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Old 10-27-2015, 05:08 PM   #15
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Just read that L16 batteries weigh about 120 pounds each or a total of 720 pounds or so for six of them.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:33 PM   #16
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This may be a good option

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Old 10-27-2015, 09:39 PM   #17
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:46 AM   #18
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I will send pictures. Right now we have 6 panels on and the other have just came in. And yes those batteries weigh almost 120lb a peice. Our rig is 44ft long so the panels really do fit nicely. They were supposed to be installed yesterday but rain, hopefully first part of the week. Just in case anyone wants a really low energy fridge, check out SUN FROST.com. They told me what a average fridge uses in 2 hours of solid running will run this one all day. Wow. Check this out. Thank you again for the info and I will post pictures of all 10 panels an the roof.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:22 PM   #19
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Thanks for the heads up on Energy Efficient Refrigerators, Freezers, and Sustainable Living Products - Sun Frost
I checked it out and it looks like a great solution for off-grid refrigeration. They can be had in DC as well as AC models. The DC model eliminates the need for a large inverter.
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Old 10-30-2015, 09:03 PM   #20
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We have two 12VDC bunk warmer mattress pads sideways top and bottom on our short queen and also use a down comforter. With a lightweight merino wool hat it can get down towards freezing inside and we stay warm. However, we usually set the furnace to 60 degrees. The bunk warmers use about 50 AH overnight. We also have a Nova Kool RFU6800 fridge that uses 60 to 80 AH during a 24 hour period, depending on outside temperature. Our solar is more than enough to keep up.
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Old 10-31-2015, 09:14 AM   #21
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We set our thermostat at 55 and with a comforter over a top sheet and thermal blanket, we are good. Dry camped at Grand Teton a couple years ago and didn't think we need to turn on the furnace. It was 19 outside and 41 inside when we woke. We had been comfortable in bed, but it was chilly getting out.
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We set the thermostat at 51. DW cajoles me to get up and set at 65 and turn on the Olympian Wave 8 so she can come out and do her morning exercises in front of the Olympian heater.
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Old 10-31-2015, 11:51 AM   #23
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I set my Tstat at 68. I didn't get a MH with heat to sleep like I was in a tent.
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Old 10-31-2015, 01:24 PM   #24
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I used Astrofoil under all the Drywall in this Solar Retirement House. It reflects Infrared wonderfully while acting as a Vapor Barrier. Pretty much the same as Reflectix.

I used their type w/o 'Bubbles' in it under my Roof Sheathing. This keeps the Attic cooler in Summer. I use scraps of it when Camping. A piece over my Legs, or in my Chair, acts to cut cool Fall Temps.

Another Application for the non-Bubble type was under our Bed Fitted Sheet when 'Camping' in a Tuff Shed on remote Land we had. It's like an energy-free Electric Blanket. It's also good for insulating RV Cubbies where there's Heat Loss. There's tiny holes in this type so as to not trap Humidity, and promote Rot.

Another 120 Volt Home Solution is a Rest Warmer. It's a fitted Dual Control Electric Blanket that goes under the Fitted Sheet. Heat rises. So, it's does a 'better' job of keeping you warm while using less Energy. I linked one type below for illustration; not the one we have.

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We just got the Sunbeam Electric Mattress Pad mentioned above from Costco. We use it in the house to pre-heat the sheets as we keep the bedroom cool.
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Thanks for the heads up on Energy Efficient Refrigerators, Freezers, and Sustainable Living Products - Sun Frost
I checked it out and it looks like a great solution for off-grid refrigeration. They can be had in DC as well as AC models. The DC model eliminates the need for a large inverter.
Take a look at this link

Is a Sun Frost Worth It?
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Good morning. I appreciate all the info. We do go below 0 here in Kansas so lots to consider. I ordered a Sunfrost fridge. I have been using a RV for 25 years and I can definitely tell you that propane isn't maintenance free on any brand. I just replaced my igniter last week ago. About a year ago had to replace the spark box, it was a great read to here the pro & cons. I ordered the RF16 about 2 weeks ago. I seen someone else ordered one as well. Can't wait to here how they get along. This is really a great forum and appreciate all the info. Thank you again
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We have a heated mattress pad in our house and camper. It has dual controls and coverts 110 volts to 12 volts. Uses minimal power all night. I had recently used a truck pop up camper with one when hunting. Night temps were 5 degrees, furnace on 50 degrees, I stayed toasty.

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