My attempt to make it to my 10 acres in Terlingua Ranch and make a go of living on it. From the start it hasn't gone good at all, but I'm hopeful things will turn around!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Spent all morning troubleshooting batteries because I'd been having problems with them going down way too soon (as the friends who were over here watching movies can attest to.) Not only that, but the charger kept bogging down and dieing. I disconnected all of the solar panels and wind genny and tested the voltage off and on several times through the morning and this afternoon. None were showing signs of much voltage drop. Basically as they have always been. I started connecting up all of the panels about 2:45 and then it came time to connect up the wind genny. As soon as I connected the positive side there was a sharp arc and flash. Looks like one of the windings in the alternator has gone to ground. I don't plan to try and repair it or get it repaired though because it just doesn't put out enough steady current because the wind isn't steady. However, right now it would be nice since its partly cloudy and very windy.
Note all the charge controllers. They were given to me by my nephew and I had intended to use them on the solar panels and use the big controller I got at Harbor Freight for the wind genny. Looks like now I'll use that for the panels and use one of the smaller ones for the battery in this trailer. Maybe more panels will come up later to use the rest on.