power for camper

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 17:53
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travelling around oz for 12 months soon and i am not sure which way to go with power for camper,every one has different ideas .to me this sounds best but not 100% sure.i have toyota surf with two batteries standard, hooked up as one . they sugest putting deep cycle battery in camper,and hook up a piranha duel battery system so it will charge camper battery as the second battery.any ideas will be appreciated,all i want to run is 12 volt light weaco 110 fridge and maybe 12 volt tele.thank you
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Reply By: Member - NOBBY - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:16

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:16
Sounds good to me.. Hope so as I have just done what you have described. I have two deep cycle Trojans (105amp) in the Camper Trailer that get charged as we drive along and then if I stay in one place for a while I give them a squirt from my Christie" Gen" set. This only takes me an hour to fully recharge them from about 60%. Like you, all I run is lights and a Evakool 60l fridge freezer.Hope it is a success for you to.
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Follow Up By: david - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:25

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:25
sorry new to all this computer thing could you tell me whats a christie gen set [generator?]
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Reply By: david - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:19

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:19
what is a christei gen set
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Follow Up By: Jo- Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:30

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:30
David

Do a search on generator in the forum archives and you will get lots of information.

Jo
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Follow Up By: Member - NOBBY - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:31

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:31
Christie Engineering in Sydney have made a 12v Gen Set. It is run by a Honda GX100 3hp motor that is hooked up to a Bosch 120amp alternator.I find it great for my purposes, but others disagree as it is not 240v, but then all my applications are 12v. They advertise in Overlander and cost about $1200. They only weigh 18kg and are a very small unit. As said it takes me about one tankfull of fuel to completely charge my batteries( 1 litre of petrol ).
Christie will send you all details 02 9620 1208
Bris Agent: Springer Elect 0438 789 113
hope this helps
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Reply By: david - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:37

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:37
thank you for your help sounds like that will be the way to go for me because of limited space
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Reply By: dougie - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 21:39

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 21:39
if you can afford $1300 get a honda inverta. You will never have a problem they run on unleaded 2 litrs for 6 hours and has a 12 volt battery charger adapter. then you can run 240 fluro lights and all your fridges (a spa porch lights and a stereo).The car should charge you trailer when not stationary.
And they are quite!!
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Follow Up By: Member - NOBBY - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 07:54

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 07:54
Is this the same as the Honda eu10. If so , the only problem that I had with that is that it only charges at 6 - 7 amp/hour ( I have forgotten the exact no.s). I figured that if I had to listen to any noise ( and agreed that the Honda is quiter than Christie) I would rather listen for one hour than six. As I said above" It's horses for courses". The Christie set (100amp) is a lot quiter than the 75amp set.
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Reply By: -OzyGuy- - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 19:06

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 19:06
David,
I have a similar system and it works fantastic for me, I have been using it for a few years now, my only addition is a 80 watt solar pannel to charge only the dual battery system, I have a 700 cca start battery, two 80 amp/hr Delcor calcium Deep Cycle batteries wired in parallel and managed by a Piranha DB150E electronic isolator.
I live on beach's for many weeks at a time, and don't have to start the van to charge the system, as the usual drive to get food or water each week must do the trick for me. My Fridge/Freezer is a 50 ltr Liemack, (yes I can see some now saying stupid things about power consumption, hey it works for me so I don't worry) the fridge actually recharges the AAA and AA Batteries, phone battery and the camper lights, I have the radio and all other electrical accessories connected direct to the dual batteries.
Preperation is the key, do a few small trips away to figure out what you don't need.

Enjoy your trip....
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