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Old 03-14-2015, 04:54 PM   #1527
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Good afternoon, Jay, is that like the 12 days of Christmas?
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Terry,
Glad that you are looking for the UPS/FedEx driver, takes your mind off of the knee.
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Good Morning, Frank, yup, your right I sure can use all the distractions I can get. Its nice to see the parts, and figure how they go ect. Well DW just handed me a plate full of bacon and eggs w/waffles. catch ya later
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:02 AM   #1531
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BTW Terry, do you have your grand daughter's permission to rider her Sporty?
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:48 AM   #1532
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HH, yup, she's only 9 so someone has to keep it going.
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Terry, with just the one solar panel you can take measurements & then design your adjustable racks.
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HH, That's what I was thinking, but I will have the others on Monday, I need to install the AC and the Vent Fans w/the covers first, then I need to see where the shadows will be and mount the panels accordingly, I will have four 140 watt panels, and I think room for more, so I am planning for expansion already, my battery box will have room for more bats as well. I have discovered more than a few people that are running everything including an AC unit, which many people say you can't do. I have never excepted what others have said as gospel until I have tried it myself. I tried to have a conversation in another section here and got negative comments like your system is too this or too that and never got some of the basic questions answered, I abandoned the thread as too frustrating, I guess I think too far outside of the box for some, I will find out for myself, (right or wrong).
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Terry, I wouldn't concern myself with shadows. That is going to vary by time of day, time of year, & even longitude. The more the merrier on the panels.

Fair comparison between my storm shelter & your 5er. I have 520watts of panels & your four would give you 560watts. I've a 10,000BTU AC & yours should be atleast 12,500BTU.
There is a huge difference in power draw between the AC set at 72F & 85F. Also difference of outside temperature & humidity. A proper set up & running AC should be able to cool by 20F. If its 100 outside the AC is set at 85 is trying to cool by 15F & so turn off on sometimes. Set at 72 will probably never quit running trying to cool by 28F.

My calculations were that I needed twice as much solar panels & 50% more battery then I have to run the AC here set at 80. A problem is late summer we will have days of heat index of 110 yet be 90 or 95F.

Will take your own experimenting to see what can be done. But you are months away from warm enough to do some true testing.


The only way a solar system is going to maintain if supplying as much power as you are using.
For an easy to use number, lets say your AC draws 10amps maximum. Threw an inverter that would be minimum of 100 from the batteries. So you would need enough solar panels to produce 100amps.
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Terry, your 140watt panels should be capable of about 8amps under ideal conditions.

I think you stated you were going with an electric frig. Plenty of solar for operating it would be my main concern. Plus the lights, fans, etc. Last thing you want to happen is inverter to shut off due to low voltage & so loose operation of the frig. Beer frig in the garage also.
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HH, I actually don't plan on running AC on my batteries, especially on the present set up. I guess my point was that alot of things are capable if you think outside the box. I know that I will be adding or swapping out panels experimenting, I have been known to not leave things alone.
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Rainy day. Too wet to ride. Not a lot of charging from the solar panels. But a lot of traffic at the beer frig. That is the type scenario where you need some extra panels on the roof.
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HH, yup that's true, I'm sitting with some ice on my leg watching a Nascar race in Arizona, most of the time I can't set thru a whole race, I guess I can today. 27* today and snow showers wouldn't do anything outside anyway.
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Terry, are you going to use a manual switch for charging batteries between solar & generator? I know it was discussed before but not going threw 1,500 posts to find out.
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