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Old 04-07-2016, 02:22 PM   #11
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I have two of the 100W Renogy panels listed in your link, for a total of 200W. The panels work good and I would buy them again. The panels alone are $135 with free shipping on Amazon as a reference.
If you are frugal with your power demands 200W should work fine for a start.

By frugal I mean,
LED lights
refrig and water heater on propane
furnace turned down to 55-60deg at night
run a small inverter to watch the TV a couple hours at night.
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Old 04-07-2016, 06:07 PM   #12
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Thanks guys. Im testing out the camper in the driveway, I accidentally let the battery drain to zero, it was dealer installed and undersized anyway. Never having bought a real camper before I didn't know enough to request a large HD battery besides I have an extra Marine battery brand new biggest one I could find at Fleet Farm i think its 225A so I will be mounting that I suppose. I was going to do 2 wired together but I haven't had time to R&D the configuration and determine fit. I was originally going to put them into the camper cabin but didn't realize they off gas (duh) and don't really feel like fabricating a custom battery box so i will probably just use the big one.

2 panels at 100W each on the roof is what Im going with after reading all this, makes the most sense to me. Im not big on TV but do like to check local news, not even sure how if the TV will run on the battery....I tested it at full charge and it wouldnt turn on, I assumed there was/is an inverter somewhere that will power the outlets? maybe not since the TV wouldnt come on...

Lots of driveway testing and configuring happening. i Like everything being measured and leveled so spend a considerable about of time making all that happen, not to finalize backcountry power. Might call the dealer and see how horrible it would be to have my panels installed at 54 Im not real fond of delving into new territories and doing all the head scratching if I can avoid it.

This forum is GREAT just want to say THANKS to everyone who participates its been incredibly helpful
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:01 PM   #13
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Might call the dealer and see how horrible it would be to have my panels installed at 54 Im not real fond of delving into new territories and doing all the head scratching if I can avoid it.
I looked at a picture of your TT model and it looks like you have a lot of room on the front half of it for your 2 panels. I would be careful, having a RV dealer install your panels as they pretty much know NOTHING about SOLAR, SOLAR installations and batteries, but they will tell you that they do. If you decide to have a professional install them, make sure they have done it on an RV.

If you can take 2 pieces of cardboard the size of your panels, lay them out on the TT roof, a distance away from the AC unit, or roof vents... is all you need to do to find the perfect location for them. I know that you can attach the mounting brackets to the panels, lay them on the roof where you want to mount them, drill the small pilot holes, load the mounting locations with self leveling sealant, lay the panel on them, use the larger mounting screws to attach the panels to the roof, another batch of self leveling sealant over the top of the screws/brackets and they are mounted.

There are different ways of getting your cables down to the SOLAR charge controller/batteries, like the fridge roof vent, the holding tank vent pipes, vinyl cable channeling.... It is not difficult at all... I have step by step instructions on how I did mine in the RVing with SOLAR social group.. just page down until you get to the post.

Not sure as to what type of battery you purchased as Deep Cycle batteries are rated in Amp Hours and not amps, and are not Cold Cranking Amp (CCA) rated.

I am sure that others that have installed their systems will share information regarding their installations... driveway camping is a great way to get started and work the bugs out of the TT.

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X2 on not having the dealer install the solar panels, etc.

I'm almost 49 and have DIY'd it with a lot of help here (much appreciated) and a lot of research. It is very doable; but, it does take some time.
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What was I thinking !!! lol Dealer will tell you they can install anything for a price.
I opted for the 100W portable suitcase because I just have the time to screw around with a major installation, I realize it will probably not be enough but Im coming from a popup where nothing worked anymore so just to have LED lighting all night will be a bonus.

Love this forum you guys are great, thanks again for all the help!
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