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M380 (Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your M380 model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it.....list your M380 Parts here too.

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Old 05-03-2016
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Default Scratch the lithium from this thread's title!

Was all set to order the lithiums/solar and then my Hurricane project popped up. While working on that I researched some more trying to negate their cooling problems for our desert heat. In the process I came across these Fullriver L16 AGM's. Turns out I can do 410Ah L-16 AGM's for about $470 each meaning the same 600Ah usable (at 50% DOD) as the lithium plan would cost roughly 1/2 of those uber cool lithiums . I could even add 2 more for a total of 800Ah usable for a total $3,600, but 500# +/- more than the lithiums. But that significant lead weight is exactly the rear weight imbalance I've got and they'd all fit perfectly in my new former propane bay. Of course with either, I'd remove the 3-4D's up front lightening the front axle load by nearly 500# and providing 1/2 of a then empty "new" compartment . Sounds like a win-win to me. While discussing his solar panel offerings, Aaron at Solar Penny over in Mesa AZ highly recommended the Fullriver AGM's (which he sells of course ). When I called Fullriver's support line today a Tech named Blue was really knowledgeable and helpful with my questions. That impressed me compared to what I've been getting on the lithium side! So this next week, it looks like Blueriver's will be appearing at the coach instead of the way cool techie lithiums. Oh well...

Anyone wanna buy 3 perfectly functional 3-1/2 year old 4D's? I'll even throw in the old standard M380 plastic battery box!
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I ran L-16 lead acid batteries for years,they worked well,and lasted a long time too.
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I'm also going L16 next week. I'm putting these Surrette/Rolls in.



http://www.wegosolar.com/products.ph...28Ahr-%40-20Hr
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Default Ordered solar panels

Today, I ordered my solar panels from www.sunelec.com:

5 x grade B made-in-USA Sunvia OPT285's for .64 cents/watt or $182.40/panel + $216 freight Miami to Phoenix and no tax. That's a huge per watt price decrease from the last time I did a system in 2010! Unfortunately, the panels I wanted were not stocked in SE's Phoenix warehouse. As mentioned before, went with shorter 60-cell's instead of monster 72-cell 330 watt panels to hopefully keep the installed side profile less obvious and save 10 lbs per panel. Even with the smaller panels, that'll still be 1,425 watts up top when I'm done .
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They're here! . Sadly, no time to install before we head for the AZ HOT BIRDS Kaibab Lake get together this weekend . While I'm running my genny up there you know what I'll be thinking . Feel like a little kid who has to wait on opening his presents!
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Sounds like you have a good plan, we need pictures so we can make sure you get it done.
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Van,
With all that solar, when are you going to install the "electric assist" motor and achieve 10+ MPG when driving on a sunny day?
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They're here! . Sadly, no time to install before we head for the AZ HOT BIRDS Kaibab Lake get together this weekend . While I'm running my genny up there you know what I'll be thinking . Feel like a little kid who has to wait on opening his presents!
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Looking forward to some R&R this weekend Van. See you guys up at Kaibab tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing how the bigger fan and 30% more efficient radiator does climbing up to Flagstaff.

So, what are you going to do for controllers on all that solar?
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Default Wiring Solar Panels - Series vs Parallel

Bloggers Gone with the Wynns just posted a revealing video of their solar wiring test. It graphically demonstrates that if panels will endure ANY kind of shadows from trees, telephone poles, antennas (or boat rigging in their case - they recently ditched their RV in favor of a boat ), then wiring solar panels in parallel is the way to go! And that's true even with the fancy bypass diodes new panels have now. Their results were the same, whether with their older GoPro panels or some new Kyocera's.

http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/Sail...rallel-Shading

PS - when 110+ daytime and night time 90 temps hit Phoenix, progress on my solar project ground to a halt . Will be heading north soon for cooler temps, to get them installed...
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When we had an 18 KW solar array mounted on our roof at home, we specified Solaredge optimizers and a pair of Solaredge inverters. The Solaredge system continuously compensates for any shaded panels to maximize total power generation and it allows you to monitor the performance of each panel via their website. A nice safety feature of this system is that it will shut a panel down if it senses a short in the wiring to the inverter.
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