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Old 12-04-2015, 02:04 PM   #3459
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MORE POWER!!! New Panels!!
Look great, good install! A useful addition.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:52 PM   #3460
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Look great, good install! A useful addition.
So I added 1 of the GS100 panels. This brings me up to 505 watts on the roof. Didn't realize how long the 135w panels are until seen from above. I guess I'd forgotten.

I plan on getting two more of the GS100 panels to build a ground deploy. But I'm tempted to buy a third panel and have 605 watts on the roof. There is empty space.
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:51 PM   #3461
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:47 PM   #3462
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Talking the coolest tow hitch cover brake light

found a tow hitch cover LED brake light at harbor freight. it plugs into the 4 pole connector and when not towing i have another very bright brake light. for $8.95 it is cool as sh*t. what can i say?
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:00 AM   #3463
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Measured batteries for size-
Getting AGM batteries this time-
May wait till spring-
Optima or Lifeline?


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I vote Lifeline. All the reviews I've seen say they are #1 with Trojan being #2. Optima are much further down the list. Lifelines aren't cheap, however.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:43 AM   #3464
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when adding ALL those panels and batteries, how much weight is added to the trailer?
Battery weight will vary due to kind (AGM, wet or Li. etc.). Also, what is the return on $$$ and how often will they be used? All this vs generator.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:46 AM   #3465
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In April of 2014, the Lifeline model 6ct (300 amp-hours at 6Vdc and 92 pounds each) were $420.00 each. They are rated for 50% power use.

We installed four on our Classic in series and parallel to end up with 12Vdc and 600 amp-hours with 300 amp-hours useable. With the custom stainless steel battery box and batteries mounted on the tongue, the tongue weight was 1,375 pounds. After removing that assembly and placing a 600 amp-hour lithium battery that weighs 168 pounds inside under the sofa (has a 80 to 85% power availability) the tongue weight was reduced to 1,175 pounds.

The lithium was nearly three times the cost of the four Lifelines.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:44 AM   #3466
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Mine sounds like it may also be on its last legs. What have you found as the best source for removal and replacement instructions/advice?
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:24 PM   #3467
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BoldAdventure - You must have a drone with a camera. Right? That overhead photo is awesome! What drone did you buy and where did you order it?
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:56 PM   #3468
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Mine sounds like it may also be on its last legs. What have you found as the best source for removal and replacement instructions/advice?
Sent you a "thanks"... If you want more info.

Basically I found a YouTube video about the procedure. It is not precise. However it gives the basics. Which I could figure out the rest.

Rather than fill up this thread, Pm me.. We can arrange a phone call to discuss.
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when adding ALL those panels and batteries, how much weight is added to the trailer?
Battery weight will vary due to kind (AGM, wet or Li. etc.). Also, what is the return on $$$ and how often will they be used? All this vs generator.
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Solar 14.5lbs * 4 = 58lbs added

Li batteries 400Ah = 112lbs

Li 400Ah with 80% usable = 320Ah

12v group 27 Costco battery @ 50lbs each 100lbs at 90Ah = 180Ah with 50% usable 90Ah.

They'll be used every day.

I've done the cost breakdown if you'd like to know how long it takes for solar to hit break even on the generator. It's not long at all if you are a fulltimer like me.
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BoldAdventure - You must have a drone with a camera. Right? That overhead photo is awesome! What drone did you buy and where did you order it?
Phantom 3 pro - amazon - I'm lazy
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:44 AM   #3471
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4 zone wireless thermometer + humidity

Updated crappy original "guess the temp settings" overheating at night mechanical to modern accurate digital thermostat. (Home Depot 35.00)

Also added a wireless 4 zone temp display. Thin and mounts above the
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As the senders are small,portable and outdoor rated now can collectively monitor each and with optional alarm settings. For now, freezer, fridge, separate rolling ice box, outside and inside temps + humidity at same time. (Amazon @35.00)

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As others have done, we added this hatch support (spring design) to hold open the long, heavy swing-up mirror in the bathroom of the 27, 25FB and other units. $25 from West Marine; cheaper elsewhere. We went with the heavier duty 12" version, but the lighter duty unit would likely work just as well. (The light duty version is perfect for the swing-up door above the fridge.) Very easy to install, and does the job quite well. Joe

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