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First impressions: Kodiak Canvas Cabin

The Kodiak canvas cabin, 9×12, is my latest review.

I bought the unit with the fully enclosed vestibule, as I will be using it as a bedroom and dressing room.

Kodiak-tent

To those new to tenting, the advantage of canvas tents is that they are expensive, heavier, not as waterproof, and generally a pain to set up compared to their poly miracle fabric brethren.

Visually, of course, they do have a rustic charm. They breathe without the need for large amounts of open netting which usually means they are easier to keep warm. And, with the weight comes a  certain durability. I also find that the canvas is quieter in windy weather.

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TBS inverter: a review

Inverter review

Winter 2013 I ran into trouble. Two bargain finds combined to create a power overload that tripped the circuit breaker and blew the inverter. The inverter still inverts, I can hear it working, but it won’t output power, instead displaying a “OLP” error.

I went cheap starting out on my solar experiment. So this time I thought, get an inverter that has specifications that matched my environment.

The new TBS 1600 inverter. Better temperature and voltage handling, low idle power make this a great off grid choice.
The new TBS 1600 inverter. Better temperature and voltage handling, low idle power make this a great off grid choice.
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  • For my climate I needed to operate well into the -°C. Like minus 20.
  • My battery bank when cold regularly needs 15.5 v in absorb charging. And I equalize once a month. Voltages can exceed 16v. So ability to handle a wide voltage range is required.
  • Voltage spikes, harsh conditions, I needed a tough inverter that was built to handle worst case scenarios.

After some shopping around I realized I would be spending twice the money I had originally planned for. 

This led me to the TBS-1600.

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