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Old 11-22-2012, 09:02 PM   #15
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You can leave it hooked all the time and it will keep the battery topped off or you can connect when you need to charge the battery.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:34 PM   #16
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Thank you so much Tom! I appreciate your advice.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:26 PM   #17
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Well I ordered 2 of the 60's.
Just too good a deal to pass up to me.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:26 PM   #18
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Same here. 2 of the 60s. I've been contemplating a solar setup since I got the Scamp earlier this year. I've researched enough to know this was a decent deal.....but as a novice the kits were appealing. I like a challenge. so now I can add "figure out how to install solar panels" to my growing list

Oh yeah....and buy controller, cables, maybe an inverter

Let the fun begin
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:55 AM   #19
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I grabbed a couple 100 watt panels and the Xantrex charge controller. I have been looking at their charger/inverters for a while and figured keep with the same brand. Can't afford the one I want so I'm just collecting parts for now as budget allows. Eventually want to be self contained and have my comforts.

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Here is the charger/inverter/transfer switch models I was looking at.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:35 AM   #20
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I haven't figured out how best to pick a charge controller. I don't want to overspend nor do I want to be limited. So I left that for later. ....after a little more education.
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I haven't figured out how best to pick a charge controller. I don't want to overspend nor do I want to be limited. So I left that for later. ....after a little more education.
I struggled with this and ended up buying a Morningstar PWM type, as they have a long record of quality. The other option is a less expensive Chinese model such as the one Kevin linked on Amazon, or one from eBay for even less. I can't see justifying the current cost difference for a MPPT type for RV use.

Recent history tells us that electronic devices only get better and cheaper, so I wouldn't over think it. They are easy to replace if they fail.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:23 PM   #22
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Thanks Tom.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:55 PM   #23
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I debated, then decided to wait till spring. I won't be ready to install till then, and by that time maybe prices will drop even more... I can hope, anyway.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:55 AM   #24
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At quick glance, the panels still look to be on sale
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:35 AM   #25
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I picked up a 100 watt. Thanks for the tip; it frees up some cash for the battery and wiring upgrades...
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:32 PM   #26
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this sounds like a great deal....but despite all of the reading i have done, i am not any clearer on what size panel i should get to run our fridge...we use barely any other power---if we are plugged in, sure, we'll plug in the kettle and watch a movie or show on the laptop. our lights are mostly LEDs but it's our fridge that is our main problem..it is not a propane model so we, at present, can only boondock for 2 days max.
can someone please guide me on what would be the best size solar panel to look to get....considering it's mainly to run the fridge.
thanks everyone!
If your trailer has the Novacool fridge in it like mine it draws 2-2.2 amps when running. This means when it runs you'll need a panel to push more than that into your batteries or it won't be charging them anymore.

Using my 75W panel in normal camping conditions (meaning not always perfect sun) it was only pushing 2 amps in, so when the fridge was running it was useless. Ideal conditions it pushed 3-4 amps, usually not more than 3. That said, in the summer I never ran out of power but in September the batteries never charged properly. I use 2 Trojan T-125s.

Solar is a hobby for me, so I recently bought a 215w Sanyo high voltage panel to over come all of this. With a real mppt controller it will easily hold the battery charge where I want it when the fridge runs. Of course I wouldn't normally recommend that panel brand due to cost, I was lucky to find one second hand and never used.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:20 PM   #27
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Well the Panels came in Today and they are very nice!
I am happy aside from the fact that they have connectors on them that I don't have mating ones for.

It seems silly that the website would not mention this when ordering as it would have been an easy add-on sale at the time.
Now I have found them local and will not be spending the extra money with SolarBlvd and I don't have to wait for shipping.

Thanks for the link.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:27 PM   #28
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What type of connectors did they come with?
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