Just received an Email that Harbor freight has a 45 watt solar panel, 12volt sealed battery, plus other parts on sale starting today. Thought I would post this just as an alert hoping it could save someone some money.
Your welcome Here are the prices 3 15 watt solar panels, mounting hardware,12volt light kit, battery terminal connectors, & auniversal DC power adapter $159.99 12 volt sealed battery Regular $89.99 Sale $59.99 8 panel solar connector $10.49 Panel mounting frame $7.99
I don't know if these are good prices or not so I thought I would list them for your information.
Post by 1958 Shasta "Penny" on Mar 19, 2014 18:54:27 GMT -8
If I went to HF and told them I need electrical stuff for a trailer, would someone at HF be able to put together everything. I am procuring the supplies, but will have the handyman install. But I have no idea what to purchase...
I'd like to have a battery charging while driving.
I wish there was a complete checklist for these kinds of things.
You probably won't find some of the RV type stuff there for AC... That kind of stuff you should get from VTS. You can get the 110vac breaker box at HD or Lowes. Also the 12vdc converter and protection device can be found at VTS. Have your handyman read the electrical section in it's entirety and then he can order the parts for you.
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...
To charge while driving, you need a battery isolator switch with at least as high an amp rating as the alternator in your vehicle. If you just hook the camper battery to the car's electrical system, one battery will get overcharged and one undercharged, killing them both before their time. The isolator switch sends the juice to the camper battery after the car battery is charged. Mine was $36 at NAPA for a 95-amp model.
'76 Shasta 2250 kept in a perpetual state of restoration. That way I don't have to buy any more campers
I am working at Lassen Volcanic National Park for most of the summer, and my site will not have electricity. I will need to run everything off of batteries charged by solar. I just bought a Coleman 55w solar system ( half price from a fellow camper) but will need to add another 100 watts to this. I plan on running the mini-fridge off of a 200 watt power pack that I picked up at a local outlet store and using a deep cell for the cooktop, lights, and small heater. I have never been to Lassen but the volunteer coordinator insisted I have a heater ( even though I am a northern girl) so I assume it must get cold there at night. So... thinking a 400 watt converter would do the trick for the lights, heater and cooktop. Any suggestions on brand names? Thanks!
Not sure why you're trying to go all electric, but most vintage trailers were designed to operated on gas and sometimes 12 volt. In campgrounds, they had ample 110 power to operate the lighting and maybe one outlet. Gas supplied power to the gas light, stove and heater if there was one.