VoiceNinja - Sounds like you've made your decision. While designing your future system, suggest you size wiring and solar controller to allow for adding more panels down the road. Will cost a bit more now on components, but will save you from needing to spend labor/effort to rewire and buying larger capacity controller to add more panels in the future.
I saw this thread first on my cell phone back when it first went into a second page of feedback. I don't type well on a regular keyboard, so avoid typing on a cell phone
! So just this AM came back to it to provide my input. Will share this for those that read the thread in the future:
-I do not believe adding larger battery banks and solar will hurt the value of an RV.
-I do believe that a good solar system, and expanded battery capacity bank, will provide a minimum return on investment at time of sale. As mentioned by others, the right buyer might be willing to pay more for a solar equipped RV.
-IMO, an older higher quality coach that has been upgraded and refreshed, added new, added solar system - could yield thousands more during a sell. And the key, is it could make a buyer want this coach over another coach. Even a coach a few years younger without the upgrades an modifications, could be bypassed for one that has been upgraded and modified.
-Residential Fridge, upgraded electronics, new flooring/carpeting, LED's installed everywhere, Sea Level gauges, solar panels, increased battery capacity, AGM/Lithium vs Wet Cell, windscreen coverings, MCD shades, upgraded suspension components, whole house water filtration and higher filtration for drinking water, higher capacity four chamber water pumps, etc., etc. - These are just some of the examples of modifications to an RV, that will set it apart from the pack during resell.
-But regardless of resell ROI for all of these type of upgrades, improvements, modifications - the reality is that they're for paying dividends during the usage by the owner making the modifications. They will never be recouped at time of sell.
Sort of Dividends of Smiling by the Miles of Usage
And it is for sure a good group of forum members, when we can all share our opinions. And as seen here on this thread, opinions vary
! I respect and support the input from all forum members, even when at times I do believe some go out of their way to beat a consistent drum on a specific subject. (Dino vs Synthetic; Workhorse vs Ford; Wet Cell vs AGM (And now Lithium too
!); Solar vs Generator; Propane Water Heater vs Aqua/HydroHot; Use of catalytic heaters vs non usage; Residential Fridge vs 3 Way Fridge; Water Softener vs on no Softener; Michelin users vs Michelin haters; Etc., Etc. ----- All of these thru the years, on this forum and others, have generated some great conversations.
When a thread does occasionally become personal, or no longer staying on topic - the administrators do a good job of trying to refocus us on what these forums are all about. Members helping members, sharing knowledge, sharing good natured fun at times too. A forum with a good group of administrators is real bonus, as it's an art to know when to step in, and how hard to step in. (To be clear, this was complement to IRV2 Admin's.)
Off of my soap box now. But a shout out thanks to my fellow IRV2 members, other then my HiFi 'Got Tube's?' hobby - I enjoy and appreciate IRV2 as much as any of the 6-10 different forums I pop into during the week.
Best to all,