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Old 03-20-2021, 04:32 PM   #41
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That is basically what I am doing 4 panels (165 watt ea), Victron 100/30 mppt, Victron shunt, breakers on both sides of mppt, 2 BB 100 ah LiOnFe4 batteries.
Iím configuring the panels by paralleling 2 pair of 2 panels in series.

I did upgrade to the LiOn charger to replace the lead acid converter charger. As mentioned somewhere else here it is an easy exchange

I sampled no shore power last fall with my gen and a 200 W suitcase solar to charge batteries as needed and expect that this panel set up should free me from the necessity of shore power sites and hopefully using gen only in emergencies.

Bottom line is Iíve got all the parts and will install in May to prewired solar in TT .. I do hope it is as simple as that lol

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4x 165 watt panels should peak at about 42 amps, I would get a bigger charge controller or you will be wasting a lot of power.
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Old 03-20-2021, 04:49 PM   #42
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I didnít say I was barely hitting it - Mine Maxes out at 50 - what I tried to share is that even a 960 watt array in Fl sun it is only for about an hour or 2 of the total sun up time - unless you want to try and track the sun.

The second point is once your batteries are full regardless of the size of the array or charge controller it wonít produce more energy than you are consuming.

So how many hours a day is your controller in float or absorbtion mode?

Iím personally leaning toward adding a couple more BB batteries since Iím in float mode so much of the day

On a side note - I may be heading out to Bellingham MA for a Month to visit a sick uncle - looks to be about an hour away from you - small world
I hope your uncle is ok
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Old 03-20-2021, 06:09 PM   #43
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Why did you use 10 gauge wire when 8 was already there, and it is larger.
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Old 03-21-2021, 03:30 PM   #44
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Does anyone have any brand preferences for solar panels? Do panels attached to a bouncing RV get broken? Should I look for best price or quality for a roof top installation?
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I hope your uncle is ok
Thank you - but Unfortunately he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer and has been told he has 5 months. Much of my family will be visiting over the next month which is why Iím working on taking my rv out near where he lives to be a base camp
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Does anyone have any brand preferences for solar panels? Do panels attached to a bouncing RV get broken? Should I look for best price or quality for a roof top installation?
I went with flexible panels for 3 reasons

1. weight they weight much less than glass panels
2. No need to make holes in my roof - I just used some silicone under each of the grommets and used eternabond tape to fasten them to my roof.
3. They are not visible from the ground and it reduces the risk of theft

Down side is they cost more per watt and are not as durable - I went with renogy they seemed to have the best reputation and a 5 year warranty.

I’ve had my 6x160 Watt panels mounted for the past 2 years (including 2 Buffalo winters) and they are holding up well.
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