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Old 06-23-2008, 06:46 PM   #29
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Air-X makes this telescoping tower for RV's. I think the cost is $700.00.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:08 AM   #30
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Question Anyone care to estimate a typical good system?

Assuming that the trailer is something like a 25 footer, and I don't need to run A/C what kind of a system would take care of "normal" demands?

By "normal", I'm thinking lights, hot water, exhaust fans, maybe a small LCD TV, a bit of radio, and so on.

What would I need to install, and what would approximate costs be for quality solar equipment?

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I priced some solar equipment at our local A/S dealer. $198 for a 15 watt panel?? Then you have to buy a charge controller for it.

I'll stick to my Honda generator, thank you.
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I priced some solar equipment at our local A/S dealer. $198 for a 15 watt panel?? Then you have to buy a charge controller for it.

I'll stick to my Honda generator, thank you.
I think this would be comparable to buying wine at a restaurant. It's convenient, 'cause there you are, but the cost/performance relationship is not tilted in your favor.
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Might be a great idea for our Nations Capitol.

Plenty of HOT AIR there!!
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:24 PM   #34
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Assuming that the trailer is something like a 25 footer, and I don't need to run A/C what kind of a system would take care of "normal" demands?

By "normal", I'm thinking lights, hot water, exhaust fans, maybe a small LCD TV, a bit of radio, and so on.

What would I need to install, and what would approximate costs be for quality solar equipment?

thanks,
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Aage,

You asked for a 'quality' system. Check out the AM Solar web site at Welcome to AM Solar - Your RV Solar Specialists since 1987. After a lot of research, I found their systems to be at the top of the heap.......so much so that I now represent them and install their systems.

A complete 1 panel (100 watt) system hat will keep your batteries charged properly will cost you between $1025 and $1375, depending on which controller you decide is best for your application. (and by 'complete' I mean everything you need for the install, right down to the wire, cable clamps, labels, etc........EVERYTHING!!!)

I am currently running a 2 panel system linked to a HPV-30DR charge controller and 2 Lifeline GPL-6CT golf cart batteries that are 300 amp hours. Coupled to that is a Magnum 2000 watt sine wave inverter, so I'm ready for a lot of draw-down. I use the system (which is mounted in my service van) to run power tools while working, and also to power the Engel refer to keep the beveredges frosty!)

I think a proper AGM hi-capacity battery linked to a Sunrunner 100/30DR system will do you nicely. You will also need an inverter to run your TV, etc, but you surely don't need a 2000 watt unit. There are lots of others out there.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:35 PM   #35
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Thanks, Lewster, that's not nearly what I though it would be.

IIRC, those wind gennies ran $1300 and up, right? That really doens't sound bad at all. Not having to worry about running down the battery or having to lug some gas genny around makes that a real interesting solution.

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Greetings All:
Check out this site for an RV Wind Generator:
MotorWave

$300 dollars plus $49 for shipping.


I haven't purchased one yet, I need to buy an A/C unit first.
Hopefully in the near future.
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