Wind power ..Rutland/Marlec info needed

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  1. slobadoberbob

    slobadoberbob Read Only Funster

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    Next year we are thinking of buying a wind generator to help us when we cannot not be on EHU or to save the running of the 4 kw genny (built in to the Winnebago).

    I tend to research long and wide, and part of that is to canvas views from those that have or are using them.

    I have noticed a suitable Rutland 914i made by the UK firm of Marlec.. anyone got one or can tell me how they get on with a wind generator

    I am looking for the following information:

    1) what does it produce in normal use in watts per hour / day

    2) how easy is it to put up and down

    3) can you take the blades off easy or is it a case of transporting as a 39' wide / high unit?

    4) the plus and and minus of having one

    5) the regulator you recommend or use.. again pros and cons.

    Thanks

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    Bob,If you reverse the wiring and fit some wings you should be able to fly your RV to gatherings:Rofl1:

    Oops not quite the info you were looking for:Doh:
     
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  3. slobadoberbob

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    I would save the fuel that way

    Yes, very good:Rofl1:... would save a lot of fuel that way.. but I stll beg an answer if any one knows?

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    I haven't used a Rutland wind generator, Bob, but seeing as you've had a dearth of replies here's a couple of pennorth.

    From what I've heard a horizontal axis generator can be fairly noisy and can cause vibration if the pole it is mounted on is not rock solid. I saw one on an RV at Stratford Show this year (near the water tap we used before the bowser arrived) and the mounting pole seemed to be attached to the rear ladder with substantial clamps plus went all the way to the ground.

    It may be worth looking at the Forgen 500NT which is similar to the one which Ray (Dingray) has. From being pitched next to him several times in the last year or so I can testify that it causes no noise or vibration. It's much more compact that a horizontal axis generator and doesn't need a regulator.

    You could have a word with Dave (Snowbird) as well because he has been using the Maplins vertical axis generator for a while.
     
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    18W at 15 mph, hardly inspiring.
     
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    I looked at the Forgan and the Maplin BUT


    Thanks for your input.. thought no one was going to give me some feedback.. I did send a pm to Dave, and he answered, but did not really tell me a lot. I note the can type produce a lot less power than the bladed type from reading various sales blurb.

    The Maplin, which is cheap seems to have very bad reviews on there site.. no one had a good word for it, so that is off the list. The blade type v the can type cost wise seems to be not a million miles apart.. a good set up around £1k with a decent regulator.

    The can type appeals as it seens more compact and easier to carry and set up, but produces not a lot of watts. Where as the Marlec - Rutland series seems to produce about 90w in 19 knot wind and has a start up speed of a few knots..

    I did see both going full pelt at Lincoln, but the owners were never about, one was beside a Hymer, the other liked like the smallest of the Marlec Rutland series.

    I do not have the roof space for solar and as I am unable to climb the ladder these days (Wheelchair) I cannot clean it.. The self seeking systems are expensive and the only roof area I have has a saterlite dome that would block low sun. So it is either buy a 2 kw Honda genny and only use the 4 kw on the chassis for the micro wave ..save a about half the fuel I use normally or consider a wind farm:cry:

    Anyway if anyone has some views or owns one please let me know

    Thanks

    Bob:thumb:
     
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  7. bigfoot

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    Wind generators are popular with yattys and boat owners take a trip to a marina or a chandlers for good info.
     
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    Wind generators are never going to be as efficient on a motorhome as solar panels because of there sheer size. I knew when I bought mine that it wouldn't compared with solars. I have a good solar system and wanted the wind generator as a backup. £ for£ you are better spending your money on solars but when you have enough solars on the roof its good to have that little bit extra that's trickle charging 24/7 day and night. Don't forget though,it will only trickle charge,it wont run an RVs electrics unless you have a huge wind genny making more noise than a Kipor.:Rofl1:
    Mine does the job that I bought it for and am very happy with it,the only people that give them bad reports are the ones that dont do there sums and expect more bang for there buck,or in other words,expect more for nothing.
     
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    bump as i need to hear from an owner

    bump, as i would like to hear from an owner of a wind genny - blade type...please

    Bob
     
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    No personal experience, but you might get some helpful information from someone who supplies both wind generators (Rutland) and PV panels. We had a panel fitted by Aire & Sun in May - a very professional job - and Stephen, the proprietor is very knowledgable. Motorhome installations are just part of his area of operation - he also instals larger off-grid systems. Why not give him a call? I'm sure he can advise you.
    http://www.aireandsun.co.uk/index.php
     
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    helpful person

    I have spoken to him on the telephone, very helpful..

    Thanks for the contact details.

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    wind generator

    hi i have not got one yet but hav looked into it, to stop noise u buy a pole put it under wheel, u hav seen the poles that advertise at the show the ones with long flags well look at the poles and u will c a number phone them order pole the cost is approx £100 the pole goes under wheel u then put two handels the suction ones half way up the van side a piece of thick sponge between the van and pole put bungie around handels and pole to secure cannot b stolen no vibration i am getting one for the winter sorry dont know how much power it generates talking to owners its money well spent :thumb:dave & hazel x
     

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