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Old 05-20-2013, 10:04 AM   #57
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Originally Posted by Pianotuna View Post

You may find the handy bob site wordy and it has some information that is dated at best.

Try these sites instead:

RV 12v Information - Everything You Need to Know

RV Solar Panel Installation Guide - RV Solar Power
Another info site: http://www.amsolar.com/

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Old 05-21-2013, 07:00 AM   #58
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I have found Handy Bob to be very up to date and though more technical and a bit, shall we say 'opinionated' he has very good reasons for his opinion and it is based on experience and some testing. He emphasizes battery monitoring and knowing absolutely the goes into and goes out of a battery(bank). I will take it a bit further and say you need some idea of what each 'thing' you plug into AC or DC is actually drawing and that includes the parasitic loads including wall warts, inverter draws, lights... everything. I have a small ammeter I picked up that plugs into an ATC fuse in the fuse panel and allows you to read what is drawn by each circuit.

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Old 05-31-2013, 04:24 PM   #59
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I read Handy Bob's whole blog last night, and I rarely read that much in one clump or stay up that late.

I live off the grid, will put solar in the MH if I decide to fix it to drive. I have been having issues with my solar battery setup for the house, and his article led me to investigate a few things today. It seems my charging voltage is set too low, might be why I keep running out of power when I should have plenty. I will make the adjustment tonight after the sun sets and the panels aren't applying power to the charge controller. He confirms I did my wiring correctly as to size of wire, length of run, etc, and am glad to get that info.

I know his article is lengthy and technical, but he also gives explanations that can sure help somebody understand things better. I am lucky I can comprehend it and not get confused.

This site rocks !! I am thankful you folks share your knowledge and experience with others, and I am looking forward to when I am able to share what I know with others with problems.


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