Archive for the ‘Motorhome’ Category

My Motorhome/Caravan Refrigerator is using Too Much Power

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

This is a very common comment I see in both emails and forum questions. Depending on the size of the solar/battery system, refrigeration can account for up to 70% or more of the total power requirements. In our motorhome we have a 220ltr low voltage, two-door fridge/freezer and a small (40ltr) chest fridge that becomes […]

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What appliances can I run from my motorhome or caravan solar power system?

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

In the last few months I have had a number of emails from people wanting to know if they can run this appliance or that appliance in their motorhome or caravan. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the answer is not just a simple “yes” or “no” – but a resounding “it depends”. You see […]

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Caravanning and Motorhoming in the Australian Outback

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

As we travel we often get asked “where is your favourite place in Australia”  – while this is a hard question to answer, our thoughts normally turn to the most remote and isolated places we have travelled to. The vastness of the Australian outback is very difficult to describe to people who have not experienced […]

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Buying Solar Panels (without getting ripped off)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

How to buy cheap solar panels without getting ripped off. For many years solar panels were very expensive to manufacture and were equally expensive to purchase. The price of panels was very stable at around the $10 per watt mark for a number of years. Manufacture of panels was limited to just a few well-known […]

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Fridges for Motorhomes and Caravans

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

It is probably a reasonable assumption that nearly 100% of caravans and motorhomes have at least one refrigerator. Let’s face it, warm beer is only slightly more palatable than sour milk in your coffee. Refrigerators for motorhomes and caravans are available in two very different types – gas  fridges (often called 3-way),  and compressor fridges. […]

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Connecting Motorhome and Caravan Batteries

Friday, January 13th, 2012

As is often the case, the inspiration for this article came from talking with a fellow motorhomer. He was under the impression that connecting batteries in parallel would shorten their life. He even had a very good explanation for this … “As one battery discharges, it will drag the other battery down, then that second […]

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Why Battery Voltage Does NOT Indicate Battery Charge State

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

The most common phrase I repeat when talking to motorhome and caravan owners about their electrical system is “Battery voltage is NOT a good indicator of the battery charge state”.  The idea that there is a direct correlation between the voltage across the terminals of the battery and the amount of energy stored inside is […]

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Motorhome and Caravan Battery Life

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Motorhome and Caravan Battery Life – how to select and manage motorhome and caravan batteries How to get the most out of your expensive deep cycle batteries. No question, good quality deep cycle batteries are very expensive – and I’m guessing that they are not going to get any cheaper any time soon. So how […]

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Motorhome vs Caravan for long term Australian travel

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Which is best for long term travellers – a caravan and 4WD or a large motorhome? Of course there is no “right” answer. Much depends on what you intend to do with the vehicle, where you plan to go and of course how much money you have to spend. For the purpose of this article […]

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Mobile internet (the cheap way)

Monday, June 20th, 2011

If you have read any of my other articles you will know that we carry and use an ANT Mobile Satellite internet system. While this system works brilliantly and is the best way to stay connected to the internet almost anywhere in Australia and NZ, it is relatively costly to setup. What if you just […]

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Working and Living on the Road in Australia

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Our solution to balancing work and life. To live on the road to travel Australia in a motorhome while earning enough money to do so is for most people a dream out of reach. So how do we manage it? Firstly, this is NOT an article telling you how to earn money while travelling Australia […]

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Australian A-frame Rules and Regulations

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Many people traveling Australia in motorhomes elect to take a second vehicle with them. For 8 years we achieved this by carrying a Mini Moke inside our motorhome. This proved to be a great way of having a second vehicle without the need to tow. However the Moke has its limitations and we have recently […]

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The ten unbreakable rules for motorhome and caravan electrics

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Here is a list of what I consider the 10 most important rules when designing, building and using a motorhome or caravan electrical system 1.SYSTEM VOLTAGE – Keep the vehicle system voltage and the house system voltage the same. If your vehicle is 12 volt – then make sure the house system is also 12 […]

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MPPT Solar Regulators for Motorhomes and Caravans

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

If you have read my article that discusses the function of a solar regulator, you will know that a standard solar regulator is a fairly simple device with a fairly simple job – to stop the batteries from being over charged. A new type of regulator called MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) is beginning to […]

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VAST Satellite Television System for Travellers (v2)

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

VAST Satellite Television System for Travellers The VAST satellite TV system will replace the existing Aurora system used by many travellers. But we have been waiting on answers to questions like : When will VAST  be available? When will Aurora stop? What equipment is needed for VAST? What channels will I be able to receive […]

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Calculating the cable size for wiring solar panels

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Solar panels are expensive – not as expensive as they used to be, but you are still going to need to budget a few thousand dollars if you plan to power motorhome or caravan from the sun. Given the cost of purchasing the panels, I am always amazed by the number of people that then […]

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Wiring a motorhome – 12 volts or 24 volts?

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

If you are building a motorhome or even buying one, have you considered what voltage the house system will run? Most people automatically assume that 12 volts is best – because … well cars use 12 volts and it never causes issues for them. If you are building or buying a motorhome, I urge you […]

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Diagnosing issues with your satellite TV system

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Launching a satellite into space and receiving a television signal from it, is one of man’s great achievements of the 20th century. Sometimes getting a picture to appear on your television can seem almost as technical and challenging. If you are not receiving a picture from your satellite TV system, follow the steps below to […]

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What is a Shunt and why do I need one?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

A shunt is often listed as an optional extra when you buy your solar regulator. Plasmatronics sell theirs in two parts – the shunt and something called the shunt adapter.  In my experience very few people understand the function of this device and more importantly why it is an important part of your motorhome or […]

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VAST Satellite service to take Aurora’s Place

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

(Updated 6/01/2011) You might want to read the most recent article on VAST at http://hobohome.com/news/?p=593 V.A.S.T. (Viewer Access Satellite Television) is set replace the existing “Aurora” satellite television system used by many travellers. So what does this mean for those of us currently receiving our television from Aurora? Some background Aurora RABS (remote area broadcast […]

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