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Old 06-07-2016, 12:47 PM   #11
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.........unless you guys talk me out of it!
I just finished reading all 29 pages of the other 6v thread and think that's the way to go.....I think.
Let me first say that I'm a new owner of a 2015 Clipper 17FQ. I've only had it out once so far and had shore power, so no problem there. I'm planning some more rustic camping trips soon and want to be able to heat some water for showers, fridge etc. Just the basics really, except I want to run a CPAP at night too. That, of course means I need to install an inverter(which one?) since my WFCO converter doesn't do that. Will the WFCO charge 2 golf cart batts ok when connected to shore? I just bought the Renogy 100w solar system too. Will that charge those batts ok? Or is all of this just overkill for the couple few times I camp without shore power each year? I appreciate any advice or opinions before I start laying out more cash! (though the tinkerer inside me says to go ahead and do it anyway)
First. Six v batteries. Probably the most storage you can get on the standard rails. Recently did ours on brand new 2017 Sandstorm 250 SLC and had to trim the handles off both boxes to get them to fit. Easy job.

Is the 100 going on the roof, or on a long wire?
Flat on the roof will produce barely more than half as much output as pointed perpendicular to the Sun and moved every hour . We opt for 200 on roof. Less trouble and nearly theft proof.

One panel may not keep up with the CPAP if you need the humidifier/heater. Forget the inverter if you can get the 12v power cord that I have gotten for two different machines you avoid the efficiency loss of both inverter and power pack.

I only run our 2000 watt pure sine inverter when it is needed. It's no load current draw is 1.5 to 2 amps. Or about like two incandescent 12 v bulbs.

Last thought ,,, be sure you are only running LED BULBS.

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY YOUR NEW TT.
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:10 PM   #12
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First. Six v batteries. Probably the most storage you can get on the standard rails. Recently did ours on brand new 2017 Sandstorm 250 SLC and had to trim the handles off both boxes to get them to fit. Easy job.

Is the 100 going on the roof, or on a long wire?
Flat on the roof will produce barely more than half as much output as pointed perpendicular to the Sun and moved every hour . We opt for 200 on roof. Less trouble and nearly theft proof.

One panel may not keep up with the CPAP if you need the humidifier/heater. Forget the inverter if you can get the 12v power cord that I have gotten for two different machines you avoid the efficiency loss of both inverter and power pack.

I only run our 2000 watt pure sine inverter when it is needed. It's no load current draw is 1.5 to 2 amps. Or about like two incandescent 12 v bulbs.

Last thought ,,, be sure you are only running LED BULBS.

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY YOUR NEW TT.
I bought the Renogy 100w suitcase kit with the controller attached, so for now I think I'm committed to keeping it on the ground. However, if I find I need more power I can add another panel to the system and maybe mount that on the roof for convenience.
I'm going to skip the inverter for now. I've ordered the cpap power supply already and I don't need 110 for anything else right now. I don't have a tv. Lights are all LED.
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:45 PM   #13
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I made the switch also. A pair of 6 volts have a smaller foot print and more amp/ hrs than two 12 v. My battery rack would not handle two 12 v very well which prompted me to inquire about 6 v. I just came back from a 2 week boondocking trip in Utah. 235 amp hrs was really nice. We ran the heater every night as the temps were low 30's. (Used 30 lbs of Butane on the trip which surprised me). If you already read this long thread you may have seen the link to the video I made of my conversion. It's worked out really well. The century plastics battery boxes are inexpensive and really durable.

https://youtu.be/foLGtyt9Rsg
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:57 PM   #14
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I made the switch also. A pair of 6 volts have a smaller foot print and more amp/ hrs than two 12 v. My battery rack would not handle two 12 v very well which prompted me to inquire about 6 v. I just came back from a 2 week boondocking trip in Utah. 235 amp hrs was really nice. We ran the heater every night as the temps were low 30's. (Used 30 lbs of Butane on the trip which surprised me). If you already read this long thread you may have seen the link to the video I made of my conversion. It's worked out really well. The century plastics battery boxes are inexpensive and really durable.

https://youtu.be/foLGtyt9Rsg
Yup! Read the whole thread. Watched your video and pretty much decided to go for it then. Good to see it's working out well for you.
The box is on it's way and I'm getting the batteries on Thursday. I couldn't find Trojan t105s so I'm getting the Duracell 230AHs from Batteries Plus. I'm going to have to relocate my propane regulator though. It's mounted on the diamond plate front and is in the way of the new box. I don't believe it'll be a problem.
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