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Old 05-30-2015, 11:28 PM   #11
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I got the panels installed after work today. it all went pretty smooth. my local little hardware store didn't have a small can of white roof mastic,so I used clear. I'll check the bigger stores for a small can of white,and go over the clear to give it a cleaner look. when I drilled the holes,the drill just punched right through. I don't think there was any wood in the roof at all,I couldn't find any shavings either. hmm. found lots of styrofoam shavings though. shot some sealer into the holes and everywhere else,made some rubber "gaskets" (out of a sheet of rubber I found in the plumbing department),BIG washers on the inside and lock nuts. seems pretty solid. I did have to locate them both to the rear of the trailer. forgot about the screen door folding up and latching on the ceiling,couldn't straddle it.

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Old 05-31-2015, 02:33 PM   #12
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I got the panels installed after work today. it all went pretty smooth. my local little hardware store didn't have a small can of white roof mastic,so I used clear. I'll check the bigger stores for a small can of white,and go over the clear to give it a cleaner look. when I drilled the holes,the drill just punched right through. I don't think there was any wood in the roof at all,I couldn't find any shavings either. hmm. found lots of styrofoam shavings though. shot some sealer into the holes and everywhere else,made some rubber "gaskets" (out of a sheet of rubber I found in the plumbing department),BIG washers on the inside and lock nuts. seems pretty solid. I did have to locate them both to the rear of the trailer. forgot about the screen door folding up and latching on the ceiling,couldn't straddle it.

very very nice work show us what it all looks like when your done and have it out side
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:31 PM   #13
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I finished the install on my solar setup the other day,except the door. I ripped out the ice box (we have a "real" 12v fridge that will travel in the car,and plug into the TT once we are at our destination) and used that space for the MPPT controller,,power inverter,fuse block and one of the 100ah batteries. fuse block feeds two led lights (one inside,one outside),two 12v outlets,one dual usb outlet and a 12v outlet on the tongue. you can see in the pic the load with a drop light and a "75 watt" led bulb is 16 watts. with a regular 75 watt incandescent bulb,the load was 68 watts. switch to led's! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. also had the wheel bearings packed and two new tires put on the other day.should have the door done in a couple of days.

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Thank you for the photos and for sharing your experience. Everything seems so new for me, but I am eager to do something like this myself. I think that people do not use all the benefits of solar panels. For example, I have recently read the article about the ability of solar panels to purify groundwater and there are definitely many other options we have never thought of.
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What is your inverter rated for? And what loads is it likely to see? Looks like a big one to be drawing from a single 100AH battery.

Thanks for the install pictures. I just installed panels on our roof as well this weekend. the drill bit does go though the 3/8ths ply really quick. I did find a truss on the front mounts though. Plus I don't think they will really see a lot of wind force as your trailer will be in your vehicles wind shadow. I am hoping that the majority of the wind on our travel trailer is deflected off the front of the trailer and up and over the panels.

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What is your inverter rated for? And what loads is it likely to see? Looks like a big one to be drawing from a single 100AH battery.

Thanks for the install pictures. I just installed panels on our roof as well this weekend. the drill bit does go though the 3/8ths ply really quick. I did find a truss on the front mounts though. Plus I don't think they will really see a lot of wind force as your trailer will be in your vehicles wind shadow. I am hoping that the majority of the wind on our travel trailer is deflected off the front of the trailer and up and over the panels.

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1500 watts,and there are two batteries.coffee maker will be its biggest load.
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What wire size did you use between the inverter and batteries? What size fuse did you install between the batteries and the inverter? Just a (SMALL 2 cup) coffee pot alone will be pulling around 70 Amps for 5 or so minutes. Would recommend a 00 AWG cable be used.

Microwave will be more amperage.

If you happened to hit the max for the inverter that will be 125 amps, not saying that you would.

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What wire size did you use between the inverter and batteries? What size fuse did you install between the batteries and the inverter? Just a (SMALL 2 cup) coffee pot alone will be pulling around 70 Amps for 5 or so minutes. Would recommend a 00 AWG cable be used.

Microwave will be more amperage.

If you happened to hit the max for the inverter that will be 125 amps, not saying that you would.

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Used 4AWG wires between inverter and batteries, X2.
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