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Old 03-13-2018, 11:23 AM   #1
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Wildwood 272RL Power questions

Hello all, wanted to get some suggestions;

Solar; do you run a portable panel that you stand up outside, or did you go on the roof with a permanent type setup ?

Batteries; I have a pair of deep cycles from the dealer but have found that's not enough. I was thinking 8D because I have one, what are you doing for batteries ?

Inverter; What are you using, and where did you hook it up ?

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Old 03-13-2018, 11:29 AM   #2
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I'm installing a solar panel up on my roof. Then, I don't have to bother with set up/take down. And, it will be out of the reach of "sticky fingers".
I'm using a type 31 deep cycle battery. My monster 5er came with only one battery, likely because I have an onboard generator.
Inverter:. Put it as close to the battery as possible so you don't have to use "welding cables" to supply the 12vdc to it.
You should already have a converter/charger on board. Likely behind the power panel.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:43 AM   #3
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I'm installing a solar panel up on my roof. Then, I don't have to bother with set up/take down. And, it will be out of the reach of "sticky fingers".
I'm using a type 31 deep cycle battery. My monster 5er came with only one battery, likely because I have an onboard generator.
Inverter:. Put it as close to the battery as possible so you don't have to use "welding cables" to supply the 12vdc to it.
You should already have a converter/charger on board. Likely behind the power panel.
Right but I still need an inverter correct ?
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:49 AM   #4
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You would only need an inverter to power 115vac items if you are boondocking (not plugged in). If the unit is plugged in to the house, or campground, your outlets are already powered. Everything in the camper should be powered from the batteries, except the microwave oven and television.
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:09 PM   #5
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You would only need an inverter to power 115vac items if you are boondocking (not plugged in). If the unit is plugged in to the house, or campground, your outlets are already powered. Everything in the camper should be powered from the batteries, except the microwave oven and television.
What is a campground ? lol.

We boondock almost exclusively. I will most likely go for the 8D and a harbor freight type inverter.
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:19 PM   #6
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I forgot. The fridge is 115/propane also.
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Have fun and enjoy.
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I forgot. The fridge is 115/propane also.
Roger that. Except my little outside fridge is 110v only
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:51 PM   #9
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Our last camper we had 2 100w panels mounted to the roof, 4 6v golf cart batteries (paired in series), a 40amp charge controller and a 3000 watt inverter all mounted in the front storage compartment. When you purchase your inverter you will want to get a pure sine wave inverter. Otherwise you may damage sensitive electronics. Our setup would allow us to do mostly what we needed it to, lighting, water pump, heater,radio, TV and most other things within reason . We could even operate the microwave (a small one). Cloudy or rainy days we'd recharge with the generator if we needed to. When our new Wildcat 30GT gets here in May we'll be adding 2 more 100 watt panels to the setup. What ever you do, don't use undersized cableing or you will not be happy with any setup.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:31 PM   #10
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Thank you, I am heading in the same direction. Did you wire it all up yourself ?

My rig is pre wired for solar but only 20 amp
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