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Old 04-27-2014, 04:24 PM   #11
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:43 PM   #12
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Sounds like "right on."
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:53 PM   #13
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what advantages would I gain.
None. It would be the worst thing you ever did. It would cause you to learn about flooded lead acid batteries and things like amp hours, constant current or bulk charging and constant voltage or absorption charging.
Battery FAQ

PWM vs MPPT solar charge controllers.

INVERTERS! OMG! PSW vs MSW.

It goes on and on..... Can become an obsession.

Or you can have great fun like I did.

The general order of things when going solar is...

determine power consumption
size batteries to provide the above
size solar to charge batteries.

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Actually the most important step is to reduce your loads before sizing and investing in solar.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:10 PM   #15
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I've spent the last winter, off and on, reading and learning what I could about boondocking and in my searches found this:

The RV Battery Charging Puzzle « HandyBob's Blog

I've read it a half dozen times now, along with other posts he has and other sites and I'm almost at the point where I have a decent enough understanding to put a plan into action. He can be a bit difficult to understand in some areas because of the way he writes (kind of like reading Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, really) but he has an enormous amount of information and insight. And really, who better to get advice from than someone who installs (privately, unfortunately) and has been boondocking all year round without a generator? GREAT resource with excellent advice.

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