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Load Balancing (L-R)

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19 Apr 2018 @ 08:42:46 am
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There's a lot of content of fornt-rear load balancing for optimal towing.

Any thoughts on L-R balancing and if 50-50 cannot be achieved what's the offset tolerance?

 

Let me elaborate:

I am about to add 12v circuitry to my Regal.

The logical place for all the canvas is under the island bed (hitch side) - ergo- weight distribution is central (L-R)

Rear of the axle the configuration is a double bunk. 

In between the position of axle and bunk is either a door or a fridge.

Here's where it gets tricky.  

Mains power to the van is on the off-side .. same as the fridge ... and therefore, the logical place for the batteries (2x deep cycle cross-connected) and all the charging paraphernalia that goes with it is therefore on the same off-side.   

It is unlikely that I will allow the wife to pack her entire shoe collection in to the remaining door-side bunk to counter the weight of the fridge and batteries etc.

Thoughts and input welcomed.

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19 Apr 2018 @ 10:15:04 am
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I had my batteries in the Penta installed one either side to spread the left-right load.
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19 Apr 2018 @ 12:46:38 pm
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This is a good puzzle.  If you have  used only 1 battery their should not have been a problem but 2x of them is a weight not to be takken lightly.

Splinting the batteries one on each side of the van is a way to go but that on it's own will have a reduced effect on their efficiency and recharging due to the cabling involved.

Brommer moet maar hier die een hanteer. I will watch and learn.

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19 Apr 2018 @ 14:00:21 pm
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Leon
Ek het nou nie die toerusting om te meet nie, maar op die oog af is daar nie 'n verskil in die laai van die battterye nie.
Die afstand van die verste battery na die laaier is minder as die afstand van my motor se split sisteem by sy battery tot die verwyderbare battery in die bagasieruim.

Soos jy sê, Brommer en Danie moet hier inkom met tegniese insig en inligting.
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19 Apr 2018 @ 16:55:22 pm
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Maybe a silly question. But I'm still going to ask it since I'm curious.
Why do you need two deep cycle batteries in a regal? If the caravan didn't come with 12v I'm guessing you won't be running the fridge on 12v. So nothing in the van that runs on 12v except the lights. Do you want to be able to run the lights for 2 weeks? I wouldn't think you'd be taking a regal to places with no power except for maybe some of the rustic camps in the knp.
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19 Apr 2018 @ 21:14:06 pm
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Left right balance isn't nearly as important as front back balance. So rather focus on making sure the batteries are as close as possible to the axle.
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20 Apr 2018 @ 06:51:42 am
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Maybe a silly question. But I'm still going to ask it since I'm curious.
Why do you need two deep cycle batteries in a regal? If the caravan didn't come with 12v I'm guessing you won't be running the fridge on 12v. So nothing in the van that runs on 12v except the lights. Do you want to be able to run the lights for 2 weeks? I wouldn't think you'd be taking a regal to places with no power except for maybe some of the rustic camps in the knp.

Well received ... 

The caravan has movers which only run when disconnected from the mains ... 

So, if overnighting anywhere on longhaul trips and/or camping at a place like Tsendze in Kruger .. 2 is better than 1.

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20 Apr 2018 @ 07:25:32 am
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Left right balance isn't nearly as important as front back balance. So rather focus on making sure the batteries are as close as possible to the axle.

Good advice......

I would stay with only one battery unless you plan on running the fridge through an inverter from the batteries.  The mover will not drain the battery that quickly.

 

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20 Apr 2018 @ 07:42:53 am
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Well received ... 

The caravan has movers which only run when disconnected from the mains ... 

So, if overnighting anywhere on longhaul trips and/or camping at a place like Tsendze in Kruger .. 2 is better than 1.


For longhaul trips - Maybe solar panel.....take panel only with you when you doing such trips
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20 Apr 2018 @ 07:47:16 am
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Well received ... 

The caravan has movers which only run when disconnected from the mains ... 

So, if overnighting anywhere on longhaul trips and/or camping at a place like Tsendze in Kruger .. 2 is better than 1.

Ok don't have movers, so don't really have an idea how they work. I would have thought they have a battery pack of their own.
Makes me think of something else. Ever considered getting Li-ion batteries instead of Lead-Acid deep cycle?

Basically, LI-ion is a third the weight, half the size, but about double the price of lead acid. But they will also last more than twice as long, so they end up costing less in the end.

I think the weight and size advantages will be obvious in a caravan. They are so small you could potentially have one on each side feeding the movers individually, even sticking it in the back of the grocery cupboard or under the fridge won't be difficult.

 

 

 

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20 Apr 2018 @ 08:14:31 am
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Another thought. It would seem logical to put the batteries and the charger on the same side as the power connection. But consider this. You need a much smaller guage wire for 220V than for 12v to deliver the same amount of watts. So why not just put the batteries and charger on the door's side with a 220v wire patched into the existing input through the floor and under the caravan to the other side? It will be probably 2-3meters in length 16amps 3 core wire. R20 a meter, about R60. It should also only take the guy installing it about 10-20minutes to do.

 

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