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Have you installed solar panels on your truck?

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by XC skier, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. OP
    XC skier

    XC skier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    Some good input. I have shelved any thoughts of solar panels on my truck. It sounded like a good idea but, it seems that it just easier to put the batteries on the chargers in the shop at night and reinstall the next morning. I now have four batteries for four pieces of equipment so I'm good for now.
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,873

    Potentially--you could add a charging plug on your truck. So you could charge batteries as you drive. Somebody must know how to do this.
    It would be a little more difficult if you needed 18 volts--still it should be possible.
    If you are on your electric start mower a lot--potentially your mower could have a charger that would charge your battery-operated hand-held equipment.
    12 volt batteries are usually charged with 14.5 volts.
    For instance:


    Last edited: Apr 13, 2020
  3. Youngandfree

    Youngandfree LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 95

    If it was me, I'd upgrade my alternator and run a heavy gauge wire to the back of the truck. Put an adequate plug on it and run a similar wire from trailer tongue into the trailer. Just get an invertor and a power strip. Pkug chargers in off the invertor.
  4. Crazy 4 grass

    Crazy 4 grass LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,421

    I've done very similar to this. Having an onboard inverter thats capable of a few hundred watts is very handy. Also as a bonus, it basically turns your vehicle into an emergency generator as well.
    Youngandfree likes this.
  5. nickg13

    nickg13 LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 121

    Once it's out, get the Tesla Cybertruck to pull the trailer and charge all the equipment, and smoke nearly any petro-powered vehicle on the road! :laugh:

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