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Wisconsin Tacomas and bad financial advice

Discussion in 'Mid West' started by Thatbassguy, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Apr 1, 2024 at 1:18 PM
    Shellshock

    Shellshock King Shit of Turd Island

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    The redarc is auto switching so it’ll take whatever is activity giving off power. It’s also a MPPT solar controller which helps significantly with output from your solar panel.

    the ratings are just max output, it doesn’t matter how small your input is.
     
  2. Apr 1, 2024 at 1:31 PM
    wi_taco

    wi_taco My skid plates give rocks taco flavored kisses

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    Then it will charge at whatever input your solar is giving off.

    This^.
     
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    OldSchlPunk

    OldSchlPunk A legend in my own mind!

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    When it's cloudy, I'm only getting partial charge, which is fine. I doubt you'd want a 30A dump constantly, I don't think your battery would appreciate it. The way I'm looking at it, when I'm parked, if I'm charging enough to approximately cover what my draw is, the difference is what I have reserve for. So far, with approx. 20% of my solar (100W) covered, I've been able to keep my battery above 12.5V easily...even after overnight drawdown with the fridge and limited usage of an inverter for 120V charging of my radio.
     
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    @pearing, Thank you sir for sharing your adventure, really enjoyed the pics and the write-up. Your preparation made for an epic adventure.

    Glad everyone is home safe.

    Edit to add: Looks like you had a great crew with you.
     
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  5. Apr 1, 2024 at 2:26 PM
    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    Awesome! I just wanted to be sure that it would be able to use the solar input, which it sounds like it will.

    Thanks guys!

    I'm also starting to wonder if I really need to bother with the solar for the fridge. Based on what @wi_taco has said, I shouldn't have any trouble running the fridge for a day or two between charges. It's rare that I go an entire day without driving at all. I might save the solar gear for the camper, and just use a charger fed from the alternator to keep the fridge battery topped off.

    One thing is pretty certain; I should probably stop buying stuff until I make up my mind! :D


    Again, I really appreciate everyone's input!
     
  6. Apr 1, 2024 at 2:41 PM
    Shellshock

    Shellshock King Shit of Turd Island

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    If you are moving every 24 hours, you don’t really need a solar panel.

    You could also just get the system in place so you can plug in a portable panel if you are staying somewhere for an extended period. Plus then it’s mobile so you can better place it for optimal input and keep your vehicle parked in the shade. That’s the one downside of a mounted panel, you have to park in the sun.
     
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    sparkystaco

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    Sounds just like what that switch does.
     
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    Pixeltim

    Pixeltim Misunderstood member

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  9. Apr 1, 2024 at 3:58 PM
    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    I should have been more clear. I was looking for an actual charger that could run off of the vehicle while it's running, and also run off solar. I don't actually want to charge directly off the alternator, because the battery I got is an AGM, which tend to charge at a higher voltage than the alternator provides. Otherwise, yes, I could definitely use one of those switches to select between the alternator input and solar.

    You know I won't. I'm sure the second I have a little cash laying around I'll be ordering a fridge and possibly some fog lights.
     
  10. Apr 1, 2024 at 4:05 PM
    Taco-Grinder

    Taco-Grinder It's all part of the adventure.

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    What about a new front bumper to mount the new fog lights on.
     
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    Only sorry we couldn't help you spend more money! :boink:
     
  12. Apr 1, 2024 at 4:17 PM
    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    Haha! I was thinking about it when I hit the deer. But, it's not really a priority right now.
     
  13. Apr 1, 2024 at 4:28 PM
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    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    Well, I already bought the battery and a charger. And, the fridge is probably going to happen soon. You guys are doing fine. ;)
     
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    WiscoPat One does not simply purchase a Ridgeline

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    ...or the mud hole at Tigerton.
     
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    :boink:
     
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    rubbersidedown Well known voider of warranties

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    Big shout out to @Camerasandcoffee for sourcing the black front bumper cover for me! Worked great Jonathan, snapped right into place. I ran the truck through the Kwik Trip car wash today and it got maybe 70% of the mud off (and revealed a lot of scratchiness), but the new piece up front is the cleanest bit on the truck right now.

    I probably won't get to figuring out the mess with the rear bumper until after Wyalusing.

    PXL_20240401_234809986.jpg
     
  17. Apr 1, 2024 at 5:34 PM
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    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    :rofl:

    :rofl:
     
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    Rear bumper? Did I miss something?
     
  19. Apr 1, 2024 at 5:45 PM
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    CygnusX191 Gangster of Boats

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    Can confirm

    To be fair, the radio isnt taking much off your battery

    I met half that crew. Can confirm, rock solid individuals

    I said the same thing, but with less fancy words :playball:

    :101010:

    Now THIS is advice
     
  20. Apr 1, 2024 at 6:00 PM
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    Dean asked over the radio "was that your truck that hit? If so I have a problem." he had a problem, but only for a short second or so...

    Dean.jpg
     

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