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Old 01-23-2017
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Default FC going solar!

No, I'm not trading my work boots in for Birkenstock sandals and I'm not painting peace signs and daisies on my bus. Just realized that the mouse farm where I store her will never have shore power and my batteries are pretty **** important. After miles and years of huge reading sessions including handybob and his lovers and haters, I have assembled the guts of my project:
RV2030 battery monitor, Morningstar TS-60 PWM controller with remote battery temp monitor, 5 or 6 12v 100w panels to start.
My goal is easy boondocking, easy sleeping knowing the bus is charged and happy at the mouse farm, and upgradable system (up to 1.1kw total panels according to Morningstar). I know there are those who preach MPPT but I'm feeling good about this project which will be under $1K, installed by me. We boondock. The ship's log from our Airstream shows about 2 nights with electrical hookup out of over 200 nights that we slept in it. We have never had tv or microwave or ice makers while camping so hard to say what our demand might be. Good news is that the Onan is running strong (thanks Bill Pape!) if we ever need it.
Parts are here or on the way and when Michigan weather sucks a little less the installation will commence.
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Good luck Bob.. keep us updated.
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Sounds like a fun project. Come on spring!!!!!
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We're the opposite, 2 nights without power and 200 with. But I'm still interested in an upgradeable solar set up in the $500-600 range. Please post your progress.
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As much as you boondock, you're gonna love solar! It can refill the "barrel" but plugging all the phantom draw "holes" is at least as important. Liberal use of power strips/individual plug switches on TVs, the microwave and such will make a huge difference. Search "Technomadia Energy Audit" for details. Might be something to do inside while it's too cold outside to work on your panel install.

I much prefer house panels to 12v RV panels due to their lower cost. At .64 cents per watt one could put together some serious house panel wattage and keep the costs down even more with a non-MPPT controller.
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We're the opposite, 2 nights without power and 200 with. But I'm still interested in an upgradeable solar set up in the $500-600 range. Please post your progress.
Bump your price range up to $675 and call Aaron at Solar Penney. Tell him you want the "Putz" special deal and you'll get a nice 250 watt single panel system with 30amp MPPT controller, wires, and mounting brackets.

Solar Penny - http://www.solarpenny.com/ - 480-832-0585
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Default Thanks for the tip!

But... we are already in deep with the previous plan. Looks like we will be at about $950 for 500 watts to start. Might be 600 watts - panels are the last thing on the list and right around $1/watt 12v panels are out there - trick is getting them on sale and/or free shipping.
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But... we are already in deep with the previous plan. Looks like we will be at about $950 for 500 watts to start. Might be 600 watts - panels are the last thing on the list and right around $1/watt 12v panels are out there - trick is getting them on sale and/or free shipping.
Bob I'm not trying to change your plans. I was addressing that to Shawn Haaksmas to get him into a lower powered MPPT system that had room to grow. There's a lot of pro's to MPPT and larger high voltage panels.
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I didn't even know there's a 12v and a household solar panel. I thought they were all household.
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I need to catch up with modern science.
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