SOLAR Info to Digest

We are excited to inform you we just transferred one of our articles on Solar.  We are in the process of transferring old web pages off a site we are going to eventually delete.

If you are considering solar on your trailer or RV.  Or just curious.  This is a lengthy somewhat technical end of things.   From a build it from scratch mentality.

It includes charts to aid you in understanding some of the concepts, and steps in approaching your design.  Or even capacity estimations if you intend to purchase a plug and play type configuration.

Click here to open the full length article  SOLAR Design Info & DIY Panel Roof Rack construction.

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“ROAM” COULD GENERATORS BE A THING OF THE PAST?

Nissan has been working on a solution (ROAM) to recycle used electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Batteries that are cycled beyond their usable life span for vehicles.

Nissan has developed a device called a “Roam”. A cube made up of lithium-ion battery cells. Cells that have been pulled from Nissan electric vehicles.

A “Roam” can store up to 700Wh of energy, offering 1kW worth of output.

When the “Roam” is combined with a 400W Solar panel it can provide ample power to most RV type trailers. Enough to provide enough power for a week without being recharged.

The “Roam” could be charged in approximately one hour when plugged into a suitable power outlet.

While this is still a concept, not in production, it shows possibilities for recycling EV batteries that may not still be suitable to power a vehicle. But still usable for other purposes. Thus extending their usable life.

For more information, do a internet search on Nissan Roam, or Nissan x OPUS.

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REFRIGERATOR Choices to Make

In the article at the link below we focus on choices you might want to consider.  Especially before you buy a major component, cut holes, frame things in, or run wiring.

We had priorities to enable long term “boondocking” or “lot squatting” for extended periods.  Perpetually in fact, without firing up a noisy generator.

We had additional concerns since we camp in desert terrain.  The Southwest section of the USA.  Where air temperatures can exceed 100°F for days on end.  Even continuing throughout the entire night.  It is not uncommon to have the interiors of closed up vehicles exceed 150°F.

We wanted to power ours off Solar and Battery.  We can state we have succeeded, and have been successfully refrigerating and freezing our food  for numerous years.  Off solar and 2 relatively inexpensive marine deep cycle batteries.

Refrigerator thoughts and recommendations

LEFT IMAGE: Air Temperature  surrounding fridge   RIGHT IMAGE: ARB Maintaining 0°F Internal

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