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Old 07-11-2015, 08:33 PM   #29
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I haven't seen the new 30 yet, but I put 4 of the now discontinued 135 watt panels on a '15 30 Bunk (these panels are 57" long) and I believe that a sat. receiver would still have space available in the center of the roof between the A/C units.


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OK, thanks. I'll send a photo of the roof when I can.
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:38 PM   #30
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See the install that Barry BAB did with the Travl'r. He had to move the AM/FM antenna but it fit in. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f520...ml#post1584465
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Thanks for the link Gary!
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Old 07-12-2015, 11:41 AM   #32
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Doug,

Actually, with the proper solar panels, solar charge controller and system design, you don't even need full sun for a solar charging system to charge the batteries.

Yes, you read that right! Many of the systems that I install show significant charging amperage to the batteries in minimal daylight conditions. If there is sufficient sunlight (enough to cast a shadow on the ground) many of our systems will work. I have clients that have sent me screen shots of their systems producing charge amperage even in the rain!!!!
Yup, I concur, we have been extensively boondocking and we never run out of power, even with the crapo lead acid batteries. I think next year I want to move to lithium ion that AM Solar sells. But right now, our solar seems to be generating the power we use during the day. I've been really happy about this whole system.

Although I'm sad that the 135W has been discontinued, I thought about adding a 4th panel. GRRRR.
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I used the 135W panels and made cardboard cut outs, there is space in 2 more locations, for 2 additions panels based on my first measurements. But I have panels on both sides.

I could fit another one of the 135w panels in front of the one in the rear in front of the A/C. I would clear it fine.

And I can get another 135w panel behind the one on the street side.

You can also see me using tilt in this photo. You can tilt these either way. I've tilted for early morning sunrise and sunset. But overall, I've found I don't even need to bother most of the time.
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