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Old 05-02-2019, 09:05 AM   #241
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We just use the portable suitcase solar from GoPower...now using it with our 3rd AS...less expensive, moves around to find the sun when needed, and you don't loose any money by leaving it on your old AS when you upgrade to your next AS.

Understand if your intent on a large solar system with monitors, controllers, Li batteries, etc...for extensive boondocking...but we have found even the large systems can not preform all the time (weather/trees), while installed stationary on your TT. Portable works for us.... along with back up generator.
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Old 05-15-2020, 11:50 AM   #242
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We just use the portable suitcase solar from GoPower...now using it with our 3rd AS...less expensive, moves around to find the sun when needed, and you don't loose any money by leaving it on your old AS when you upgrade to your next AS.

Understand if your intent on a large solar system with monitors, controllers, Li batteries, etc...for extensive boondocking...but we have found even the large systems can not preform all the time (weather/trees), while installed stationary on your TT. Portable works for us.... along with back up generator.
I know this is a long thread so I'm sorry if its been asked before i skimmed all 13 pages. I TOO am looking into flexible solar panels to maximize the space on my 22 foot argosy that already has an AC installed and two fans. After reading all the horror stories, im wondering if anyone has gone with the monocrystalline technology they have now, and if its working any better? I'm looking to get 500 watts of solar for my two battle born lithium batteries, ill have a smart controller as well - there's no space up there for rigid solar panels and they look awful I did think of a portable suitcase but its just another thing to store somewhere and the idea of setting it up every time i park seems annoying to me. Could you just get an addition panel to try and make up for the panels low efficiency so you still get the wattage you need? If i need 500 watts and the panels equal 500, should I assume its more like .. 400? How do i estimate that?
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:59 AM   #243
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I know this is a long thread so I'm sorry if its been asked before i skimmed all 13 pages. I TOO am looking into flexible solar panels to maximize the space on my 22 foot argosy that already has an AC installed and two fans. After reading all the horror stories, im wondering if anyone has gone with the monocrystalline technology they have now, and if its working any better? I'm looking to get 500 watts of solar for my two battle born lithium batteries, ill have a smart controller as well - there's no space up there for rigid solar panels and they look awful I did think of a portable suitcase but its just another thing to store somewhere and the idea of setting it up every time i park seems annoying to me. Could you just get an addition panel to try and make up for the panels low efficiency so you still get the wattage you need? If i need 500 watts and the panels equal 500, should I assume its more like .. 400? How do i estimate that?
If you want 500 watts, there are plenty posts this past year on this topic here, including best technology with controllers for Li set ups. The only advantage to the suitecase type we have, is I have used it with 3 different AS's now. (fixed pretty much goes when you "upgrade" to larger AS.) also I can move portable unit around for the sunlight...important when camping in the parks with trees...it does take longer to charge our 6V Trojan's, but works for us especially with a generator back up. Some times, we just don't have sunlight where we go due to forest.
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Ok i finally read through all 13 pages of this thread... it was interesting to see Lews comments and grandmaster who was trying so hard to make flexible work. I have a 22 footer with an AC installed, two fantastic fans, vents, a marine dickinson heater vent, a bathroom fan vent.. there just isn't that much room up there. With flexible solar I can get my 500 wats needed, but i cant figure out how to make that possible with rigid. I did see one person post like tiny thin ones they ran down the sides of the roof, and I guess I need to pursue that next. I understand that even the folks on here that went with flexible, reported back 18 months later that they had failed. My only question is if the technology now in 2020 has improved at all, making this a possibly more efficient option? I really havent read ANY good experiences with these solar panels lasting more than 1.5 years. I have two battle born lithium batteries and their solar controller (forget the name) and a 1000 watt inverter but thinking of upgrading to 2000 watt. I want to live 90% of the time boon docking and most of my set up is for this purpose (the heater, two large grey tanks under neath, a composting toilet). Really want to avoid a solar suitcase but i guess thats going to be my only other option if flexible is really not going to work! But if anybody out there has any experience with the new sun cell flexible panels please let me know - was looking at Renogy and Go Power thanks
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