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Old 08-14-2011, 10:24 AM   #15
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I've thought about trying the harbor freight solar panels out but I wonder about the quality and what kind of life I would get out of them.I prefer quality and only having to buy something one time and getting good use from it, Just wondering!
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I wish to purchase a portable solar panel - not one installed on the roof. I have 2 batteries and my 27 FB is generator ready with the external plug installed.
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I have four panels on top of my 31 Classic. 52*2 from the factory and 80*2 BP 264 watts total. These panels also shade the top of the trailer.
I like the shade.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:35 PM   #17
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I've thought about trying the harbor freight solar panels out but I wonder about the quality and what kind of life I would get out of them.I prefer quality and only having to buy something one time and getting good use from it, Just wondering!
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

A quote that I saw a long while ago still sticks in my mind..................." The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten"
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:03 PM   #18
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I've thought about trying the harbor freight solar panels out but I wonder about the quality and what kind of life I would get out of them.I prefer quality and only having to buy something one time and getting good use from it, Just wondering!
I think preferring quality and desiring long life from our purchases is a universal trait...everyone reading this thread would surely prefer the solar panels in the $600-$800 range. Reality sometimes dictates a more affordable alternative. I'd prefer a brand new Airstream instead of the 36 year old one I've got. I guess I could take a 2nd out on my house to get one...the reality is that I want to retire someday!
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$600-$800 range surely you jest!!!

I paid $350 for 30W of flexible power...just to keep things going on the pad.

Anyone want to volunteer what their 200W+...$$$$$

How much Sun will you have to suck before....never mind.

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Costco is selling a 55 watt solar system by Coleman for under $300
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Thecatsandi, that's an interesting theory about panels shading the roof. I wonder what affect they actually have on the roof temp... raise it or lower it ... hmm??

Robert Cross, you are right, I don't think you could get quality, durable, performing 200W panels and a comparable controller for under $1000 ... and I'm not contemplating the cost of AGMs needed to fully appreciate the 200W system when I tally.

Onemanclan, I hear you. Retirement > Solar Panels on Airstream. "Just say no"
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BTW, if you're just wanting to tinker and explore solar, my son bought a solar train kit for $10 on Amazon ... it was a fun project and very inexpensive.
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YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

A quote that I saw a long while ago still sticks in my mind..................." The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten"
I saw another post in another thread that said "buy nice, not twice"
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:00 AM   #24
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POI..

Read on news site this morning, governments around the world cutting subsidies. Wonder what the real cost might be?
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$600-$800 range surely you jest!!!

I paid $350 for 30W of flexible power...just to keep things going on the pad.

Anyone want to volunteer what their 200W+...$$$$$

How much Sun will you have to suck before....never mind.

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Surely you haven't looked at the links in this thread...
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Surely I have...

125w x 2= $1358.00 + $60.00 shipping

Not incl inst...even it your labor isn't worth anything.

Not something to cough at.

Solar RV kit 125 watt Solar Panel : WeGo Solar, Wind and Microhydro for Canada

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Surely I have...

125w x 2= $1358.00 + $60.00 shipping

Not incl inst...even it your labor isn't worth anything.

Not something to cough at.

Solar RV kit 125 watt Solar Panel : WeGo Solar, Wind and Microhydro for Canada

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Robert, you aren't making sense. I'm suggested a low cost solution, complain about the more expensive solutions, you say the more expensive posts are a "jest" and then quote something TWICE as expensive as them (and TEN times more than my suggestion)?!?
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Sorry for the cornfussion.

My only point was.. if you want a quality proven product it's going to $$$$$.

Five years ago I got my 30w flexible panels and spent $300 and change for them.

That was & is as much as my rationalization would justify. They work well for keeping things charged at home in bright sun on the pad. Portable, can roll them up for storage.

I really had no interest in soaking the Sun while boon-docking, (the forest's we camp make it impractical), and the LPG 2000i running for an hour a day keeps things running just fine.

200w+ solar works great for those who feel they need it.

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