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Old 09-10-2015, 06:22 PM   #1
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Photo electric - AS installed or after market?

What has your experience been with the AS photo electric installation on the roof vs. aftermarket equipment?
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:07 PM   #2
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If you are talking about solar systems, it is my opinion the AS factory unit is undersized and overpriced. For the same money you can do better aftermarket.
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For the same $$$ aftermarket you can get twice the system with proper wiring.
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Third the above. If you're willing to get it somewhere reputable or even better do it yourself, you can get more wattage and better install for the money.
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Good resource/source
Designing your RV Solar Battery Charging System for Real World Conditions

Lewster on the forums is also great!
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Is it worth getting the wiring factory installed by AS and then adding the panel(s) and other equipment aftermarket, or just have an aftermarket installer start from scratch?
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I'd suggest going aftermarket from scratch with a bona-fide expert. You'll get far more for your money and you won't have to recover from anything the factory or dealer should have done differently to give you optimal efficiency for your solar dollar.
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Thanks for the advice Rocinante. Our dealer is pushing for us to let them install a "much better" system than what is provided by AS. I was a bit leery about how they got to be experts. I will do my homework and compare what they suggest with a system planned to meet our projected needs.
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Photo electric - AS installed or after market?

Good plan. I have no doubt that what the dealer would install is probably more bang for the buck, but it's a great idea to shop around with real experts in solar. Lewster on the forum here is very helpful, as is AM Solar. You can find them on the web. Lewster is also one of their approved installers and very helpful here, answering all kinds of questions.

Our dealer installed a 150 watt Zamp solar system on our trailer. It works fine, but we now realize that we could have done much better for the money with a genuine expert. Live and learn, that's what we do.
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Should the after market solar ele be on the roof or stand alone?
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Something everyone should read. https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/


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Photo electric - AS installed or after market?

Great question! We elected to put ours on the roof, but your needs may be different. So, at this point I'm going to bow out and suggest that for starters you chat with the folks at AM Solar.

Feel free to read up on Grumpy Bob's Solar Stuff, but a good solar contractor will probably be more helpful in the long run.
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Feel free to read up on Grumpy Bob's Solar Stuff, but a good solar contractor will probably be more helpful in the long run. [/QUOTE]

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We are in complete agreement on that one. Thanks!
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