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Old 07-02-2016, 06:54 PM   #1
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Solar is happening

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400w Renogy system showing up in 4 days. Hopefully this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:24 AM   #2
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Here, let's try this. Sorry , new guy learning forum
Test fit went well. I'll be mounting the box today and begining to get all the wiring connected. It took forever to find a box to fit 4-6v batteries that wasn't going to cost me a fortune. My goal is to have battery bank completed so when the panels show up Wednesday I can be that much closer to complete.
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:16 AM   #3
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Welcome to SOLAR... Once you start you are hooked. Sounds like a nice system you are putting together. What batteries did you get? Ah?

Don't forget to put some air vent holes in the box and a few drain holes in the bottom... If you get a chance can you document your installation with pictures and post them on the RVing with SOLAR Social Group (I believe you were the 99th member to join). A parts list would be a nice post, step by step documentation and a schematic of the install, so would be SOLAR purchasers can see what is involved.

In the RVing with SOLAR Social Group there is a post on the proper way to hook up batteries to get the most out of them.. also interesting reading.

Good Luck in setting up your system... if you need any information just yell

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Old 07-03-2016, 09:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input! I'll definitely make this a running thread. I tried to start a duplicate one in our solar group but the add picture option wasn't available over there? Additional options didn't have the manage attachments button to add pictures to my post?
I figure it's the least I can do for all the help I've gotten from others posts in the short time I've been a member.
I went with the Duracell 215ah 6v batteries. After literally days of trying to find the correct box to house the bank I found the tongue box at Harbor Freight. It fits like it was made for my trailer and was only $68 compared to the hundreds of dollars I was seeing elsewhere. Sure, it's not a heavy duty beast, but it's metal, locks and fit these so well you honestly can barely get a sheet of paper between them they fit so tight
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:41 AM   #5
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Don't forget to add an extra 240 lbs to your tongue weight for the batteries.. minus the original batteries weight. Not sure as to how much the battery box weighs. All numbers that need your attention.

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Like Mustang said, one you start you're hooked.
I started with a single 260w panel two weeks ago...now I'm putting another 260 up.
Then I'll get more batteries..then upgrade the controller. Get a moniter panel. Maybe do some wire changes.......yep hooked.
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Old 07-04-2016, 03:40 PM   #7
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Ok, started building the box now that I know batteries fit. First thing was to add a weatherproof wire box to the back for the trailer wires to access battery bank.
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Old 07-04-2016, 03:44 PM   #8
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Then I cut up a fatigue mat to line the bottom of box to cushion batteries and provide a nice base for them to sit on.
Just built a "tray" to support box better on trailer tongue and waiting for paint to dry.
Sorry for the multiple posts. I took many more pictures but when I try to post them with captions in one post it only shows one picture when I post it. I browse pictures, upload them all, select submit post, and one picture shows up....frustrating...
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Ok supports welded to frame and box mounted to trailer. Trailer is wired into new battery bank and working like a champ. Can't wait for solar panels to show up and finish this install.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:47 PM   #10
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Nice and sleek like I was made to be there. Got so lucky on this fit!
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