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    Bennie, during our December 2014 Namibia trip there were a couple of places we camped where we relied on the solar panel to keep the battery (1x lead acid deep cycle) fully charged. At Epupa the van was parked in semi shade with the result that the battery was flat within 2 days. At both Spitzkoppe and Klein Aus the van was parked in full sunlight and we had no issues to keep the battery charged. The fridge is a Snomaster 72litre with the small side set at -10 and the big side at +3. We used the LED lights very sparingly at night. I would suspect that you may have a problem with either the solar panel not being connected correctly and thus not supplying full charge, or the charger being faulty, or your batteries dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HJB01 View Post
    Bennie, during our December 2014 Namibia trip there were a couple of places we camped where we relied on the solar panel to keep the battery (1x lead acid deep cycle) fully charged. At Epupa the van was parked in semi shade with the result that the battery was flat within 2 days. At both Spitzkoppe and Klein Aus the van was parked in full sunlight and we had no issues to keep the battery charged. The fridge is a Snomaster 72litre with the small side set at -10 and the big side at +3. We used the LED lights very sparingly at night. I would suspect that you may have a problem with either the solar panel not being connected correctly and thus not supplying full charge, or the charger being faulty, or your batteries dead.
    Your setup sounds the closest to mine with that Snomaster. I can't dare to go to -10, my snowmaster will start beeping very soon quickly. Organising a trip to BL for a checkup on the connections, but am still considering a second battery. Even if it means replacing the previous one (new and new, instead of old and new) which may have gotten previous damage.
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    Hi Guys - Any Suggestions :
    On my last trip to the Game Reserve I noticed the voltage on the BMV climbing to above 16,3v so I disconnected the Solar Panel - tested it the next day and it did the same - voltage on the BMV started to register above 16v.

    HCdP checked out the unit , but the problem never went away - disconnected the solar panel after voltage started to climb above 16v on the BMV - sent the HCdP in a second time for checking, Johan from HCdP has tested it and cannot find any fault with the unit.

    Will trickle charge the 2xDeltec Batteries before collecting the unit from HcdP on Monday - any suggestions on what I should do or have checked at HCdP to solve the problem.

    Bush Lapa Muskrier is fitted out with the following :
    HCdP Mk3c - 180Watt Solar Charge Controler
    1 x 130Watt Monocrystaline Solar Panel
    2 x 105Ah Deltec Deep Cycle Batteries
    Victron BMV 600S Battery Monitor

    Many thanks in advance

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    Ctek dc to dc 250 will solve all yr charging problems...

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    The MCdP Mk 3 already have everything you need for a dc to dc charge. Just install a cable from the towing vehicle's battery to the BL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klaxon of Africa View Post
    Well done Romeo , that looks like Andre's unit , the mods are certainly improving . I understand your order book is closed because of work in Botswana
    Hi everyone, sorry for responding so late...we are very busy and don't always have time available to respond. NO our books will never be closed, however we do go through very busy periods ( especially the last minute requests prior to holidays)

    We are always willing to help asn squeeze in another order.
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    Hi almal.

    Hoeveel volts en amps op vol son kan die pannel lewer.

    Monocrystaline Solar Panel 130watt

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    The absolute maximum i get from my 180 watt panel is less then 6 amps...

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    A good charger is as important as a good solar panel...a better charger will get you a higher output...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxibelgium View Post
    A good charger is as important as a good solar panel...a better charger will get you a higher output...
    Which may or not be a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxibelgium View Post
    The absolute maximum i get from my 180 watt panel is less then 6 amps...
    Without the voltage that is meaningless.

    What is the current at the 12V side after the charge controller?

    It should be a lot more than 10A under reasonable conditions.
    Last edited by Fluffy; 2015/02/26 at 03:59 PM.
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    What are ideal conditions? Correct angle, no shade, correct position to the sun..

    How long does that last?

    Sun is moving constantly, bl not...and...i want to be on the shade...{last week near etosha we had 43°}

    My last motorhome in Europe had 300 watt panels in total...maximum i could get was 11 to 14 amps (with a very expensive regulator)

    also: How many amps do you need? Nat luna needs on full power 4,5 and runs 50 % on a 24 h base

    Make your calculation..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorrie Jordaan BL87 View Post
    Hi almal.

    Hoeveel volts en amps op vol son kan die pannel lewer.

    Monocrystaline Solar Panel 130watt
    Jorrie, as a layman in this field I look at the specs of the solar panel.

    http://www.lowenergydevelopments.com...onocrystalline

    If you take the power (W) of the panel and devide this by the power voltage (V) of the panel you get the current(A).

    Thus 130/18 = 7 A (per hour)(in ideal loading conditions)
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxibelgium View Post
    What are ideal conditions? Correct angle, no shade, correct position to the sun..

    How long does that last?

    Sun is moving constantly, bl not...and...i want to be on the shade...{last week near etosha we had 43°}

    My last motorhome in Europe had 300 watt panels in total...maximum i could get was 11 to 14 amps (with a very expensive regulator)

    also: How many amps do you need? Nat luna needs on full power 4,5 and runs 50 % on a 24 h base

    Make your calculation..
    mmmm
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    Question Front stabiliser mounting bracket

    Hi All

    Martin and myself worked on a way to mount the front stabiliser on the A-frame of the Bush Lapa. Here is what we came up with:

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    Kudus to Martin for manufacturing and fitting the bracket in a very short time. The Bush Lapa crew as always gave excellent service.
    Last edited by CharlLaas; 2015/03/01 at 09:46 AM.

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    Default Back tap plumbing to wash basin

    Here is my 'plumbing' attempt to connect the two back taps to the wash basin:

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    In the picture above is the complete system assembled. The top section uses standard 'Gardena' hose connectors to connect to the taps for easy attachment and removal.

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    Picture above shows how the piping runs without the wash basin.


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    The front section can rotate to ease the wash basin removal,

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    and to allow filling of other containers.

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    The front section is also threaded to allow the attachment of the shower head.

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    It's handy for us to have the shower in the tent to clean dirty little feet and other bits at night.

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    The shower head has adjustable spray options.

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    The tap attachment was constructed using standard 15.00 mm irrigation connectors and piping.

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    The shower system was made using standard plumbing flex piping and off the shelf shower head. The same system also connects directly to the geyser in front.
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    Nice mods Charl.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlLaas View Post
    Hi All



    Martin and myself worked on a way to mount the front stabiliser on the A-frame of the Bush Lapa. Here is what we came up with:



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    Kudus to Martin for manufacturing and fitting the bracket in a very short time. The Bush Lapa crew as always gave excellent service.

    Very nice. Can you buy the bracket or was it custom made?

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    I can't speak for Bush Lapa, but I'm sure they will be happy to make more of these brackets.
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