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RoyB

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Posted: 01/02/20 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I played with one of those small round units that had several blade around it much like one of those roof mounted heat turbines on houses. This would spin up and turn a shaft going down inside the RV unit. Then a alternator like device would charge your batteries like the automotive type chargers do... It worked to some intent but only reall would work going down the road at 60mph haha... This was when I was living in Texas that alwys had at least a 5MPH wind blowing. If one lived on the coast or near the mountains it might work just sitting there...

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Seems like a cool idea to be more self sufficient with power, and the price of entry is low.
Like others though, I question the practicality of it. Unless you're differnet than most, people generally (us included) try to get out of the wind when camping.
Didn't think about mounting on the camper roof. Would definitely work going down the highway, not sure how the cheap ones would handle 60-100mph winds though. (Think, doing 55-70mph into a headwind = 100mph pretty easy on the right day.)

Interested to hear what you come up with and how well it works though.


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Posted: 01/02/20 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would the fan make more power when going down the road be more than power it takes to move it thru the air? Why not use a generator rubbing on the tire like the old bicycle system?

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Posted: 01/02/20 06:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well thanks for the good input everyone, I didn't realize they would be noisy and wouldn't generate anything unless the wind was really blowing.

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Posted: 01/04/20 06:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

Seems like a cool idea to be more self sufficient with power, and the price of entry is low.


Price them up...price of entry is far from low.

Very few cruising sailboats have them anymore with most being old installations.

* This post was edited 01/05/20 08:13pm by valhalla360 *


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Wind generators are often used on live-aboard sailboats. I believe that West Marine sells them and you might get more practical info at Westmarine.com.


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