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JRBEN
09-28-2012, 12:29 PM
I see all kinds of threads on adding solar power. Has anyone tried Wind power? I found a couple of threads doing a google search and was just currious if any Heartland owners had given it a try. From what I have read it doesn't appear to be that much more expensive than setting up a solar system, and the benefit would be 24hr power generation as long as there is a 4mph or greater wind blowing.

olcoon
09-28-2012, 09:20 PM
Sounds like Wyoming would be great for that. When we were in Gillette, the wind was rocking the 5er so bad, I almost thought I was on board ship in the Navy!!!

codycarver
09-28-2012, 09:52 PM
Windy in Wyoming???? Roy, that weren't wind just a gentle breeze. It's not considered windy till the anvil blows by

olcoon
09-28-2012, 10:20 PM
Didn't see the anvil, maybe I'd had too much Single Barrel, & Fireball!!! Saw the Single Barrel @ Sam's Club for $38.00 the other day.

ParkIt
11-06-2012, 01:53 AM
I see all kinds of threads on adding solar power. Has anyone tried Wind power? I found a couple of threads doing a google search and was just currious if any Heartland owners had given it a try. From what I have read it doesn't appear to be that much more expensive than setting up a solar system, and the benefit would be 24hr power generation as long as there is a 4mph or greater wind blowing.
DH is checking right now, he's getting his degree in energy management. Though a turbine couldn't be used when moving because the drag would work against any power you would capture. If you are in an area when the wind picks up around sunset you could use both solar and wind as long as wind doesn't go too high or too low (not enough generation/too much causing vibration) so you'd want to look for something about the size and portability of a tripod satellite dish to stow while moving. We are looking into putting 2 deep cells in the front stow running it to the converter (the same set up that worked great on my RV) and running the solar and wind to keep them charged on a trickle since you wouldn't get much more than that with such a small footprint.
A good article he found is here http://www.windynation.com/articles/rv/solar-and-wind-power-rvs its right along with what we want to do with our HL.

Hope that helps, it will be this summer before we can afford to get ours set up using solar & wind but it would really cut down on paying an electric bill more CG's are starting to make a separate charge.

evolvingpowercat
11-06-2012, 08:08 PM
Most wind power systems with decent output (1000 Watts or more) are:
- pretty high up in the air (20 feet or more),
- the length of the mast sections tends to be related to what can be semi shipped (10 foot or more), and may be long for storing for travel in a RV situation
- free standing mast sections that don't need guy wires tend to be pretty heavy and bulky (multi-piece triangular designs) and normally are set on a fairly heavy concrete pad for stability.
- many farmers complain that the noise of the wind power system blades is bothersome, given how noise transmits more into RVs than homes this might be another concern.

Now if your RV stays parked on one spot on land you own for most of the year, and you don't have electrical service or the cost to connect electric service to your land is in the thousands of dollars, then this might make sense.