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Old 05-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #21
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Par, you may be able to have both fixed and portable solar panels. I know there are several companies that make flexible panels that you can roll up and store when not needed or unroll them when needed. I saw these flexible panels at an Escapees rally and the demonstrator had the panel hanging from a step ladder. He also had fixed panels mounted on his roof. I was not interested in solar at the time so I did't get the name of the company but I googled "flexible solar panel" and got quite a few returns.

One of the major things you'll have to address is the lighting. Redwood uses halogens throughout the trailer. I think mine has 29 of them. I will replace them with LEDs eventually but I'm waiting to see which ones everyone else is using.

As far as a solar prep package from the factory, it'd be best to contact them directly and see how much of your needs they can address. As mentioned earlier in this topic, the company is very accommodating when it comes to custom requests.

I don't know who to contact but someone here probably does. Bryon?
Here are a couple of sites, you might check out. solar-electric.com and wholesalesolar.com. you can down load a load evaluation sheet, to determine what size system you might need. like what size and how many panel, how many batts, what size wiring, what size inverter and so forth.



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Old 05-23-2012, 09:57 PM   #22
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Thanks Lillyputz, I will check them out!
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:37 AM   #23
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Par,

I have two very good sources of information about batteries and solar usage for RV's. They are long but I have learned a lot from them.

The 12volt Side of Life << two parts...

Solar RV Panels - Camp Anywhere In Style << many pages...


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Old 05-24-2012, 10:57 AM   #24
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Excellent sites!!!

Thanks Keith.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:03 PM   #25
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When I ordered my unit I originally requested that the factory see if they could do a "Solar Prep" to which they replied they could. They later reneged and said it wasn't possible at this time.
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That surprises me considering the other things they have done for people.
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John317,
That's surprising... given their moto is to cater to 'baby boomers' I would have thought this would have beena no brainer for them especially since its done by others.
How long ago was that?
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I think they havealso added random 12v, COAX or AC cables to other'sunits if you specify the location early enough in their planning process. As far as fulfilling special requests, I don't think you can do better than Redwood. It's surprisingwhat they will do.
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That's surprising... given their moto is to cater to 'baby boomers' I would have thought this would have been¬*a no brainer for them especially since its done by others.
How long ago was that?
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It was about 6 weeks ago. I requested the change via an email to my Sales Rep, Doug Richards, who got back to me within 48hrs saying the factory had approved the change. Then a week or so later he contacted me saying they couldn't do it. I think they realized there is a lot more to consider than just running a couple of wires. I also ordered Gen Prep and know from experience when you have a Solar system with battery banks with an Inverter and a Generator system they all have to be integrated with the 50 amp "Shore Power " system which involves some expensive switching and monitoring equipment. In other words it requires some Enginering. I just don't think they are ready to devote the effort without a significant demand. I would like to see it as an option. BTW a bank of 4 six volt batteries weighs about 300lbs, almost the same as the Generator.
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Funny you should mention that, I am an Electrical Engineer, so that's not an issue. All we really need are wires to be passed from the roof and control panel area to the 'power center', a job that may be impossible (or very messy) once the unit it built.
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