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RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Boondocker, thanks for the link. Unfortunately I currently can't receive mail so I got to go to a store. I've had bad luck finding a cable larger than 6 gauge so far but haven't checked auto stores
Brettmm92 07/09/20 09:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Moving on up

"Making memories is what RVing is all about" That is a good quote. I wish you and yours the best!
Brettmm92 07/08/20 09:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

In an odd turn of events, I ended up getting 2 of the 90$ sams club duracell 90$ 6 volts. Only because of a spontaneous job interview that was 400+ miles round trip. THANKS FOR POINTING THEM OUT TO ME. They were super affordable but also the core charge was ONLY 5$ when the core charge for interstate was quoted at 25$ so I will take the small amp hours loss. And the funny thing is even though I only get about 11mpg with my truck, I'd bet the money I spent on going to that job interview driving over 400 miles and getting the sams club batteries with the club membership (45$) was about the same as the interstate batteries cost. But seriously, interstate does have a good reputation and convenience factor. BTW, does anyone know where I could find a place that has a "pre-crimped" wire that would put the two batteries in a series with thick gauge? The few places that were on my trip only had 6 gauge and im thinking 2 or 0 gauge is what is ideal. But only from articles I read online, maybe I'm wrong?
Brettmm92 07/08/20 09:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Pianotuna, that would be a good solution especially since I'll have some to spare. But the one thing in the back of my mind is that if I end up doing that and it will allow 60 amps, or 720 Watts through (of course I am not going to intentionally provoke such a thing) does that test the safety that the fuse is there to provide in the first place? Forgive my bad wording of that. What do you think a realistic "danger" energy (any unit of energy) would be running through the wire? And the fuses are to protect the battery, right? Opnspaces, that's some good advice. I'm glad you posted that because the light most convienent to add on the plug is right on the corner and I might have not thought of that as well. They even have small usb powered fans that make the idea even more appealing. And I got the fuses that I got but I think something like this would have been the way to go- Fuse box with screws
Brettmm92 07/05/20 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Opnspaces, I took a peak behind one of the wall lights and was glad to see that the wiring would be relatively easy to fix up a usb plug. And I was going to go without an inverter but I found a 400 watt cobra modified sine wave for 20$ refurbished with wires and had to get it. But I ordered a 12 volt plug because it will be nice to have and didn't break the bank for pure dc and convenience. Pianotuna, I think I'll just keep the fuses I ordered already and upgrade eventually. Looks like they're already shipping.. I'm glad you liked your inverter, I have confidence I will enjoy mine. Profdant, head spinning, maybe slightly. But I feel like I'm starting to get a grasp on this solar thing. Especially a lot more than before I made my post. Hearing about your success makes me feel more confident in the future. I'm really excited to test out my own propane refrigerator.
Brettmm92 07/04/20 06:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

