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Old 03-23-2017, 02:11 PM   #15
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I agree both is better. For elec. look at induction units. Could cover propane stove and set burner there and store away when not In use.
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Old 03-23-2017, 02:30 PM   #16
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We are in the info-gathering/shopping phase and very interested in input from experienced travelers. Trying to figure out which trailer is our best option. TV is a 2009 6-cylinder Toyota Highlander. Hoping someone will comment on electric or propane? What are the benefits of each? What other factors should we consider? Two adults and a dog; toilet, shower, and fridge are considerations. What do you say?

There's now question here.
I don't use 120 power.
My trailer is multipurpose. When the power grid fails. (Note not IF but WHEN). I'll have a place that's warm cozy to live. My trailer has always been considered an escape pod.
We (wife and I) spend between 60 and 100 days every winter off the grid. That's consecutive days. No Toilet, No shower, No electric water pump, No television, etc., etc., etc. And we're happier without all those systems that need to be maintained.
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:13 PM   #17
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We tent camped, tag along and fiftyhwheel as well as 9yrs full time on a boat. Our last campers were an 84 and an 85 VW Westfallia pop top camper vans. We sold these to get something with a troilet, shower and larger refrigerator. For us these things are a must now.
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:59 PM   #18
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Revelent question

Will a small suitcase type solar unit produce enough energy to normally run a 1500w elect. heater ? If so , would it also be able to handle the small refer. on a 13' Scamp ?
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:12 PM   #19
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Will a small suitcase type solar unit produce enough energy to normally run a 1500w elect. heater ? If so , would it also be able to handle the small refer. on a 13' Scamp ?
NO & NO !
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:23 PM   #20
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Is it then apparent, the only thing a small solar unit is good for is running the LED lights ?
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:31 PM   #21
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The solar unit won't be directly running anything. It is used to charge the battery or batteries ( if you use twin 6Vs instead of a 12V ). Your battery will likely be running the lights, water pump, furnace fan ( heavy draw ), fridge controls ( with propane cooling ) and be used to charge iPads, phones, view TV etc.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:34 PM   #22
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Is it then apparent, the only thing a small solar unit is good for is running the LED lights ?
A small solar panel is used to charge your trailer's onboard 12 Volt battery.
You could run 12 VDC LED lights during the day off solar but at night without a battery you would be in the dark.
I have solar and it works well for its' intended purpose.
If you want want to run an A/C or electric heater then plan on camping with utilities or buying a generator.
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Solar doesn't directly power anything. It charges your battery(-ies). What you can run off batteries depends on (1) storage capacity of the batteries, (2) wattage of what you're running and how long it runs, and (3) recharge rate of your solar array (which depends on hours of daylight, sun angle, cloud cover, in addition to the rated output of the unit itself...).

A high wattage, brief use appliance like a microwave is possible. A low wattage continuous use appliance like a vent fan is possible. But a high wattage, continuous use appliance like an electric heater is not.

12VDC appliances are more efficient because they run directly from the battery. 120VAC appliances require an inverter, which is less efficient due to internal energy losses.
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I know it will keep the battery charged enough to run a couple of lights . I will not be using it for anything else . With lights off at night , is there enough juice to operate the 1500w (set on low ) plug in 120v AC 60Hz heater for 8 hrs. , without draining said battery ?
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Thanking everyone for quick responses .
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I know it will keep the battery charged enough to run a couple of lights . I will not be using it for anything else . With lights off at night , is there enough juice to operate the 1500w (set on low ) plug in 120v AC 60Hz heater for 8 hrs. , without draining said battery ?
Not a chance.
And, you don't want to drain your battery below 50 per cent charge. If you do get that low, it could take days to recharge.
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Elinor, we camp/live in our "All Electric" Lil Snoozy trailer for 5 months at a time, and we purchased it only because I really liked the floor plan, the total fiberglass shell (even the floor), and no intrusions through the roof, and disc brakes. I converted it to solar & propane eventhough we have a "quiet" 2000 watt generator, just so we would have as many camping options as possible. We dry camp mostly, but when plugged into shore power it sure is nice to utilize every appliance at once, something not possible with just a 2000 watt gen set.
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Not a chance.
And, you don't want to drain your battery below 50 per cent charge. If you do get that low, it could take days to recharge.
Or not recharge at all.
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