitting a gen/or solar panel..
I guess there are good pts. & bad pts.Cost is perhaps a breaker.I generally camp well into shady area's,winter camp. Thanks for the advice...very good pts.
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Another thought on a generator is use besides when camping. We live in a rural area and power outages are something that happens. During big storms, it may take the power company a while to get to all the places without power. So, for us the Honda 2000 is enough power to run our home fridge and large freezer (that is packed full with home grown garden produce) in emergencies.

But like Baglo says, I spend more time running it just to exercise it a couple of times a year than actually using it. I put synthetic oil in it so I don't have to worry about changing that all the time.
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