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Old 03-30-2015, 05:57 PM   #21
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:03 PM   #22
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One more pic.

So we're going to see how the 60 degree brackets go on the air deflector. We have 45 degree brackets as well if we need to change.
For the battery box, I ran a small vent (forgot pic, will post) off the back and an intake vent just behind the mudflap on the floor of the shell. Need to run a seal around the box edge yet.
I still need to do some finish work and staining on the cabinet door trim, no big hurry right now.
Also got a new 110 plug installed in place where the old power cable pulled out (forgot that pic as well).
Everything works great! We take it out in two weekends to do a real test and see how everything holds up.
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:13 PM   #23
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You folks did a very nice job. It's nice to see the end result after all the planning. Thanks for sharing. Raz
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Old 04-03-2015, 04:14 PM   #24
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Hey Andy, the install looks awesome.


On a side note.......what did you use on the exterior of the trailer for the shine?
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:05 PM   #25
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Nice job Andy! I really like the roof rack system.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:29 PM   #26
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Thanks everyone! Clayton, we used Zep sealer and then Zep polish. We bought a gallon of each and put on several coats of each. First time using it so I'm curious as to how long it holds it's shine.
Here are a few more photos including the intake and exhaust vent for the battery box and the 110 power inlet that we installed in place of the old pull out cord.
We're going to finish up the small details this weekend, troubleshoot the 12v on the fridge then drop it off to a local welder on Monday to have the old 1 7/8" coupler removed and putting on a new 2" with a center jack mount. We're going to install "The Ultimate Jack" and have the old jack removed. Then the next weekend we'll be heading west to Fruita for another mountain bike trip.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:32 PM   #27
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:40 AM   #28
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Why o you need the fancy MPPT controller for just 2 panels? just curious. I thought the the MPPT controller are best for large arrays and over 12 volt ish panels.

I have tripod mounted these two old ARCO panels with a 10 amp PWM and they do fine.Click image for larger version

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Old 04-06-2015, 11:47 AM   #29
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Great project tho.... not to minimize the detail and level of effort you have put into it. WOW.


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Old 04-06-2015, 12:08 PM   #30
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Thanks Garbonz! Its probably best if our friend that engineered the whole project answer that one for you. I won't be of much help.


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Old 04-06-2015, 12:21 PM   #31
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Garbonz, even on a single 12V panel, the MPPT will find the more efficient balance of voltage and current to maximize power because nominal 12V panels can have a higher functional voltage (e.g. 18V). It's true that very small power setups will benefit less in comparison to cost, but that's below about 150W. This is a 320W setup and there will be a noticeable difference versus a PWM.

In addition, this particular setup has the ability to get auxiliary power via a 24VDC power supply (transforming 110VAC external plug-in power). Given that this controller has auto-recognition for 24V or 12V, it can switchover to taking 24V input and run all the same 12V loads (and/or recharge the batteries) in the event they can't or don't want to use the PVs.
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:31 AM   #33
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Love the snow covered mountains seen in the distance. If you removed the heater for this solar install, what are you doing for heat?
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:10 AM   #34
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Love the snow covered mountains seen in the distance. If you removed the heater for this solar install, what are you doing for heat?

We have a small Mr. Buddy (I think that's the name) heater that we'll run for maybe 10 minutes before bed if needed on the early spring trips.


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