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Old 03-06-2011, 06:03 AM   #29
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You mentioned going to camping areas that were out of the way and that you have used 12v power for living. You might consider installing LED lights for these times as the saving in battery power is worht it.
I added LEDs to my MH and consider it money well spent. Three of the old incandescant bulbs drew about 4.5 amps, 4 of the LEDs draw .5 amps.

The auto parts stores, along with Walmart are carrying a larger assortment of LEDs and the price is coming down. Some have built in switches, some don't. There is a huge assortment of LEDs on EBay.
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This is a very good suggestion LEDs are much more efficient they are however a little pricey, but if you shop around you can generally find some pretty good deals. Another thing to consider is a solar panel and 6volt batteries, solar panels can be picked fairly cheap, and if you watch you can find the batteries on sale as well. Depending on the amount of space you have 6volt batteries will generally give you about twice the life of 12volt batteries and about 20% more power.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:09 AM   #31
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I installed 2 of the Harbor Freight solar panel kits on our MH. We have 2 grp 27, 12v batteries for the coach.
After the LEDs and first panel set were installed we about tripled the time we could dry camp without running the generator.
We have not dry camped but for an overnight stay since the second set of panels were installed but plan on doing and extended stay at the lake this month.
The complete kit (45 watt) can still be purchased with a coupon from HF for $155. Not the lowest cost per watt until you include the cost of ALL the items in the kit.
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Do some shopping, we will once in a while use the small 15watt panels from harbor freight on some of our small camps. I have however found some 85-95 watt panels for the same money. Less to go wrong, wiring etc... and much better panels for the money.
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Ya...if tongue weight was 5000lbs. that tow vehicle would have the front end off the ground.
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The nice thing about the 45 watt HF system is it has the controller, brackets, wires, 2 plug in flourescent lights. The controller will also charge 3, 5, 6, and 12 volt devices.
An easy way to get started in solar without worrying about matching up components. You do not even have to mount it permanently as it sets up very quickly.
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Did you ever weigh that trailer on the scales?
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Beachbum,

Do you have any photo updates of the interior? I'm about to be gutting some of my interior and I would love to see how yours is coming along.
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