Originally Posted by twogypsies
I don't know if you proceeded with your solar install yet or not but here's some good reading. This full-timing couple boondocks and dry camps a lot and solar is very important to them.
We also used solar and it is absolutely wonderful. We didn't go extensively as you planned because we didn't want a washer/dryer or residential refrigerator. We also don't care about the television. It served our purpose very well. It's quiet and works in the background without any fussing.
Thanks for the info! It's good to hear that you're satisfied with your setup! I scheduled an appointment with AM Solar for early November, going to let the pros sort it out. I could bring myself up to speed on all the technical details and figure out how to spec the system myself but it's a bit tedious and when it comes right down to basics of roof penetrations and RV specific issues with panels and mounts and connectors and charge controllers...I'd still get it wrong.
AM Solar answered my questions (and I had a lot of them) and seemed very straight up, their customers seem to be very satisfied (searching threads here produced one bad review and it sounded like the guy complaining was fairly out-of-line, everything else was 100% positive)
Still don't have a build date or delivery date on the coach yet, really looking forward to it as couch surfing sucks
Oh, and I had already viewed all the resources you mentioned, I think some folks think I went into this blindly but I did my due diligence and searched for anything of value regarding installing/using/maintaining a PV array on an RV. There ain't that much out there, but I expect that'll change over the next few years. I expect that when fuel prices finally do recover, diesel and gas will be headed straight for $5/gal pretty quickly, and battery technology is going to move ahead pretty quickly. I'm okay with more expensive fuel since I don't plan to drive it much, but I would like to avoid burning diesel for carbon footprint, noise, smell and cost reasons.
Thanks for the input!