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Old 11-06-2012, 09:38 AM   #11
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I used a gas generator to recharge the battery, it takes 2 to 3 hours to fully charge it. Solar charging will take forever.
Solar does go very slow. But the idea is that it runs slowly all day long, so over the course of 8 hours you should get enough to recharge what you used over night with the furnace. Also, because it's passive, you don't have to worry about refueling or mucking with it at all - just let it do its thing.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:41 AM   #12
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I did a quick search for digital voltmeter on Amazon and found this. The negative probe looks too thick to insert in an outlet. Is this the wrong type of digital voltmeter, or where would you insert these probes?


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Old 11-06-2012, 01:39 PM   #13
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I did a quick search for digital voltmeter on Amazon and found this. The negative probe looks too thick to insert in an outlet. Is this the wrong type of digital voltmeter, or where would you insert these probes?

Schumacher BT-50 Digital Voltmeter : Amazon.com : Automotive
Get something like this in the pic, it is on sale here in Canadian Tire for less than $20
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Plug the probes to the socket as I posted earlier

I got one myself and it so easy to read the voltage of the battery compared to what I had before.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:00 PM   #14
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One of the reasons I purchased this trailer was because it was so easily set up to camp "off line". Depending where you are, and the circumstances is truely another story, or lets leave that to another thread.
We camp off line most of the time with a twin deep cycle battery setup, and a 80 watt solar panel, with a 30 watt/solar panel to help with an inverter/battery system. During the summer up here in Canada, i can run two fantistic fans, waterpump, and lights, without concern, while the panel replentishes the batteries over the daylight period.
Being that all of the heat related appliances are run on propane,waterheater,furnace and the fridge .... you can last a long time.
Our longest time camped without electricty was two full weeks, no issues, just refilling of the freshwater tank, and other little duties.

cheers .. d-mo
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