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Old 09-08-2014, 07:30 AM   #1
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Awesome day boondocking at amusement park!

Let's just say that after spending many hours getting the solar installed for possible day trips, etc. I was very happy with the results.
18 of us family members went to our local Theme park (Frontier City, OKC) yesterday and all went well. I didn't have to use the noisy genset and we had power to spare.
We watched some football, used DVD player, ran a separate fan, used the Fantistic vent. As much as I tried I couldn't get the batteries below 99% while the sun was shining. It would have been a mistake to put in all that work and not be able to watch my trimetric meter tell me what a great job I did. (For my first install)
After the park closed we all just stayed and ate and enjoyed another hour or two together while the park cleared out. Good times indeed.
We did manage to get the batteries down to 95% after the sun went down.

ps. My wife wasn't completely happy that some of us were just as happy hanging out at the rv as in the park standing in lines. I think after the park closed and we were all forced to the rv she started to see how awesome it was.

240 watts of panels, 400 amp hours of AGM batteries, Tristar and trimetric.

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Old 09-08-2014, 08:49 AM   #2
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That sounds great and would love to do something like that to ours if for no more than using it to keep batteries charged and the fantastic fan vent going while the unit is parked in the RV storage lot here at the HOA during the summer months.

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Old 09-15-2014, 12:28 PM   #3
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the trimetric is a good unit and every one with or with out solar needs to have one

then most well start to under stand 12v dc dos not all was mane a full battery

but it is nice to hear a good story of a happy ending
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:59 PM   #4
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Funny I noticed this thread...

I too boondocked this weekend.. We were in Tomahawk, WI for their annual "Fall Ride" for the MDA... Friends of ours secured a vacant lot in town and we stayed there from Thursday night till yesterday..

I must say... I was very pleased with the way my rig held up... We would turn the generator on in the morning to charge our cell phones, heat up the unit (taking a little stress off the propane system) and use the electric water heater... We also used the generator before going to bed... we'd turn the heat up and get the rig nice and toasty just before we went to bed... then let the propane furnace and batteries take over...

I was VERY please with my latest purchase, a gen-turi and the way my two 6V batteries held up... I was concerned the batteries would not last through the night powering my furnace.. but it did just fine with reserve to boot.. I knew with temps dipping into the 30's the furnace would get a work out and it did... but I'm happy to report we had no cold mornings.. kept the rig at a nice 65 degree's, which is a perfect sleeping temp as far as I'm concerned..

So... congratulations to you and your boondocking experience, from another who had a great one too...
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:03 AM   #5
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At least with solar, you don't need to divert byproducts to avoid killing people.

With my solar, I love running appliances when the sun is shining because if the batteries are in absorb or float mode, then I'm just using up the excess that would otherwise be wasted. Makes me feel virtuous.
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