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valhalla360

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Posted: 04/03/22 10:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have one in our current unit. Draws about 50w when operating, so worst case is 1200w-hr per day but assuming you don't camp in Arizona in the summer, 50% duty cycle would be more typical, so about 600w-hr/day.

A 50w solar panel will generate around 200-250w-hr/day.

So over 4 days,
- The solar panel would provide about 800-1000w-hr.
- The fridge would consume around 2400w-hr.

Therefore the battery bank would need around 1600w-hr of usable power or about 135amp-hr @ 12v. Of course, you can't use 100% of any battery bank, so:
- Lead Acid, you need about 270amp-hr (50% usable)
- Lithium, you need about 170amp-hr (80% usable)

I'm guessing from the description, he doesn't have a significantly upgraded battery bank, so unlikely he will be able to go 4 days without generator/shore power to supplement.

Bump up to 150-200w total of solar panels and it's probably viable but some of the above are estimates that will vary from day to day and how you use it (a teenage kid staring into the open fridge door regularly will up the usage)

PS: This ignores any other power draws. If you are running a lot of lights, an inverter or other items that consume a lot of w-hr, you will need additional upgrading to meet the loads.


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valhalla360 wrote:

We have one in our current unit. Draws about 50w when operating, so worst case is 1200w-hr per day but assuming you don't camp in Arizona in the summer, 50% duty cycle would be more typical, so about 600w-hr/day......


With my unit, I don't have to be in Arizona heat to see a huge increase in energy consumption. At about 60 degrees, my unit runs less than 1/3 of the time. In the low 70s that increases to about 50%. In the mid 80 degree range, my units runs pretty much full time. I have camped in the low 90s and at that point the refrigerator cannot maintain proper temperature. I need to turn down the thermostat so it can try to get extra cool during the night and that helps it coast during the day. But by doing that I guarantee it will run constantly even at night. For me the numbers would be about 15-20 AH/day in cool weather, about 25 AH/day for medium temps and 55 AH/day in hot summer weather.

Again, my unit is small at about 4 cuft. Most RVs will have units about twice that size with twice the power consumption.

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Even though no information on battery capacity or refrigerator draw has been given the answer is NO.
That's probably not enough solar/battery for most people to camp 4 days with an LP refrigerator. The lights, radio, pump, etc. will probably use up all the power without even taking the compressor fridge into account.

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valhalla360,

Excellent post. ty.


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The batteries are the cheap batteries the dealer puts in the camper when you pick it on delivery. One guy the dealer forgot to wire the second battery up. We will be camping on an island in the Mississippi river and there is always lots of son. From my past experience the batteries on my camper never last past midday Friday if we arrived Thursday morning. I never had solar panels before though.

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JimK-NY wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

We have one in our current unit. Draws about 50w when operating, so worst case is 1200w-hr per day but assuming you don't camp in Arizona in the summer, 50% duty cycle would be more typical, so about 600w-hr/day......


With my unit, I don't have to be in Arizona heat to see a huge increase in energy consumption. At about 60 degrees, my unit runs less than 1/3 of the time. In the low 70s that increases to about 50%. In the mid 80 degree range, my units runs pretty much full time. I have camped in the low 90s and at that point the refrigerator cannot maintain proper temperature. I need to turn down the thermostat so it can try to get extra cool during the night and that helps it coast during the day. But by doing that I guarantee it will run constantly even at night. For me the numbers would be about 15-20 AH/day in cool weather, about 25 AH/day for medium temps and 55 AH/day in hot summer weather.

Again, my unit is small at about 4 cuft. Most RVs will have units about twice that size with twice the power consumption.


That's far worse than we have experienced and I think ours is around 6cft. It's the stock unit that came with the trailer.

Of course, 55amp-hr @ 12v is around 660w-hr, so I presume, your unit is only pulling about 25w when running and might explain why it struggles to keep the unit cool in warm weather.

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grizz272 wrote:

One guy the dealer forgot to wire the second battery up.

In 2017, when I bought my Airstream, I had the dealer add a 90 watt solar panel on the roof. For 4 years I could not tell that it was doing anything to keep my batteries charged, and I just figured I needed a second solar panel. Last year, I bought a second panel to add myself. I wanted to wire them in series, so I had to replace the PWM controller with an MPPT controller. When I opened up that compartment, I found that the dealer had miswired the controller. Both the positive AND the negative wire were hooked to the positive terminal of the battery. It didn't seem that I was getting any charge because I WASN'T getting any charge.


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grizz272 wrote:

The batteries are the cheap batteries the dealer puts in the camper when you pick it on delivery. One guy the dealer forgot to wire the second battery up. We will be camping on an island in the Mississippi river and there is always lots of son. From my past experience the batteries on my camper never last past midday Friday if we arrived Thursday morning. I never had solar panels before though.


Your friends solar panel of only 50 watts, is a trickle maintenence charge, for when the trailer is sitting unused and nothing on.


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Maybe for 2 batteries, but seems like a lot for a trickle charger.


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I have a arb cooler, which uses the danfoss compressor. this thing pulls 4.5 amps when running. in a car with a h7 battery it will be unable to start in about 2.5 days.





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