If you have solar. I could use some help. - Page 4 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-15-2012, 07:02 AM   #43
Senior Member
 
Kevin K's Avatar
 
Name: Kevin K
Trailer: 17' Casita
Mpls,Minnesota
Posts: 3,052
Registry
Carol H
Have any photos?
__________________

__________________
Kevin K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 10:52 AM   #44
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Kevin here you go.

Photo of the case & stand - just two pieces of foam the panel came in covered in nylon and large Velcro tabs on both sides to keep it closed & a pouch on the outside to hold the wire and the portable stand made of PVC. I only glued certain parts of the stand together as it was made to be able to put the panel sitting straight up or horizontally - needed to keep a few pieces of PVC removable in order to do that - also wanted to be able to adjust the angle it sits at. All the PVC pieces fit into the pouch at the front of the case when not in use.

I also put 4 bungee cords with clips through holes on the 4 sides of the panel frame that stay on it and I use those to secure the panel to the frame.

Also photo of the hardware used & photo of the panel in its home in the trailer when traveling - two bungee cords with a clip on one end. I put small ss acorn nuts on the end of the screw were it went through the wall into the bathroom. The front bunks can be put up & used with the panel sitting in its storage spot.
Attached Thumbnails
Small solar case.jpg   Small Bugee cords in use.jpg  

Small solar stand.jpg   small_DSC0035.jpg  

__________________

Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 12:14 PM   #45
Senior Member
 
Kevin K's Avatar
 
Name: Kevin K
Trailer: 17' Casita
Mpls,Minnesota
Posts: 3,052
Registry
Nice work, I will have to keep this in mind.
__________________
Kevin K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 12:25 PM   #46
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Kevin you can make your solar install easy or as complicated as you want it to be. I went with simple. I installed my solar controller inside a water tight box attached to the battery box & it's always connected to the battery - just have to plug the panel into the controller. Use a simple cheap $15 12V plug in for my battery monitor - tells me everything I need to know which is: do I need to plug the solar in and when it is plugged in is it replenishing the battery. :-)
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 02:00 PM   #47
Moderator
 
Name: RogerDat
Trailer: 77 Scamp 13
Michigan
Posts: 3,081
Quote:
Originally Posted by Carol H View Post
Kevin you can make your solar install easy or as complicated as you want it to be. I went with simple. I installed my solar controller inside a water tight box attached to the battery box & it's always connected to the battery - just have to plug the panel into the controller. Use a simple cheap $15 12V plug in for my battery monitor - tells me everything I need to know which is: do I need to plug the solar in and when it is plugged in is it replenishing the battery. :-)
KISS at work. Keep It Simple Silly! It works better that way.

What do you use for wire between panel and controller? And what type of connectors MC4's or....
__________________
RogerDat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 02:11 PM   #48
Senior Member
 
Kevin K's Avatar
 
Name: Kevin K
Trailer: 17' Casita
Mpls,Minnesota
Posts: 3,052
Registry
What type of plug from solar to controller?
__________________
Kevin K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #49
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Kevin my set up is that simple I have no idea. The panel came with the wire attached to it & a number of connections for the plug in depending on the controller you purchased separate needed. I bought a Sunforce controller & it took the plug that was on the panel already. Type of plug good question will have to Google to see the different plugs to figure it out. As I said its simple never had to know any details only that it works :-)
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 03:13 PM   #50
Senior Member
 
Kevin K's Avatar
 
Name: Kevin K
Trailer: 17' Casita
Mpls,Minnesota
Posts: 3,052
Registry
Think of using a 10-2 wire extension cord. Cut in half with 2 of the bare wires going to solar panel and the other 2 bare wires hooked to controller.
Click image for larger version

Name:	controller.JPG
Views:	10
Size:	9.8 KB
ID:	47930
__________________
Kevin K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 04:39 PM   #51
Senior Member
 
Name: George
Trailer: Waiting for the Sprinter van and designing the converion modules.
Oregon
Posts: 629
Solar blvd.

100W for $149
100 Watt 12 Volt Panels Are Back!

George.
__________________
GeorgeR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 04:45 PM   #52
Moderator
 
Name: RogerDat
Trailer: 77 Scamp 13
Michigan
Posts: 3,081
Those panels have a 3' lead ending in an MC4 connector. You probably void the panel warranty if you cut the connectors off it comes with.

Big box store sells 10-2 underground cable at approx 90 cents/ foot. So $25 for 25ft long lead. Extension cord in 10 ga I expect will have an extra ground wire. underground wire is pretty nice stuff, tough but flexible. My favorite extension cord is 10-3 underground cable left over from a pool wiring job.

You might look at these connectors as part of your solution.
http://www.amazon.com/GAUGE-PIN-QUICK-DISCONNECT-HARNESS/dp/B0057ZQJ12/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

In the reviews second or third down solar user.

You might want to have these to connect your wires to theirs. Protect that warranty.
http://www.amazon.com/HQRP-Connector-female-Photovoltaic-Coaster/dp/B004N70DKI

Panel MC4 -> MC4 on pigtail of quick connect -> other side of quick connect on long wire -> other end of long wire bare wire to controller.

Your essentially making an adapter that goes MC4 to quick connect. For $3 more you could put a quick connect on the other end of long extension wire with the other side connected to controller.

Quick disconnect panel, quick disconnect controller and coil the wire in between for storage.

Some of the controllers wire is inserted into hole and a flat bottom screw is tightened down on it, like a circut breaker in the home wiring. Or they have regular screws that you can wrap wire around and tighten screw. (you should put a terminal lug on wire to put the screw through but....)
__________________
RogerDat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 05:00 PM   #53
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin K View Post
What type of plug from solar to controller?
Just took a look and its an MC4 - The wires from the MC4 connection go into holes at the bottom of the controller are screw mounted to the controller.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2012, 02:58 PM   #54
Senior Member
 
Kevin K's Avatar
 
Name: Kevin K
Trailer: 17' Casita
Mpls,Minnesota
Posts: 3,052
Registry
I plan on mounting my solar panel, inside, at a slant, in the back window, collecting the sun's rays. When I pull into a camping spot, I will set it up out side if the sun is shining.
__________________
Kevin K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2012, 03:06 PM   #55
Senior Member
 
Thomas G.'s Avatar
 
Name: Kinga DeRode
Trailer: For Sale Or Rent
Rooms to Let 50 Cents
Posts: 5,103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin K View Post
I plan on mounting my solar panel, inside, at a slant, in the back window, collecting the sun's rays. When I pull into a camping spot, I will set it up out side if the sun is shining.
Clever idea. Someone else mentioned using one (with a cover) as a gravel guard / awning.
__________________
UHaul and Burro owners, join the UHaul Campers on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/529276933859491/
Thomas G. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2012, 05:23 PM   #56
Senior Member
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Name: jim
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape19 Prairie Schooner pulled by 2014 Dodge Ram Hemi Sport
Pennsylvania
Posts: 6,398
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin K View Post
I plan on mounting my solar panel, inside, at a slant, in the back window, collecting the sun's rays. When I pull into a camping spot, I will set it up out side if the sun is shining.
why not on front gravel guard??
__________________

__________________
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
solar


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Solar ???? kirkman Modifications, Alterations and Updates 26 06-08-2012 05:28 PM
What does one do with a solar Lizbeth General Chat 8 05-31-2009 12:36 AM
SOLAR D Tharp Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 2 06-25-2007 06:10 PM
Why go Solar Bigfoot Mike General Chat 10 04-18-2006 01:11 PM
Solar jasoncarder Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 2 02-22-2006 10:19 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.