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Old 05-08-2017, 02:42 AM   #41
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Rich, I have the same problem with gray water! Cannot get my wife to use less. We do some boondocking next month so I get to test my system in use.
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Old 05-08-2017, 06:36 AM   #42
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Cool Larry. I have read a thread or two where they combined the grey and black tanks, now I see why.

Sounds Like too much work. At one point I was holding grey in the sink then using a bucket to put it in the black! I guess you get better the more you practice!
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:07 PM   #43
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This is a solar newbie question. Any chance you can fire up an Air Conditioner with this system? Maybe with the addition of an EasyStart?
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This is a solar newbie question. Any chance you can fire up an Air Conditioner with this system? Maybe with the addition of an EasyStart?


Check out this post:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...ll-166625.html

I explain how I ran AC and Rawn77 the OP discussed how he runs AC at night. He has a massive battery bank. That is the key. But with a hybrid inverter and large batteries, you can do it for short times.
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Old 06-13-2017, 07:22 PM   #46
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My air conditioner starts fine without an easy start, but that's more a function of the 330 AH lithium battery and victron 3000 multiplus inverter than the solar upgrades. Will have to see how long I can run it with and without the help of the sun and solar system. --Frank
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:42 AM   #47
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I decided to add a fifth panel to my system while panels are still reasonably priced. Decided to put it in the front where it was not likely to be shaded by an AC unit and also so it had a slightly different pitch so it might be better oriented to the sun when some of the others are not. Since it was at the very front of the trailer I used a continuous piece of aluminum angle for the front mount to keep the wind from getting under it. I just notched the one side of the angle then bent it to match the curvature of the roof, and attached with vhb tape and sikaflex. I also added a Victron Venus GX (that's a different post) so now I need to get out and start monitoring its performance --Frank
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Fran&Frank,

I love your panel mounts and want to do something similar for a couple Renogy panels on my 19' International. In view of the potential of a voided warranty, I'm considering using the VHB tape and Sikaflex method with Renogy"s mounting brackets [URL="https://www.renogy.com/renogy-solar-panel-mounting-z-bracket-set-of-4"] but wonder if they would provide enough surface area for adhesion.

Any opinion? BTW great job on your solar and thanks for posting.

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Old 10-28-2018, 07:09 AM   #49
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Sorry I have no experience with the Renogy mounts. I only became aware of the possible warranty issue related to screwing through the side of the panel after mounting my panels my way. Had I thought of that before hand I might have mounted them differently using homemade brackets that utilized existing holes on the panels.
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It must be a disease. I decided to add a sixth solar panel to the roof of my trailer. So in looking at where to place it I came up with this location at the back of the trailer because there is less chance of it being shaded than if placed next to one of the AC units. I just have it temporarily sitting there at the moment. I don't think I have seen any posts of anyone putting a panel in this location. Does anyone see a downside to this location? It does require folding the radio antenna horizontal and will cover about half of it. --Frank
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It must be a disease. I decided to add a sixth solar panel to the roof of my trailer. So in looking at where to place it I came up with this location at the back of the trailer because there is less chance of it being shaded than if placed next to one of the AC units. I just have it temporarily sitting there at the moment. I don't think I have seen any posts of anyone putting a panel in this location. Does anyone see a downside to this location? It does require folding the radio antenna horizontal and will cover about half of it. --Frank


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It looks good to me. Solar panels are relatively cheap. I say as long as you have room for more solar, go ahead and install it. You need to cover yourself when you are camping in the shade or there is cloudy weather.

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