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Old 10-24-2014, 12:14 PM   #1
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Solar Installer Va Beach area

I have a 2005 Newmar Dutchstar motorhome in need of some electrical upgrades. Iíve been collecting the various parts this past year.

My goal is to get a few solar panels on the roof so when my RV is in storage at the least theyíll keep my batteries charged. Thereís a possibility of maybe doing a bit of boondocking in the future.

The parts I have on hand are as follows:

Magna Sine Pure Sine Wave Inverter/Charger (2000watts)
Trimetric TM-2030 battery monitor
MorningStar MPPT solar controller 45amp
Magnum Energy Automatic Generator Start

My near term future purchases are:

Three 160 watt Solar panels.
Four Lifeline GPL-4CT Deep Cycle Marine Battery (6V)

Iíve been wanting to try the install myself by following how others have done on their rigs. The undisputed master is a guy called HandyBob his website has been the source of my purchases. HandyBob's Blog ¬ę Making off grid RV electrical systems work. However, time is never on my side and the storage facility forbids such work on site.

Does anyone know of a reputable solar installer who is within a reasonable distance of Virginia Beach.

Thanks so much.

Mitch
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:13 PM   #2
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I have a 2005 Newmar Dutchstar motorhome in need of some electrical upgrades. I’ve been collecting the various parts this past year.

My goal is to get a few solar panels on the roof so when my RV is in storage at the least they’ll keep my batteries charged. There’s a possibility of maybe doing a bit of boondocking in the future.

The parts I have on hand are as follows:

Magna Sine Pure Sine Wave Inverter/Charger (2000watts)
Trimetric TM-2030 battery monitor
MorningStar MPPT solar controller 45amp
Magnum Energy Automatic Generator Start

My near term future purchases are:

Three 160 watt Solar panels.
Four Lifeline GPL-4CT Deep Cycle Marine Battery (6V)

I’ve been wanting to try the install myself by following how others have done on their rigs. The undisputed master is a guy called HandyBob his website has been the source of my purchases. HandyBob's Blog ¬ę Making off grid RV electrical systems work. However, time is never on my side and the storage facility forbids such work on site.

Does anyone know of a reputable solar installer who is within a reasonable distance of Virginia Beach.

Thanks so much.

Mitch

This guy also has alot of good information, without the attitude.

RV Electrical

Sorry I can't help you with an installer in the VA beach area. Come on down here to Louisiana I will give you a hand.
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Thanks for the offer. If I was a full timer I'd definitely take you up on the offer. Louisiana is a tad out of my range for the weekend journeys I partake in.

Appreciate the link, no such thing as too much good information.
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I follow another site too. Here is some more good information and pictures of other RV owners solar installations.

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Tech Issues: Forum Members Solar Installations With Pics
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This is absolutely amazing.

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