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Old 02-21-2016, 10:21 AM   #1
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Running airstream off solar generator

Hello, I am new to the forum and this is my first post. I have a 1968 ambassador that we parked on some land in the woods. It is our family getaway and we love it! There is no power or water so I have started converting it to an off the grid cabin/trailer. I have a wood stove and a self contained solar generator (a power hub) the generator works great to run string lights and radio etc.. I would like to plug the trailer into the generator to run just the trailer lights and ceiling fans. It worked for a while, but now the univolt buzzes and smokes. Seems like I need to replace the univolt. Any suggestions on what I need to replace and what to replace it with. I would like to avoid charging the airstream battery because it just drains the batteries in the generator. Please help, I have no idea what I'm doing!
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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How far away is the solar generator battery?

If it is close enough why not just run a heavy cable from that battery to the Airstream (AS), and remove the AS battery?

Yes, normally when they let the smoke out the device is severely stress and needs repair.
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The batteries fior the solar power and the generator are one self contained unit that I have in the space where the oven was. Are you saying you could run a cord from a new converter to the solar generator?
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I took a look at the Xantrex Power Hub 1800.

If that is what you have then I would say you would need a new charger and a 12VDC battery. I would recommend you go with a lower wattage charger (8-10 amps) and use the battery as a device to deliver your needed power. You are going through double conversion which means lower efficiency.

Since you already have a solution you won't want to go this route but here is a description anyway: Solar charger/controller, for a 12VDC system and use the house battery as storage. No need for a converter since you don't have power there. Lots of folks on this forum do this, some with really big systems use an inverter and create 120VAC to use.
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