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wild bill wrote:

I have a 3612 also and have made many mods to get my battery, charging system to where I want it....I have 3 grand-kids and a wife that no nothing about conserving battery...so I went with 4 solar panels and 6..... 6v golf cart batteries along with a 3000 watt inverter charger....the right solar controller and proper wiring sizes are the most important factors....I did mine twice to get it right...you can check out my install on my web site...good luck with your 3612.....
PS...I almost never run my gen set....only if I need the A/C on.....
Bill led me down the path of righteousness. Now I am getting 3 170 watt panels to complete the system.


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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

1. what is your budget?
2. what type of converter do you have now?
3. how long are your trips?
4. can your generator have an auto start switch added?


1. No idea- would love to think I can address this for under a grand.
2. Whatever keystone put in it at the factory. How do I tell?
3. Usually 3-4 days
4. Assume so- Onan 5500


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four GC2 batteries and a 90 amp IOTA to charge them is my recommendation. Honda 2000 might need a little smaller IOTA.

I know you don't want to talk about conserving but I think LED lighting in at least the most used areas will help a lot. LED had the effect of doubling my battery capacity. Now ALL light can stay on and I don't give a wit.


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squidnapper wrote:

What about changing the charging system? I'm using whatever keysyone shipped with the coach right now. Thanks for the responses so far
Probably a "3 stage" WFCO that stays in normal (13.6v) mode. You need to be in the 14.4 to 14.8 zone for real charging. 13.6v is a trickle after the first 20 minutes.

IOTA always starts in boost mode 14.6 volts then drops down as chaging is complete.

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I should clarify, I am not averse to conservation if it can be done passively. My point earlier is I don't think I can change my young kids habits meaningfully enough to address the issue.

Many have suggested the LED's so I will give that a try.

Can you clarify for me what IOTA is please?

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wild bill wrote:

I have a 3612 also and have made many mods to get my battery, charging system to where I want it....I have 3 grand-kids and a wife that no nothing about conserving battery...so I went with 4 solar panels and 6..... 6v golf cart batteries along with a 3000 watt inverter charger....the right solar controller and proper wiring sizes are the most important factors....I did mine twice to get it right...you can check out my install on my web site...good luck with your 3612.....
PS...I almost never run my gen set....only if I need the A/C on.....


Interesting- most people in the threads I have been researching say that solar is really only good for a "trickle" charge.

My trailer shipped with two automotive style Interstate batteries. They are pretty much done now after just two seasone, so I have to address the batteries regardless. Was hoping to solve this problem at the same time.

I am not averse to running the genny for a few hours a day, it just seems that currently I can run it for a while (say 5+) hours, and it really doesn't seem to charge the batteries much.

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squidnapper wrote:

I would also like to add a power inverter to run the tv for the kids here and there too, so I'm thinking the approach I'm going to take is this:

(4) 6-volt batteries
New Charger (not sure on this) IOTA?
Some sort of inverter (no clue on this either)

So that being said, any thing else I should do at the same time? Can I do this (and get decent components) for a grand?

Personally, I would go with an inverter/charger combo such as the Freedom 458 or if the credit card is ready, a Xantrex. I currently have 4 six volts and am looking to go to at least 6 or if I can find the room, 8.

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90 amp IOTA

IQ controller charging explanation (built in) read page 2 for programmed charging.

If your main battery feed is only #6 wire you may need to increase the gauge to #4 or #2. If you have 120v available near the battery you can also mount the IOTA near the battery for even better results.

I get my wire, lugs, shrink wrap here: http://genuinedealz.com/

I bought my LEDS here: http://www.superbrightleds.com
They have changed a bit. Check lumens to compare brightness of different lamps. Just buy a couple to know they are to your liking. Some prefer bright white and others warm white. I have some of each.

There are many suppliers so check around.

Good LED thread

Check your local Costco or Sam's club for a good price on golf batteries.

Yes you should be able to do it all for < 1G unless you add a bunch of solar.

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I would also like to add a power inverter to run the tv for the kids here and there too, so I'm thinking the approach I'm going to take is this:

(4) 6-volt batteries
New Charger (not sure on this) IOTA?
Some sort of inverter (no clue on this either)

So that being said, any thing else I should do at the same time? Can I do this (and get decent components) for a grand?

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Oh yeah, and LED's too- is there a good place to pick those up?

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