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Old 12-03-2015, 10:19 AM   #11
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A suggestion for testing before installation. Connect everything on the ground in series and hook to batteries and see what kind of output you get. Then shade the panels partially and see what happens to output. Do same in parallel and then decide which way to install them.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:39 AM   #12
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That's another good idea... Thanks
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Old 12-03-2015, 03:09 PM   #13
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A suggestion for testing before installation. Connect everything on the ground in series and hook to batteries and see what kind of output you get. Then shade the panels partially and see what happens to output. Do same in parallel and then decide which way to install them.
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The output of the shaded panel is what you will get for the entire system, if the panels are wired in series.
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Now I'm second guessing myself. I liked the nearly non-existent loss on the wire with the high voltage, but likely isn't worth the hit from running them in series. If the amount of the #8 i have to use is under 10' I'll likely just run them in parallel and deal with the 0.5% loss.

Can anyone confirm where the factory cables terminate inside the trailer?
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Old 12-03-2015, 03:51 PM   #15
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29BHDS solar

Some boxes are starting to arrive this week... Got a good deal from iMarine on this. It showed out of stock so I called them. They actually just have this model drop shipped and it came within a few days.

MMS1012 that will be hardwired with a sub panel for the trailer AC outlets.

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If you can purchase another panel, you can run them in Series/Parallel. This way you are only losing up to half of your total, providing 2 panels are in the sun when the other 1 or 2 are shaded.
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Now I'm second guessing myself. I liked the nearly non-existent loss on the wire with the high voltage, but likely isn't worth the hit from running them in series. If the amount of the #8 i have to use is under 10' I'll likely just run them in parallel and deal with the 0.5% loss.

Can anyone confirm where the factory cables terminate inside the trailer?
From what I've been reading, you want to keep loss less than 2%. I don't think I'd be fretting over the difference between 0.5% and your other number.

From what I understand the wires will terminate behind the white panel in the basement storage. Not sure if it is on the battery side or other side. Don't have one yet, so cannot confirm for you.

The other guys suggestion about 4 panels paralleled in two groups is an interesting thought.
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:03 AM   #18
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29BHDS solar

My solar controller showed up yesterday. Morningstar Tristar TS-MPPT-60. Sure hoping to get a VIN on the trailer this week...

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Here is my Morningstar MPPT 60 installed.

Now the FUN part begins.. have fun

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VERY nice install. Hoping mine looks similar...
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