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Old 05-12-2013, 09:19 AM   #11
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We have a X17z...

fridge is 2 way, gas/120... so my thinking of running on solar only was off...

but it looks like running on Gas/solar to run the electrics would work rather well.

Now just to decide if I just want to bubble gum/shoe string a small panel with blocking diode and "hide" it from view in storage, or go the whole enchilada and mount something more powerful on the roof and be done with it. As I said, we don't boon dock.. and the only time we did, the house batt held up decently. (Note, we installed LED lights.)

Good call on pulling the fuse for detectors and radio..

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Old 05-12-2013, 05:22 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by tnchuck100 View Post
Solar would need to be 300+ watts. Plus an 85 amp-hour battery would not survive the night with that kind of a load. The cheapest method to run the refrigeration without shore power is propane. You will still need 12V for the control board but that is a small draw.

X3 A tank will last you a month or more just running the refrigerator.

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2010 Jayco 17Z Ex-Port
2004 Ford Explorer V8 with the tow package
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #13
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I know that this thread is not entity recent, but with a big solar panel and a timer switch modified to operate DC power, you could run it during the day and turn it off at night.


...she started talking about how I never listened to her or somethin, I donno, I wasn't really paying attention...
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