Wednesday, December 20, 2017

My Rovers Wagon Has A Few More Bells...

Got the windows cut in and insulation, ceiling, floor and walls, placed. Then got a new pair of 230 amp hour, 6V, batteries set in place and the controller wired back up.

Hooked the batteries in this afternoon and flipped the breakrs. No sparks or smoke let me relax a bit! 😆

Though a total gloomy overcast that good 270 watt Kyocera panel is making power. Not much, but any on a cloudy day is a good thing.

Been planning on a second pair of batteries very soon... But I have been living on only two batteries for more than two years in the Lakota.

The fiver had six to run the furnace, microwave and all that junk... this rig will only have lights and a USB station. No furnace blower and No microwave. No refrigerator controls or other draws... so a pair just might do the trick. I'm wanting to be zero generator so we'll see what happens.

A pair of cabinets for my pantry/kitchen hardware will get hung in the next few days.

Still waiting on the title and plates for the Raider, the Yukon and the Rovers Wagon to get here from South Dakota...

Just after Christmas I'll hang the new interior paneling and get it varnished up. Not putting it behind the cabinets. They'll be hung on poplar boards secured to the steel wall posts. See no reason to bother with the weight of paneling behind them.

... a counter and my couch/bunk to build after all that... much to do yet but I am seeing some real progress at this point!

This Rovers Wagon have this old drifter back wandering a Ribbon of Highway in No Time! 😆

- Brian


Howiet said...

From my experience of the last three years I believe the two batteries you have will be more than adequate for the loads you are talking about. I've been running on a 100 watt panel hooked to a Wally World marine battery that has about a 72 amp total capacity. I rarely pull it down below 75% running my lights as much as I need and charging my electronics including my sonicare electric toothbrush.

Why haul around an extra two heavy batteries unless your experience down the road dictates the need for them?

My two cents worth offered as food for thought.

kaBLOOnie Boonster said...

I agree with the idea of limiting yourself to two 6-volt batteries. I have made that work for me, despite having a 12 volt compressor-based refrigerator!

After all, things have improved the last few years: incandescent bulbs have been replaced by LED bulbs, and 50 watt laptops have been replaced with 10 watt laptops, or even lower watt chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

Also agree with NOT bringing a generator. Solar panels have come down in price. Ten days a year, I will partially charge with the tow vehicle's engine in the morning, to give a boost to the solar on a cloudy day.