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boatguy 06-26-2017 01:29 AM

My Solar Install
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Well it was a productive weekend between rain storms. I brought my new 390MB home from the dealer last week. After a very thorough PDI there are only a few little things and HitchNGo are awesome. They have everything under control and there is nothing to stop me enjoying the 150th birthday for Canada this long weekend.

I decided to do a cheap and cheerful solar install so I could keep everything charged and fresh when I wasn't around. I installed 4X100 watt solar panels on the forward part of the roof. I secured them with Eternabond and there is plenty of room left for another 4 or 8 if I ever needed that many. When the dealer installed my cell and wifi antenna I had them run the wires down to the generator and battery bay. I put in a couple circuit breakers and a 40amp MPPT controller and a remote monitor. All in it was $1100 for all the parts and about 6 hours dodging rain storms.

In heavy overcast it was producing as little as a 14.1 volts and 5amps charge to the batteries. Who the sun came out I was thrilled to see 14.2 volts and 32 amps going into the batteries. That should do nicely to keep things topped up.

Next project a whole house inverter (minus A/C) and replace the batteries with 4 6 volt AGM.

texastbird 06-26-2017 01:55 AM

Don't forget the roller you left on the roof! Ha, ha, great job.

MuddFlap 06-26-2017 05:53 AM

Sweet looking install John!

Peter&Shannon 06-26-2017 04:15 PM

Looks great, thanks for sharing!

homeguy 06-26-2017 07:30 PM

are those thinfilm panels?

boatguy 06-27-2017 02:53 AM

They are thin and flexible but they are not Thin Film technology. Monocrystalline provides more energy by surface area and offers more longevity and better warranty from what I could learn. I found a few three year reviews that we favourable so I went ahead.

They are attached with Eternabond tape and no holes were made in the roof. Removing could be tricky but the suggestion is to just cut the tape and replace a panel if need be.

Very fun and easy project that will help keep me charged up.

Dan 06-28-2017 04:29 AM

Now that's a sweet setup, nice job
That's a funny way to park your truck



boatguy 06-28-2017 12:31 PM

I was checking to see how sharp I could turn. I read a bunch of messages about first timers damaging their trucks and smashing windows. So I figured I would see how far it goes before I got into trouble.

atom ant 06-29-2017 11:02 PM

I had to make a turn in our Redwood like that in a parking lot once. Truck was fine - trailer springs did not fair well. at a 90 degree turn, the side force on those springs is incredible.

johnboytoo 06-30-2017 01:41 PM

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That is a normal turn in some of the parks we go too :) (not really!) but once, the 5'ers long pinbox did hit the SIDE of our trucks bed and the pic below was the result!

how close is your extended trailer hitch in your trucks receiver to the rv on uneven ground ? does it hit?

In perfect conditions a 90 degree works, but its when the twisting and turning of the chassis on uneven ground TILT each toward each other - then a perfect day becomes not so perfect !

On your solar stuff - very, very nice use of dead space !!!
Can you give us the specs on the panels and where you got them ?

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