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Old 01-04-2007, 03:13 PM   #1
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Ordering a new motorhome and the factory offers 2-60w solar panels as an option as well as the Vorad System. Any feed back on the performance of either?


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Old 01-04-2007, 03:13 PM   #2
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Ordering a new motorhome and the factory offers 2-60w solar panels as an option as well as the Vorad System. Any feed back on the performance of either?


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Old 01-05-2007, 10:55 AM   #3
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Generally speaking, solar panels are a good thing. We have one on our MH. It is a small panel, don't remember the wattage exactly, and it will keep our batteries fully charged while in storage. I would go for the panels.

I have not heard of the Vorad system so I can't help you there.

Enjoy your new MH.
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Old 01-10-2007, 01:47 AM   #4
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I have some pretty extensive experiance testing Vorad systems on big trucks. I can tell you they have proven themselves to improving safety results. they are good systems, however...

For the same reasons they haven't really "Hit" in the commerical world, the won't "Hit" in the RV sector. The are simply too expensive, and most people are not willing to pay for a machine that does what they can and are supposed to do.

One thing I did find interesting with our testing of vorad systems. When we took one of our drivers who had the system installed for more than 90 days, and put him in another unit without the system, the likelyhood of that driver having an accident increased over 100%. Basically the driver became dependant on the system, and complacent in basic driving techniques.

Overall, I think they are good ideas, and they work well, but they are costly. Frankly I am still in the camp that they are really overkill.

My thoughts...

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Old 01-10-2007, 02:14 AM   #5
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To; Bill W1234;

Re; Solar panels,

As you can see by my signature, I believe in solar.

To get the most out of solar you must have enough battery storage which often means adding more batteries.

Solar and batteries make you LESS dependent on outside power.

Hope this info helps.

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Old 01-10-2007, 11:24 AM   #6
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I just got a 45watt panel from harborfreight for christmas i got it all hooked up..
the dang thing works awsume, now im thinking about getting a 200watt panels, here in arizona they work fine

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