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Old 01-04-2016, 03:51 PM   #11
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My warranty runs for 7 years so will have to get a go ahead from the manufacturer before any hole drilling happens.
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WOW!! Which extended warranty did you get? Our 7 year warranty does not cover anything on the exterior (front cap, roof..).. had to read it 2x

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jwmercer look up Love your RV and watch his video solar panel install, it will be helpful. I can use my suitcase solar panels on the farm as well as the RV. If not I would definitely just go rooftop.
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It's called SAL protection plan, it's pretty much an extension of the two year warranty from Jayco for an additional 5 years. There is a $200 deductible however the nice part is should you not have to use it the entire premium is refunded at the end of the term. There are a few minor limitations ergo I need to check if the roof is covered should I decide to drill holes.
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Old 01-04-2016, 05:28 PM   #14
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This is a very smart way of doing it! It is the same approach for installing SOLAR on a home, you have to know what your current (camping) lifestyle will use to calculate the minimum panels/batteries needed and you can learn how to cut some usage (leaving lights on when not being used or radio on when not listening, Tv on and not watching...) and transition into a SOLAR RV Lifestyle. If planned correctly, you can keep adding until you don't require the use of a generator (or need it as much).

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After dry camping on 1, then 2 cheap batteries, we have the conserve part down pretty well. If I have two good batteries on this one, I think we'll feel like we are living luxuriously.

Don't mean to hijack, but where are good sites to watch for sales on panels?
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:23 PM   #15
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After dry camping on 1, then 2 cheap batteries, we have the conserve part down pretty well. If I have two good batteries on this one, I think we'll feel like we are living luxuriously.

Don't mean to hijack, but where are good sites to watch for sales on panels?
As mentioned in an earlier post, Renogy kits are pretty good. They are less expensive than others and they have a good performance. As for sites that have sales, I would shy away from eBay and other sites like that as I have read reviews where they put kits together using blemished panels and sub-standard controllers. The panels did not produce the numbers in the mfr specifications for the panels. I have watched the Renogy mfr site and they have had some good discounts every now and then. Renogy also sells their products on Amazon, if you have Prime there is free shipping. The shipping can be expensive.

Nice that you started out on the inexpensive batteries, a lot of people started with the expensive ones and not knowing much about batteries they killed them. A couple times and your bank account will feel it.

Good Luck!!

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There is some information regarding batteries, and controller on the "RVing with SOLAR" Social Group in the above Community.
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I have the Renogy 100W portable solar panel with charge controller and 50 feet of cable that I used to keep the battery charged on our popup. I plan to use it with the new TT when we go dry camping. I bought everything through Amazon with prime free shipping for around $200.

It worked well for keeping a single group27 charged on sunny days. It will be interesting to see how well it does keeping up the the dual batteries on the new rig.
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We have never used a generator, and don't want one, for many reasons. We have just put up little stick-on LED lights near the electric ones, so we don't have to use the main battery for lights when we're dry camping; the radio doesn't come in out in the woods. The main concern is all the panel lights that stay on all the time - that an DW's anxiety about running the battery down, though that's never happened. I'd like to get a little more solar voltage and be able to plug it in rather than clipping to the batteries, though.
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For those that want an easy install and don't want to drill holes in their roofs, have you looked at the flexible panels?
You can use adhesive to attach to your roof. As long as you use a compatible adhesive with your roof membrane there should not be any warranty issues.

https://www.solarwholesaler.ca/produ...a-solar-panel/

A bit pricier than regular panels but......

I think a great "low cost" system for battery maintenance would be....
100watt flex panel (link above)
Midnite Brat charge controller mounted outside near the battery
MidNite Solar Products
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You would not have to drill any holes in your roof and you could run the wire down some conduit or cable raceway stuck on the front of your trailer. Nothing permanent and very short wire runs.
This would also be a great intro to solar for someone who wants to dabble but doesn't want to invest thousands on a new system without really knowing what they want or need.

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