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Old 07-01-2015, 12:40 PM   #11
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The whole point is a low cost start from where I can add things.
I feel your pain,and I understand what you are saying, but a lot us here, have been there done that, been around the block a few times, beat up and put away wet, and finding out low cost ends up costing 3 times more in the end.
Whats important is do it the way you can, that's what matters in the end, this site is loaded with so much information and great people with advise and understanding that its just blows me away on what I have learned.
keep up your good work, and keep sharing.
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:42 PM   #12
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My thinking is just to run a generator when power is needed then slowly building a battery system before finally adding solar.
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:47 PM   #13
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My thinking is just to run a generator when power is needed then slowly building a battery system before finally adding solar.
Plan and build very carefully, and you should be able to minimize wasted parts and effort that way. I'd try to be very aware of future expansion goals, and make sure you have space for the necessary equipment and do as much wiring as you can now, so you don't end up tearing walls out to do it later!

(Kind of like wiring your house or garage or something, y'know?)
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:19 PM   #14
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I love solar.

For the 7 months a year I get sun.

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Old 07-01-2015, 07:07 PM   #15
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Plan and build very carefully, and you should be able to minimize wasted parts and effort that way. I'd try to be very aware of future expansion goals, and make sure you have space for the necessary equipment and do as much wiring as you can now, so you don't end up tearing walls out to do it later!

(Kind of like wiring your house or garage or something, y'know?)
My wiring plan is simple... 110v only to three sockets in the kitchenette. 12v to two sockets in the dinette. Possibly a 12v socket in the bedroom. There will be several USB sockets in the bedroom and dinette. All the power cables will come up through the floor with the bulk of the wiring color coded and run along the chassis members. I'm going for simplicity!

I'll probably put a 110v input socket out of sight under the bus so I can plug in as required.

Hot water will be supplied from a 5 gallon hot tank mounted under the bathroom. I'll build the hot tank myself.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:34 PM   #16
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Had to double check with Hubby, but one of the first things we bought was a generator I found on Craigslist. We got the genny, all the wires for connecting to house and I think it was 3 five gal cans full of gas & 1 empty.
We had it stored where Hubby was working for awhile and when he brought it home he put it in the cabin down back so I forgot to even include it on our build site.

It's a Honda either 8K (I think) or 8.5k (he thinks) generator...we paid $800.00 for it. Looks brand new...will submit pictures once I get down to the cabin to take a pic of it.

From what I'm reading we should be able to power up a few of our neighbors wherever we stop.

Wonder if we can raise enough renting out electricity for gas money

Hubby said to ask if there's a way we can sell the excess to the electric company
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:43 PM   #17
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Hubby said to ask if there's a way we can sell the excess to the electric company
not worth it in Oklahoma
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A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy companies will be paying a fee for the privilege.
Oklahoma will charge homeowners who generate their own power « Hot Air
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I hear Florida made it illegal not to buy electricity from a utility company!
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I hear Florida made it illegal not to buy electricity from a utility company!

not at all trying to be sarcastic, but I'm looking at that post like a dog when he hears a strange noise...

you're saying it's illegal to buy electricity from anyone, unless it's a utility company?

forgive me, I'm tired
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:59 PM   #20
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not at all trying to be sarcastic, but I'm looking at that post like a dog when he hears a strange noise...

you're saying it's illegal to buy electricity from anyone, unless it's a utility company?

forgive me, I'm tired
It's illegal here not to be hooked up to the grid if it's available, if you install solar you have to sell it to PG&E
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