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Old 11-16-2006, 01:37 PM   #1
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My wife and I are newbies as well, and are trying to figure out a system for using our trailer this winter.
We have a 38 ft. Asndpiper on some raw land in the mountains. Very COLD!
We will be up there most weekends with a generator, but would like to keep the furnace at 50 deg. to keep it from freezing.
Can we use a solar charger to help the battery make it through the week? Do we need more than one battery in parallel to make it?
We would love some help with this.
btw, the furnace draws 6.5 amps when running.
Thank you in advance!
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Old 11-16-2006, 01:37 PM   #2
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My wife and I are newbies as well, and are trying to figure out a system for using our trailer this winter.
We have a 38 ft. Asndpiper on some raw land in the mountains. Very COLD!
We will be up there most weekends with a generator, but would like to keep the furnace at 50 deg. to keep it from freezing.
Can we use a solar charger to help the battery make it through the week? Do we need more than one battery in parallel to make it?
We would love some help with this.
btw, the furnace draws 6.5 amps when running.
Thank you in advance!
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Old 11-16-2006, 07:22 PM   #3
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What state are you in? Have you looked into setting up a "temporary power pole" like used in house construction? I know GA will let you set one up and they charge a monthly flat rate ($14/mo last I knew). To put a temp pole together will cost you about $300.
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Fooser, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. I am sure you will enjoy the forum. You will find we are a group of fun loving RVers that like to help each other where we can. Any questions you have, just ask. Here are some links to help you calculate the energy demand and learn about batteries and solar applications. Lorna, has the better idea if you can make that happen.
http://www.windsun.com/Batteries/Bat...ery%20Charging
http://www.dcbattery.com/faq.html#1
http://www.rvsolarelectric.com/sources.htm
Good luck and keep us posted as to how things are going.
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Old 11-17-2006, 04:26 AM   #5
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Thank you for your rreplies.
It is nice to know that there is such an information pool out there that we can tap into!
I feel much less intimidated by this whole process just knowing you guys are out there ready to help!
Now.............
Our trailer is in West Va. and they won't run temporary service to an rv. If we were ready for construction, they would bring in power to an office type trailer, but not til two weeks before construction starts.
They will bring power to us, but being a non permanent structure, (no foundation, no septic, no well) they say they will have to charce us for everything.The gentleman's estimate was $13,00.00!! I said for that kind of money, We would already be starting.
Seems as though we'll be off the grid for a couple of years!
I will check out the links you sent me, but still open to creative ways to maintain our batteries during the week while the furnace runs. We do have the option of living through the winter with no water in the system and keeping the heat off when not there. Brrrrr!
Open to any suggestions,
Dana
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How bout a Large propane tank for a LP generator on some sort of timer setup?
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