I just wanted to give everyone an update on the channel. I spent the winter researching buses and diesel engines. Oh, so much to learn. We went a looked at a couple buses a few weeks ago but no luck. We are still searching and hope to be building soon.
After getting few chores done yesterday morning, Paula took me for a ride into her past. I got to see a couple of the houses she lived in growing up. We stopped by her childhood church, but it was closed. It was a lot of fun seeing part of her past. She also took me to a forest preserve she use to go to to find herself. It was a got of fun, till the mosquitos attacked.
I do have to confess another young lady did catch my eye. We visited Orphans of the Storm Rescue shelter. This little lady, July caught my eye and is actually still on my mind. She is a 1 year old border collie.
So last night I upgraded my inverter, a change I had to make due to my refrigerator change. So let me back up a bit. I had a dorm size mini fridge I had bought off Craigslist. The fridge worked fine when I used it in the van, but the compressor never stopped running. It was just really old. So I replaced it with a newer more efficient refrigerator. I choose the BLACK+DECKER BCRK25V Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 2.5 Cubic Ft., VCM – https://amzn.to/2syL6pH. It is running great, but I ran into one problem when I got it. My inverter was under powered to run it. I ordered a new inverter, the Cobra CPI 880 800 Watt 12 Volt DC to 120 Volt AC Power Inverter with 5 Volt USB output – https://amzn.to/2xLws3d. I got a deal on a refurbished one. I last night I had a chance to switch out the inverter, I plugged the fridge in and it ran great. So I shut it down and planned to do some testing today. My house battery bank was at 13.1 volts when I parked here at work this morning. Just took a walk out to van over lunch, the house batteries are now at 13.7 and the fridge is ice cold. Everything is running on the solar panels and a surplus of energy is being produced.
Next round of testing will be to see how long the inverter and fridge and run with now power being supplied by the solar panels.
As we get close to take off day for Florida, there are so many things to get done. This week We finished up the new deck for the top of the van. That video is rendering out now and will be up soon. I will be able to mount my camp box up there. We also finished off wiring the solar panels and made screens for the windows. Defiantly a priority as we get ready to head south.