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Old 11-01-2016, 09:19 PM   #1
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Solar power vs.

Ok, ive been really looking into solar power, pros, cons yadda yadda. I began to think about wind generators. So i start looking, and they do nake them RV sized. I ran across a few good points such as, the sun doesnt shine 24 hrs a day, but the wind does blow. Im seriously considering making a combined system for mine. Does anyone have any experience with wind turbines?
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Old 11-01-2016, 10:26 PM   #2
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PLEASE read about wind generators on vehicles. There's lot's of information out there about doing that. In a nutshell, don't waste your money trying - it won't do anything useful, and there's absolutely no ROI at all. When the sun's not shining, that's why you have batteries! PV panels and FLA batteries are mature technology and can work very well as a mobile system. I have 2kW of PV on my bus roof, but I wouldn't use a wind generator even if it were free.

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Old 11-01-2016, 10:31 PM   #3
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Ive just started delving into wind power, and realized i had not seen anyone talking about it on here and thought i would see what ya'll think about it. It seems to me that having a back up charging system that isnt a generator sounds like it may be a dang good idea.
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Old 11-02-2016, 12:31 AM   #4
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If you are somewhere where there is ALWAYS wind blowing, it might be. I was looking at adding wind to my last project bus, but I scrapped the idea after a little while when I realized that it seems the only place there is always wind blowing is at higher elevations, which there aren't many places in this country that are high enough for that AND are bus-accessible.

There are large wind turbines as you head west.... but look how many of them are not turning vs the number that are.
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:35 AM   #5
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out west you could use a genny, great wind out there. you can pick up a small one for a couple hundred bucks. the higher you put it the better so you would need a push up pole. you would need to store the unit and pole in your bus when your not using it so its taking up space. if your going to be out west for a long period of time it might be worth the trouble. if your going to be moving allot i wouldn't bother.solar is great for an rv, park for free where ever you want. good luck
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Its just something i had come across while researching solar power. I thought it was odd no one has mentioned it.
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Its just something i had come across while researching solar power. I thought it was odd no one has mentioned it.
I think there are quite a few reasons no one has mentioned it, like the many listed above.

I do like the thought of alternatives to solar, but if you are moving, EVER, the hassle of taking down/ putting up far outweighs adding a few more batteries and panels - which is how I have dealt with cloudy days. Nothing compares to solar.

Now maybe if you camp by creeks, water turbine might be a good alternative? Still a hassle.
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I think there are quite a few reasons no one has mentioned it, like the many listed above.

I do like the thought of alternatives to solar, but if you are moving, EVER, the hassle of taking down/ putting up far outweighs adding a few more batteries and panels - which is how I have dealt with cloudy days. Nothing compares to solar.

Now maybe if you camp by creeks, water turbine might be a good alternative? Still a hassle.
Its just a question i needed to ask. Now i am the wiser for asking.
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Its just a question i needed to ask. Now i am the wiser for asking.
I am glad you did, I have been talking myself out of it mostly for the reasons listed above, but it is good to know others have the same negative opinion about wind. I still want to create a cheap solution just to say I did it, but it is simply not practical if you move........ever
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At some point I will probably still work something up, but it's not a real high priority right now. Would be nice to have it though, in the event I find myself in a place where it would actually be useable. It won't be something that will be put up every time I park.
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