I'm afraid I don't. I actually haven't had one for like 2 years. And I just put it in the battery bin at the local dump. I now know that there will be a core charge. Just when I accepted planning to pay 160$ for each of the interstate GC battery I chose, I learned that I had to suck it up and pay 25$ more a piece... Oh well. And that's good to know about the core exchange. I live at a park where it's more likely than average to find someone willing to give away an old battery. But I can't complain about the money, because I do have it available, I just would rather not spend so much. And being able to have lights and possibly other things like fridge everywhere I go, even at truck stops on the way is a very exciting prospect worth money
Brettmm92 07/04/20 12:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Whats the math on the fuse? I can actually change my order. I was going on 30A fuse based from the charge controller being 30 amps. I got a really cheap cobra 400 watt modified sine inverter and want to use it safely. Maybe I will keep the solar, but I'm thinking about enjoying the solar setup until late in the year. Without it the solar and my current plans I just wouldn't have electricity but me needing to be accessed by phone provoked the whole solar thing. And I actually don't have an RV battery because I junked it (recycled) after realizing it was dead.
Brettmm92 07/04/20 11:25am Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Gdetrailer, you have a good point about sams club. Unofrtunately it just wouldn't work in my situation as getting to one isn't an option. But I did find a great groupon for sams club that makes it only 35 dollars a year and comes with 30$ worth of "egift cards!" groupon sams club memebership But if napa or the interstate dealer wasnt so close, my other options would be to go with 12 volt batteries or just do without. And I did get one of the higher end deep cell "they call it extreme cycle" batteries and the 400$ includes the core charge which seems to be hidden or not shown in advertising. And I do the "workamping" thing so I'm kind of all in on using my trailer. The other option would to be without electricity, but now that I am really getting a feel for everything I'm pretty excited to set this stuff up. Pianotuna, I can definitely see situations where I wouldn't want to get on the roof especially since I dont have a ladder and have to get creative to get up there. And another thing is that I can see situations where the parking won't cooperate with the angle of the panels. Maybe I would consider the SiO2 batteries. But I do know that I'm selling my camper eventually so i's just not worth it to me. But the golf cart batteries seem to be a good fit. And after looking for a fuse or breaker solution, I decided to buy these things, 17$ for 12 inline car like fuses that just need to be "butt crimped" to existing wires. Seemed like a cheap and easy solution that will enable me to put them on whatever I want and have a stash of leftover fuses if they do blow. Seems to be a pretty good deal. Don't I just need to put them on the positive end of things? Wouldn't putting one on a ground and one on a positive of something (like an inverter) be a waste? inline fuses
Brettmm92 07/04/20 10:39am Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Are you saying that welders used to run off batteries? And because batteries ran welders there's a potential risk of batteries malfunctioning and expelling that much energy? Is there an easy fuse or breaker setup that won't take any cutting up a wire? Like one that goes from the end of the charge controller wire and bolts to the battery? I'm wanting to not splice or cut up wires if theres another way. And I was thinking having a setup of panels that lay flat on the roof but could be adjusted to around 45 degrees when no longer traveling to get better direct hit of sunlight would be superior even though it adds an extra thing to set up. And would the batteries I plan to buy between 300 and 400$ for two high quality GC 6 volts be worth all that money? They are still lead acid and need to have maintenance but I could get three 12 volt 27DC batteries from wally world for cheaper than that (slightly over 300 with core charge). But everything I read seems to point out GC batteries being superior. Walmart Battery
Brettmm92 07/03/20 10:03am Travel Trailers
RE: first time towing

I'm glad you posted that information. I honestly didn't know about those factors affecting towing. My tires are nearing the end of their life so that information came at the right time.
Brettmm92 07/02/20 03:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Using a hinge a pvc for adjusting the solar mount is a really good idea. I've been thinking about what I would do for adjusting the panels at an angle at will. I might have to copy that, it's better than what I was thinking. A pvc pipe inside another PVC pipe, both with holes could easily make it adjustable Would the fuse go between the battery and the charge controller? I'm thinking the fuse saves the batteries (the most expensive part) from accidental overcharge or something like that. Is that right? And Jebby, your setups success makes me more optimistic about what mine will do. I wonder why an administrator/moderator edited your post
Brettmm92 07/02/20 03:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: first time towing

Jerem, I notice the "push" from other vehicles. I can feel when a semi-truck is passing me before I even see it. Do you suppose it's the air from the semi pushing the trailer away from it causing that feeling?
Brettmm92 07/01/20 03:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any new developments in hitches?

