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Old 03-14-2015, 07:33 PM   #29
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Wow, 400 watts on a Casita, any pictures?
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:58 PM   #30
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You do not have LEDs? How big is the inverter? Yes, I would think you are only using 200.
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400 watts of solar on a Casita

2 - 50 watt and 3 - 100 watt. Sunshine makes me happy!
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:44 PM   #32
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Cathi,

Actually I have about 300 LEDs but I seldom turn them all on at once.

I have 2 inverters. 1 - 350 watt and the other is 1500 watts

The way I have the panels mounted they all don't get direct sunlight at the same time but like I said I don't have to worry about east, west, south orientation when I park. I usually get 15 - 20 amps on a sunny day. More than I need but every day isn't full sun and it is always easy to use electricity even on a cloudy day.
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Larry, 300 LEDs sounds as if you need 400 watts! (Not really.). You could even run a microwave with that 1500 inverter. It does have to be very convenient not to worry about which way you are oriented. Yes, we would like to see photos as to how you fit those watts up there, at least I assume they are up there since you said, "fixed." Sounds like a great system.
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I see they are up there but can't really see how. With A/C at the back? Then what are the panels around? I do see why you need so many watts though with the panels placed as they are.
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The panels are attached to an aluminum frame that is attached with VHB tape and rivets to the Casita. I have had lots of questions about aero dynamics and durability but we just returned from a 6000 mile trip and I did a close inspection that revealed no damage from travel and I didn't notice any difference in MPGs.
The design allows for air circulation around the panels (good thing for their efficiency) and now I can leave the roof vent open while traveling it is always in the shade and protected from the rain.
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