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Old 07-29-2013, 07:42 PM   #15
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Where did you mount the batteries?
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:46 PM   #16
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #17
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First Use Report: Just back from two weeks: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine. My AM Solar panels worked great. Though I had hookups most of the time, it is WAY cool to be driving for a good part of the day, then look at the meter and see that my Lifeline AGM's are at 96% when I arrive. Coupling those with the new 2000W Inverter made a big difference in my enjoyment of my trailer. BTW, don't see how I could get more than 4 panels on my roof, at least of the same size I installed!)
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:57 PM   #18
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BAB, I just did a couple of weeks out west, no hook ups, and was at 100% every day by noon. Fridge and WH on propane. We watched TV every night and used the electric coffee pot in the AM. We left the 1500 watt inverter on all the time except when under way. 4 AGM batteries and 300 watts of panels. You may wish to check your hook up to see why you were at only 96% by days end unless you were just having typical east coast weather. Rain, fog, wind, followed by rain, fog, and wind. And salt. Don't forget to wax her up again. Jim
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:32 PM   #19
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Pretty sure I'm getting plenty of panel output, haven't had much "full sun" -- and talk about thunderstorms through NJ and PA! I promised some photos of the install, so here they are. Mounted the controller and breaker (between panel collector and controller) in the empty panel at the bottom of my wardrobe. Remote is mounted up front with my other electronics.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:34 PM   #20
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I had a bit of sun advantage since in Alberta it gets dark about 10:30 PM and the sun rises at 4:30 AM. It looks like you are most likely OK given the nasty weather. Great install. Jim
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:54 PM   #21
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The last 28 that I put solar on had 8 of AM Solar's GS-100 panels. It was quite a set up.
That 28' has been from Key West to Niagara Falls since Lew 3M taped those 8 panels on ... zero issues!
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That 28' has been from Key West to Niagara Falls since Lew 3M taped those 8 panels on ... zero issues!
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:53 PM   #23
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was wondering what the black round thingy on roof are?? why .. was trying to figure out how you get 8 panels on roof with out stacking them on top of each other..

I can see a place for 7 from the picture of babs AS.

I also have to ask the 4@100 watt panels trying to keep up how much battery capacity??

what is rule of thumb on solar. I have been tying to get a handle on that.

In the 8 panel deal lewster was talking about they were keeping up some 600 amp/h of battery so just figuring 100 watt panels you are over watts to amp/h some what.. is the "golden rule" double watts to amp/h or how is that figured.
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was wondering what the black round thingy on roof are?? why .. was trying to figure out how you get 8 panels on roof with out stacking them on top of each other..

I can see a place for 7 from the picture of babs AS.

I also have to ask the 4@100 watt panels trying to keep up how much battery capacity??

what is rule of thumb on solar. I have been tying to get a handle on that.

In the 8 panel deal lewster was talking about they were keeping up some 600 amp/h of battery so just figuring 100 watt panels you are over watts to amp/h some what.. is the "golden rule" double watts to amp/h or how is that figured.
It really depends on your usage of the power to get it right, but the 'rule of thumb' that many follow is 1 watt of solar array for each amp/hour of battery capacity.

You can, of course, have as many panels as your roof can hold and have extra solar capacity, which will provide more charging amps to the batteries and keep them at a higher state of charge and provide for faster recharge cycles.
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When should I consider details on wiring for solar panels? My shell is off and my frame is finally repaired. Since it is taking me longer than expected to find ( figure out) holding tanks, is there any wiring I can start doing now while the frame is uncovered in preparing for solar panels, or in preparing for anything else?
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