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[July 27, 2014]


I originally was not planning on going to Oshkosh this year, however my friend Peter twisted my arm. I was on the fence, so splitting the fuel bill caused this to be a no brainer of a decision. It's been about 40 hours since my last oil change, so I decided to give the girl some new oil for the 15 hours of flying we will be doing over the next week. I flew down to Clearview Airport (2W2) to pick up a filter. What a great local resource that pilot shop is.


I thought it might be a good idea to toss a solar panel on the RV to keep the battery topped off. During the nights we will use the battery to charge our electronic gadgets, and during the day this panel will recharge the battery. After a lot of research, I settles on the Instapark SPCC-10 High-efficiency 10 Watt 12V Mono-Crystalline Solar Panel. $50 shipped, and it comes with a power regulator to stabilize the output voltage from the panel to something friendly for the battery. The frame of the panel was made out of aluminum and it seemed fragile. I used some pipe insulation from my house to protect the panel, and also to protect the airplane from the panel scratching it up.


It was a nice sunny day today, and the panel was pumping out some good voltage. The battery was about 12.8V without the charger on, and 13.36V when the sun was shining. I'm happy! I think we're ready for Oshkosh!

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