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Aurabbit79er

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Posted: 12/07/12 06:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have already removed the propane system.
Added 2 more batteries. Started putting solar panels on the roof.
I'm building a removable VAWT (vertical axis wind turbine).
I never had a gas generator.
Now I don't think I'll need one.
I like to boondock so I want to make the coach more independent.
I would appreciate any thoughts.


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Posted: 12/07/12 06:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

An electric refridge is going to be a challenge in cloudy weather.

Of course all this is highly dependent on your consumption. I have 800w of solar and I still find I do need a bit of generator from time to time.

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Posted: 12/07/12 06:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Staying warm will be a challenge in cool weather.

If I was going to go without LP I'd get a diesel RV and use diesel fired stuff like Earthroamer does.


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Posted: 12/07/12 06:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

details on the vawt please.

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The beauty of propane is it provides heat while your batteries circulate it. But, with what you are in, perhaps you have a non-electric furnace and a non-electric fridge too.

In that case, it just might work. Here's hoping for sun.


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Posted: 12/07/12 07:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How are you going to stay warm with no propane? How are you going to cook with no propane.

In my opinion propane or diesel appliances, and a generator, are things you add for good non-hookup camping - not take away. You can go only so far/long with only pure solar and/or wind and big batteries. A source of much higher density energy storage and delivery - as is made possible via propane or diesel fuel - is necessary for extended non-hookup camping to keep from freezing or eating heated food.


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2oldman- I have been using conservative power methods and spend most of my time in the wilds I visit then return to the Coach. So I charge during the day and use at night. Watch a movie, listen to some music.I cook with a butane single burner portable. Any propane I use is also portable. I have a old small 24" class C w/a Chevy truck cab. A 79 Roll-A-Long. Not much to look at now. It's my project.
Dakzuki- I am having a little Refer madness. I think the technology is catching up with low power usage combined with High insulation.
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RVUSA- The 16 COIL Stator and the Neodymium weather proof rotor, will be mounted permanently on the roof with a Strong Vertical shaft. The turbine(or Squirrel Cage)will set on the rotor and twist lock on to it. I'm looking at a 2'dia x 3' tall and will produce 60 watts@12VDC. At least that is the plan.

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Aurabbit79er wrote:

I have already removed the propane system.
Added 2 more batteries. Started putting solar panels on the roof.
I'm building a removable VAWT (vertical axis wind turbine).
I never had a gas generator.
Now I don't think I'll need one.
I like to boondock so I want to make the coach more independent.
I would appreciate any thoughts.


It's hard to beat propane on an energy density/lb or energy density/cu ft. I'd still keep propane for stove, WH, heater and fridge. The things that are big energy consumers.

I'd personally have a hard time living w/o propane.


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Hi,

How much solar do you plan on installing?

I'm most interested in the VAWT technology.

What size is the battery bank to be? What chemistry?

Have you considered an inductive "hot plate"?


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Artum Snowbird wrote:

The beauty of propane is it provides heat while your batteries circulate it. But, with what you are in, perhaps you have a non-electric furnace and a non-electric fridge too.

In that case, it just might work. Here's hoping for sun.

The free energy draw has a hold on me and this Coach is like a empty canvas. I want to make it mine. I had to put a new ceiling beam in when I first bought. The AC unit was falling in. From that point on I knew I was remodelimg.

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