I told him one of my neighbors had recommended his solar work, and he asked what I needed, so we exchanged phone numbers and made an appointment for him to come out and see that I had, test my batteries to see if they were still good, and to check the amps on all my electrical gadgets. Generally see what was going on, and how we could make it better.
He ended up coming out three times, twice to check things out and then finally to do the job. I have two Interstate 6V 225 AH batteries, wired in series, and Brian said they were fine. He checked the amps on my electrical gadgets and they were good, all low amp hours. Everyone says the wall controllers don't show correct readings, but mine measured correctly.
This is what I run, as measured by Brian with his meter:
Amp draws per hour for electrical items in The Palms:
1. Go-Power 1750 Inverter 1.2 amps
2. Laptop computer 3.8 amps when not charging, up to 5 amps when charging
3. Cell phone charging minimal draw
4. Coffee warmer 1.3 amps
5. TV and antenna 2 amps
6. 200 W small inverter minimal draw
I'm not running anything with a huge draw. If I run my A/C, coffee maker, microwave, toaster oven or hair dryer, I turn on the generator.
Brian said my batteries were fine, but there was a loose terminal wire that could make a difference - and he tightened it. My T-fuse, or catastrophe fuse, was wired to a negative terminal instead of a positive terminal, and he changed that.
He said I have exactly what I need, except this time of the year when the days are shorter and the sun is lower in the sky, it would help to tilt my solar panels. So that's what we decided to do. I was lucky, it was far easier and cheaper than replacing or adding batteries, or adding another solar panel.
During the summer when we have longer days and the sun is high in the sky - traveling overhead - my batteries do a great job. There are probably four months of the year that I'd need to tilt the panels, during the months with the shortest days while I'm here at Quartzsite.
I got the tilt kits in town and Brian came out and installed them for me on Thursday, and boy, do I see a difference.
Beautiful job! Don't they look great?
Brian Boone – (406) 270-4820 If you're going to call Brian, make it as early as possible in the season, because he's getting busy. Right now he also has a full time job, so he's doing solar installs, consults, etc. after work and on his days off. He's young and energetic, super knowledgeable, and honest, and he charges a very fair (low) rate for his expert work.
I highly recommend him and his work. I'm expecting him to have his own full time business next year and if he does, he'll be a star in the solar industry. I'm really happy he's here at Quartzsite so I can call him during the winter months if needed.
While Katie and I were walking this afternoon we met up with one of our readers, Linda, and her friend, Mel. Their motor homes are parked near the Dingbats and as we walked by, her dog walked toward us on his lead. He's a Deer Chihuahua like Katie. I don't see many of this breed, so we stopped and talked. Sunny is one year older than Katie and they are about the same size and color and seemed to get along well.
I'm going to bring my camera tomorrow when we're walking over near her campsite so I can get a photo of the two dogs. It was nice meeting you, Linda, thanks for reading Me and My Dog ...and My RV, and Mel - he doesn't have a computer, so he's not reading this - but it was nice meeting him, too! :)
From me and Katie, have a great Sunday, everybody!