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Old 06-25-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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Very happy with Solar Power System

A couple years ago I put in a solar power system for my travel trailer. It has be working great. This year I upgraded it and expanded the battery bank. I noticed that my 2 marine batteries would die out fairly quickly, especially with a large load on it. I also noticed that everything was fully charged by 10 am. So this year I redid the wiring and installed 4 x T-105 batteries and a 4000 peak watt pure sine wave inverter. (2500 continuos) we had a great opportunity to try it out this weekend. It was raining most of the weekend but I was still able to use the microwave, watched a couple of movies ran all the lights, and stereo and kept the power on for the C-PAP machine all night and still had 2/3 of a charge at 6:00 am. Click image for larger version

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Glad it is working for you. We love our solar. Those w/o solar, don't know what there missing.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:09 PM   #3
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Looks like you have room for more panels
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Glad it is working for you. We love our solar. Those w/o solar, don't know what there missing.

Oh, we do...... Just don't have the $$ atm.
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Old 06-25-2016, 10:13 PM   #5
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I would love to add solar. Our new trailer is all pre-wired. I just need the money.
They did give us a free 80w portable panel and that did come in handy when we were dry camping.
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That looks very interesting. Don't the batteries add a lot of weight? We do a lot of dry camping at NASCAR races and we use 2 Honda generators hooked up to a fuel extender. Roughly how much would it cost me to convert to solar?
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Manufacture's that prewire for solar don't usually install the size of wire needed.
You should figure at least 1 watt of panel for each amp of battery. I don't tilt my panels. I just added extra's to make up the difference. I have know 2 guys who have fallen off the roof. Most of the boondockers I know have about 600ah and 600 - 900 watts of solar.

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As for cost, it all depends on what you want. I have a friend who's total install was around $1200, DIY. Bought his panels direct from China.
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The systems will range in size according to what you need for power. The batteries at about 60 lbs per battery. I used 4 on my system and that gives me plenty of power. On my trailer I mounted the batteries under the unit behind the front stabilizer. This allows a out of view installation and would make it difficult for some one to take. Venting is not an issue and the auto fill option is the way to go. The whole system costs less than 2000 Canadian dollars. I no longer have to pack extra gas and put up with the noise of the generator. I still have my generator incase in need to run my AC but for the most part I found it is not really needed for camping in Alberta. But I am not willing to give up my TV, microwave and furnace. Lol. The system ran the fans all day and everything but the AC.
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I would love to do solar but right now I can't justify it. We go away for 3 days at a time and my battery level hardly moves off full. Still shows full by the end of it all. Mind you we only use lights, pump, TV etc. We have used the furnace but the batteries recover to full almost immediately afterwards.
Using 2 xTrojan T105's.
I just don't have a need until we boondock for a week or more. Can't see that happening for some time and if we did then I would choose a full hook up place etc.
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