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Old 04-01-2014, 08:07 AM   #29
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The joys of camping! Trying to make it more like home all the time ??
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:36 AM   #30
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A FYI post

After thinking about it I don't think the control on your blanket is a thermostat but rather an SCR or triac based control similar to a light dimmer only with preset levels. Like pulse width modulation with DC, these devices vary the duty cycle of the AC wave. As such they work best with a pure sine wave. While the blanket will work with a square wave, the controller will not. Raz
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I can't comment on amps used etc., but I find a heating pad does a nice job of warming up a chilly bed. Newer models also turn themselves off after a half hour or so.

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The expense of adding 400 watts of solar and an additional battery plus the additional weight added to the trailer , seems a high price to pay for being able to run an electric blanket .
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The expense of adding 400 watts of solar and an additional battery plus the additional weight added to the trailer , seems a high price to pay for being able to run an electric blanket .
Hi Steve. I've seen folks run microwaves, coffee pots, refrigerators, and one fellow, a room air conditioner, off batteries. I've seen stuff over wired, over designed, large solar arrays, expensive monitoring systems of questionable accuracy, expensive charging systems of questionable value, and batteries you need a fork lift to move. The way I look at it, there is a lot of learning going on, it puts money into the economy, and they're having fun. Besides, if you ever want any of this stuff it will show up on ebay, cheap, sooner or later. Each to his own , Raz
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My plan is to put on the order of 700 to 900 watts of solar on the roof. This should be enough to run a small air conditioner, 12/120 volt compressor fridge and the LED lights.

The way I see it, there are four levels of solar power.
1. LED Lights, and your cell phone - ~40W
2. Fridge - ~100W
3. Air conditioner - ~700W
4. Propulsion, (at a brisk walking pace) - ~2000 to 4000W

I got wheel chair motors, and controls from my brothers company for $50. The bigger ones are $80. They get wheel chairs that are not worth repairing, and strip off the electrical components.

I plan to use them to get the trailer into the camping spot. In theory they could propel the trailer 40 to 50 km a day.
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Hi Steve. I've seen folks run microwaves, coffee pots, refrigerators, and one fellow, a room air conditioner, off batteries. I've seen stuff over wired, over designed, large solar arrays, expensive monitoring systems of questionable accuracy, expensive charging systems of questionable value, and batteries you need a fork lift to move. The way I look at it, there is a lot of learning going on, it puts money into the economy, and they're having fun. Besides, if you ever want any of this stuff it will show up on ebay, cheap, sooner or later. Each to his own , Raz
You have a valid point . When I taught electrical control and design , I tried to teach my students not to under or over design a project . Making electrical systems overly complicated usually leads to more problems than it solves. It is a balancing act between function and cost and in the real world cost usually wins out!!
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Think of it as tuition. In fact, cheaper. The text for the first year course in DC and AC I taught must be over $200 by now. Raz
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My plan is to put on the order of 700 to 900 watts of solar on the roof. This should be enough to run a small air conditioner, 12/120 volt compressor fridge and the LED lights.

The way I see it, there are four levels of solar power.
1. LED Lights, and your cell phone - ~40W
2. Fridge - ~100W
3. Air conditioner - ~700W
4. Propulsion, (at a brisk walking pace) - ~2000 to 4000W

I got wheel chair motors, and controls from my brothers company for $50. The bigger ones are $80. They get wheel chairs that are not worth repairing, and strip off the electrical components.

I plan to use them to get the trailer into the camping spot. In theory they could propel the trailer 40 to 50 km a day.
Have you looked into a Mack or a Freightliner to tow all this stuff for you. I really think then a solar powered hot tub should be considered.
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Have you looked into a Mack or a Freightliner to tow all this stuff for you. I really think then a solar powered hot tub should be considered.
I think you misunderstand. The idea is to require no tug, just a lot of patience .
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I think you misunderstand. The idea is to require no tug, just a lot of patience .
LOL!

*pictures Dave towing his solar array down the highway with an electric chair*
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One more try.

The trailer would have the motors and steer like a wheel chair, (or tank) by spinning one wheel faster than the other. The tongue jack would have a large castor wheel. The back becomes the front.

Use the generator when power runs low.

For winter, substitute something like Mattracks https://www.mattracks.com/ , and a ski on the tongue.

It would get you to some difficult to reach camp sites, slowly. I am thinking across a frozen lake, or a road that is closed in the winter.

Since it would go at a quick walking pace, auto pilot is an option.

Art vehicle for Burning Man.
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If staying on topic counts for anything at this point, the OP doesn't have a trailer, he has two slide in campers.....
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Art vehicle for Burning Man.

LOL as I was reading your description of how it would work funny enough Burning Man came to mind! LOL Don't ask me why!
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