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Old 02-11-2015, 07:39 PM   #1
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Thinking about some solar power

Hello friends,

With the declining Canadian dollar I want to do more off grid camping next summer while in the U.S.

I have a nice generator, but want to add a bit of solar, to keep the batteries topped off.

Has anyone tried this product? Lots of good reviews on Amazon. Any other suggestions for some good introductory solar product. Thanks in advance

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http://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Foldabl...275486-5816653
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:17 AM   #2
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We picked this up this winter. http://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B009MIP...&pi=SX200_QL40 . I have not tried them yet, but the Renogy look good too. In a day you could get 45 to 50 amps recovered.
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:52 AM   #3
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They all look good but my question is you are out camping. So during the day you are out and about exploring. You leave the panels out in the sun and when you get back, you are no longer charging because someone else is now the owner of the panels.
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I am getting 2 chains to attach mine to the frame if the trailer.
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Old 02-12-2015, 09:27 AM   #5
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Two summers ago I boondocked from mid May until mid October. For solar panels I just picked up the cheap set up from Harbor Freight.

I found a coupon and got the set for $139. http://www.harborfreight.com/45-watt...8751-8527.html

That set is more than enough to recharge a single rv battery. I actually had three batteries in a chain so I could store more energy.

I am getting a much smaller camper to take on the road this year and plan on mounting solar panels to the roof. (Attached, out of sight and out of mind).

When you are using solar power you are limited as to what appliances you should and should NOT run. Usually, the use of your microwave is out because most affordable converters are not suited to the type of power a microwave draws.

Anyway, I switch most of my lights over to LEDs and purchased 12v Fans for cooling the camper off. http://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-121.../dp/B0066CP786

It is very do-able but there is a lot to learn if you want to heavily rely on it. Simple lights and fans, no problem.

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We had ours mounted on the roof - not always in the sun, but work enough to keep 2 - 6 volts happy.
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Even though I was stationary (not moving my camper) I felt that I needed to get them up out of harms way. I did not want any of them broken by a wayward ball or a stone from a lawnmower.
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Well the ones you are looking at I say stake them down so the wind does not take them and lock them down so light fingered Louis does not take them..
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We picked this up this winter. http://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B009MIP...&pi=SX200_QL40 . I have not tried them yet, but the Renogy look good too. In a day you could get 45 to 50 amps recovered.
Way over priced... You can get much better for less money...
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It is alot on how you like to camp off the power grid.

Back in the TENT CAMPING days just using flashlights and candles seemd to be all we wanted to do to.

Today camping with all of the 120VAC and 12VDC appliances it is a different style of camping.

In our case we will draw around 22 AMPs DC Current from our three 12VDC Interstate batteries (255AHs total) from 6PM to 11PM each evening which will run them down to their 50% charge state by 8AM the next morning. This allows us to do almost the same thing we do at regular camp sites with electric hookup with the exception of NO AIR CONDITIONING or HIGH WATTAGE MICROWAVE. Everything else is used to a degree. When the temps is cold the PROPANE HEATER 12VDC Fan becomes a problem with it pulling 6-8AMPS DC all night long...

Usually where we camp we are only allowed to use Generator from 8AM to 8PM and most of the time from 8AM to 10AM and then again 4:30PM to 7:30PM. Currently we can re-charge our 255AH 50% charge state batteries using our shore power cable direclty connected to the generator 120VAC. This will re-charge our 255AH battery bank back up to the 90% charge state so we can do this syle of camping all over again.

Adding SOLAR PANELs for us is just going to be to reduce the run time time of our generator set. I will need to get a good solid 17-20AMPS of DC CUREENT for each of my three batteries to get a quick re-charge using SMART MODE charging of my on-board PD9260C 60AMP COnverter/charger. It will take several 120WATT Panels to produce the 14.4VDC @ 20AMPS per battery to accomplish this re-charge plan.

Each 120WATT SOLAR panel will only produce 14.4VDC from its solar charger unit at 5-6AMPS when in high sun. Three 120WATT SOLAR PANELS will give me 15-18AMPS of DC CURRENT when in high sun. I will not be able to re-charge my 255AH battery in a quick three hour charge time and it may not even get me charged back up to the 90% charge state when I run out of high sun.

My way to get aorund this problem will be to run my generator at 8AM for about an hour to get past the high current demand starting at 53AMPS DC and slowly dropping back to around 8AMPS as the batteries start taking on their charge state. After that I can safley turn off the generator and let the three 120WATT SOLAR PANELs provide the smaller charge rate until the high sun goes away.

In my circumstances I cannot start each day/night run off my batteries unless I am am charged up to at least a 90% charge state.

Just passing all this along to show you that you just can't show up with solar panels and be somewhat successful about camping all day/night off the batteries without some good planning.

I'm pretty sure you will want to use some of your 120VAC and 12VDC appliances when camping off the power grid and not just use flashing and candles like we all did back in the TENT camping days.

Just some of my pre-planning for adding SOLAR PANELS soon for my OFF-ROAD POPUP camper.

I am planning on two120WATT SOLAR PANELS on the front part of my roof with a larger 240WATT SOLAR PANEL on the rear of my POPUP trailer roof.

Will look much like these google images




I will use ALUMINUM UNISTRUT sections to mount the solar panels on the POPUP roof


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