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Old 12-29-2011, 10:25 PM   #11
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Seann, that is way to technical for me. I will stick to a generator if I can't plug it in.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:10 AM   #12
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Seann, that is way to technical for me. I will stick to a generator if I can't plug it in.
then just stay 500 meters from me please.... although my group all has generators in case of bad weather we never use them... well one afternoon a month to exercise them...
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:53 AM   #13
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I have added one solar panel and LED's are next. I have seen small wind turbines on sailboats, have you thought of adding one?

Do not know the output but at Hwy speeds may be a lot.

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Old 12-30-2011, 02:57 PM   #14
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Very nice set-up there Seann. Lots of nice heavy gauge copper. I would bet the cableing is a sizable portion of the costs, but cannot be scrimpt on for power levels like that.
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Very impressive Seann. During the winter months you probably don't need to run a air conditioner but would your system be able to do that? When you mentioned it could run a microwave I wondered if it could with a larger capacitor installed in the AC. That's pretty neat that it's paid for itself already. I guess the idea now is to set money aside to replace the batteries when the time comes. Was it cheaper to buy the system down south compared to at home? No provincial incentives to go off the grid? Thanks for sharing with us. Much appreciated.
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I have added one solar panel and LED's are next. I have seen small wind turbines on sailboats, have you thought of adding one?

Do not know the output but at Hwy speeds may be a lot.

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I have one but this was about solar not wind.... the 2 big alligator clips you see on the batteries are from the wind gen. they wont work while towing commercial wind generators are designed to "stall" out at 45 mph besides building it strong enough to take 60+ mph would cost too much.
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Very impressive Seann. During the winter months you probably don't need to run a air conditioner but would your system be able to do that? When you mentioned it could run a microwave I wondered if it could with a larger capacitor installed in the AC. That's pretty neat that it's paid for itself already. I guess the idea now is to set money aside to replace the batteries when the time comes. Was it cheaper to buy the system down south compared to at home? No provincial incentives to go off the grid? Thanks for sharing with us. Much appreciated.
It will run the A/C unit... but the power coming out would be more than the solar panels are putting into the batteries and would kill them in about 90 min.. (my estimate).. besides on days like that I would rather be outside canoeing or hiking in the forest.
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Very nice set-up there Seann. Lots of nice heavy gauge copper. I would bet the cabling is a sizable portion of the costs, but cannot be scrimp on for power levels like that.
I like to go with quality... all the cables are fine strand... for best power transmission... but like I have said the system has paid for itself with what I have saved in campground fees over the the last 3 years...
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Thanks for the info Seann. Saved me a lot of time & $.

Had no idea about turbine staall speed, cheers, Dave.
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HI, Quick question. You mentioned 6 batteries, but on your picture i only see 4. Are all 6 on the A frame |? If so how does this effect your tongue weight. 6 batteries times 60 lbs or so would make a difference i would guess.
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