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Old 05-06-2009, 10:29 PM   #15
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Penney, call them and see if you can get on a back order list.

I originally ordered only one, but thought about it overnite and called the next morning to add a second to the order before it shipped. They were VERY easy to work with and added the panel for cost only.

The service on the phone was very good.. and they were even having paypal and website problems on their end.. they shipped the second panel with the first even tho they could not take payment at that time. I made the payment 2 days after it actually shipped, when their problem was corrected.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:43 PM   #16
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I have a 55 watt panel that is adequate for me. I changed from a group 24 to a larger group 27 battery. I run my lights, non LED, and can also run my furnace also occasionally charge things like phone & computer. My furnace only cycles a couple of times during the night because all I'm trying to do is keep the chill off not keep the trailer warm.

Two 50 watt panels 2x2 that Gina mentions sounds like a way to go. 100 watts surely ought to do it. Price sounds good too.
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:56 PM   #17
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Ordered one! Thank you all for your input, I looked into everything everyone suggested, which helped me get a good idea of cost per watt range. I ended up calling Real Goods and talking to one of the techs there to see what they would recommend since the one I first looked at on their web site was out of stock, but they have a lot and are long time leaders in solar technology.

Here is what was recommended for our needs:

Kyocera 40 Watt Solar PV Module

It's a polycrystalline module with 36-cells and tempered glass cover. Number of cells increases efficiency, this seemed good for the size, 20x25x2, 10#, $277, available to ship right away, a good quality panel w/ aluminum frame.

also ordered the CML 10 controller, which is large enough to add another panel later.

They have some really cool high quality roll up panels and solar film but too much money for us right now.

We should get it just before going on a trip next week, now all we need is the sun!
Fortunately for us in the NW 'bright' works too!

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Old 05-07-2009, 05:14 PM   #18
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Here is something I just read about. Peel and stick solar panels.
http://www.uni-solar.com/interior.asp?id=102
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:21 PM   #19
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Here is what was recommended for our needs:

Kyocera 40 Watt Solar PV Module
Penney, what are the dimensions of that panel, I could not see it on that page (could be going blind though).
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:40 PM   #20
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real goods is cool. if you ever make it to california go to there store in hopland. its awsome!
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:02 PM   #21
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Penney, what are the dimensions of that panel, I could not see it on that page (could be going blind though).

it's not on the page, that's why I put it in my post - so you have selective blindness!

20.7 x 25.7 x 2 to be exact!

I asked so I can figure out a storage cover, though the tech guy told me they are very durable, but need dust protection when stored (and obviously kept clean when in use.)



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Old 05-11-2009, 03:17 PM   #22
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how durable is the average solor panel? im thinking about that 50w sun panel but im scared about breaking it. will an acorn falling from a tree break it? can i safely leave it mounted to the roof when not in use? i have a small 5w on there now but im not sure if its a standard solor panel or some kind of stronger rv panel. thanks.
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Curtis,

They are very durable. The acorn won't break it but the tree the acorn fell out of might.

Mine is not mounted because of the two vents on the top of my 13 Scamp I don't have the roof space for it.


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it's not on the page, that's why I put it in my post - so you have selective blindness!

20.7 x 25.7 x 2 to be exact!
Oops, darn this aging remembry of mine.
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Here is another source for the Sun 50 watt panels Solar Effects.

They are 18 $$$ more than the other source, but they have them in stock now.
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Solar panels are designed to withstand a hailstorm. They're very durable.

As I have described before, in more detail: We plug our 3.1 amp panel into the trailer pigtail and set it on top of the Casita when we are in camp, unless we park in the shade. (We use cheap, black rubber suction cups to stick it to the roof, and so far it has worked just fine.) When underway, we stow it on the large dinette table (perfect fit, secured with a couple of good bungee cords). We are the controller(s).

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. . . We plug our 3.1 amp panel into the trailer pigtail . . .
That works well for a 3-amp panel, which generally won't cook your battery. Once you get above 3 amps/45 watts you're getting close to possibly over-charging your battery and "cooking" it, and would need a charge controller.
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and... I am happy to report that on my first "outing" with my panels, they performed very well!

I have decided not to roof mount mine because They are so light to move and easy to deal with that I personally would rather do so than limit my choice of space based on how the sun hits my roof. The panels stow on the bed easily for travel and I am not worried about them sliding off (My bed is up front and it is so stable up there I swear I could leave a glass of water on it and it wouldn't spill)

I was in a lovely forest service campground this week, with what I felt was the best site in the place, right on a large creek, small river, but the spur itself was completely shaded throughout the day. If the panels were roof mounted, I would have most likely chosen another less lovely site just to get the exposure. Instead, my trailer was cool, and my charging was hot!

I rigged a temporary harness for this trip and was able to position the panels where the sun was. These two and my rock guard 15 watter and separate controller made my time worry free as far as the battery was concerned. So much so, that on my 3rd day, I moved to another campground and only deployed the 15 watter. I was fully charged on arrival and only needed a top off for the evening.
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