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Old 12-28-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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As promised a long time ago, aint procrastination great, here are some photos of my solar system.. 515 watts of solar panels, 660 amp hours of Trojan batteries, a solar boost 45 amp charge controller, and a Magnum Energy 2000/4000 surge mod. sinewave inverter. I called and talked to Jayco before adding the batteries to the A frame... they said it should be ok. Sorry for the not upright photos I had them turned but for some reason they wont stay that way...
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:37 PM   #2
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As a foot note I have been on solar only .. since Oct 19 and will not be near a campground or power hookups till mid April... I watch TV at night for several hours, surf the web, use the microwave, treat it just like my home. This is my 3rd winter on solar power... and the winter before that I was only down here for 5 weeks... to get it installed and see if I liked the life style.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:53 PM   #3
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Nice setup Seann. A real plus to be able to make your own power, anywhere, for free.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:29 PM   #4
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As a foot note I have been on solar only .. since Oct 19 and will not be near a campground or power hookups till mid April... I watch TV at night for several hours, surf the web, use the microwave, treat it just like my home. This is my 3rd winter on solar power... and the winter before that I was only down here for 5 weeks... to get it installed and see if I liked the life style.
Seann,

That is a pretty impressive setup you have there. I'd love to see a wiring diagram (schematic) if you happen to have one for your system. :hihi:
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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Nice setup. Going down the road are the panels flush with the roof. Can the panels be tilted the other way just in case you can't get a space where the door is facing south. I had 4 panels at our other house [64 watts apiece, with 15 each 12 volt batterys and a 380 watt wind generator, with a 2500 watt inverter.] we only went down there for the weekends and it worked out really good. Nice job Ernie
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:39 PM   #6
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We installed solar 6 months after purchasing our 2010 Nomad TT to keep the batteries up when we dry camp.

Another reason was when in storage and want to hookup I can count on power being there to operate our electric tongue jack.

Had problems with both of the above in the past but not now.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:42 AM   #7
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Seann,

That is a pretty impressive setup you have there. I'd love to see a wiring diagram (schematic) if you happen to have one for your system. :hihi:
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:28 AM   #8
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Serious system

That is one serious system! Nice. I have been ienvestigating a smaller capacity system for long weekneds in rural AZ. 2 batteris ~ 135 watts of solar,,, Mounting the pannells on a new roof seems risky while its still under waranty....
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Nice setup. Going down the road are the panels flush with the roof. Can the panels be tilted the other way just in case you can't get a space where the door is facing south. I had 4 panels at our other house [64 watts apiece, with 15 each 12 volt batterys and a 380 watt wind generator, with a 2500 watt inverter.] we only went down there for the weekends and it worked out really good. Nice job Ernie
I was having the same thought - can you adjust the tilt or angle to maximize the sun depending on the season or direction the trailer is facing.

I know if you have to ask you cant afford it - but about how much do you have invested in your system?
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Panels can tilt either way... the lead one is down only to get the morning sun...
The panels were (re)installed by the selling dealer at the time of purchase... they moved them over from the old trailer... (and did a very poor job of it)
wiring diagram sorry ... but the panels go down to the charge controller, then into the batteries. 3 pairs of 6 volt Trojans, the Pos lead goes into the N battery and neg lead goes into the S battery coming out to go to the inverter the pos comes out the S battery and the neg comes out the N battery. this forces current to go through all the batteries. The inverter is whole house style.. Unfortunately I had to drill 3 holes in the floor for the cables. all 3 were then plugged with expanding foam insulation and then from the outside sprayed with truck box liner material. . 1ga copper wire was used from the junction box on the roof to the charge controller, 00ga from the controller to the batteries and from the batteries to the inverter. THIS SYSTEM IS NOT CHEAP but since it allows me to stay away from campgrounds it has already paid for itself. Nothing I hate more than being forced to camp 6' from your neighbor and having to listen to their crappy music...
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