wind turbine for caravan

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 07:47
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just wondering if anybody has a portable wind turbine to assist solar panels to charge batteries.
We free camp and haven't run out of power yet, but thought a small turbine would be good insurance.
We do have a generator but not a fan of them when other people about.
thanks for any comments.
Hugh
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 08:14

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 08:14
Gday Hugh
Try a "ships chandlers" thy might have something .
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Reply By: TomH - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 08:17

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 08:17
Look in Jaycar they sell several different models
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Reply By: kgarn - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 08:47

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 08:47
Here's some reading about wind turbines from the Caravaners Forum.

http://caravanersforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=66460&p=952890&hilit=wind+turbine#p952890

Ken
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Reply By: Kyle H - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 09:11

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 09:11
Plenty of wind generators on EBay.
They can be noisier than a petrol powered generator but from my reading the more recent designs are becoming far quieter.
Generally when a wind generator is running full tilt the surrounding wind noise through trees etc drowns out the noise.
Unless I was camping in one spot for a period of time I would find it a PITA to set up.
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Reply By: Member - rooster350 - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 11:08

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 11:08
Saw one operating on a small motor home in WA a few years ago, standing beside it and it was almost silent,spinning quite fast and the owner was very pleased with the output...it was not very big and I believe it cost a bit, I suppose if you want something that will work and work well you have to pay a price for it.
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Follow Up By: V8 Troopie - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 19:06

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 19:06
Its not just the wind generator that has to be considered. They *must* have a load or they can easily self destruct if, for example, the battery is disconnected when it had been fully charged.
So, either a brake or some dump load has to come on to prevent the blades going into orbit.
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Reply By: Genny - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 19:48

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 19:48
I followed a caravan a few years ago that had a small wind turbine mounted at the back. Puttering along the highway at about 80km/hr with the turbine spinning its heart out. I wondered if the chap forgot to tie it up, or thought he was getting a "free" charge from letting it spin. There is no such thing as a free lunch!
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 20:56

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 20:56
There's 3 different models in the Whitworths Catalogue but at the price, I'd be adding more solar panels, unless in a stationary situation.

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Reply By: dublediff - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 17:43

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 17:43
If I was camped up anywhere I could run a wind generator I reckon I would be looking for some other spot to camp without so much wind...lol.
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