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Old 03-19-2017, 11:48 AM   #1
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Spring's a coming

Well, the long long Alberta winter is finally starting to show light at the end of the tunnel, and I've got a stack of parts for the RV and the tow rig to muddle my way through.

With the batteries in the ol' 5th being several years old, they weren't in good shape, and were group 24 12v really crappy deep cycles when they were new, so you can imagine how their storage capacity was holding up.

So, that resulted in a spontaneous purchase of two GC2 6v golfcart batteries rated at 220AH, of which I wont subject y'all to a picture of cause, well... they're batteries. I think y'all have seen batteries before.

I've been thinking solar for some time now, but was having some issues finding something that wasn't a re-freaking-tarded cost.
I got quoted over a thousand Canadian peso's for 150W of MPPT at one point.
So, I went to good ol amazon and ordered these.

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Thats two 100W Renogy panels and a 30A MPPT controller

Now, due to how and where we camp, roof mount was not something I was willing to go with, I wanted the system to be "portable"

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So I hacked off the original connectors, and used SAE style two pins.
Built a Y harness so that I can set up one panel for minor demands, or series them together for longer terms.
Then I built a leash so I can put the panels 100' away from the trailer in the sun, and keep the trailer parked in the shade.

That's about as far as I've gotten so far with the minimum time off with work, but I'll keep updating this as I go on.
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:12 PM   #2
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Well, the long long Alberta winter is finally starting to show light at the end of the tunnel, and I've got a stack of parts for the RV and the tow rig to muddle my way through.



With the batteries in the ol' 5th being several years old, they weren't in good shape, and were group 24 12v really crappy deep cycles when they were new, so you can imagine how their storage capacity was holding up.



So, that resulted in a spontaneous purchase of two GC2 6v golfcart batteries rated at 220AH, of which I wont subject y'all to a picture of cause, well... they're batteries. I think y'all have seen batteries before.



I've been thinking solar for some time now, but was having some issues finding something that wasn't a re-freaking-tarded cost.

I got quoted over a thousand Canadian peso's for 150W of MPPT at one point.

So, I went to good ol amazon and ordered these.



[/URL]



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Thats two 100W Renogy panels and a 30A MPPT controller



Now, due to how and where we camp, roof mount was not something I was willing to go with, I wanted the system to be "portable"



[/URL]



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So I hacked off the original connectors, and used SAE style two pins.

Built a Y harness so that I can set up one panel for minor demands, or series them together for longer terms.

Then I built a leash so I can put the panels 100' away from the trailer in the sun, and keep the trailer parked in the shade.



That's about as far as I've gotten so far with the minimum time off with work, but I'll keep updating this as I go on.


Anxious to see finished product. Good stuff!


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