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Old 02-20-2018, 11:53 AM   #1
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Thoughts On This Setup

I'm thinking on going with this setup for my motorhome.
https://www.solarwholesaler.ca/produ...-mppt-200w12v/
I have two Crown 6V batteries that I want to maintain more then anything. We don't use the TV and the fridge will be on propane unless plugged in. Basically just lights,water pump, co2 detector and misc things. I do want to add a panel or two later to the system but that will be it.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:18 PM   #2
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That's a steep price for 200 watts.

Are you set on flexible panels ?

Here is a kit with solid panels.
https://www.renogy.com/renogy-200-wa...ge-controller/
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That's a steep price for 200 watts.

Are you set on flexible panels ?

Here is a kit with solid panels.
https://www.renogy.com/renogy-200-wa...ge-controller/
Actually I just posted that link since it was the same system as what I was quoted.
I was quoted $814.Cdn with the flexible panels and $680.00 Cdn with the standard panels.That's probably still a little higher then the system you posted the link for after the exchange and freight but the dealer is local and has them in stock.
I don't have to have the flexible panels, I just like the idea of not drilling more holes in the roof.
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Price looks good even with the mppt controller but they don't ship to Canada.
"This item does not ship to Spruce Grove, Canada."
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you can order directly thru HQST's website, though
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I don't think you need a flexible panel do you? That is probably why it's so expensive too.
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From someone who had them I would stay away from the flexible panels if possible. If you put them directly on your roof there is heat build up from the panels through the roof. I had 6 of them for 9 months and ended up throwing them out. They also didn't produce as much power as expected. Just my .02
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Thanks for the replies guys. I did go to HQST's site and priced it out. With shipping, the exchange and hoping Fed X doesn't charge brokerage like UPS does the price is withing 20.00Cdn.

This if I go with the solid panels instead of the flex panels which I will now thanks to you guys. Also the Prodesign kit seems to be more complete then the HQST kit.

Can I add two more panels with that size controller down the road if I wanted too? Probably would only be one though.
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hmmmm.... don't know what you mean by 'more complete'.... the HQST package came with everything you need to hook up your system.
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hmmmm.... don't know what you mean by 'more complete'.... the HQST package came with everything you need to hook up your system.
I don't see a remote display, circuit breaker or the sealant in the HQST kit.
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That's a steep price for 200 watts.
You know the price of solar panels was just artifically increased right... Sadly it was.. Forget how much without research but the price was just increased.
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why do you need them? it's such a simple setup already, the Controller has it's own readout, you don't need another... and if you're not permanently mounting these panels somewhere, why do you need 'sealant'? The inline fuse is also not necessarily required since you have no way to exceed the Controller's incoming amps since the panels only put out 1/2 of the amps the controller is already rated for.

...I think you're overthinking this...
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...I think you're overthinking this...
This wouldn't be the first time I did that. lol I will be mounting the panels on the roof so the sealant will be needed but you're right it is a simple system and I can just check the controller.

Thanks for the info and links.
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