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corvettekent

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Posted: 03/15/21 06:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The simple solution is to stop working. I stopped 12 years ago and now I can enjoy life. The next best option is to spend less $$ on gas and buy some batteries, battery monitor, inverter, solar panels, and controller.


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Another thing to consider is a USB-C powered monitor, that's what I use for my second screen, it pulls its power from the laptop and sips it compared to a typical desktop monitor. That way if you power your laptop off a DC-DC power supply you've eliminated the need for an inverter to run during the work day.


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Power ain't free no matter how you choose to get it.. Choose your poison on how you wish to get it and go from there..

Mostly just have to look at your ROI on the solution you choose.

Solar costs a lot to start off with, but as long as you have sun, you can run your A/C on it if you have a system to handle it.

Gens are easy, but loud and use a lot of gas if you are running an Onan just to charge the batteries..

Better to get a little Honda 1000 or whatever to charge the batteries.

Or?? Lots of options.. We all have our own preference.. You are just going to have to find your preference and see how it works for you and adjust accordingly.

Good luck! Mitch.
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With lithium batteries starting at $399,i would suggest a stand alone battery for your extras...My camper only has one house battery so using a stand alone was about my only option and it works really well for extras like cpap/tv/DVD and charging devices..It takes the load off the single house battery.

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Rocky2 wrote:

A little off topic but having a battery pack to charge your cell phones and laptops is inexpensive insurance for essentials go dead.

A battery pack big enough to charge a laptop can be pretty expensive !

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Almot wrote:


Yep. The best kept secret of generator users [emoticon]... When it's not charged fully every day and not equalized once a week, it won't last long.


Don't let them drop below 50% and recharge to at least 80%+ and should be fine as long as you get them up to 100% every week or two...which if the OP is going back to a campground every other week as suggested will happen.

This is has been standard practice for decades with cruising boats. Operate between 50-80% with occasional runs up to 100%. Nothing unusual to get 5-10yrs out of a battery bank doing this.


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Lwiddis wrote:

"Solar generators" are expensive, low powered.

Most pre-packages solutions (like Jackery, EGO and Bluetti) are way over priced ! Quick rant about "solar generators"

DIY Portable Solar Generator (minus panels)

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

"Solar generators" are expensive, low powered.

Most pre-packages solutions (like Jackery, EGO and Bluetti) are way over priced ! Quick rant about "solar generators"

DIY Portable Solar Generator (minus panels)


That's Will..He did have good reviews on a couple solar generators and recommended them...Personally,owning three in total,they have there purpose for some,not all..Take my Jackery 240..Runs my cpap/charges my phones and laptop and even runs my Engel 12v compressor fridge for over 24 hrs for less than $200..That's less than a good 12V battery and it comes with an MPPT controller/PSW inverter and a 12v regulated socket and again,less than $200..I do not think that is over priced..

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Posted: 03/16/21 10:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The answer is:
Look to get a solar system!!!

$250 will get you 200 watts, a charge controller and wires. Can you do basic handy man stuff? Mount them yourself, there is 1,000s of forum threads on this right here.

Otherwise, you will be putting some hard "miles" on your RV batteries by running them low, charging them back, running them los, over n over.

Solar is the easiest way. You will be glad u did.

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Going solar depends a lot on where you are going to use it. Michigan ranks 47th out of the 48 continual states in available sunshine.

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