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Thomas G. 09-20-2013 07:37 PM

140 watt solar panel for $140
 
Wow, I paid this much for a 60 watt panel a year ago.

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Byron Kinnaman 09-20-2013 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Thomas G. (Post 419503)

A $1.00 per watt is pretty good. The size leave a bit to be desired. Dimensions (inches): 59.00 x 26.50 x 1.25
Weight: 30 pounds

For me 140 Watts is bit overkill. I think my 65 Watt is almost too big. Bigger sometimes isn't better.

This is more like it.
60 Watts for $87.00 and a nice form factor, and weight.

Thomas G. 09-20-2013 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron Kinnaman (Post 419508)
A $1.00 per watt is pretty good. The size leave a bit to be desired. Dimensions (inches): 59.00 x 26.50 x 1.25
Weight: 30 pounds

For me 140 Watts is bit overkill. I think my 65 Watt is almost too big. Bigger sometimes isn't better.

This is more like it.
60 Watts form $87.00 and a nice form factor, and weight.

Buy a couple and you can replace your canopy. :loltu

itlives 09-20-2013 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Thomas G. (Post 419509)
Buy a couple and you can replace your canopy. :loltu

There is an advantage to splitting the available amps/watts. I have 189W (in full sun) but that is between two panels. One panel is 125W the other, 64W.
When parked at home, I only have the smaller panel extended to keep the batteries topped off.

Byron Kinnaman 09-20-2013 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Thomas G. (Post 419509)
Buy a couple and you can replace your canopy. :loltu

Two of the 140 Watt guys would cover the roof of the canopy or come close to it. :D

Byron Kinnaman 09-20-2013 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by itlives (Post 419524)
There is an advantage to splitting the available amps/watts. I have 189W (in full sun) but that is between two panels. One panel is 125W the other, 64W.
When parked at home, I only have the smaller panel extended to keep the batteries topped off.

And you really believe you need that much for that little trillium?
I could probably do just as well with 45 Watts. The 65 Watts is a nice small bit of over kill, 189 Watts I could power at least 3 trailers with that.

Uhaul used a 5 Watt to keep the battery topped off.

itlives 09-21-2013 07:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Byron Kinnaman (Post 419533)
And you really believe you need that much for that little trillium?
I could probably do just as well with 45 Watts. The 65 Watts is a nice small bit of over kill, 189 Watts I could power at least 3 trailers with that.

Uhaul used a 5 Watt to keep the battery topped off.

Yeah, I use a bit more power than most. My fridge is an 85 quart Whynter. It uses 5A when running. I like to watch movies on my Naxa 14" HD. and I also have a powered antenna that uses a small converter. The main thing is to be weighed and measured not be found wanting - lol!
And I have shade on all sides of the camper -
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/attachme...916b0d7441.jpg
I just strap them down when towing-
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/attachme...a1923da9a8.jpg

Mary F 09-21-2013 07:45 AM

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Originally Posted by itlives (Post 419557)
I just strap them down when towing-
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/attachme...a1923da9a8.jpg

How are they attached? I like your installation!

itlives 09-21-2013 08:18 AM

Thanks Mary! These installs go a lot easier if you're not afraid to make holes in your camper! The side one is the one I did first (live and learn). It's just attached with two door hinges. I cut an adjustable tent pole down to fit. I prop it up with the tent pole (that's still adjustable to go up and down with the sun).
The one in the back is the betterer install. It's on these hinges which have three different positions. Can't remember where I found them online but could re-find if someone wants.
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/attachme...0bd45c1354.jpg

jwcolby54 09-21-2013 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Byron Kinnaman (Post 419508)
For me 140 Watts is bit overkill. I think my 65 Watt is almost too big. Bigger sometimes isn't better.

I'll take two. That would just about cover the front of my rig.
:-)


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