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Old 09-09-2015, 12:33 PM   #11
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The last place that I would purchase a SOLAR system is an RV dealer. Most of them have no clue as to what they are talking about when it comeS to batteries and or SOLAR.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:13 PM   #12
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Wanderer....let me point out here that Mustang65 probably designed the power grid for the space station.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:34 PM   #13
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Wanderer....let me point out here that Mustang65 probably designed the power grid for the space station.
LOL in tears!..

Unfortunately Zamp has the exclusives to selling thru the dealers currently, pretty hard to find elsewhere. Was kind of curious how Jayco decided on their plugs as standard? Would fall in line with the exclusivity.

I am in no way an expert on any of this, simply trying to educate myself and share what I can when I can in hopes of giving back and paying it forward.
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:22 PM   #14
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Think I may be trying to open a can I'm now where near ready for..haha. I'll just stick with a simple 2-5 amp solar battery maintainer. Anyone have a recommendation on that. I want one that actually monitors charge voltage, and shuts off, and trying to stay under $100.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:58 AM   #15
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Major first time RV'er here.... How much power would be required to dry camp for a day or so at a time? Obviously, running the A/C on solar, or anything less than 120V for that matter, isn't going to happen. But lights, water pump, ect. Honestly, I haven't taken delivery yet, and I'm not even sure what is 12V 120V and gas. I'm looking at solar battery maintainers, seems like a good investment, but going solar power is another level I assume.
I bought a 160 watt panel from solarblvd.com. (Look for them on ebay and you can save money on shipping). I got a charge controller, Z brackets and connectors from ebay. I used 12 gauge landscape wire from Lowes. I think my total cash outlay was less than $200.

I dry camped for two weeks with no problems. Two people showering every day, lights (all LED), occasional furnace, music--I didn't hold back at all. At this point, I left the panel on the ground and did not bother to move it as the sun moved.

Since then I have moved the panel to the camper roof. The ground thing is a pain in the butt and an easy target for jerks to steal. I then camped for four days in total shade; still no problems but it did not recover as quickly.

I hope I'm posting this in the right place; hope it helps!
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I bought a 160 watt panel from solarblvd.com. (Look for them on ebay and you can save money on shipping). I got a charge controller, Z brackets and connectors from ebay. I used 12 gauge landscape wire from Lowes. I think my total cash outlay was less than $200.

I dry camped for two weeks with no problems. Two people showering every day, lights (all LED), occasional furnace, music--I didn't hold back at all. At this point, I left the panel on the ground and did not bother to move it as the sun moved.

Since then I have moved the panel to the camper roof. The ground thing is a pain in the butt and an easy target for jerks to steal. I then camped for four days in total shade; still no problems but it did not recover as quickly.

I hope I'm posting this in the right place; hope it helps!
Well that's some handy information! So you are just running on the battery (batteries?) and letting the solar set up charge them? Guess what I'm asking is, where is your charge controller output connected?
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The charge controller output simply connects to the same wires that go to your battery. I have two batteries because I used to dry camp without the solar--they are hooked together in parallel. That way I could remove one for charging (wherever I could mooch some power) without interrupting things.

I now run off of one battery and keep the other one on standby in case something goes wrong.

Correction: The panel I bought was 140 watts, not 160.

You can put as big or as many panels as you have room for if you want. Don't exceed the input level of the controller.
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I will be looking into it for sure. Thanks.
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Use a bicycle cable lock to lock the solar panels to the RV.. That is usually enough to deter the punks of the world.
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I went a different route and I'm very happy with my system:

Renogy 400 Watt Off-Grid RV Solar Kit $ 819.99
Samlex PST-2000-12 2000 Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter $ 626.22
Samlex RC-200 Remote Control for PST-2000-12 Inverter $ 67.00
EPsolar MT50 Remote Solar Charge Controller Display $ 33.92
Go Power! TS-30 30 Amp Automatic Transfer Switch $ 79.99
Progressive Dynamics PD9280V Converter w/Charge Wizard $ 247.71
Universal Power Group 6V 200 AH UB62000 G27 Batteries (4) $ 879.80
Battery Failsafe Devices 12 Volt LCD Low Battery Alarm $ 64.00
1990 Blue Sea PowerBar 1000 - 8 3/8" Terminal Studs w/Cover $ 117.21
Blue Sea Systems 5191 Fuse Block Terminal 30-300 Amp (4) $ 84.24
Samlex 100 Amp Terminal Fuse (2) $ 54.28
Samlex 300 Amp Terminal Fuse (2) $ 54.28
Battery Disconnect Switch $ 29.97
Cable and Miscellaneous Parts $ 245.45
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