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Old 05-01-2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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Hello, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how many solar panels it will take to run my 1992 Holiday Rambler 32 foot travel trailer. Sometimes my daughter like to use it to camp with a few friends down at the pond and there is no power and I do not like to use the generator especially if I am not there in case something goes wrong. Any and all help is greatly apperciated. Thanks Willie
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AMSOLAR has good sizing info on their web site education area.

Here is a description of my installation, might be of help.
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Sorry but not enough information to give an answer. To determine the amount of panels you need you need to figure power useage as well as amount of stored power (batteries).
Even with that being figured out, still have to account for time of year & if parked in full sun or shade.

So your best choice would be as many batteries as you can fit & as much solar as you can afford as kids tend to leave things turned on even when not being used.
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Vince has a great write up.

In short determine how much power you need and try to minimize this (LED lights. Turn things off. Run fridge and hot water on propane.)

Size battery bank to provide this power over night and/or through cloudy times.

Size solar array to properly charge the batteries.

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How do I figure power usage ?
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How do I figure power usage ?
When talking about running your rig disconnected from a power source your talking running on batteries. To run on batteries we must monitor them and this is done with one of these.


It is installed in the negative lead from the battery like this.


Then a system is installed to monitor and calculate battery usage and status.

You have the Trimetric, Magnum BMK, Midnight Wizbang Jr, and other devices to monitor this device and tell you where you are with your battery bank. You will need a generator for those times when Solar is not doing it and can start with one to charge the bank when needed while determining how much bank is needed. Determining which generator to buy is yet another can of worms. Personally I would start with a Champion 3500/4000 RV ready unit for around $300 to $350. It will run your rig fully including the A/C and is one of the most reliable units out there. If you move to an inverter type there is nothing wrong with having old reliable in your back pocket.

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unyalli< Do you happen to know the web site for the champion 3500/4000 rv ready units?
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unyalli< Do you happen to know the web site for the champion 3500/4000 rv ready units?
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Champion 3500/4000

Champion 3500/4000 wireless remote start

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