power off grid

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  1. dabber

    dabber Read Only Funster

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    what would be a suitable battery bank power setup to be off grid for 5/6 days with reasonable power usage,could you do it with no solar.,and just carry a small generator.
     
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    yes:thumb:a very small 12v genny would be ideal:thumb:
     
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    a frugal camper could make one 85ah battery last two weeks.. maybe more.. another would kill it in a day or two

    so first, you need to define 'reasonable' One man's reasonable is another's extravagance.
     
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    Indeed we just had 4 nights at Silverstone and hardly discharged an 85Ah battery with no charging at all.
     
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    Absolutely agree Brian ..

    donkeys years ago as a tugger we had no leisure battery.. we ran everything off the car battery .. when I say everything ,.. just a submersible pump and a couple of fluorescent lights ..
    as time went on we had a small b/w TV .. still no need of an extra battery .. a trip out in the car every few days was all that was needed to keep it topped up..

    In my last euro camper I had one 85ah battery .. I could make it last for ever, as Terry mentioned in another thread.. a quick nip out to the shops and back was plenty to keep it topped up..

    I do appreciate the need for a bit more if you are charging cameras, phones etc .. but still don't see the need for whacking great battery banks, solar panels and gennies .. it seems we have gone way over the top with on board power hungry kit..

    life away from the post code should be slower and simpler .. otherwise why go ? .. it's all about relaxing .. not watching a 24" plasma TV and playing with your Wii ..

    last year we had three weeks tenting.. no leccy, no TV, no lappy , it was heaven.. just sit and read a book until it's too dark to read.. then put on a camp fire.. that is camping.. not glamping

    kiss ..
     
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    A week at Glastonbury Festival this year (no ehu), normal car battery powering lights, water pump and charging 4 phones, was still loads left in it when we were leaving.
     
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    Hi, it depends on if you are driving from place to place or just staying put. we did 24 days in france on 1 85 anp battery as engine charges while driving, we also have done about 5 / 6 days stationary on the same battery once, but as from my name suggests I hate staying anywhere longer than a couple of days so only tried 6 days once !!!. Terry
     
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    thanks for the replys electric use will be led lights and a few hours of tv or cd.cooker,fridge,waterheater on gas.sounds like one 110amp should be ok then,could be 3 days without moving though.
     
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    Yes, I would agree...

    one of the heaviest users is the blown air heating fan.. not a problem in summer but come winter an electric hook up becomes a real bonus if staying for more than a couple of days.

    in the 'good old days' we had catalytic or a gas convector heaters .. didn't use leccy ... that's progress ... :RollEyes:

    enjoy your van and good luck

    jim
     
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    Brian.
    Of course it was no charging, you silly sod.
    You sold your genny to me!
     
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    Time of year makes a huge difference. We have 2 x 110 Ah batteries and can last more than five days in summer with no problem. In deep winter with temperatures below freezing, we can run out on the third night.
     
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    That's why I couldn't find it.

    Did you ever pay me ?
     
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    As long as it's not a 42" plasma TV you've no problems.
     
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    Who are you?
     
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