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    Thanks Shaun,
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    The test will be when HE provides Dinner Tomorrow night I guess !

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    I concur that solar panels alone will not provide sufficient power in Winter.

    I have recently had a battery-to-battery charger fitted in order to cover the deficiency. In my view running the engine at idle on occasion is a cheap way to top up the batteries in the event that I am not relocating to take on water, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by POI Admin View Post
    I concur that solar panels alone will not provide sufficient power in Winter.

    I have recently had a battery-to-battery charger fitted in order to cover the deficiency. In my view running the engine at idle on occasion is a cheap way to top up the batteries in the event that I am not relocating to take on water, for example.
    yup, with a decent sized B2B, you will get more energy into the battery on a 15 minute idle then all day with a typical 200W solar installation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jays View Post
    In one hour you generated 2.2 kw hours.
    To complete all stated , requires more power.
    Figures do not add up.
    How do you work that out then, Talk me through your sums !.
    Don’t know where you’re coming from with that train of thought!
    Rough Example-
    Both Phones, Laptop, Tablet, Rechargeable Torches, & his Leasure Battery charger All Plugged in & ready to charge.
    All Grub Opend & Prepared, So Genny ON !
    Microwave on for 8 ish minutes to do 2 medium Jacket Spuds, When Finished-
    Then
    Forman Grill On for 5 ish minutes to do 2 Pigeon Brests, When Finished (But leaving Brest & Spuds On Grill to keep Hot)-
    Then
    Microwave on for another 4 ish minutes to heat Dish of Curry. When Finished-
    Nestle the Jacket Spud in the Middle of a Plate, Wedge in Butter & Pidgin Brest, surround with Curry & Microwave for a further 3 ish minutes a Plate.
    (So that’s say 25 ish minutes gone)
    Sit & eat while Both Hot water tanks are on for say 20 ish minutes ish until we finished eating Then wash up using some of the hot water from my tank allowing My tank to top up & Heat up again while Drying up & Putting away. ALL That still only ‘Roughly’ accounts for say 45 ish minuets. still a good 15 minutes or so in Credit at a guess
    So let’s see your figures to back up the comment you made ?.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildebus View Post
    yup, with a decent sized B2B, you will get more energy into the battery on a 15 minute idle then all day with a typical 200W solar installation.
    Is it ok to idle a modern diesel for long periods?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shaunr68 View Post
    Is it ok to idle a modern diesel for long periods?
    Not recommended with particulate filter and catalytic converter. To clog up .
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    IF

    We were to use MoHo in the winter (Which is very very unlikely)

    I would look for an underslung LPG genny
    We do not have any room for a "portable genny"...if we did I would be interested in LPG
    Canal boat companies have them (LPG gennys that is)

    OK expensive at first but then cheaper and easier than an external Petrol Genny.

    I do not think that even tilting Solar (lots) and Lithium batteries would do the job in winter
    As has been posted a Genny is reliable

    However when all is said and done EHU every few days might cost (including camping) 35 a week

    OK a drip feed cost but maybe as good as anything as you also get water and waste.
    I appreciate NZ has other solutions foe W&W

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    Quote Originally Posted by molly 2 View Post
    Not recommended with particulate filter and catalytic converter. To clog up .
    Not to mention bore glazing and subsequent oil consumption.
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    is bore glazing a problem on reasonably modern engines?

    on a lot of agricultural tractors the engines are low reving ... typically 2,5k rpm max. a lot of the low power requirement power driven attachments are geared so that the tractors big diesel can run at about 1000 rpm all day long.... not that much different to a small (relitavely) van engine at idle.

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