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Old 09-30-2012, 07:09 AM   #1
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Okay I bought this older 1984 Scamp 19' last summer. I'm currently getting all my ducks in a row as to what I am going to do with it. I've decided to go ahead with the "systems" end of it prior to the cosmetics or comfort. I know I want a decent solar system but don't want to just throw away money so I'm soliciting advice. I will say I have read some stuff on here and I love what Peterh did with his solar panels incorporating them into the lines of his trailer. Can anyone point me in the direction of how he installed it? Also does anyone else have suggestions? From other systems I've had in the past I am partial to a fixed system that I don't have to take down and store. I know there are several advantages to a portable system but I'm getting lazy the older I get LOL!
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
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I like the idea of a dual panel system so I can have one fixed on the trailer and a 2nd that I can always have in direct sun,unlike where I want the trailer.

To me the ideal or dream system is one that I ca afford!
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:25 AM   #3
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I have an 80 watt system.

It is taped to the roof and is virtually invisible. It weighs only 5 lbs and requires no actions on my part other then occasionally wiping off the road dust. It has virtually no effect on the areodynamics of the rig since it's only a tenth of an inch thick.

No one will ever steal it because first they don't know it's there, you simply can not see it from the ground.

It takes up no storage space. Stored solar panels don't work while you're driving and on average we're driving every three days.

The only con is that you can't put it in the sun when parked in the shade. As well it's a little more expensive.

You can see it under modifications/Preparing a 1991 Scamp.

So far the panel has been adequate for our off line power needs.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:38 AM   #4
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:41 AM   #5
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Peterh did with his solar panels incorporating them into the lines of his trailer. Can anyone point me in the direction of how he installed it? !
There was a workshop a couple of years back at the Bandon meet explaining how its done. If you send Peter a PM through the forum and he may already have something written up on it.
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If you send Peter a PM through the forum and he may already have something written up on it.
Peter's Thread: New roof-mounted solar panel
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:37 PM   #7
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I noticed some pretty good deals at Solar Blvd.

Solar Cell, Solar Panel, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Charge Controller, Solar Trackers - Solar Cell, Solar Panel, Solar PV, Solar Products, Charge Controllers, Solar Trackers

I paid $130 for a 60 watt panel a few months ago, including shipping. Shipping on these panels would be about $20 for me.

This in spite of recent tariffs on Chinese panels.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:15 PM   #8
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Norm, what kind of panel do you have that is only 1/10 of an inch thick. Sounds pricey?
PS I always love reading about your and Ginny's exploits.
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Solar blvd is a nice site, I'm like a kid in a candy store. The only thing now is how much capacity is too much. I suppose I need to figure out what my most likely battery configuration is going to be and how much draw I will have each day. I also need a solar converter, any suggestions?
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Steve,

We have 80 watts and last year the price was $400 with free shipping.

I particularly like the fact that they do not effect the aerodynamics, require no holes except for the wires and weigh virtually nothing.

The only updating we're doing is to add a bigger RV style wet cell battery from Trojan.

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What has happened with Peter? I've noticed his abscence. I think I still owe him for a 3 way light switch. Hopefully that is not the reason for his silence. He only gave me initials. Don't think homeland security would like mail addressed to an initial unless it had an LTD or INC behind it.
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What has happened with Peter? I've noticed his abscence.
It hasn't been that long: Last Activity: 09-21-2012 09:46 PM It just seems that way.
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It hasn't been that long: Last Activity: 09-21-2012 09:46 PM It just seems that way.

I'd send him a PM, that way he'd get it in his email.
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Photos would be appreciated. Where did you mount? Wire is routed via??? controller is mounted where???
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