Post by msgoehring on Jul 29, 2016 22:55:04 GMT -8
I would need someone who actually understood solar power system to get me to where I could even TRY to understand how to use it. I think if we ever do a bigger trailer this might be an idea, but the fridge and panels would definitely have to be camouflaged so they look more in line with the era of the trailer. I know lots of people don't mind having all modern stuff showing in a vintage trailer. I just can't do it. We thought about putting a fridge in the trailer, but I couldn't, the thought just didn't look like I want my trailer to look.
We're going to wire and run propane lines in the area just in case we rethink adding one after using the trailer a while. Also so it's there if we ever sell her and the new owners want one.
Glad this is working out so well for you though.
I decided to get a vintage trailer so I could get out of my house more and see the country. How then did most of the trailer get in my house and the other parts of it get to see the country?
Post by girlandcoconut on Aug 3, 2016 8:33:55 GMT -8
This post is so great, thank you SO much for sharing! I'm not a fan of propane or having to haul around a generator either. I would really love to get myself hooked up with solar and my rig be primarily electric and this post helps me believe it's more than possible.
I still get kind of cross eyed with all the electrical/solar jargon but I'll get there and posts like this help. I've kind of drowned in some of the online calculators. I think I need to take a Solar 101 course and get confident with the verbiage and then when I read posts like this it will just make perfect sense
Post by girlandcoconut on Aug 4, 2016 11:34:49 GMT -8
Cowcharge, thank you for that most informative explanation, and for a few laughs in there as well. I will definitely check out that blog and look forward to learning more and getting this rig off the grid and off the gas!
I am starting to look into power systems for my trailer so I can run the fridge and lights w/o shore power, so we can camp more "off the grid". I bought a "Kill a Watt" from Amazon and connected my trailer to it and my home 110v and ran it for a day with the fridge plugged in and running the whole time (and opening it periodically) and the interior lights on in the evening. I found it used 1.4 kWh over 24 hours. Thinking about running 2x 6v golf cart batteries and an inverter, I did the following calculations: 1.4 kWh = 1400 Wh, 1400 Wh/12v = 117 Ah. I saw some of the 6v golf cart batteries are listed at over 220 Ah... is it reasonable to assume that two of those in series (12v, 220+ Ah) could run my trailer for about 48 hours? If that's the case, I'm wondering if I even need solar, since 90% of the camping we will be doing will probably be less than 48 hours. For longer trips I could probably just bring a generator to recharge the batteries. Am I missing something, or does that sound reasonable? Thanks in advance for the help!