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Old 01-30-2016, 06:54 PM   #1
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Appliances?

What would it take for me to be able to run a washing machine, dryer, and fridge? Should i get a propane fridge? Will a 7000 watt generator be sufficient? Is it possible to build a battery bank to run all of this?
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:19 PM   #2
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It is all possible. Do a bit of research on what is available and what others have done.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:48 PM   #3
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I've been researching for years. Lol really i am just trying to see if anyone can give some sort of estimation on the number of deep cycle batteries I will need. Or if the machine can be run directly off a generator?
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You can run all that off a 7000 watt generator, maybe all at once. Running any of it off batteries will require a big battery bank as well as some way to recharge it quickly. Electric motors and heating elements draw boocoo amps.

Most people who want high amp appliances rely on shore power or a generator while we boondockers go the "energy lite" route with mainly propane heat and LED lights.
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here is a calculator to figure out how big you use will be.

https://www.altestore.com/store/calc...ad_calculator/

figure your use, then double it for sizing the battery bank.... bigger is better
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Just for the Halibut (the halibut is a fish you do things for) I checked out the amp draw of our home appliances:

Full sized refrigerator - 7.7 amps/924 watts (120v)
Electric dryer - 20 amps/2400 watts (240v, 2 phase)
Electric washer - 15 amps/1800 watts (120v)

To run any one of those off battery power is going to require a massive battery bank and running all of them plus the hair dryer, microwave, air conditioner and coffee maker (you know you want them ) just won't be practical.

Basically, you're looking at a two-phase generator to handle the dryer (the 7000 watt generator will be two-phase) and/or a 50 amp shore power connection. You'll be drawing as much juice as a small house.
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Thank you all very much.
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Also when figuring in calculations for your generator you need to
remember to figure in altitude for your generator output. For every
1000 ft of altitude decreases output by 3%. So if you've got a 7500 watt
generator and your at 10,000 ft altitude you can only get 5000 watts of
output.
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I think using electricity for heating and cooking is really inefficient, which leaves me only one choice, anything but electricity.

You not going to monitor your charger all day long, to waiting for battery to be fully charged, only to realize you can only cook for 20-30 minutes, depends on your battery storage capacity. I'm assuming you have impressive battery setup costing thousands of dollars.

You can always use generator, but try cooking with 15A limited circuit, it will drive you crazy. That's why most electrical appliance, ovens for home built uses 2-phase input to boost input power.

Propane ranges are widely available, or think portable propane cooktop like most RV user do.
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roach that fridge is a hog!
my ac 10 cf fridge freezer draws 1.2 amps at surge and .07 running.
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