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Old 02-06-2012, 11:49 AM   #11
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IF you get snow that stays.. set the panels vertical (facing S) so they wont cover with snow.... and still charge... doing this you will not need AGM's 2-6's flooded style will be OK just make sure you have a charge controller on the system or the batteries will self discharge during the night... check your water level once a month... DISTILLED WATER ONLY
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Thanks Seann,good advice. We, actually DW, wants to try boondocking for a day.
I found a 12 volt hair dryer that might help?
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:10 AM   #13
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I have been boondocking since Oct 19 and once you start you will NEVER want to visit another yucky sardine campground again... 12 volt appliances are good.. but I have a whole house inverter that powers EVERYTHING... TV microwave, even the A/C (but that is hard on the batteries)
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thanks Seann, this solar journey might be kind of fun!
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #15
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I have been boondocking since Oct 19 and once you start you will NEVER want to visit another yucky sardine campground again... 12 volt appliances are good.. but I have a whole house inverter that powers EVERYTHING... TV microwave, even the A/C (but that is hard on the batteries)
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What size and brand is your inverter? How would you rate it satisfaction wise?
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What size and brand is your inverter? How would you rate it satisfaction wise?
I have a Magnum Energy 2000 watt mod sine wave (4000 watt surge) the only thing I would do different from what I have now is to go with the full sine wave inverter.... and the largest charge controller I can get... (blue sky) got 515 watts on the roof now and would like to have another 270 watts up there... (during the summer this would be overkill but in the shorter winter days I can use it)
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Definitely agree on the pure sine wave inverter. No solar yet so the charge controller can wait.
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