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Old 06-17-2008, 12:58 PM   #1
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Wind Generator Power??

Hi All:

I've looked through the various threads but have not seen any information on Wind Generators for RVs, and am wondering if any of you in the airstream forums have used or now use a wind generator to re-charge your batteries.

I've noticed while camping, in my 28ft. CCD, that most afternoons are quite windy in the sites I've chosen (often near lakes).

I'd appreciate any insight any of you might have, or know where i might look for more detailed information. Thanks, in advance.

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Old 06-17-2008, 03:42 PM   #2
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Bump. I notice that this post has received no response and is about to slide from the portal page, yet possibly some afternoon/evening posters may have some ideas to share...so, bump back to the top! ~G
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:49 PM   #3
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A quick google (rv wind generators) resulted in some interesting finds.

Here's just one.

RV Solar Power Kits, Portable RV Wind Generator
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:57 PM   #4
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costco has two on their site, do a search for "wind" at costco.
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Old 06-17-2008, 10:27 PM   #5
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Russ & Tina De Maris have a book out called RV Boondocking Basics which you can purchase through RV Bookstore - Books, Videos, DVDs and Magazines for RVers They explain their experience with a wind generator and look quite favorably on it. They use an AIR 403 wind turbine by Southwest Windpower.
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:32 AM   #6
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Hi, All, again.

Thanks for your responses. i do have the book mentioned, which is what got me onto the path of the wind generator, but couldn't find the wind generators at Costco until you gave me the right term to use.

It doesn't seem many folk use wind power for a generator, so am wondering if solar is easier. But it is also surely more expensive, initially.

Again, thanks.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:03 AM   #7
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The consensus was...............

Get a generator.

Solar was deemed too expensive, and you needed to park in the sun.
No power at night or cloudy days.

Wind turbines wanted to see wind speeds in excess of 12 miles per hour.

Solar and or wind power supposedly are more efficient in different regions

But/And I welcome any arguements or opposing views.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:10 AM   #8
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It looks like you need 28 mph to get full power. Still, they are a very cool supplemental device. Maybe better for a stationary set up.
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I have some airstreamer friends who rely on wind- but their major excursion is a month on Padre Island. They love it. I myself, have a generator and hope to add solar for next year.
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In order to receive more input on this thread and to generate more interest, I'm changing the title of this thread from Chandles to Wind Generator Power??.

Hopefully this will help add to the discussion.

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Old 06-20-2008, 11:14 AM   #11
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While the initial investment in solar is high, there are many other benefits that accrue while you own the system.

Solar is SILENT and requires NO MAINTENANCE. It costs NOTHING once you have the system in place, and with proper batteries (Lifeline AGM) you should enjoy at least 5-7 years from them. No Gas, no tune-ups, NO NOISE..........NADA!!!!!!!!

And depending on the area that you camp in, wind will be a nice supplement to the solar, and can be wired right into the charge controller with a transfer switch.

In the Columbia River Gorge, it's either sunny, very windy....OR BOTH!!!

We don't need no stinkin' power post!
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costco has two on their site, do a search for "wind" at costco.
Uhh...I did a search on "wind", and for some reason, I got search results for burrito fixin's...
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The one downside to using wind or solar, is you usually don't have a means to store the energy (batteries) that is created. When the wind quits or it is dark, the energy stops.

We have 4~120 panels and 8~batteries and can run the 15k AC for almost 6 hours. We wouldn't be able to do that if I didn't have the batteries to store the energy.
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Here are a couple of related threads.
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...sun-39693.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tor-41687.html
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