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Old 03-26-2016, 01:25 PM   #61
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Not seeing the pic of the tilt bars
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:40 PM   #62
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They should be there now.
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Old 03-26-2016, 05:49 PM   #63
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More pics....

Don and any other Tristar user: Is it normal to see the solar wattage needed by the battery, as opposed to the solar wattage instantaneously collected by the panel, on the remote meter display? Please see the first and last meter pics for reference.










Meter Display with essentially no load...





Diagnostic Solar Voltage...
The rated open circuit voltage for this Renogy 150W panel is 22.5V.





Diagnostic Battery Sense (essentially no load)...





Diagnostic Battery Voltage with essentially no load...





Meter Display with all lights on, fans and radio...


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Old 03-26-2016, 06:22 PM   #64
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Looks great! Nice job.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:03 PM   #65
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Thanks Jim! This has been a fun project so far. Since I have been measuring four times and cutting/drilling once, it has taken some time. That said, it is always satisfying to DIY and save for something else.

Some tips: I got the roof plans from Jayco before drilling any holes. And, I did manage to center the install of a couple of the L brackets into a rafter.

Cut two inch squares of Eternabond for each L bracket mounting point for added sealing and a layer of protection for the roofing material. To find the mark for each pilot hole in order to install each L bracket, place the panel where it will be mounted, press down at each mounting point, wait a few minutes and see the circular imprint of each hole of the L bracket. Mark the center of each circular imprint and drill each pilot hole.

The solar panel should be no closer than six inches from the edge of the roof. Draw, softly, a pencil line parallel to and six inches from the edge of the roof. Mark on this line a rough approximation of where the pilot holes are to be drilled and center a two inch square piece of Eternabond on these marks.

If using an extension ladder to climb onto the roof, place a couple layers of towels at the edge of the roof where the ladder will rest to avoid damage to the roofing material.

Use a 2' x 2' piece of plywood to help distribute your body weight across two rafters on the roof.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:39 PM   #66
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Excellent thread Sebring. When do you take her out for a boondocking shakedown?
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:01 PM   #67
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Excellent thread Sebring. When do you take her out for a boondocking shakedown?

Hopefully, we can get out late April to a dark sky site, possibly Cherry Springs, and set up the telescope. The other option is state forest camping with free permit.

I still have one more panel to install up front which will be a little tricky.
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Old 04-03-2016, 04:43 PM   #68
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I am working on a "how to" in transferring just the essentials to the RVing with SOLAR community on this forum.

Ideally, it will have a parts list for each stage of the install and a straightforward general overview of each stage as it pertains to installing a solar panel on an X23B.

If you haven't joined the RVing with SOLAR community yet, please do.
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I installed the second solar panel up front. I caught a break and did not need to shim. I will be posting pics of the wiring for the combiner box and some install tips.

I now have two 150W panels wired in parallel providing a total of 300W and regulated by a Morningstar Tristar 45 PWM charge controller.
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