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Old 11-13-2012, 12:43 PM   #61
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Thanks Bansil. I know it's going slower than I even wanted. And now my time frame is moving up a month. But... I'll get there enough.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:38 PM   #62
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Another warm day. Although I only have about 45 minutes between work and dark.. slowly but surely.


progresss....

Went back and got local DMV all straightened out so insurance won't get cancelled. Geez.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:51 PM   #63
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I'm getting real interested in the set up Travelinwithus has for his solar panels. I am looking at batteries and the local O'Reilleys store has http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detai ... &ppt=C1980 I think must be their store brand. Since I am going cheaper and don't intend to put a lot of strain, would 2 of these batteries suffice until I have more funds? ($74 to $300 each for batteries on my!). All and all the combination would be about $400.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:56 PM   #64
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sounds like me with the time,lol I ran out of extention cords so im having to do all my cutting outside the bus with a flashlight but its slowely coming together
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:03 PM   #65
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Wow-.. I'm no longer a mini-member.. I feel sorta.. proud and sad.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:40 PM   #66
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I'm getting real interested in the set up Travelinwithus has for his solar panels. I am looking at batteries and the local O'Reilleys store has http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detai ... &ppt=C1980 I think must be their store brand. Since I am going cheaper and don't intend to put a lot of strain, would 2 of these batteries suffice until I have more funds? ($74 to $300 each for batteries on my!). All and all the combination would be about $400.
I have three batteries about the same size in my setup. It keeps up with the nearly full size fridge just fine. We typically use Double A powered tap lights at night as much as possible as I haven't done anything with lighting inside the bus and the original light fixtures use quite a bit of electricity. We usually watch a couple hours of TV or movies at night also. The solar panels work great for recharging after this type of use. We are typically around 11.5 volts when we shut everything off for the night and go to bed. There have been a few times when running off of just the three batteries that we woke up at 6am with the power inverter beeping when the fridge kicked in because the batteries were two low. When that happened we just connected the bus batteries and waited until morning for some sunshine. If you plan to use an electric coffee pot, hot water heater or any other high wattage appliance then more batteries would be needed. I am amazed at how much power some things use. Never really realized it until we began our trip and boondocking for several nights in a row. I am extremely satisfied with the solar panels and would recommend them to anyone thus far.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:18 PM   #67
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I am extremely satisfied with the solar panels and would recommend them to anyone thus far.
Thanks, was hoping to get by with 2 batteries. Will have to make some sort of under mount housing for them. I just like the idea of getting your solar to work on a small scale. After next week I will have more time for the bus, hope the nice weather holds a bit longer here.
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Just so you know..........
You can get more amps from two 6 volt batteries vs one 12 volt....... the two 6 volt batteries must be hooked in series to produce the 12 volts needed to run whatever.... FYIO
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #69
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Just so you know..........
You can get more amps from two 6 volt batteries vs one 12 volt....... the two 6 volt batteries must be hooked in series to produce the 12 volts needed to run whatever.... FYIO
Our electrician at work told me that. I was going to read up on it. So thanks . So would you have 4-6 6 volt batteries then? Saw this whole chart on different series setups on one site. Golf cart batteries?
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yes.... If you have not already purchased the batteries then by all means get the 6 volt deep cycle batteries, two 6's for each 12 ....... hook the six volts in series 2 each then treat then as a 12 in parallel with the other two 6 volt paired batteries .......series is neg on st to the positive on the 2nd. that makes you 12 volts. to parallel them you use the positive on the first and the negative on the second battery as if it was one single 12 volt. now that I have everyone confused it's time for my coffee break........ will check back later...

by all means do your research online and get it straight in your head before you start hooking stuff up.....
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