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GDS-3950BH wrote:

Solar may work well. Funny how most proponents in this thread list location as AZ, NM, CA, or the south. Give it a try in the Northeast, say in the deciduous forests of the Appalachins. Good luck.


We full time and travel all over the US, including heavily wooded areas, with no issues. We just need a partial clearing in the canopy so we can get some sun, and we're usually good. Even when mostly shaded, we'll still have energy coming in - usually outpacing our usage. Of course, individual panels and controller selection have a lot to do with that, as some systems handle shading better than others.

It never ceases to amaze me how people who have never used things can be so certain in their denouncements of them.

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I frankly don't care if my generator offends someone. I'll camp the way I want and you camp the way you want. I'll do my best to park far away from you. Doesn't sound very nice but that's the way it is. Out in the boonies there are no rules.


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egarant wrote:

azdryheat wrote:

I frankly don't care if my generator offends someone. I'll camp the way I want and you camp the way you want. I'll do my best to park far away from you. Doesn't sound very nice but that's the way it is. Out in the boonies there are no rules.


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GDS-3950BH wrote:

Solar may work well. Funny how most proponents in this thread list location as AZ, NM, CA, or the south. Give it a try in the Northeast, say in the deciduous forests of the Appalachins. Good luck.


We full time and travel all over the US, including heavily wooded areas, with no issues. We just need a partial clearing in the canopy so we can get some sun, and we're usually good. Even when mostly shaded, we'll still have energy coming in - usually outpacing our usage. Of course, individual panels and controller selection have a lot to do with that, as some systems handle shading better than others.

It never ceases to amaze me how people who have never used things can be so certain in their denouncements of them.


What never ceases to amaze me is how people assume people have never used things. Partial clearing? OK.

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What's REALLY scary is when someone makes the statement in their post (and I quote) "It is truly unfortunate that these people do exist." WOW, seriously man? We're talking about fellow RVers here, not serial killers. Lighten up.


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Am I the only one here that has never heard a generator running all day or all night, all the Fed parks we've ever been to have very specific generator hours, usually 2 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in early evening, some even have NO Generator loops.


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Am I the only one here that has never heard a generator running all day or all night, all the Fed parks we've ever been to have very specific generator hours, usually 2 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in early evening, some even have NO Generator loops.


In our experience in those parks, few people even know about the rules, and even fewer follow them. Enforcement is usually little to none.

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80% of our camping is dry camping. With 200 watt suitcase solar and 160’ of 8 AWG solar cable in 3 segments we park in the shade and put the solar in the sun. Some days we don’t run the generator at all. Other days we run it for coffee, microwave.


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Ramble, that's a great setup!! Two quick questions (not to hijack the thread). First, which brand of suitcase did you get? Second, with a 160 foot cable run, do you experience any significant voltage drop?

And (to bring it back on topic after my borderline hijack), if I had a setup like yours, I would be more willing to leave my generator home!! [emoticon]


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profdant139 wrote:

Ramble, that's a great setup!! Two quick questions (not to hijack the thread). First, which brand of suitcase did you get? Second, with a 160 foot cable run, do you experience any significant voltage drop?

And (to bring it back on topic after my borderline hijack), if I had a setup like yours, I would be more willing to leave my generator home!! [emoticon]


Profdant139 - I have a Renogy 200 watt. Open it is 36” high x 52” long. They have a lighter taller narrower one but it won’t fit in storage. I have a 2nd controller to locate near the batteries that I use for the 160’ run case since the 0.2 ohm estimated wire resistance implies a 2 volt drop. Most of the time I just use 40’ with the built in controller. I like to keep the setup flexible to use to charge the chassis battery or other batteries.

Cold camping we run our gen before 10pm and crank the heat up so the furnace doesn’t kick in for a few hours.

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