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Old 10-13-2021, 11:45 AM   #1
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Advice for weekend outing in 2020 View 24D

I'm taking the family out in our 2020 View 24D this weekend. I have the OEM factory installed lead acid batteries and the standard 2x100 watt solar panels. We will arrive at the campsite on Friday around noon with fully charged coach batteries and leave on Sunday around 5:00 or 6:00 pm. I will not be able to run the generator at all. I plan on tweaking the settings on the compressor fridge so that the freezer is turned off and the fridge section is up at 3 or 4. We will use lights sparingly, the furnace fans will most likely blow for periods at night and other electrical use will be minimal. Does anyone with direct experience with my setup think I'll run out of electricity before we leave on Sunday?



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Oh, would it be nice if we could tell you. But there are far too many variables still in the equation. Variables like how fresh are those batteries, how much will the sun shine, will you be parked under trees, how cold will it be at night and what temp will you set the furnace thermostat at?

Check back in with us on Monday and let us know how it worked... then we'll be able to tell you that "Yep, you can make it." Or "No, what were you thinking?"
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Oh, would it be nice if we could tell you. But there are far too many variables still in the equation. Variables like how fresh are those batteries, how much will the sun shine, will you be parked under trees, how cold will it be at night and what temp will you set the furnace thermostat at?

Check back in with us on Monday and let us know how it worked... then we'll be able to tell you that "Yep, you can make it." Or "No, what were you thinking?"



Anyone with a similar setup who had done similar excursions would have a rough idea of the margin, that's all I'm looking for, just a rough idea about what to expect based upon other's experiences.
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Anyone with a similar setup who had done similar excursions would have a rough idea of the margin, that's all I'm looking for, just a rough idea about what to expect based upon other's experiences.
As previously mentioned, even considering "average" power use no one can say one way or the other, not knowing your weather and sun exposure. If you have a choice of sites, choose one with good sun exposure.

Your biggest power hog will be your furnace. so be prepared to bundle up at night. You might want to consider getting a "Little Buddy" propane heater:

https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F23...02G51BZU&psc=1

Finally, think "camping", not RVing, spend time outside, turn off unnecessary lights, forget watching TV, etc.
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Advice for weekend outing in 2020 View 24D

I have a 2020 View 24D as well. Before leaving this summer (July 6), I changed out the two factory wet cells with one BigBattery 12V OWL MAX 2 - LiFePO4 - 228Ah - 3.018kWh that gave us the opportunity to easily spend two nights dry camping while traveling and keeping our freezer below freezing. Of course the sun was plentiful for our two factory installed 100W panels to soak up enough energy to charge our LiFePO4 battery. Now that we are back, I have ordered a second battery and will be removing the two 100W panels and adding at least 500W of new solar panels for our winter trips. You can get a lot of information to help you make solar decisions at https://www.facebook.com/groups/200065277588945/ many of the owners in this group have started where you are and know the best way to go.
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I think you will be using at least 2 amps on average, maybe more depending on how you can "tweak" the fridge. You will be dry camping for about 54 hours, so your total usage will be at least 108 amp hours. Your batteries probably have 75 amp hours of capacity each, so with no solar recharging you will be below the recommended 50% discharge level, probably more.

A horizontally mounted solar panel can produce 30 amp hours for a 100 watt panel in full sun, but that is for mid summer. Now maybe 25 amp hours. So if you are in a sunny spot and it is a sunny day then you will probably add 50 amp hours and stay above the 50% discharge level. Any clouds or shad and you will probably be below that.

Good luck. Let us know how it goes. But if you are depending on battery voltage levels to tell you how discharged your batteries are, realize that is a very poor indicator. It is better but not good if you turn off all loads for an hour before measuring. Roughly speaking 12.1 volts is 50%.

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Your batteries probably have 75 amp hours of capacity each, so with no solar recharging you will be below the recommended 50% discharge level, probably more.
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The 50% discharge level isn't cast in stone. Most battery manufacturers cite an 80% discharge level as the maximum safe level. Consistently discharging below 50% will reduce your battery life but it's not something to worry about on an occasional basis:

https://www.trojanbattery.com/tech-s...y-maintenance/
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