One thing I learned is that instead of backing into the ball and trying to get it perfect the first time and most likely missing and trying again multiple times is I just back up slowly with the tongue slightly higher than it needs to be and stop about a foot before the tongue, walk back to it to see what adjustments I need to do with steering or the tongue itself and then continue to back in slowly. I go back to the tongue how many times I feel necessary. Although I'm walking back and forth it's less frustrating to me than trying to get the ball in perfectly without getting out of the TV and failing multiple times. If you have a parking brake it shouldn't be too time consuming.
Brettmm92 07/01/20 03:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Motorcycle Towing

I've never known that travel trailers have hiches on the back of them. If it's attatched to the sturdy "chasis" of the trailer it might be worth it. I have 2 solid places to check out and ask. I'd contact a company that manufactures the ramp thing that the motorcycle attatches to. Of course preferably a company that you can see yourself buying one from anyways and email them a message as well as a picture of your setup. I'd also check out (if you got one near you) auto shop. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind taking 10 minutes away from there work to give some advice, and I believe most mechanics know about welding and stuff. But from my opinion, if the travel trailer has a hookup in the rear that's connected to the "I-Beams" that make up what I call the trailers "chasis" then maybe it will be solid. If it's connected to the bumper then that all depends on your bumper situation and I don't know. But also if you have a local welder/fabricator and some $ I'm sure you could get yourself situated real good. And hopefully you have an adjustable ball on your towing vehicle to get balance on your trailer Myself, I fit my motorcycle diagonally in my F-150 short bed just fine
Brettmm92 07/01/20 03:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: first time towing

What I do myself is check out google maps, but I click on the bicycle instead of the car (implying that I'm going to bike the route) then it will show elevation in a very helpful graph. Here's a link, and you can explore alternative routes that way too by dragging the blue line around. Map with elevation
Brettmm92 06/30/20 08:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

I didn't even think about putting in a switch But I think I see why one would be needed as instructional videos always seem to stress plugging in batteries first to charge controller or risk something "frying". Is there a more affordable switch that you recommend other than the 100$ mc4 switches I found on amazon?
Brettmm92 06/30/20 06:13am Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Is there anything I have to get like a fuse or breaker to protect the batteries? I was hoping that the charge controller would be the thing protecting them but I'm not sure.
Brettmm92 06/29/20 06:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Sounds like you got a good food system. About the freezing meats, I recommend checking out the "instant pot" or another brand of electric pressure cooker. Frozen chicken is a go to for me (I buy it frozen). I throw some chicken in the pot, let it cook for 10 or less minutes under pressure and its cooked. Very hands off, and maybe takes 20 minutes in total because it has to pressurize. I've never done other frozen meats though but I assume they have similar results. Yeah you have a good point about interstate specializing in batteries. And the 12 month warranty makes me feel better. I'm sure 12 months from now I won't feel like I spent so much money on them.
Brettmm92 06/29/20 05:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Dang, I think I'm having buyers remorse. The NAPA one is actually rated higher Napa- 235 AH 488 reserve capacity $144.80+$27(core)= $171.8*2= $343.6 total before tax Interstate-225 AH 447 reserve capacity $161.95+$25(core)= $186.95*2= $ 373.9 total before tax I only ordered the interstate battery to buy it in person in a few days. Would anyone recommend me cancel it and switch to a NAPA? There's better numbers price and ratings at NAPA But interstate has a 12 month warranty and they really did there marketing good at calling the highest level deep cell batteries "extreme cycle." Because I'm thinking that it might have something special about it.
Brettmm92 06/29/20 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Oh I thought it was a special "4 X" type of battery lol. Well from looking around slightly under 1000$ with free shipping of heavy batteries is probably a good deal for the right person. And wow that's a lot of resources for batteries, thanks. You have a strong point about sams club. I've always wanted to buy one of those restaurant can's of tuna and mayonnaise from there and go to town! I ended up going with interstate. If anyone reads this in the future and needs help finding a battery, there are a lot of stores that are also "interstate dealers" and they are everywhere if you look on their site. I didn't think I'd end up spending so much but I'm looking at it as a months rv rent in california. I think I might end up getting a second 100 watt panel since it seems easy to install with adapters and I might as well spend my whole paycheck if I'm spending this much already lol. I ordered two of these puppies, surprisingly only 10 miles from where I am
Brettmm92 06/29/20 03:43pm Travel Trailers
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