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Old 02-18-2016, 10:42 AM   #1
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Solar guys?

I am planning my final solar work. I already replaced the 50 watt panel with 100 watt. Now adding 2 more 100 watt panels, a new controller and monitor rework (shunt in wrong location). Yes, batteries too.....

I remember a few of you folks moved the TV antenna to the top of the AC (reinforced lid). Anyone have anything to report on how that worked out for them?

Also noticed some located the controller in the front panel under the rear couch (behind the fold-down door)....notice any heat problems for the controller in that position?

Snow and rain have not been my friend this winter, so I am way behind on this task. Looking forward to finishing it soon. The combination of the new panel and the old Atkinson controller did better this year, but still doesn't do the job.... Two weeks of heavy clouds and snow did not help at all.

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Old 02-18-2016, 10:44 AM   #2
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You and me both! My wiring and mounting has been delayed and will be until temps get above 50* or so. Interior is a dis-assembled MESS!!!!

My controller is in that location, and no, I haven't had heat concerns....but, my 160Watt suitcase hasn't been hooked up, so I'm only operating a bit above 1/3 of the rated amperage of the controller. It's barely warm. When I'm operating at 90% of capacity, I don't know about the temperature increase.
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Old 02-18-2016, 11:56 AM   #3
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I mounted my 30 amp Blue Sky controller in same location. No heat issues. Also relocated the TV antenna to top of AC unit. It works OK, But there are also smaller antennas available that you could use mounted directly to the roof.


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Old 02-18-2016, 07:05 PM   #4
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I am about to perform the same upgrade with 400 watts of Amsolar's GS100 panels. Antenna is definitely a shadow waiting to happen on my 2015 but not directly in the way for mounting the panel. I don't have the answer for it yet, have not used the antenna once since ownership began.

I was considering an MPPT for the extra charging feature but the install instructions clearly stated 6" above and below clearance for airflow so I chose the Trimetric PWM with a much smaller footprint that will fit where the OEM controller currently resides. No way I have the 12 extra inches and unless I add a lot more batteries the MPPT is wasted money anyway.

My first issue is to bring the cables down from the combiner box to under the seat. There is an excellent empty area right behind the bathroom sink where the vent for one of the tanks goes through the roof. I figure I'll use that vertical run, just need to determine what hardware to go through the roof, strain relief, etc.

The weather here has slowed me down also, but this weekend will be nice.
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JayP - just use the AM Solar combiner box on the roof and cut hole to drop main wires and seal box to roof. The area you describe is the best place to make the drop.


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Old 02-19-2016, 07:18 PM   #6
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...... I was considering an MPPT for the extra charging feature but the install instructions clearly stated 6" above and below clearance for airflow so I chose the Trimetric PWM with a much smaller footprint that will fit where the OEM controller currently resides. No way I have the 12 extra inches and unless I add a lot more batteries the MPPT is wasted money anyway.
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Which MPPT controller were you considering? The Blue Sky MPPT controller I used does not require any special clearance. It just has to be mounted vertically.


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Old 02-19-2016, 08:37 PM   #7
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Which MPPT controller were you considering? The Blue Sky MPPT controller I used does not require any special clearance. It just has to be mounted vertically.
Was thinking about the Morningstar Tristar 30A. Read good reviews about it and it works a remote meter. I absolutely have to have a remote meter, lack of real estate. The Bogart PWM allows me to combine the solar charge meter with the Trimetric battery monitor meter all in one box that will fit where my current Sun Explorer is mounted. My model year has a smaller control panel than previous year models as you can see.
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Go with the Blue Sky 2512iX-HV solar charge controller and use their iPN-PRO remote, which is also a full function battery monitor. You will need space for only 1 monitor panel that is about 4 x 4".

I use these components in every Interstate solar upgrade that I do.
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OK,…………Here ya go!
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I didn't mean you Lew. You've given away enough of your trade secrets already. I wanted to see toskeysam' finished install. :-)
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Go with the Blue Sky 2512iX-HV solar charge controller and use their iPN-PRO remote, which is also a full function battery monitor. You will need space for only 1 monitor panel that is about 4 x 4".

I use these components in every Interstate solar upgrade that I do.

Agree 100%. I have this setup and it works great! Here is photo of my control panel area. I have added a few extras. 😀

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Agree 100%. I have this setup and it works great! Here is photo of my control panel area. I have added a few extras. 😀

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Very professional looking. I'm sure you've told us before, but what's the Progressive Industries box?


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