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Old 05-11-2003, 08:00 AM   #43
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I also wanted more battery capacity and installed two 30XHS batteries in my 28 ft excella. My battery boxes were not quite long enough, so I had to mofify the battery cases by removing one of the rope handle supports, filing off a little of the rubber padding at the bottom of the apposite end, and taking a hack saw to the wing nut threads (my connection is with automotive posts). It fits like a surgical glove, but I am very pleased with the result.

I have also installed two solar panels with a total of 195 watts and the combination really works well; at least in the Arizona sun.

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Old 05-11-2003, 08:51 AM   #44
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Right now I have dual batteries and the tow vehicle has a 140amp alt. Puts out 60-70a at idle.

Still, I have been looking at the solar question for a few years due to my boat. See the problem as I see it is that in full direct sunlight, it does do a fair job charing batteries, however, more times than not, I'm not in a wide open space or the sunlight continues to move, etc making the panel(s) fair at best for my needs. Others needs will surely vary.

I have been reading about the Honda 1000 and I have to say, that looks like the right answer. No wiring, a bit of gas and a hell of a lot of bang for the buck IMHO. Now if I wanted to run my A/C, I'd need a 3000 or 2 2000 teamed up. But the A/C is the least of my worries.


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