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Old 03-08-2020, 04:30 PM   #1
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So I have a large alpha wolf travel trailer with a great floor plan me and the wife can stay in an extended period of time when we retire here soon. I have a nice quiet inverter generator, solar equipped, double batteries, and a 3000W inverter. My question is what would I need to move up to to be fully self-sufficient and run my AC during the day on and off along with a few other electrical essentials in the kitchen? I was thinking maybe four batteries and if so what would be the largest inverter I would need?
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Old 03-08-2020, 04:36 PM   #2
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Forget AC on batteries. Just won’t happen. You’ll have to fire up the generator.
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Old 03-08-2020, 05:44 PM   #3
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If you want to pull a second trailer loaded with batteries, you might be able to run the a/c for a few hours.
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It can be done, but not cheaply.
Switch to a window air or two, Very low draw. Be able to lift them in and out for travel.
that's the cheap part,
Switch to Lithium, not because they are better, but because they are lighter. It will take 8-10 of them at almost a 1000 bucks each, to run your air 24 hours a day.
Match the inverter to that load, 3k-5K at least, then match the panels, at least 4 180 Watt.
I have 4 160 watt panels, 4 lead acid 6 volt Batteries (If I was going to go more than that number, I would go lithium, due to weight and get 8 total {12 volt, but all power is usable down to almost completely discharged, 12 times the cycles), and a 3,000 inverter. I never run air.
For the best information out there regarding solar usage, consult with Brian Boone, on Facebook. His data is free, and posted in the "Files" and he will answer questions. He also sells gear at the best prices (I compared when I ended up buying from him), and has different level options posted in Files.
He also installs.
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