Thinking of putting a wind turbine on your RV? Here's why you may want to wait a year or two.
Portable Power The Eolic portable turbine folds up and packs away. Designed at the University of Buenos Aires, it’s a great prototype that would be ideal for RV travel—but it’s not yet a reality. More on the Eolic HERE
AH, WIND POWER. It's a romantic notion—powering your lights, radio and even air conditioner with a silent whirligig on top of your camper.
Unfortunately, it's not as easy a dream to achieve as it should be. What's needed, in my view, is an ultra-efficient vertical axis turbine that operates in 2 mph winds, isolated to create almost no vibration, a unit that folds away flat onto the roof.
Alas, the "perfect" RV wind solution simply doesn't exist—at least not yet. When I say "not yet," I'm making a prediction. I'm willing to bet that some Chinese company will create the perfect RV turbine any day now, and a couple years later, American manufacturers will be casting blame, pounding their fists on boardroom tables, saying "How did we miss this?" It's the same thing (on a smaller scale) that U.S. car makers are now doing, as the Honda Prius they scoffed at becomes one of the best selling vehicles in the country.
Turbine makers are notoriously prone to going out of business. You may recall the promising Windtronics turbine from Honeywell. A sad case of a good idea that died before its time.