I should of got a job with NASA...

Submitted: Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 08:31
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... and that's NOT NASA as in NASA NSB for Nurses, but the real one.... you know.... man on the moon, and all of that.

"Why, Wolfie, why?"

Well, because my little green Honda HRV, the one with the space age water carriers on the rear, is now sporting it's latest addition.

A solar array!

Yep... I built a purpose frame with 75 x 25 RHS & had it Powdercoated Periwinkle Grey Gloss, the same as the water carriers. This frame bolts onto my roof basket, and sit over the spare tyre casing towards the rear. The panel actually nests inside the frame, all very low profile stuff. Looks cool.

When I have my 9db ariel installed, and go upstairs, and look down onto the top of the vehicle, it looks like a lunar rover or something.

Now, why did I do this.....

'cause I can, no other reason. I just like making stuff, to keep me interested in my work. Oh, sure, it's only a little panel, which just sat in my office for years, so I thought.... 'why not'.

It will simply trickle charge an Outback ( Blue Apple ) battery, which runs my laptop & camera charging retinue.

Too much spare time Tracy tells me.......

"Don't even THINK about getting me to drive that bloody thing around Ian!"

Well darling, that was all in the grand plan!!! A boys toy....

Bored Wolf
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Reply By: cokeaddict - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 08:52

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 08:52
Hey Wolfie,
Me thinks u need a holiday mate !

just kidding :-) have agood day.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:10

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:10
Thankfully, Easter is coming up!

got quite a bit of time away then, and afterwards.

Cheers

Wolfie
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 09:10

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 09:10
Good one mate

When the dollars permit I'm seriously considering permanently installing a big fella (80W) on a couple of racks over the front of the cabin.

Pity it's not 80KW ... think of the fuel ya'd save.

Cheers cob
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:17

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:17
Rosco.

Sounds like a plan to me.

I have only installed a 20 watt jobby, which at peak will only give me say 1.6 amps.

Normally, I am a traveling sort of guy, like what I mean is, drive somewhere every day, and only camp at night. No need for a panel....

Just on the off chance, that I am stationary for a day or two, I will at least be able to put in around 8 hours @ day...... which could amount to 10 - 12 amps @ day. It just makes the possibility of extended stays, more of a reality, without worrying about power, at least.

wolfie
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Reply By: SuzukiSamuri - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 09:55

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 09:55
Brilliant idea Wolfie,
Im in the middle of making a similar setup for the wind up roof of my camper trailer.
Does yours charge an aux battery? I was going to install a battery into the c/t to hold the charge.

NUTS!
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:21

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:21
Yes, it does charge an aux. battery.

A Blue Apple Outback ( 24 a/h ).

I don't normally draw much from this battery, because I also run a 100 a/h as my second battery.

I normally use the Blue Apple to charge say camera batteries, etc.

Cheers

Wolfie
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Reply By: floyd - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 11:26

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 11:26
What strain of buds are you smokin'?????????
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:24

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:24
Ummmm......... not too sure...... they are on their 5th. growing cycle.... not really very potent anymore:(

Wolfie
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:46

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:46
Onya Wolfie, how about a pic from upstairs.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:24

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:24
Yeah, I should do something about that.....

Wolfie
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Reply By: Nudenut - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 17:00

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 17:00
way too much time on your hands....
its plain to see who does all the work at your work he he he
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:27

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:27
Funny thing.....

Someone came around the other day, and asked for an urgent job. Told him I was already on a mission, had to make this weapon frame.... blah...blah....

He came around and seen it bolted onto my car!

"Shlt Ian, you've certainly got your priorities sorted out...lol!!!"

Wolfie
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:04

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:04
that poor little honda must almost be on the bumpstops by now, all that gear you keep chucking on it.

get back to work......... oh wait its fridy, get to the fridge..............
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:28

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:28
Actually, you are very, very, very correct!

I am on my SECOND set of King Springs!!!

Bit of a worry, aren't I!!

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:33

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:33
best you plant your bum in it and run it over a weighbridge, that GVM might be close
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