How to Get off the Generator
and Reduce Shore Power Dependence
while Still Powering Everything Well
Increase Solar, Get Rid of or use less of Generator
Eco Friendly Benefits
Methods of Alternative Power
- Install solar panels and a solar charge controller
- Install a "battery isolator" to charge your aux. batteries while driving and idling
- Diesel engine emissions will clog faster when idling a long time; therefore drive slower for longer charge times, better fuel economy, safety and enjoy rides better. An idle increaser will cause more fuel consumption and pollution vs. low idle that causes more emissions clogging; therefore if low idle a long time, when convenient go on highway at 80MPH for a few minutes to blow out the soot.
- Beware of complications with charging a lithium battery with an alternator
- Increase aux. battery capacity (beware charging lithium with alternator is much more complicated)
- Increase appliance and electronics efficiency
- Connect to shore power more frequently rather than run generator particularly for air conditioner
- Cook less. Cooking destroys nutrients. Most foods that need cooked are bad for you. Most foods that can be eaten raw are healthy. Meat in particular is an environmental disaster and unhealthy.
How to Power an Air Conditioner without a Generator or Shore Power
- Get rid of the inefficient roof mounted air conditioner. You won't have enough room on the roof to power it with solar panels.
- Install a sky light where the hole was.
- Install a maximum amount of solar panels you can reasonably fit on the roof. Solar panels are semi-translucent allowing the skylight to still function.
- Install a 5,000 or preferably a 12+ EER 6,000 BTU digital window air conditioner on the side or back of the trailer / camper or back of the van or motorhome.
- Upgrade to a 1,500+ watt pure sine wave inverter if you don't already have one.
- You can't run a microwave or electric heater without a generator or shore power. Get rid of the microwave and use an electric induction stove instead for cooking. Install a diesel or other fuel-utilizing heater.
- Making modifications to a vehicle or trailer under warranty may void one or more portions of the warranty.
How to Sell a Generator and/or Roof-Mounted Air Conditioner
Hondas and Yamahas sell very easy near full retail price. Be sure to flaunt your receipt if you have it to prove it's not stolen and thus encourage others to buy yours instead of someone else's. Restate the previous sentence in your ads.