Originally Posted by Amiblue
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.
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.