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Old 02-12-2020, 12:18 PM   #1
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Iím looking for some one in Arizona to install solar i on my 16ft casita. Any recommendations?
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:34 AM   #2
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Iím looking for some one in Arizona to install solar i on my 16ft casita. Any recommendations?
Renogy has 100w folding portable solar panel kits that would be easy for you to use. Park in the shade and put your panel out in the sun with 30' 10gauge copper wire. This works for lots of us. Any questions, let me know.
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Old 02-13-2020, 01:32 PM   #3
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Hi Bob, I’m also considering solar for my 16’ Casita. Did you get a solar inverter installed? (Think that’s what you call it.). Or do you connect panels directly to battery? That seems hard w battery kinda far inside the door on the Casita. Also how long can you dry camp w 100watts of solar? Being conservative w elec use, of course. I want to run my water pump and heater fan. Will use separate solar lights
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Old 02-13-2020, 01:39 PM   #4
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Discount Solar in Quartzsite has good reviews on Yelp.

I assume your use of the word install was deliberate and you’re looking for fixed panels? Either way, I’d suggest roaming the Casita forums about owners’ solutions for expanding battery capacity. If factory location only fits one battery, that’s going to be a limiting factor. I saw quite a few Casitas at the gathering last week running generators right next to their portable solar panels each morning. Even one with over 500w of solar panels...
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Old 02-13-2020, 02:29 PM   #5
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FYI – Jon Vermilye had a very reasonably priced solar charge controller (never installed) and battery monitor set at the Quartzsite meet swap meet. It was the Bogart kit with the Smart battery monitor that controls/optimizes the solar charger. That would be a great starting point he’s still got it. I’m very happy with mine.
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Unfortunately, or fortunately for me, it sold. I'm currently using a Victron monitor & controller.
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Big fan of the suitcase style portable panels.

1. No holes in my trailer.

2. Can keep the trailer in the shade and the panel in the sun.

3. Can move the panel to optimize performance.

4. In my case, I can use it on either of my two trailers, and I do.


Like others mentioned, I took a garage sale 100 foot 10G extension cord I acquired, and that cord is now 65 feet long. So I have a 10G 35 foot extension cord for my panel, that keeps it in the sun.
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:03 AM   #8
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I saw many of this type in quartzite. if you put on your rig then you will not be receiving the full benefit of the sun.

I saw guys with meters and that is how they spent their day aiming and reaiming their panels.

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Renogy has 100w folding portable solar panel kits that would be easy for you to use. Park in the shade and put your panel out in the sun with 30' 10gauge copper wire. This works for lots of us. Any questions, let me know.
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I saw many of this type in quartzite. if you put on your rig then you will not be receiving the full benefit of the sun.
True.

But if you size your system correctly to compensate for that, you have nothing to setup or aim (unless parked in shade) and receive a charge even while driving.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods. Which is ďbestĒ depends on individual needs, preferences, pocket book and/or abilities.
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100ft cable

bill do you still have your correct voltage with that kind of voltage drop at 100ft.

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Big fan of the suitcase style portable panels.

1. No holes in my trailer.

2. Can keep the trailer in the shade and the panel in the sun.

3. Can move the panel to optimize performance.

4. In my case, I can use it on either of my two trailers, and I do.


Like others mentioned, I took a garage sale 100 foot 10G extension cord I acquired, and that cord is now 65 feet long. So I have a 10G 35 foot extension cord for my panel, that keeps it in the sun.
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