OH, WOW, you guys, cannot tell you how touched I am by all the support!!! (Where's the darn heart symbol
And KarenH, I love you!!! Karen came down yesterday from Bellingham to help -- wow, am overwhelmed by the support!
This was my first chance to get back to Starbucks and will report some interesting developments.
Before I even get to the solar, the refrigerator problem was not due to the solar but to a defective propane controller. Even though the triangle was green the day I switched tanks, when we looked at it yesterday, it was red. Karen suggested transferring tanks to determine whether the problem was the tank or the controller. It was the controller. As you all know, I never would have known to do that! So with that info, speaker phone call to Rease AGAIN (was it three times yesterday?) He advised to get a new controller (that can tend to happen) and send them a bill or call when I'm there and they can charge on a credit card to ETI. Switched to the good side and the refrigerator cooled down very quickly! So, that's settled.
The solar. First of all, after reading all the great reports of the system, was naive in believing it could handle the Pacific NW at this time of year. My first mistake was leaping without looking and grabbing the site with the awesome view without realizing how heavy the tree cover was. (Sure was an awesome view though!
) But as mentioned, hard to recover from a drain like that.
Yes, did move to a more open site the next day (after five days at the sun-less site). Swept off the pine needles. Batteries started to charge -- sweet. Only to realize that was because I was still connected to the Tahoe. Ohhhh, the learning curve of the newbie! Unplugged Tahoe and charge slowly started to decrease. The sun came out for about a half hour and there was some charge but then the clouds came again and the party was over.
Kept monitoring and by bed-time, was down to 11.6. Decided to connect to the Tahoe. Felt I would rather get my Tahoe batteries charged in the morning than to completely drain the 6 V's. Woke up this morning and holding my breath, tried to start the Tahoe. It started right up.
So, as I said, am at Starbucks now. It poured all last night, still lightly raining and not counting on much sun today. I'm guessing when I return to the site, it will be back to 11.6.
My plan had been to leave in the morning and stay in the lot of my friend's neighbor. I am taking your suggestions to heart and will find a place tonight where I can plug in and get fully charged before going to my friend's.
Just cannot thank you enough for your suggestions, information, encouragement, support. And Karen H -- no words -- where IS that darn heart sign?