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Old 06-01-2016, 07:28 PM   #29
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I continue to be amazed at the misinformation posted on Airforums about solar capabilities!!!

Especially the one guy who claims to run his AC for 18 hours solely on AC for weeks at a time! He probably also reports getting 50 MPG when towing uphill into the wind.

Buyer beware!!!

For the record, we have 740 watts of solar on our roof (4 X 135 W + 2 X 100 W) PLUS 600 AMPS of Lithium Phosphate batteries and a 3,000 watt Magnum Hybrid inverter (total installed cost for this is well over $10,000) and at best, we can run the AC off of the batteries for about three hours.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:40 PM   #30
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Bob.... sorry you aren't getting better performance from your install. I have been running 27 months now. How about you on your new system? Sounds like you spent a boatload.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:42 PM   #31
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bob.... Sorry you aren't getting better performance from your install. I have been running 27 months now. How about you on your new system? Sounds like you spent a boatload.
lol!
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:51 PM   #32
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With all LED lights, no use of AC, furnace up to a few hrs/day we've been fine for many days as long as not full shade. 200 watts solar, controller, group 27 AGM all for $600 and a few hours of my time. Mounted 100 watts at each end of roof to minimize shading.
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Indeed. A well thought out and executed system can yield superior results.
This need not break the bank.
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Old 06-04-2016, 10:29 PM   #34
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So is it feasible to have solar panels to 1) charge up the batteries and 2) use exclusively for a/c, water heater, fridge, television, stove?
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:23 PM   #35
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So is it feasible to have solar panels to 1) charge up the batteries and 2) use exclusively for a/c, water heater, fridge, television, stove?
Absolutely!!!

The run time of the A/C just depends soon the depth of your pockets!!!!
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:40 PM   #36
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So is it feasible to have solar panels to 1) charge up the batteries and 2 ) use exclusively for a/c, water heater, fridge, television, stove?
The solar panels that I use are 120 watt portable. They keep my two group 24 batteries charged on a "sunny day". Although they do provide some power on a bright moonlight night. As far as running AC....normal batteries such as come standard on a AS "will not" run AC. However, the other items you mentioned....water heater, fridge, stove are all "propane" powered. With the addition of an AC Inverter (pure sine wave) you can run at minimum a TV when plugged into the inverter. I use this myself. My inverter is small 1000 watts. It provides "clean" ac power thru the night for medical devices and runs a small 22 inch flat screen tv. The onboard battery system 150 amps is sufficient to operate all other "DC powered" devices thru the night in addition the "AC inverter". Included would be the fan requirements for the furnace with the thermostat set to 60 degrees when the outside temp is in the high 20's. In the morning when the other
AC devices are unplugged the inverter will supply the required AC to operate a small coffee maker. The above has been my recent experience.
Like another person has stated...."solar 'today' does give you a certain element of 'freedom' from depending on "shore power". That makes the $650 I have invested in "my solar" setup "worth it".
However,as I stated based upon "your earlier post"...being a AS purchase 4 or 5 years out....a great deal "will change" regarding solar between now and then. The best advice I can offer you is....."at the time you do buy....you need to 're-do' your research based on those "future values" as to whether or not "solar power" is worth it for "your needs".
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With all LED lights, no use of AC, furnace up to a few hrs/day we've been fine for many days as long as not full shade. 200 watts solar, controller, group 27 AGM all for $600 and a few hours of my time. Mounted 100 watts at each end of roof to minimize shading.
Yachthalo, questions for you from a fellow 22 Sport owner:

Can you post a roof picture of your install?
Did you use the factory solar pre-wire? Where did you find the wires?
Where/how did you route the wires from the roof?

Thanks!
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Yes, I used factory prewire on our 2016 22 Sport. Found it by dropping roof fan trim inside coach. Ran cables from panels through the vertical lip for the fan, avoiding leak potential. I mounted the regulator on lower sidewall of coach by bed just near the water heater, close to wiring and where I can see the indicators on regulator.

The three closer pictures are before I taped down the cables.
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That's great, I had scoped out the same spots.

In the first picture, is that where the yellow/green wires connect to the MC4? Outside?
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Absolutely!!!

The run time of the A/C just depends soon the depth of your pockets!!!!
And your roof area...
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And your roof area...

We have ways around that if you happen to be challenged in the roof space area!!! :-))


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Old 06-05-2016, 05:46 PM   #42
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We've gone from complete AS newbies to reasonably experienced over the past four years and all the advice about getting out and using your rig is very sound. We installed two 100 watt panels this year as we want to go dry camping more but we now know how long our tanks will last, how to conserve water and where to get it, meals to plan, what kind and how big of an inverter to use for small electrical appliances etc etc. Use your trailer then make an informed decision. Good luck !
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