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Old 01-27-2015, 06:32 AM   #1
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Hi All!

We have a small Itasca Navion Sprinter based motorhome, and want to add some portable solar charging. Usually boondock for less than a week. Would not be running the refrigerator, furnace or the AC and minimal use of any lighting.

Space is at a premium, so we're looking for small and light weight. Just want to keep the batteries somewhat topped off and reduce the generator run time. Any suggestions of products to fit our needs and how to estimate how many watts we may need?


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Old 01-27-2015, 06:42 AM   #2
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Spend a few days recording everything you use from your batteries. Once you have some data, you can estimate your daily use and base a solar system on that.

Harbor Freight sell a portable solar panel kit.

Good luck

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About a 100 watts will keep a battery up while not being used. Minimal use 200 watts and that is not small and light.

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I have 600w on the roof and another 200w portable I set out as needed. My two 100w portable panels are regular panels, with some PVC pipe to make a leg to tilt up the panel.
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This might do it.

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That may be the ticket! Thanks SkiSmuggs! By the way...great name!!!

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