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Old 12-13-2019, 03:04 PM   #113
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We are thinking about it. We did make a trip to the mid west in the later part of this year already ... Cathrin and I are looking for a new place to live ... better weather year around we have made the decision to sell our house in KY and find a new place to live.... not easy.
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We are thinking about it. We did make a trip to the mid west in the later part of this year already ... Cathrin and I are looking for a new place to live ... better weather year around we have made the decision to sell our house in KY and find a new place to live.... not easy.
In that case you NEED to come out west!!

Im a Real Estate Broker in Lake Havasu City which has some of the best weather in the country year round, most homes have room for your RV in the garage and while hot in the summer for ~10-12 weeks.....that's why we have an Alpine afterall!!

I think we have 6-7 Alpines in a town of only 50K people......see you in Quartzsite!!
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That is a lot of Alpines in one place.
I just looked at the annual temperature ... wow I know dry heat feels different but a 105F avg in July that is a number. We might get mid 90’s in KY unfortunately also 90% humidity. So that makes the winter and a portion of the summer not for outdoor activities. And that is what we like to change. We don’t mind the desert setting sure here everything is lush green but the desert has its own beauty.
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:53 AM   #116
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I was going to ask if you were coming too.



I hope you come, I'd like to see your setup too. We just started living in our coach. Leading up to this, we thought we could install solar 'down the road' sometime. It quickly became apparent we need solar and/or more batteries. I write code and work from the coach. That generator runs off and on all day while I am working. I can almost tolerate it, but I would hate to be parked around anyone else.



BTW, at Quartzite, will you put us generator addicts way off in a downwind corner?


Hayduke,
I envy you for your ability to work remotely. I had to quit my job to travel for a while and I know I will not go back to what I was doing before.
Running a laptop and monitor without or with just limited Generator use is certainly doable.
I suggest to add solar as the first step as your existing batteries will benefit from that and a good portion of the solar energy is used right away to run your workstation. Modern laptops and monitors are not that power hungry. So if you consume 200W during work that can easily be generated by a smaller solar set up (400W). Now if you need The AC running during that time you might just forget all that and find a way to be plugged in.
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:19 AM   #117
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That is a lot of Alpines in one place.
I just looked at the annual temperature ... wow I know dry heat feels different but a 105F avg in July that is a number. We might get mid 90’s in KY unfortunately also 90% humidity. So that makes the winter and a portion of the summer not for outdoor activities. And that is what we like to change. We don’t mind the desert setting sure here everything is lush green but the desert has its own beauty.
One thing for sure.....living in AZ 100* at 8% humidity is WAAAAY better then 85* @ 90% humidity......I've lived with both and can tell you that 105 with an amazing lake and 80* water is pretty easy t take

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Old 12-14-2019, 10:21 AM   #118
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That is a lot of Alpines in one place.
I just looked at the annual temperature ... wow I know dry heat feels different but a 105F avg in July that is a number. We might get mid 90’s in KY unfortunately also 90% humidity. So that makes the winter and a portion of the summer not for outdoor activities. And that is what we like to change. We don’t mind the desert setting sure here everything is lush green but the desert has its own beauty.
Don’t leave out June, August and September. Now you have 4 months with average highs above 100, May comes in at 96. There will be plenty of days above 110.

The best weather in the nation is probably the California coast from the San Francisco area to San Diego, but that comes at a price. The Pacific Northwest offers a range of moderate 4 season climates. The coast rarely gets above 75 or below 40 all year. The eastern 2/3rds of both Washington and Oregon is high desert. In between there are inland valleys that will occasionally exceed 100 in the summer and get into the teens overnight in winter. Elevation is a factor for both temperatures and snowfall.

The Rogue Valley in southern Oregon gets 18” of rain, Portland gets over 70”, Bend gets 3.5”. Washington has no income tax, Oregon has no sales tax.

Probably time for a new thread.
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Don’t leave out June, August and September. Now you have 4 months with average highs above 100, May comes in at 96. There will be plenty of days above 110.

The best weather in the nation is probably the California coast from the San Francisco area to San Diego, but that comes at a price. The Pacific Northwest offers a range of moderate 4 season climates. The coast rarely gets above 75 or below 40 all year. The eastern 2/3rds of both Washington and Oregon is high desert. In between there are inland valleys that will occasionally exceed 100 in the summer and get into the teens overnight in winter. Elevation is a factor for both temperatures and snowfall.

The Rogue Valley in southern Oregon gets 18” of rain, Portland gets over 70”, Bend gets 3.5”. Washington has no income tax, Oregon has no sales tax.

Probably time for a new thread.


The last sentence made me chuckle.
Yes I love San Diego ...
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Don’t leave out June, August and September. Now you have 4 months with average highs above 100, May comes in at 96. There will be plenty of days above 110.

The best weather in the nation is probably the California coast from the San Francisco area to San Diego, but that comes at a price. The Pacific Northwest offers a range of moderate 4 season climates. The coast rarely gets above 75 or below 40 all year. The eastern 2/3rds of both Washington and Oregon is high desert. In between there are inland valleys that will occasionally exceed 100 in the summer and get into the teens overnight in winter. Elevation is a factor for both temperatures and snowfall.

The Rogue Valley in southern Oregon gets 18” of rain, Portland gets over 70”, Bend gets 3.5”. Washington has no income tax, Oregon has no sales tax.

Probably time for a new thread.
So....I lived in San Clemente for more than 40 years before moving to Lake Havasu.....as you state the best weather in the USA......I would say that in my older years the desert is much more conducive to my old bones

If you've never lived n the desert you just can't begin to understand how different 100* is with less than 10% humidity......that's not even hot

In any case, the point was that there are 12 "Bad" weeks in the summer when you live in the Desert but isn't that why we own Alpines

Cheers!

PS....is there any way we can bring this thread back to a conversation about Lithium batteries???
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Lithium.

We bought a Honda Clarity PHEV with a 17kWh lithium battery. The HV lithium battery charges the 12v lead acid battery via a 2300w DC-DC converter. The gas engine can also charge the HV battery from 0% up to 60% in less than one hour. It can also maintain a specific SOC, within a few percentage points.

One of the members on the Clarity forum has used a 1500w inverter, connected to the 12v battery to provide limited back up power to his house. Depending on his energy consumption, the engine would come on for 5 minutes, every hour or two. The car has a 7 gallon gas tank.

Honda says the car can only be towed on a flat bed or trailer. There are no drive motors or regenerative braking on the rear wheels. I see no reason why it couldn’t be towed with a tow dolly, but I would like to speak to someone in Honda’s tight lipped engineering department before attempting the maneuver.

The batteries are made by Panasonic. AZLithium in Chandler, AZ is selling 4, 48v batteries with 4.8kWH’s of capacity for $1100.
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First step is done

Well, I reconfigured the area at the base of the bed to support the batteries.

First thing was to remove the flimsy 1/4" (Maybe) plywood and support and add some beefy support along with 3/4" plywood for the new batteries.

It came out pretty nice if I do say so myself.
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That is a total genius location!
They fit perfectly. Are those group 24, 27?
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That is a total genius location!
They fit perfectly. Are those group 24, 27?
Thanks!

They are the Lion Energy Safari 1300's. They measure about 6 1/2 wide by 10" long by a little over 9" tall. and I do think they are group 24 size.

These batteries are incredibly light at only 23lbs each. I'll be replacing 4 AGM batteries that weigh 115 lbs each

In other words a weight savings of well over 300 lbs
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