Solar

Lessons Learned: Solar and Battery Management

  • January 16, 2017
Lessons Learned: Solar and Battery Management

This is the second post in my Lessons Learned series. To read the first post, on planning, follow this link. I have a lot of gear and gadgets. I am techie, an early adopter, a geek....however you might like to put it, that's me. Plus, work and photography bring tech requirements of their own. Keeping it all charged can be a challenge when you are boondocking or on the road. This continues to be something that I am tweaking. I always want to be more efficient, more simple, if possible, and think about power, less. I learned and confirmed some things about my set-up...

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Solar for Long Term Boondocking

  • June 20, 2016
Solar for Long Term Boondocking

As technology changes, it seems inevitable that my power set-up will change. I put off analyzing my power needs and understanding solar and batteries like people put off going to the dentist. It took me 2 years to really determine what kind of set-up I needed for solar in order to sustain long-term boondocking. I think I have found a viable solution, for now. Let me start off with the pros and cons and then I will dive into details of my set-up. I will include some references to my battery and monitoring components as well, since they are related. I am neither an electrician nor a solar expert....

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Guilty As Charged! RV Battery Use & Management Part II

  • January 15, 2016
Guilty As Charged! RV Battery Use & Management Part II

If you missed part 1, check it out, here! When I first bought my T@b, I looked into solar and people recommended that you know should how much power you will use before you purchase your solar set-up. They were right. The problem was, I had no idea how much I might use. To be honest, this type of advice might be just a little overwhelming for the average new RV owner. It was for me. There was so much to learn that I just didn't have the bandwidth to learn about my power usage and all of the language associated with batteries and solar, at the time. Fast forward almost 2 years and now I understand...

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Big Data for a Tiny Trailer: Installing a Victron BMV-700

  • November 29, 2015
Big Data for a Tiny Trailer: Installing a Victron BMV-700

The new 2016 T@bs that are starting to come off of the line now and make their way to new owners have a battery monitor installed by the factory. Kudos to Little Guy and Pleasant Valley for addressing this and helping owners have a better understanding of their battery health. It appears that they are install the SeaLvel II monitors which will monitor tanks and battery. According to the manual, the SeaLevel II will, "The system also shows the RV battery voltage by measuring the voltage which powers the display. " This is an OK method to keep track of your battery and will work for many...

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Guilty as Charged! RV Battery Use & Management

  • November 7, 2015
Guilty as Charged! RV Battery Use & Management

The T@b is the first RV many of us ever own. I thought I would pass along a few things I wish I had known, from day 1, about battery life and maintenance. These are things dealers should educate new RV owners about, but most often do not. I am hoping some of our battery experts will jump in and correct anything I might have wrong or add to what I have in this post. People have different views on what works best, but here is what I have found the most helpful, to me. The Basics Your battery requires active management, unlike your car battery. This is not unique to the T@b. RVs, including...

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