My Shasta Phoenix has hung walls. The wall for the kitchen entertainment slide became detached. I took it back to the factory for repair this past winter and saw the newer models being put together in the factory which was interesting.
I was getting confused by this earlier this evening and had found this before dinner got in the way:
Here's the link: http://www.civicsolar.com/forum/12084/why-do-i-need-load-connection-charge-controller
And what it says about the load on an AVL converter:
The main purpose of having the load connection on the charge controller is to protect the battery from too much discharge. For instance, after using the battery for a while it reaches the 50% discharge capacity. If the load was connected directly to the battery, it would continue to drain the battery thus reducing the battery's lifespan. If the load was connected to the charge controller, the charge controller would know that the battery is low and therefore disconnect the load to protect the battery. It is up to you whether or not you want to use the load connection.
Why are you worried about the battery on the tongue? I have a fiver and didn't want to worry about venting issues, if I had a TT still I would have left them outside and would have likely gone the 6 volt method instead of the two 12's.
Besides sensors, I have power coming in from the panels with a breaker disconnect between, and the charging cable going to the batteries. I don't recall there being any other cables to hook up on my Rogue 30 amp MPPT, thus my confusion of the load question.
My inverter is hooked up directly to the batteries with a breaker disconnect, and when I dry camp I kill the circuit breaker to the converter as I feed the shore power from my inverter so that my outlets are live when I'm dry camping and nothing else. Works well for us as we really only use it for a few odds and ends like charging cell phones, laptops, and our satellite radio.
Is solar a better option than a genny?
If you want to scale back and enjoy nature, happy with moderate to minimal electric support - solar is great.
So very true. I enjoy being able to dry camp and not run the generator. I designed and installed my own setup last year and have been very happy with it. My two 12 volt, group 31 AGM's have not needed the EU2000 as of yet, but we bring it along just in case.
Last year we were chatting with neighbors at a state forest campground and they originally didn't want to camp next to use, thinking a couple in a fifth wheel would be running a generator all day. They appreciated the fact we were powered by solar.
We have more dry camping trips planned for this year and will hopefully get a better idea on how well our system is working and have the ability to download the usage onto a laptop.
Solar setups can range in cost an size, but the cost keeps coming down. That's why I went with the EU2000 in 2004 as the cost of solar was to much back then. We will have payback on our system in less than 7 years in camping fees alone. Another thing that can't be measured in dollars and cents is that I camp in more remote and peaceful campgrounds, which to me in itself is worth the cost. We enjoy getting away from the crowds.
Your mentioning portable probably means a smaller system than one installed on your roof. Shade and clouds cut back on the amp hours in a big way. Looking at the display on the converter and seeing the effects of high thin clouds on power production was an eye opener.
This was something I considered last year when upgrading my system, but I added solar panels also.
I went with 2 Group 31 AGM batteries and left them in the trailer all year. The snow would melt enough off of the solar panels to allow enough charging through the winter and the well below zero temps we had did not cause any issues since they were AGM's.
I use 2 Group 31 AGM's and have been happy with their performance while dry camping. We are real conservative with power usage and think 3 nights would be an easy task but that would be without the furnace running.
What are you planning on for your solar power set up? I have two 160 watt panels and a good Rogue MPPT charge controller and even when I tried running things down a bit with lights and the TV left on one night, while we sat outside by the fire, I didn't drop the battery level much past 85%. I didn't take the time to download the power information, but know I was full by noon the next day. Having the remote meter from the Rogue to keep tabs on power info is a nice item to have.
That site only provided about 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight after 2 PM. This year I will be hitting more shaded sites and will have to keep an eye on things a bit closer. I had my Honda EU2000 and never considered running it, but it's nice to have just in case heavy tree cover or poor weather. The power drop from just a few clouds is very noticeable on the meter.
I-69 is a good route. I like crossing at Port Huron/Sarnia better than Detroit. Are you going to cross back in at the Falls/Buffalo area, or continue across 401 into Quebec?
If you want a much more scenic route, though higher gas prices, once you hit 75 go north and cross into Ontario at the Soo, and then take the Trans Canada Hwy 17 across. At least you would avoid Toronto traffic if your planning on the Quebec route.
There really isn't much to see, scenic wise, between mid Michigan until the other side of Toronto, but for a quicker route it works.
I was just checking he Rogue site last week and was saddened to see that they no longer make the 3048 that I installed last year. Everything continues to work great and I love having solar power on the 5er.
Hoping Rogue comes back to the market with something special.