No more hook ups for us then !

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  1. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    Last time we went on a hook up was weeks ago

    At Prestwold we bought a pair of 110a batteries and another, bigger, solar panel to go with the other one I fitted after Newark

    After 3 days we still had the same battery levels as when we started.

    We watched TV for about 2 or 3 hours in the evenings using the sat system ( to be fair to us, we sort of have it on while we play gammon or cards or some such )..
    Amazingly, the biggest drain I saw was when ever the pump was used !

    We intend to be keeping this van for a while ( with any luck ! ) and going on sites with no hook up saves anything from 2 to £6 per night.
    We are away more weekend of the year than at home so I reckon ( again with any luck ! ) after about 5 or 6 years we will have paid for the posh batteries and the solar panels ( sold on the old panel and batteries as they were fitted FOC last year when we bough this van )

    Of course there is also the point that we can wild camp for weeks at a time if we wanted to with a good confidence level :thumb:

    Solar panels rule ! :thumb::Rofl1:
     
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    Have not had hookup for over 4 years on the RV and that is sited in the summer down in Wales at £100 a month,so must have saved a fotune by now.Solar and a good battery bank is definatly the way to go...no noise probs with gennys either.
     
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    Yup.. forgot that !
    Dumped out the genny and the fuel I had to carry too, so another saving there with less weight to carry around !:thumb:
     
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    so the tardis is going to be quieter from now on is it Dr
     
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    Yes.. at least it will be if the Flange valve does not 'let go' again in mid jump :thumb:
     
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    Yes its a great feeling to be self sufficient with Solar. We have 4 x 110 batts and 2 gert big panels. In the summer we generate and store much more power than we need. In the winter though its a different story. In the RV for heat we have a stupid system that depends on big 12volt electric battery beating fans to deliver the heat from the furnace. Couple this need with the lack of light in winter for the panels = generator:Sad: But its not all bad, its a Honda:Smile:
     
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    I had solar fitted by Detroit Solar a few years ago - got an 80w and a 60w. Only been on EHU once in 3 1/2 years and that was over the New Year where EHU was free!!! I normally change the batteries every 2 years or so - I give the old ones to a friend who is a farmer to use on his electric fences.
     
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    The cost of the solar panels and batteries is probably far more than most people spend on hook-ups so the system cannot be justified on cost - only on independence.

    I'm not against solar power - I am for it (I have the biggest panel I could fit and 2 x 110 Ahr batteries) all I want to do is get the record straight.
     
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    Used to have same problem Jim until I fitted a small catalitic gas fire.
    This gives background heat without using hardly any gas,so the big 12volt guzeling fan doesnt come on so much.Problem solved very cheaply.:thumb:
     
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    my panels were due to go on last week, going to need em now i have no genny:Wink:
     
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    Although we bought our large solar panel , fixed to the roof , we were very lucky to be given 2 Trojan batteries. They are realy good. Very quick to charge.
    We've saved a fortune not having to rely on going to sites with hook ups . There are 5 of us and 2 dogs , what with charging for even wind out awnings and wind breakers these days , commercial site prices soon add up. £30 + a night compared to a £6/8 CCC or CL site.
    We sold our 2 kw Honda through lack of use and bought a 1kw Honda to replace it. We haven't had to use it once this year , yet . Touch wood:Wink:
    We shall see what the winter brings, with the grotty weather and dark nights. But even if the diesel heating drains the batteries , a quick run to the shops or next place of choice tops them up.
    Bev
     
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    Is there any reason against ditching the usual set up of X times 110ah batterys
    and fitting say 3 or 4 230-260ah batterys if the space is available ? This would surely treble or quadrupule the available stored power and cheaper than a solar panel, as we only do long weekends am I right in thinking this would last us as batterys would be charged after the drive to site and then recharged on the way home ?
    Cheers
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    I think you'd have to do some calculations to see if your alternator would cope with charging that amount of batteries.
     
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    We get by using a torch, its not the best but its hilarious :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Jim

    :Laughing:
     
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    You must be careful when using heater that emit heat radiantly is that they must be kept a good distance from other objects otherwise these objects may get far too hot and catch fire. This is a common cause of household fires. In the smaller confines of a motorhome the danger is even greater

    Panel heater or oil filled radiators are much safer.

    Do these heater vent externally or do they fill the MH with noxious products?
     
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    Many of us would not have the necessary payload to carry several heavy batteries and solar panels as well as everything else.
     
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    Its the same one that is fitted to caravans...motorhomes all over Europe,vented through the roof...if it sets fire to somthing in my Tiffin they will have to take them out of all other European MHs becouse they are MUCH more confined.Wouldnt dream of putting my old Tiffin in danger.
     
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    It would depend on how low the batteries get in use and how far the drive is home afterwards

    remeber if you drain the power too low they will need a trickle charge as the alltinator will not charge them
    but in theory your right :thumb:
     
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