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Old 03-17-2008, 11:14 PM   #15
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I was sometimes moving every few weeks and not needing external power. I was going to make a wiring harness to plug into truck to charge egg battery (removed and put in truck bed) while touring or shopping away from camp, but never really needed it, so didn't make it.

However, I didn't have refridge or RV funace or water pump or much beyond lights. I ran computer on inverter plugged into truck battery so that recharged when driving it solo.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:40 PM   #16
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When I went up to the Oregon Rally last summer, my battery decided to take a.. hiatus. For two days (I should say nites) I was basically running without a house battery. Since I couldn't even charge with the car while driving, I didn't have much of a choice but to rely on the car battery when I parked.

I left the pigtail plugged in and was very careful about my lights. I would only have one LED fixture on at a time, and I used the WC in the dark (Hey, I don't need to see what I am doing ), didn't watch TV, and I relied on my solar panels to provide power to my fantastic fan the one afternoon I really really needed it.

When shower time came, I started the car to run the water pump. That was the only time I used the pump. I used bottled water to flush and wash dishes with.

I picked up a new battery and was back in business. Never did figure out why the battery wouldn't charge. I kept it to return it to camping world as it was quite new, but when I put it on a "Big" 7 amp charger, it charged up and has worked fine since. Could have been a connection was contaminated.. could have discharged it so deeply that it was taking a ton to recharge.. have no clue.

I keep that battery fully charged and if I run into a problem with the other, I just swap them out. I boondocked for 5 days during thanksgiving in less than stellar weather, so my solar was not keeping up as well as I would have liked and thats what I did. I charged one while the other was being used and just kept swapping.

But.. thats not why I am posting ... I stopped at REI tonite and they did NOT have one of the small cranky chargers. So I was a small cranky shopper...
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:50 AM   #17
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[quote]I tried a wind generator for a while but it was a bit too cumbersome, even just the smaller one on the bumper. Plus, I kept having to plan my trips to avoid low bridges.


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I see the problem. You've got it oriented backwards, so it's in propulsion mode. It was probably a drain on the battery, but you must have improved your mileage.

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:52 AM   #18
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Has anyone considered using a wind driven generator to recharge batteries?
Ahem, not to toot my own horn but I did invent a solar wind mill! Still working the bugs out.Solar Wind Mill
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:34 PM   #19
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So I'm sensing the Weza is a NO?
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:58 PM   #20
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It looks like it may be a viable alternative for a smaller battery/source as an alternative to carrying the "Traditional" items.

It's up to you to decide what your needs are and if this fits, then get one. It certainly would work anywhere anytime and bypass the limitations of wind and sun availability.

I personally would think it's a lot of work for little return however, for regular use.

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Sounds like a good idea to me too. Great item to put in a storm shelter!!!! Or have on hand at home for any power out emergencies.

Little steep in price though. Figure that will come down by some place like Amazon or Overstock.com.

a side note to this.

Ive figured my Unimog pulling a lifted Egg Shell Scamp 5er will be about as wind resistant as brick house on wheels. Figured that just about any amount of added wind reisitance to the Mog would creat insigficant overall increase in energy demand on my veg oil powered diesel engine.

So with all that that in mind I thought I would put a Safari Roof rack on the Mog, and or Scamp with offroad lights on the outer edges and in the center of front or rear side of rack mount a squirl cage fan attached to motor for generating power.

Traveling created wind will be used to generate electricty for onboard nicad battery charger orrrr? Nicade battery bank used for LCD mini lights thru out the camper, Mog Tool boxes, Under vehicle night lights etc.

Under vehicle lights help illuminate the tundra your trying to cross. A real advantage for spotters guiding you along on rocky offroad paths at night. Obviously offroad speeds would not be fast enough to spin the squirl cage but driving on road on your way there could.

maybe???
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:52 PM   #22
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Sounds like a good idea to me too. Great item to put in a storm shelter!!!! Or have on hand at home for any power out emergencies.

Little steep in price though. Figure that will come down by some place like Amazon or Overstock.com.

a side note to this.

Ive figured my Unimog pulling a lifted Egg Shell Scamp 5er will be about as wind resistant as brick house on wheels. Figured that just about any amount of added wind reisitance to the Mog would creat insigficant overall increase in energy demand on my veg oil powered diesel engine.

So with all that that in mind I thought I would put a Safari Roof rack on the Mog, and or Scamp with offroad lights on the outer edges and in the center of front or rear side of rack mount a squirl cage fan attached to motor for generating power.

Traveling created wind will be used to generate electricty for onboard nicad battery charger orrrr? Nicade battery bank used for LCD mini lights thru out the camper, Mog Tool boxes, Under vehicle night lights etc.

Under vehicle lights help illuminate the tundra your trying to cross. A real advantage for spotters guiding you along on rocky offroad paths at night. Obviously offroad speeds would not be fast enough to spin the squirl cage but driving on road on your way there could.

maybe???

[HIJACK]You on the PBB? Just figured a Mog owner would be. [/HIJACK]

As for an honest response, the charging system on a Unimog would likely be sufficient to charge anything while underway, thus eliminating the need for wind power. Hell, you could likely stuff 3 or 4 batteries in that thing somewhere, and generate enough power for a month's use.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:45 PM   #23
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So I'm sensing the Weza is a NO?
Rob, at my age and with arthritis it's definitely not a go. But who am I to deny you your fun.
If you think it's sensible thing then go for it, and later tell us all that we made a BIG mistake.
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Here is a combo! Best of both worlds, wind AND sun.

(OK, well it COULD be, for ants houses and stuff)

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