Hello everyone, I have been frequenting ih8mud forever and lately my needs are leaning towards those most common for expedition use. Reading various setups about dual batteries, solar panels, and electrical setups has been overwhelming as I am electrically challenged. My needs have increased since I bought an ARB fridge. My goal is to be able to run it continuously while camping for extended periods without starting or moving the truck. Powerfilm solar panels are all over this site (beautiful writeups and pictures) but Iíd like to see other setups that are less expensive than a $900 powerfilm panel. I donít mind mounting the solar panel permanently to my roof rack so they donít need to be flexible which should lower the price. I am looking for a solar panel that is good at low light conditions (i.e. clouds and light shade cover in a campground.)
From research Iím leaning towards a national luna dual battery system and some sort of solar panel that outputs enough juice to run a fridge 24/7. Iím assuming a 60 W max panel would be the minimum to keep the fridge going without running down the second battery below its 50% mark. Right now my only experience points to a deep cycle battery. Is there a better battery choice to run a fridge and occasional winch (I have a warn M12000.)
1. Please post up or comment if you have a permanently mounted solar panel that keeps up with a fridge.
2. Any good drawings or plans to make a fridge slide that not only extends but lowers? The ones Iíve seen are slick and I prefer not to buy an expensive one or design one from scratch.
My goal is to install a dual battery setup, solar panel, and fridge slide before my main camping / climbing trip in July to Glacier National Park.