Wind Generator

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  1. Reallyretired

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    What do folks think of this. A bit cheaper than a solar panel to keep the batteries up on a stored van. Possibly useful on rallies which don't always have sun but usually seem to have plenty of wind. It also runs at night and with snow on the roof and 4A is nearly enough to run the blown air heating on a Truma boiler which otherwise tends to hammer batteries overnight.

    Most wind generators I have come across are quite noisy but this one claims not to be. Whose going to be first to risk £150 to report back ?

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/50w-telesco...cts&utm_content=396269&utm_campaign=Frontpage
     
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    He has a silent one. Saw / didnt hear it running at Newark.
    Not cheap, but he says it's a good bit of kit.
     
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    I posted about this recently and was refered to another thread that Jaws had started where they pointed it out that you needed 35mph winds to get a charge. Go for the solar panel, they are fantastic
     
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    needs at least 10mtr per second wind.....a force 5 wind.......20mph +

    if it needs no specific anchorage how do you hold it down ?
     
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    Blue Tack ? :BigGrin:
     
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    THIS is the thread that Stew referred to.
     
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    Quite agree and I have a solar panel,however my van is in storage and all my batteries went flat as the panel was covered with snow for weeks.:Sad:

    I hadn't realised 10m/s was 20mph, so it isn't much good in a gentle breeze then.
     
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    Also...... where do you store it?

    Some of my friends have used wind turbines attached to the van and they all say you get vibrations transmitted through the van.

    Finally if you have one of those a case-type sat dish you will probably need a good few hours to set them up each evening.

    I have a roof mounted solar panel, yes I know it works far below its peak performance but you set it up once and then forget it. The other plus factor is that it works all the time there is a reasonable amount of light, stationary or moving.
     
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    The turbines which cause vibrations are the horizontal axis type. The vertical axis ones are much less prone to vibration.

    Ray's is reasonably compact and easily stored, he can set it up in a couple of minutes and it causes no vibration nor appreciable noise.
     
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    And it stops dead every time I park my RV next to it:Doh:
     
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    Force 5 is a fresh breeze 18-24mph or 10.7m/s it is not an uncommon windspeed in the winter months and of course available 24/7 unlike the sun. speeds less than that will just have a lower output but still work.
     
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    Should be reasonable and get a "compact" van like ours then, we don't stop it :BigGrin:
     
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    Wind turbine should be ideal for misterton then.lol:thumb:
     
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    Not if you have a small motor home or van conversion as space in these is almost non existent.

    I have a large space underneath the fixed bed so I could probably find storage.
     
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    I think Ray's van is about 21 feet so not massive. We could certainly find room to store the turbine in our van - 18 foot coachbuilt - but I've never had a chance to nick it :Laughing:
     
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    Storage why ????

    just bolt it to your roof and leave it there you will only be traveling at most around 65 mph so it should charge just nicely :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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