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Old 10-27-2018, 06:10 PM   #1
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Self Sufficient Skoolie

I am running ideas though my head and not sure what is working. I want to have a fully self sufficient skoolie that everything will run off its diesel, solar and generator run to the diesel tank so all I ever have to do is add diesel.

Can you hook things up so when there is no sun to recharge the solar banks, they will charge from the engine running either sitting or driving? Can a generator and solar be run simultaneously if the load is to much for the solar bank? We are a family of four and will have ac (we live in Florida but plan to travel everywhere), refrigerator, probably an electric stove, lights, etc. When it is hot, I would need the ac running at all times including when driving.

After moving around here, I am shipping it to Europe to travel visiting family for a few years which is why I also want it down to filling diesel, changing oil and fresh water. Thanks.
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:29 PM   #2
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I am running ideas though my head and not sure what is working. I want to have a fully self sufficient skoolie that everything will run off its diesel, solar and generator run to the diesel tank so all I ever have to do is add diesel.

Can you hook things up so when there is no sun to recharge the solar banks, they will charge from the engine running either sitting or driving? Can a generator and solar be run simultaneously if the load is to much for the solar bank? We are a family of four and will have ac (we live in Florida but plan to travel everywhere), refrigerator, probably an electric stove, lights, etc. When it is hot, I would need the ac running at all times including when driving.

After moving around here, I am shipping it to Europe to travel visiting family for a few years which is why I also want it down to filling diesel, changing oil and fresh water. Thanks.
You can run your whole skoolie from just diesel and solar. It just depends on how deep your pockets are.

My 350 watt panels are roughly 3.5' x 6'. On a 40 foot bus flat front bus you could fit roughly 8-9 panels and 2 rooftop a/c units. Minisplits would be more efficient and add space for more panels. That's about 2800 watts of panels.

You could do an electric oven and a convection microwave to skip the propane. There may be a way to cook with diesel but I don't know about that.

https://www.powertechgenerators.com makes diesel generators that are made to mount under a van or bus. They are not cheap. I believe the smallest one, 3k watts is over $6k.

Heating can also be done with diesel or electric or both.

The solar will run to a bank of batteries. Appliances do not run directly from the panels but from the energy stored in the batteries. You can run the generator and have solar going at the same time if you like. However to design a system where that is efficient is above my pay grade.

Get yourself a bus with a built in a/c for driving. Mount panels above it.

Anything is possible enough time, skill, and money.
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Old 10-28-2018, 10:35 AM   #3
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Recommendations on who to contact who is super knowledgeable in this area who won't pad themselves an obscene amount?
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Old 10-28-2018, 10:42 AM   #4
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why does no one consider small wind turbines? are they just not nearly efficient enough to be of any use? it seems like haveing a 15 or 20 foot mast that you can put up with a 700 or 1000 watt wind turbine on wouldnt be too hard... similar to the guys that have foldable masts for their HAM antennas on their trucks and rigs that go out..



with the likes of many people travelling out west where mountain winds, santa ana of the winter, tradewinds near florida beaches, etc.. you could gain back at least some of used power even at night or on days with mediocre sunlight.. (or a combo of both)..



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Old 10-28-2018, 11:01 AM   #5
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From hearing boaters complain about the noise and vibration caused by bladed wind turbines I'd guess they wouldn't make for happy skoolies. I have heard of some sort of cone within a cone design for a wind genny with reports of silent, vibration free operation. Maybe there are discussions of this on boating forums.
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why does no one consider small wind turbines? are they just not nearly efficient enough to be of any use? it seems like haveing a 15 or 20 foot mast that you can put up with a 700 or 1000 watt wind turbine on wouldnt be too hard... similar to the guys that have foldable masts for their HAM antennas on their trucks and rigs that go out..



with the likes of many people travelling out west where mountain winds, santa ana of the winter, tradewinds near florida beaches, etc.. you could gain back at least some of used power even at night or on days with mediocre sunlight.. (or a combo of both)..



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I had considered installing one, they are affordable, but had not really found much on the subject. The extendable mast is exactly what i had imagined.
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