I have been meaning to post a few pics of this little package that I put together this year. I went to MOAB on a camping trip in June. We camped at a BLM campground just a mile outside of town. FANTASTIC!!! Im already to go back. Well, we bought a small TT a while back and my wife issued a challenge, and I accepted. Challenge was to be able to use everything the camper had to offer (accept AC), but also had to have enough juice to run 3 fans all night.
So I made a solar generator... if you are not familiar, it just a mobile battery bank. This one wasn't perfect. I originally planned to use two 6v batteries, but my case (tool box) was too short by 1 inch.
Everything worked like a charm. Woke up in the morning at about 12.7-12.9 volts after running the fans all night. We use the kureg to brew 4 cups of coffee (down to 12.3-12.5) or 12.1-12.3 if we used the toaster. We would hit the road, usually come back to the camp about 3-5pm in the after noon and the batteries would be back up towards the 13.1-3 area. We would use a little electricity before bed, mainly just water pump for showers and dishes. The kids would sometimes watch a little TV or we would run some fans while they went and took a nap.
Except for not using the air conditioner at all (unless the generator was connected) we made no effort to conserve electricity. We did bring the champion generator because it was a test run, and we knew that sometimes we would just need a total reprieve from the heat.
My solar panels are:
1) one 125 watt panel kit
2) one 85 watt panel kit
My wiring is long enough that I was able to place the panels in good enough sports that they would pick up sun while we were gone throughout the day.
1 ac inverter (2000 watt)
2 group 24 batteries
2 12 dc fans connected to a 130 degree switch
1 12 volt meter
1 waterproof ac 15 amp plug
Thanks for looking.