I don't usually post outside my restoration thread, because I really don't like posting in general and the only reason I do that thread is to prove to myself that I'm actually making progress. So please bear with me, but I need some outside-the-box thinkers here. So here's a copy of my post in my restoration thread, reaching out to those of you that are not into the resto-vintage world.
I'm contemplating purchasing my trailer's power system this winter and using components of it/familiarizing myself with how it all works before I install it. The reasons for this are two:
1) I'm now living (with my dogs) in a snowbound cabin for the winter and will likely need some external power generation when the power goes out. And I got about 18 inches of snow yesterday and the power has faltered several times already. I'm looking at the Honda eu2000i and possibly a companion to wire in series. Thoughts on these generators anyone?
2) the cabin has a fantastic, rarely-used greenhouse (pictured), and since I have used cold frames/hoop houses successfully in the winter, I'd like to try my hand at deep-winter growing. I would like to get some solar panels that I can use now and take with me for my trailer when I move on in the spring. The power from the panels would operate a small 12v
fan, maybe grow lights, as well as a small greenhouse heater that would turn on automatically at specific temperatures. The Overlander has ample roof space for at least 4 panels, although I will likely only get two for now and mount them in a portable frame. I'm looking at the 100 watt panels by Renogy...?
I figure this would be good practice for me with all the electronics, figuring out amps/watts/volts/generators/inverters/converters/batteries - all that stuff that's totally new to me without screwing up my trailer or burning anything down. So any thoughts on the setup, what I'm needing, what I'm overlooking, would be appreciated! I can get stuff delivered no problem - just have to ski/snowshoe out to the main road and drag it in on a sled for a quarter mile!
Thanks for any feedback...