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Old 08-04-2016, 09:20 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by greenhorn1 View Post
Have to agree with the other posters. I have read Handy Bobs info on solar.
Have done a little shopping. I plan to start with 1. 100 watt panel and add on as money allows
5 ea 100 watt panels= $700
1ea sc2030 = $150
1 ea tm 2030 = $150
#4 wire =$60
misc parts =$100
MC4 cables =$100
500 amp shunt = $25-50

I'm sure I have missed a few things, but if you shop and do your own labor you can save a buck. Read Bob's info
I am curious as to why you are going with five 100 watt panels, and not larger watt panels? Is it because the 100 watt panels will fit on the roof better?

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Old 08-08-2016, 01:12 PM   #30
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Another thumbs up for Handy Bob. I didn't go solar but wanted the best battery and charger setup I could get. He steered me in the right direction and my two 6v batteries outperform just about everyone else I've discussed it with. My charger is amazing and quick. If/when I go solar, I'll be starting another conversation with him. I've read his entire blog. I suggest everyone does whether you agree with him or not.

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Old 08-09-2016, 07:24 AM   #31
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The 100 watt panels fit the roof well and allow a walkway to other areas of the roof.
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Old 08-09-2016, 08:49 AM   #32
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I plan to order the Grape Solar 100Watt panel from HD and am looking for recommendations for a decent controller. I will be using mine only for maintaining my house batteries (six 6V AGM) while the coach is in storage.

I see controller pricing all over the place. I don't want cheap junk but don't want to spend hundreds either. Any recommendations for a controller that is programmable for AGM charging protocol?
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Disclaimer... I've never owned one of these small solar charge controllers but I do own a Morningstar MPPT 45. I would look at the small Morningstar controllers, in the $40-$80 range and see if one of them meets your needs.
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....I see controller pricing all over the place. I don't want cheap junk but don't want to spend hundreds either. Any recommendations for a controller that is programmable for AGM charging protocol?.....
You have spent hundreds on the batteries and the controller is the key to solar charging........... choose wisely grasshopper!

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