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Old 12-20-2016, 08:17 PM   #1
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Major Solar System Install

Greetings RW Family! We are preparing to do a pretty major solar system install on our 38RL (2015). We are having it done at AM Solar in Springfield, Oregon, and it's going to cost a fortune. Yes, we are well aware that we can buy a lot of propane for the generator for what this will cost, but installing a solar system has nothing to do with economics, and everything to do with quality of life, both ours, and our NEIGHBORS!!

Wondering if anyone else has done anything like this (more than just a couple panels, I mean) This will be a hybrid 3000 watt inverter with automatic load distribution and an automatic gen start so that, in theory, it will be the next best thing to full hookups when boondocking or hooked up to low amperage. Pretty excited. It was a big decision.

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Old 12-20-2016, 08:58 PM   #2
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Hi Theresa

We've missed you on this forum.......Welcome back. I will watch with great interest how your solar project turns out. From a fellow NW Redwood owner.
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Old 12-20-2016, 09:05 PM   #3
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interesting to see how it all turns out. I am looking at putting two panels on our RW this spring. I have the panels but right now I have a Temp set up that attaches to the ladder so that I can keep the batteries charged in storage. It seems to be working well no dead batteries so far.
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Old 12-20-2016, 09:39 PM   #4
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Our coach came with a solar setup from the factory that has a lot of expansion room, and have researched expanding it, but haven't pulled the trigger yet... and the panels and controllers are getting better and better each day...


good luck !


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Old 12-20-2016, 11:43 PM   #5
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Aw, thanks Jim and Mary. I have missed everyone here too!! GLAD to be back!!
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Old 12-20-2016, 11:45 PM   #6
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Hi JB2 and everyone~!! JB2, are you saying that RW included some kind of solar setup??? I haven't really looked into that yet. I do know that whatever they did it will not be beefy enough for what we are doing, BUT, it might help with running wire or something. Thanks for the comments!
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Oops, sorry, didn't mean to imply from Redwood,
on the monaco that replaced it
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Old 12-21-2016, 12:03 AM   #8
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LOL, now THAT makes sense!!
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Didn't realize you were without electric out there! Definitely an application for Solar!
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Hi AA!! Har har HAR dee har HAR!!! We are hitting the road soon and plan to do a lot of boondocking and staying at places where there is less than 30 amps. This system mixes power sources to maximize all in a combined fashion. Pretty cool. Yes, it will run the A/C too if we can score enough power.
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