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Old 01-26-2018, 02:59 PM   #21
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"Pre-absorption"
"MaineSail" at compassmarine. He argues a big degrader of marine batteries is "pre-floatulation".
Certainly can't disagree with that!

Interesting coincidence that Blue Sea actually has a stage in their chargers that they call "PREFLOAT". MaineSail is right on for them.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:30 PM   #22
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We have a 2000 LTV with a basic solar setup.
80 watts of solar, roof mounted with 3M adhesive, charging through an 8 watt regulator direct to a single 27 size deep cycle battery.
We can dry camp for extended periods in sunny areas without driving using limited furnace, unlimited water pump, LED lighting, cd/radio, and small 125 W
inverter. In poor weather we have never encountered unusable power for as long as 4-5 days.
Very simple, easy to install and inexpensive. Much better than the Onan we had in the last LTV.
A lot depends on your lifestyle and the amount of gadgets you require to keep you happy.
More solar would not be a waste, but 80 watts seems plenty for us.
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Old 02-02-2018, 05:38 PM   #23
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One side recommendation. If choosing a solar charge controller, for a van with a very limited area for solar, and where you need to wring every last watt from the panels, get a MPPT charger. They are more expensive, but worth it.
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