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Old 04-17-2013, 06:16 PM   #71
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Since you'll be relying so much on 12volt, I recommend that you at least buy a plug-in charger so you can not just charge your battery but run your 12v lights/appliances when plugged in to shorepower. Otherwise you'll be limited to whatever juice is stored in the battery!

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Old 04-17-2013, 06:19 PM   #72
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Okay, I literally went through every compartment inside and out..no converter..then spoke to Scamp and they said it was an option in '89. So thinking since the principal use of the converter is to charge the battery why not a real good solar panel instead of forking out money for converter and completely retiring. So please share your input!
I don't have solar, but every time the converter question comes up, the folks who have solar suggest that the $200 or so spent on a converter is better spent on solar.
Unless you plan to camp where there are hookups, there is no point in having a converter. It is nice though, when you are camping in your driveway.
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The converter not only charges the battery, it provides DC power when plugged in and a DC distribution system. It will also have your AC circuit breakers.

I see solar as a nice "Add-On" to a complete system, but remember, they don't work at night or well in that shaded camping site. Add to that, you can't get much solar for $200.

But some see a converter as "over kill" and get by with just a battery charger and/or solar.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:15 PM   #74
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The converter not only charges the battery, it provides DC power when plugged in and a DC distribution system. It will also have your AC circuit breakers.

I see solar as a nice "Add-On" to a complete system, but remember, they don't work at night or well in that shaded camping site. Add to that, you can't get much solar for $200.

But some see a converter as "over kill" and get by with just a battery charger and/or solar.
I agree with you both..think I will get battery charger my battery is high in amps. Then will also get solar panel. Easier than re-wiring, like the idea of dry camping from time to time! Also it does not get dark until late, also plan to have battery lamps, flashlights, a small candle or two. I am an outside person so don't see using lights much...thanks again for all your help / discussion. Next week should be my first outing..woohoo!
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I did the same thing Anita. My '77 Scamp didn't have a converter either--I don't think it ever did. I bought a float charger until I can get the solar put in. Its kept the battery up nicely without having to watch the charger. I bought a 100w flexible solar panel, controller and wiring for about $300 over the internet. I finally have everything and will install next week. I've read a lot here about how to do it, and don't expect it to be very difficult. I think you're making a good call. Good luck in your projects.
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I agree with you both..think I will get battery charger my battery is high in amps. Then will also get solar panel. Easier than re-wiring, like the idea of dry camping from time to time! Also it does not get dark until late, also plan to have battery lamps, flashlights, a small candle or two. I am an outside person so don't see using lights much...thanks again for all your help / discussion. Next week should be my first outing..woohoo!

I'm one of those that sees a converter as "over kill" and certainly not needed. The battery gets charged from the tow or solar so there's no need for a converter. In fact I believe my converter, that I've turned off, killed a battery within a year. The converter never fully charged the battery and didn't go into a de-sulfate mode. When the egg is in it's nest I use a Battery Tender to keep it fully charged and it has de-sulfate cycle.

I carry a battery charger, I thought I might need one when I bought my trailer. So far I've used it on two vehicle batteries, my ham radio battery and loaned it a couple of times. I did use it once on the trailer battery, but that's another story.

The best thing you can do is to reduce your power usage, spend your money on LED lights first. Then add solar. If the weather is warm and the furnace doesn't run but once or twice in the early morning hours I can go about 3 days before I drag out the solar panel and charge the battery. If the it's warmer and furnace doesn't run at all, I have no idea how long I can go, my best guess is close to a month. Before LED lights it was about 5 days with no furnace running and 3 days with the furnace running a couple times. Panel size = 65 Watts.

LED lights were probably the single best I've done.
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I'm one of those that sees a converter as "over kill" and certainly not needed. The battery gets charged from the tow or solar so there's no need for a converter. In fact I believe my converter, that I've turned off, killed a battery within a year. The converter never fully charged the battery and didn't go into a de-sulfate mode. When the egg is in it's nest I use a Battery Tender to keep it fully charged and it has de-sulfate cycle.

I carry a battery charger, I thought I might need one when I bought my trailer. So far I've used it on two vehicle batteries, my ham radio battery and loaned it a couple of times. I did use it once on the trailer battery, but that's another story.

The best thing you can do is to reduce your power usage, spend your money on LED lights first. Then add solar. If the weather is warm and the furnace doesn't run but once or twice in the early morning hours I can go about 3 days before I drag out the solar panel and charge the battery. If the it's warmer and furnace doesn't run at all, I have no idea how long I can go, my best guess is close to a month. Before LED lights it was about 5 days with no furnace running and 3 days with the furnace running a couple times. Panel size = 65 Watts.

LED lights were probably the single best I've done.
Thank you so where do I buy LED lights for the DC lights..I use LED lights at home..I do not have a furnace and don't plan too will use ceramic or catalytic..only thing I can see that will use power is my water pump. Can solve that when boon-docking by carrying water. Good input!
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Thank you so where do I buy LED lights for the DC lights..I use LED lights at home..I do not have a furnace and don't plan too will use ceramic or catalytic..only thing I can see that will use power is my water pump. Can solve that when boon-docking by carrying water. Good input!
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However, Google is our friend. Find the bulb number for each of the 12 volt fixtures, mine are 1141 automotive bulbs. Then search on the bulb number with LED before or after, 1141 LED brought up the above mentioned sight. Search around for good prices.
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Okay found some on Amazon for $8.95 they were 15 SMD 3528..
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Will check..thanks!
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Okay found some on Amazon for $8.95 they were 15 SMD 3528..

Look here, too. And on eBay

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