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In Topic: 25 Rss Inverter Location 2004

18 June 2020 - 07:49 AM

BTW...you're referring to the converter, not inverter.   Converter will create 12v power and charge batteries.   Inverter will create 110v from batteries.

In Topic: How To Delete A Picture From The Gallery

05 June 2020 - 10:01 PM

It has been deleted.

In Topic: 2006 Porta-bote (12 Ft) And 2006 Tohatsu Motor (5 Hp)

01 June 2020 - 11:49 PM

Is your boat still available?  Do you live in Castle Rock?  I would like to see it,  Thomas


This post is almost 12 years old...doubt the boat is still around.

In Topic: How To Delete A Picture From The Gallery

01 June 2020 - 11:47 PM

Which picture?

In Topic: Batteries: 6V Vs 12V For The Occasional Off-Grid Camper

17 March 2020 - 11:03 PM

The first step in this process is to really figure out how much power you need/use.   I installed a Victron BMV-712 (linked below to Amazon) that monitors all my battery usages....both outgoing and incoming power.  Get the version with Bluetooth, so you can see all info on phone/tablet. 


Once you have the Victron installed, go camping for a weekend and see how much power you pull over those days.  The trick I like to recommend to folks doing this energy audit, is to leave home with a FULL charge, but camp in a location WITH electrical hookups.  Plan a long weekend...like 3-4 nights and see how much power you are using.

The Victron will give you daily reports...very nice.  Then you can easily determine the amount of power you use on an average per day.  This will tell you the amount of solar you need in order to bring your batteries back to 100% each day.   Remember, the trick is camping where there IS electricity....just in case you run out on day 2 or 3...the weekend isn't shot and you can simply plug in.


We can then calculate the panels you'll need and provide you with recommendations on controllers and wiring.


The final step will be batteries.   You could have 3000 watts of solar panels and still have problems, as the biggest problem is battery capacity.   If your batteries are not capable of holding enough power, then you'll always have issues, regardless of how much solar you have.




You can also join a private group I created on Facebook called "Solar Powered RV's and Boondocking"