Power To Go
Obviously, Electricity is a critical component for the project.
Three major areas require power:
Since a primary design goal is free-standing independence, a
generator is a requirement. Some items require 110
VAC power at times, and in amounts, that make running the generator impractical.
Hence an inverter system to provide AC power from batteries is included. The headings below link to more detailed discussion of the
Systems supporting the vehicle include computer and monitor
systems. These will run 24 X 7 and require 110 VAC power. Some
of these systems require small quantities of power that don't warrant
running the big generator continuously. These systems are
powered from an inverter.
Electrical grooming equipment covers everything from the
clipper to the high-powered dryer. In this context, lighting could be
considered grooming equipment. For design purposes all equipment,
including grooming equipment, is divided in two categories; things that
might be powered by the inverter and things like dryers that could only be
powered directly by the generator.
Life support, here, is a fancy name for environmental
systems, HVAC. The furnace will burn LP gas for heat. The
furnace is controlled by a digital thermostat designed for residential use.
Details on thermostat...
The 15,000 BTU air conditioner is powered directly by the
The primary source of power for the service portion of the vehicle.
The vehicle will also be configured to allow connection to utility or
"shore" power, but given the full power requirements of all systems, 50 - 60
Amps, suitable supplies will be available only at a limited number of
The device that converts battery power to AC and manages the charging of the
batteries, including the automatic starting of the generator when battery
Selecting the type and number of batteries to provide power
to the inverter is important to get balanced operation of the generator and
the investment in the inverter.
The Trace/Xantrex inverter/charger provides what will probably be
the primary means of recharging the battery bank. The vehicle,
however, offers an essentially free source of electricity while it is
running. The truck's alternator is designed primarily to power the
vehicle's systems and recharge its own battery. There is sufficient
over-capacity to use the alternator to help charge the grooming batteries.
Here is information on the components used to
control the alternator and charging of the grooming batteries.
Electrical Breaker/Fuse Designations