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Old 05-21-2009, 12:14 PM   #11
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Re: Solar musing

Originally Posted by gbaglo
Another issue is where to store extra battery.
Good point. Of course, you have to ask the same question about a generator. Storing it inside raises the slight possibility of of gasoline vapour, which can be a safety issue as well as an odour issue.

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Old 05-21-2009, 12:37 PM   #12
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Re: Solar musing

Our batteries are installed under a dinette seat, and are housed in sealed plastic case, vented to the outside.

I would not want to keep a gen set inside the trailer or my Pilot either. If I was to ever get one, it would most definitely be mounted outside somehow.

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Old 05-21-2009, 03:01 PM   #13
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Re: Solar musing

In a couple of weeks we will be going on a 4 day trip and will not have plug ins.

We do have the TINY solar trickle charger and will have that hooked up outside....

We do have all LED lights for this kind of situation. Reace said the furnace fan is really energy efficient...I will go easy on the water pump.

I know with our Boler we had the water pump, no LED lights and a plug in CD player with the clock on at all times and we could go close to a week with no plug ins... Also, in hot weather we had a 12v fan that we used a lot.

So thinking we will see how this trip goes and we may look into another battery for longer trips--(at one time we had two batteries for the Boler but one was VERY old and not the greatest.. we enede dup getting rid of them both and getting a new battery and we were fine. We tend to not stay in one spot for more than 4 days and then the battery would re charge while we are driving.
In the states a lot of the places we stay at have hook ups---(Oregon) in Washington we do tend to stay at non hook up sites...

So we'll see what happens on this trip....
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:24 PM   #14
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Re: Solar musing

I went with the SE 1500. I hope it is enough to keep the charge up on my single 12v to run the basics.
It is a canadian company, and I like how easy it is to expand the system if I require it down the road.
I live in the sticks, so I need everything shipped to me.

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Old 06-17-2009, 08:13 PM   #15
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Re: Solar musing

people do steal solar panels. But mostly if you live in an populated area. I like amirie's idea of getting a second battery. You never read anyone doing that much. It's fast and easy and cheap.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:58 PM   #16
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Re: Solar musing

We have a solar panel from WeGo Solar total price $675 CDN including all the parts to install, no extra taxes. We installed it ourselves on the roof and did the connections to the Escape electrical converter.

Their web page-

When dry camping we only use LED lights, water pump, gas heater and radio. Fridge is on gas. We have now dry camped four day in a row on several occasions and found the electrical system works well for us. We would probably need to top up the battery from time to time from shore power but haven't got there yet.

Our problem is now to consider how to conserve water and get rid of gray waste water in bear country. We use the local's pit toilet for black water.

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Old 06-17-2009, 09:06 PM   #17
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Re: Solar musing

Hi: Bobccat... That's a nice clean solar setup!!! What brand of bike rack are you using also. Alf
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:06 PM   #18
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Re: Solar musing

Was that the Solar RV kit 80watt

If it was, it is great to hear that 80 watts of panel can run you for 4 days. The 22w one I ordered may be a little light to boondock on its own, but at least it will be a great trickle charger. May have to save up for added panels...

The suggestion to add a second battery is a really good one. I just am trying to avoid the weight, and modifications it would require (my single batt is on the tongue and I would need to hire a welder to mod. the rack.). How much extra weight can the tongue handle? Already have 1 batt and two propane tanks...

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Old 07-16-2009, 02:21 PM   #19
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Re: Solar musing

We found that 20 watts is enough with good sun and conservation. We bought the GoPower Duralite GPDL-20 panel. I posted more under How to extend battery life, topic: solar panel for trickle charge.

We're used to backpacking so the Escape is a luxury even without electricity.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:51 AM   #20
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Re: Solar musing

We just got back from 3 weeks boondocking up in the Chilcotin. What magnificent country! We only stayed at a resort for 2 days to recharge the batteries/shower/laundry. I've got 2- group 27 batteries so that 1 is hooked up & the other is in standby. We are frugal with our power needs (occasional pump/lights). This system worked very well for us. The days we drove gave the (hooked up)battery enough of a charge to keep it going.
I was originally thinking i would need an 80W solar setup (at considerable expense), now i think i could get away with only a 30W. This is because the battery that isn't in use, is like that for 4-5 days, so a smaller charge would suffice in that time to top it up. I only deplete the charge by max. 50%, so it seems like it'll work. I still have to crunch the numbers, also i'm going to change over to LED's in the trailer. So..........more researching is on the way. Gary

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