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Old 03-10-2015, 10:02 AM   #11
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Solar is great but for a decent system you will be looking at about 5 grand. My system has paid for itself in 5 years time.
A fan blowing over ice will add humidity to your RV not a good thing. I suggest you look at Fantastic roof vent fans to pull the hot air out.. and only open windows on the shaded side of your RV usually this will be from under the awning.. I keep mine very comfortable this way..
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:11 PM   #12
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I don't agree with some of the numbers here for a solar install. Last summer I installed two 158W panels on my 2010 25RKS, along with charge controller and a small inverter for about $1000. I can run lights (all converted to LED), run the water pump, charge phones, and watch the TV. The fridge runs on propane. On an 11 day outing on the Oregon coast last summer we had an assortment of sunny, cloudy, foggy, and rainy days, and my site didn't get much sun until about noon each day. My two existing 12v batteries were fully charged (as in 100%) every day by 4pm. My setup will not run the microwave or a toaster or a hair dryer. To do that, I would probably need an additional 150w panel, a larger inverter, and beef up the batteries. Maybe an additional $1000. Nowhere near the $5000-10,000 mentioned above, but that's with me doing the labor. I agree with the others that you wouldn't want to try to build a solar system that would run your A/C.

I always recommend that folks read Handy Bob's blog if they are thinking about solar. I did and my install is much better than if I hadn't. Read here: https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/...ging-puzzle-2/
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With all due respect, you have a 300 watt system for a 10 day vacation. The op is attempting to full time with hers. It's pathetic, but most of us will require a LOT more power than 300 watts will provide... especially for full time use.

You can buy a 2000 watt generator for the same price and get much more power...
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With all due respect, you have a 300 watt system for a 10 day vacation. The op is attempting to full time with hers. It's pathetic, but most of us will require a LOT more power than 300 watts will provide... especially for full time use.

You can buy a 2000 watt generator for the same price and get much more power...
If you go to Handybob's blog you will see that he full timed for about 8 years on around 600W of solar. As Waynen mentioned adding an additional 300 watts to his system is two panels and a couple of batteries.....~$1000.

So for $2000 you could have enough power to run almost anything you want short of the AC and you don't have the noise and stink of a generator.
What would you spend on fuel for the generator? $10 a day? $5?
That would be $450 to $900 for a three month stay on top of the cost of the generator.

Solar is not going to cost $5-10k for enough energy to full time.

Trojan T105 @ $125 x 4 batteries = $500
Trimetric TM-2025-RV Battery Monitor System = $152
SolarWorld Sunmodule 315 Watt Monocrystalline Panel x2 = $660
TriStar MPPT 30A Charge Control = $412
Exeltech XP1100 12-volt 1100 watt sine wave inverter = $568.35
Wiring and other misc ?? = $200

Total = $2500

Could be a little less or more depending on what you choose and what you want to run. The inverter is a big chunk of change if you want something more powerful. My point is that the cost is not much more than a quiet generator.

A 3000Watt Honda inverter generator is about $2000.
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If you go to Handybob's blog you will see that he full timed for about 8 years on around 600W of solar. As Waynen mentioned adding an additional 300 watts to his system is two panels and a couple of batteries.....~$1000.

So for $2000 you could have enough power to run almost anything you want short of the AC and you don't have the noise and stink of a generator.
What would you spend on fuel for the generator? $10 a day? $5?
That would be $450 to $900 for a three month stay on top of the cost of the generator.

Solar is not going to cost $5-10k for enough energy to full time.

Trojan T105 @ $125 x 4 batteries = $500
Trimetric TM-2025-RV Battery Monitor System = $152
SolarWorld Sunmodule 315 Watt Monocrystalline Panel x2 = $660
TriStar MPPT 30A Charge Control = $412
Exeltech XP1100 12-volt 1100 watt sine wave inverter = $568.35
Wiring and other misc ?? = $200

Total = $2500

Could be a little less or more depending on what you choose and what you want to run. The inverter is a big chunk of change if you want something more powerful. My point is that the cost is not much more than a quiet generator.

A 3000Watt Honda inverter generator is about $2000.
I agree with subaru297, as long as you can do the labor yourself, and shop around for the best deals on equipment, $2500.00 will build you a very nice solar system. Then if you figure another $790.00 for a champion 3100 watt inverter generator for the days you need extra power for a/c etc. then you have everything you need for under 3 grand. As far as $10,000 for a system is concerned, im not sure where these numbers are coming from.
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