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Jebby14

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never mind I started a new thread for solar talk.


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Not fully recharging deep cycle batteries every day isn’t good for them and even in shade a properly sized solar system will produce power.


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Jebby,

What size (wattage and voltage) is the panel?


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Jebby14 wrote:

Hi all. This weekend is the first trip with our new to us camper. Last was used primarily as a tent on wheels when we had no hydro.

To clarify for those who do not speak "Canadian", "hydro" means AC power ! The vast majority of the population of Canada get their power from Niagara Falls, hence "hydro". Most of the folks in Western Canada still use the term, but they are NOT getting their power from Niagara Falls !


I'd like to clarify a bit. Canada is a big country. The term hydro meaning electricity started in Ontario when the Hydro Electric Commission of Ontario first started providing electricity to the province . Most was from hydro-electric plants with the ones at Niagara being the largest.

Today 60% of the electricity for Ontario is from Nuclear generating stations. We have no coal or oil fired plants left. Niagara still matters but it is not the major generator by any means.

The rest of the country uses varying means. Quebec - water powered. The prairies still on oil and coal. And so on.


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How'd the trip go was the one battery enough?


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owenssailor wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Jebby14 wrote:

Hi all. This weekend is the first trip with our new to us camper. Last was used primarily as a tent on wheels when we had no hydro.

To clarify for those who do not speak "Canadian", "hydro" means AC power ! The vast majority of the population of Canada get their power from Niagara Falls, hence "hydro". Most of the folks in Western Canada still use the term, but they are NOT getting their power from Niagara Falls !


I'd like to clarify a bit. Canada is a big country. The term hydro meaning electricity started in Ontario when the Hydro Electric Commission of Ontario first started providing electricity to the province . Most was from hydro-electric plants with the ones at Niagara being the largest.

Today 60% of the electricity for Ontario is from Nuclear generating stations. We have no coal or oil fired plants left. Niagara still matters but it is not the major generator by any means.

The rest of the country uses varying means. Quebec - water powered. The prairies still on oil and coal. And so on.


BC gets the bulk of it's power from Hydro, but not Niagra Falls [emoticon]


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I have answers............from my experience. My old trailer had 2-12v batteries from Costco, called deep cycle....... Arrive Saturday afternoon, real careful with lighting and water pump only. No generation, no solar. By Wednesday night I would be plugging the trailer into the car and charge for an our at a time to try and get the battery up enough to get through the night. So much better now-a-days with my solar and 6v in series.


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Jebby14 wrote:

Opps forgot lights are LED. Have no intention of running the battery dead just thinking of hypotheticals and trying to wrap my head around everything. would assume the water pump is drawing the most right?
When boondocking , your water pump will be your lowest power draw.... You only have so much water... When it is gone, the pump draw stops. Other items, even a single light left on can use more total power on a boondocking trip.


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we made out ok. didn't use much in the camper shy of the controller for the fridge. we opted to shut down the fridge and use the coolers the final day and put some charge to the battery off the truck the last day. all in all a smooth maiden voyage. excited to get out again.

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