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Old 04-13-2011, 05:09 AM   #197
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I need more Coffee & Old Bushmills......all I know for sure that the system I have on my RV works for what I need. 6 battery's 300w in panels and a 200w inverter. Have not had to run my generator in months.
I'm with w6pea
I only have 4 batteries, but 390w in panels and works fine (and I think w6pea meant a 2000w inverter but I could be wrong)
And handy bob helped me to install it
Installation is a big factor.

Thanks again handy bob (if your still lurking around. Hope the computer is still working as well as my solar!)
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:16 AM   #198
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I'm with w6pea
I only have 4 batteries, but 390w in panels and works fine (and I think w6pea meant a 2000w inverter but I could be wrong)
And handy bob helped me to install it
Installation is a big factor.

Thanks again handy bob (if your still lurking around. Hope the computer is still working as well as my solar!)


OOPS
I told you I needed more Coffee maybe not as much Old Bushmills. 2000w Pro-Sine
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:35 PM   #201
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My solar panels are fairly close together on the roof.......I used #10 wire from the solar panels to a junction box and the #4 welding cable from the box to the solar charge controller......you can see pictures and exactly what I ........http://home.earthlink.net/~wbrown02/wildbillwashere22/id16.html did at my solar page listed above.......I used a "Pelican" brand plastic box that is meant for small firearms as the junction box and bought terminals to fit inside on the Internet.......
Nice to meet you wildBill100
I have read all of you're posts and they are very informative. In the near
future I will doing a lot of boondocking using solar panels. One of the problems I'm having is understanding how to mount the solar panels so they can tilt both directions and lock down. On this post you showed that you can do that, I would appreciate any information on this issue.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:44 AM   #202
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There seems to be plenty of information on how to boondock with solar but I am looking for help with a smaller solar application. I have one 12 volt chassis battery and two 12 volt deep cycle house batteries in my motorhome. What I'm looking for is a solar panel(s) setup that maintains the already charged batteries while the motorhome is in storage. I can't seem to figure out how big a panel I need and what type of controller.

Also, can the chassis battery and the house batteries be charged off of the same panel/controller? If not, can I use the solar on the house batteries and something like the trik-l-start to maintain the chassis battery from the house batteries?

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There seems to be plenty of information on how to boondock with solar but I am looking for help with a smaller solar application. I have one 12 volt chassis battery and two 12 volt deep cycle house batteries in my motorhome. What I'm looking for is a solar panel(s) setup that maintains the already charged batteries while the motorhome is in storage. I can't seem to figure out how big a panel I need and what type of controller.

Also, can the chassis battery and the house batteries be charged off of the same panel/controller? If not, can I use the solar on the house batteries and something like the trik-l-start to maintain the chassis battery from the house batteries?

Thanks for the help.
I think you are on the right track with using a Trik-L-Start to keep both batteries maintained. If you use a Morningstar Tri-Star 45 controller and at least a 60 watt panel, you will accomplish your objective. The Tri-Star will provide 4 stage charging to keep the batteries charged and in optimum condition.
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There seems to be plenty of information on how to boondock with solar but I am looking for help with a smaller solar application. I have one 12 volt chassis battery and two 12 volt deep cycle house batteries in my motorhome. What I'm looking for is a solar panel(s) setup that maintains the already charged batteries while the motorhome is in storage. I can't seem to figure out how big a panel I need and what type of controller.

Also, can the chassis battery and the house batteries be charged off of the same panel/controller? If not, can I use the solar on the house batteries and something like the trik-l-start to maintain the chassis battery from the house batteries?

Thanks for the help.
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I have 1 - 12 volt chassis battery and 2 - 6 volt (300 amp hours) house batteries. I have a 130 watt panel with a Morningstar Duo controller. The controller is set up to send 90% of the charge to the house batteries and 10% to the chassis battery. I also have a Trik-L-Start.

My RV sits in storage up to 6 weeks at a time and the batteries are always fresh. It may be more than I need but it also allows me to operate the RV overnight when not on shore power.
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I have 1 - 12 volt chassis battery and 2 - 6 volt (300 amp hours) house batteries. I have a 130 watt panel with a Morningstar Duo controller. The controller is set up to send 90% of the charge to the house batteries and 10% to the chassis battery. I also have a Trik-L-Start.

My RV sits in storage up to 6 weeks at a time and the batteries are always fresh. It may be more than I need but it also allows me to operate the RV overnight when not on shore power.
Do you still need the Trik-L-Start with the duo controller? I thought the Trik-L-Start was just to keep the chassis battery charged off of the house batteries.
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Do you still need the Trik-L-Start with the duo controller? I thought the Trik-L-Start was just to keep the chassis battery charged off of the house batteries.
The TriK-L-Start was factory installed so I left it alone.
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Got it - thanks for the help wthomas and John. That gives me something to start with.
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Another question - anyone know a good solar dealer/installer in Southern California?
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Another question - anyone know a good solar dealer/installer in Southern California?
I posted the above last month but never heard anything so I will try again. Anyone know a good solar dealer/installer in Southern California?
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The lack of an answer to your question probably means that there are no good ones.
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