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Old 05-31-2015, 03:20 PM   #1
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Solar tax credit

I added a 320 WATT Solar system to my Oliver this year. The IRS information on Energy credits says there is a 30% tax credit available if this is for my residence, which for me it is for part of the year. Any tax experts here who have an opinion as to whether an RV qualifies for the tax credit?


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Old 05-31-2015, 06:11 PM   #2
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I won't claim to be an expert, but I seem to recall reading something a couple of years ago in Publication 17 about self-contained RVs qualifying as a second residence. You might get a copy of the publication (available online at irs.gov) and check that section.
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:43 PM   #3
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I believe that the "second home" or "vacation home" test requires that there is a bathroom. Years ago I had a motor yacht which qualified as a second home under IRS rules. I don't know if the rules have changed now.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:35 AM   #4
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320 Watts? Holy Cow. Can you really use all that?

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Old 06-01-2015, 01:08 PM   #5
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Is 320 a lot? That is the factory option from Oliver Travel Trailer Company. Don't know but I guess time will tell. We have 4 Trojan T 105 batteries with 450 AH. Will be doing some extended dry camping this Summer so we will get to know our batteries better then.


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Old 06-01-2015, 01:19 PM   #6
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Sounds like Olivers are on a different plane electrically. I'm more familiar with Casitas which come with a single battery, and a small percentage of owners, mostly boondockers add a second battery.
I don't recall hearing any Casita owners who felt the need for more than 100 watts of solar.

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Old 06-01-2015, 02:11 PM   #7
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It takes a lot of energy to power the slide-outs ya just gotta love Ollies . . .
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It takes a lot of energy to power the slide-outs ya just gotta love Ollies . . .
Or more to the point, the motorized stabilizing/leveling jacks at all 4 corners and motorized tongue jack.
Yep, I'm beginning to get it.

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Old 06-01-2015, 02:36 PM   #9
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No slides on Ollie but the electric jacks are great. In reality the Oliver is very efficient. All lights are led. TV is 12 or 120 volt. I bought the inverter for microwave, induction cooktop, and hair dryer.

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I'm not about to knock the Oliver, a great trailer.
About efficiency, that depends on your definition (of what is is?)
In terms of the trailer battery, my arm is infinitely more efficient than the motorized jacks. Just a different perspective. And regarding LEDs,it's now possible to switch out all bulbs on a Casita for well under $50.
But the fact that Oliver installs 4 batteries and 320 Watts solar, even with LEDs, shows it's in a whole different category electrically than Casitas, Scamps, etc.
I don't say that's bad any more than I say Airstreams are bad. Just that in some ways they are in a whole different category, electrically, efficiency, and cost-wise.
I might be tempted to say the Oliver is an Airstream in fiberglass clothing.

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Yep.
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Yes, we do have three point, powered leveling positions on the Ollies that consume energy on initial setup. The nice thing about trumpetguy's double 160W panel system and bazzillion amp hour is he can go deep into the forest, under a thick canopy of trees and not need to run a generator for a long time, or maybe not at all because the panels can collect energy in dappled light.

It might not be a big enough system to heat up his jacuzzi, though
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It might not be a big enough system to heat up his jacuzzi, though
Yeah, but he's in Florida. It doesn't need heating.
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I've yet to see my batteries deplete at all - the solar easily keeps up with usage. If you don't need the air conditioning, you really don't need a 110v hookup at all in an Oliver.
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