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Old 06-01-2013, 04:43 PM   #225
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I camp without electricity a lot so I wanted a way to extend my trips between recharging. I wasn't expecting much from a portable set of panels because everything about them is wrong. Small wiring, charge controller 35 feet from the batteries, etc., But I have to admit I'm impressed by their performance. 8.5 amps is nothing to sneeze at.

I also installed the Trimetric battery monitor because 90% of the fun of solar is seeing how much energy you're using and how much you're making back.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:54 PM   #226
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I've been sleeping with a camp pad between the mattress and the plywood base for years by two weeks ago I finally decided to buy an 8 inch memory foam mattress from Amazon. Wow, wow, wow what a difference for $209.
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DW decided to go nuts and bought what seems like 20 of these rubber band wall things. I initially was disgusted by them then I realized that they actually work great for holding things snug against walls. I even stole a couple to hold the tooth brushes and combs against the wall in the bathroom. Pretty slick
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:13 PM   #230
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That looks incredible, right out of a magazine!


My wife just littered our interior with these rubber band wall holders. At first I was upset then I found myself using them, they are pretty neat.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:37 PM   #231
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I am curious as to which portable panels you got. Care to share?

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I camp without electricity a lot so I wanted a way to extend my trips between recharging. I wasn't expecting much from a portable set of panels because everything about them is wrong. Small wiring, charge controller 35 feet from the batteries, etc., But I have to admit I'm impressed by their performance. 8.5 amps is nothing to sneeze at.

I also installed the Trimetric battery monitor because 90% of the fun of solar is seeing how much energy you're using and how much you're making back.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:10 PM   #233
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I am curious as to which portable panels you got. Care to share?
I got the Solarland 120 on clearance when they first upgraded to the 130. The funny thing is they're rated for 7 amps and I consistently net more than 8 amps in good sun.

You pay a lot for the portability. If I were to do it all over again now that I'm more knowledgeable about solar, I'd buy a good charge controller and install it up by the batteries, larger wire, and a few higher quality panels... for less money. Still, I'm more than satisfied.

Here's the link: Solarland
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I always have fishing rods laying on the bed that need to be moved. This ceiling-mounted locking rod holder works perfect. And in keeping with the Airstream spirit, I mounted it with rivets.
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