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Old 04-26-2017, 08:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The trailer could just make your car a hybrid but on something that rarely moves a large battery pack and drivetrain is sort of wasteful, though I suppose if you left the battery full you could go days without a generator

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Technically, a through-the-road hybrid. A good trailer and tow vehicle combo might only lose 2-3mpg; a bad one might halve the mileage.

When do we get to know what trailer you bought. Does it have a torsion bar Dexter-type trailing arm suspension? How much water need it carry?

You could put a bicycle-type generator on one tire with a Lithium Ion battery module and burn gas to charge your camp lights. That would count, right?
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It may not sound so practical or easily-doable, but it actually doesn't sound so awful. I just think that managing the energy and the load taken by each driveline and modulate the brakes output is too complicated. If you could take input from the TPS and the ABS sensors in order to match the towing vehicle and the trailer speed, that would make things a little easier, but it's still far from backyard-engineering easy.
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