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Old 02-20-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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As I gleefully sat in my "new" mh enjoying my very first camping trip I noticed a small white thingy spinning on top of my "neighbors" fancy coach. I had no clue what this was but it made me start to wonder if wind power could be used to charge the 6 volt batteries? I have been trying to grasp an understanding of solar power so perhaps someone out there might have an answer for me about wind power!
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This is probably what you saw.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003P64XU4
The only wind power it supplies is to assist with holding tank odors.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:25 PM   #3
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If it was spinning, it was probably the wind sensor for the power awning. If the wind blows too hard, the awning will automatically roll up.
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What you saw was probably a wind sensor for the automatic awnings. I have only seen a couple of RV'ers using wind generators and they were semi permanent setups in the desert.

Paz beat me to it!
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But my question is..... Is there a wind power product to charge the 6 volt batteries? And if not is there a good reason why someone has not developed such a product? Oh, and thank you for letting me know what the thingy is!
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I saw one on an old Beaver rig.

It was part of a weather station!
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:48 PM   #7
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But my question is..... Is there a wind power product to charge the 6 volt batteries? And if not is there a good reason why someone has not developed such a product? Oh, and thank you for letting me know what the thingy is!
I understood the true nature of your question and it would be nice if someone had a wind powered generator installed to charge the house batteries and explained the installation and how good it works.
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There are no 6 Volt batts on a modern RV! There ARE 12 Volt batteries that come in halves. I say this because RV's are 12 Volt (some 24 or 48 even) rigs, so thats how you charge them.

Now, to charge a 12 volt battery bank with a wind generator, a good swift 30 MPH wind is required to get the Amperage flowing.

Some like to tinker with them (me included), but one good solar panel is miles ahead of any wind generator, for practical purposes.

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There are no 6 Volt batts on a modern RV! There ARE 12 Volt batteries that come in halves. I say this because RV's are 12 Volt (some 24 or 48 even) rigs, so thats how you charge them.

Now, to charge a 12 volt battery bank with a wind generator, a good swift 30 MPH wind is required to get the Amperage flowing.

Some like to tinker with them (me included), but one good solar panel is miles ahead of any wind generator, for practical purposes.

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There are no 6 Volt batts on a modern RV! There ARE 12 Volt batteries that come in halves.
So if you need to replace the halves. Do you ask at the battery store you want to buy 2-4 halves of a 12 Volt battery.

Or do you just ask for 2-4 6 Volt batteries that are not in any modern RV?

For RVBABY yes they are many modern RV's that have 6 volt batteries in them. You must wire pairs of them in series to produce the needed 12 volts

More info on RV's 12 Volt Side of Life
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As I gleefully sat in my "new" mh enjoying my very first camping trip I noticed a small white thingy spinning on top of my "neighbors" fancy coach. I had no clue what this was but it made me start to wonder if wind power could be used to charge the 6 volt batteries? I have been trying to grasp an understanding of solar power so perhaps someone out there might have an answer for me about wind power!
Portable wind generators are available from many manufacturers. The better ones will start producing power with a 6 mph wind and maximum output at 25 mph.
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Strange, I looked and found a whole bin full of 6 volt batteries in my '08. Old throwback I guess? Get real !!!!!
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So if you need to replace the halves. Do you ask at the battery store you want to buy 2-4 halves of a 12 Volt battery.

Or do you just ask for 2-4 6 Volt batteries that are not in any modern RV?

For RVBABY yes they are many modern RV's that have 6 volt batteries in them. You must wire pairs of them in series to produce the needed 12 volts

More info on RV's 12 Volt Side of Life
I just read through the attached article and found it to be the most complete explaination of the battery system I have ever read...THANKS!
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RV's have 12 volt electrical systems BUT, as with mine it is powerd by 6 volt batteries in a series
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