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JADE RACING
post Mar 28 2019, 02:35 PM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 07 gmc 3500 dually D/A
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Truck and Camper Setup: 07GMC3500 dually diesel/auto airbags torklift tiedowns/fastguns 56 gal transferflow tank banks spd brake/tuner;06 adventurer 106DBS 2.5ownan geny awning topper torklift stairs remote bbq rear awning ext trl hitch/basket for sewer tote



Am interested in solar panels to install on the roof of our t/camper. Has anybody gone thru this experience and willing to pas on some info about your experience?
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wintertree
post Apr 18 2019, 02:08 PM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: Snowbird 108DS
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Truck and Camper Setup: 2016 F-450..upgraded overload springs...Torklift tie downs...single slide Hard wall camper with dry bath...solar...inverter...genset..full thermal package...extra black and grey tankage...kayak and paddle board



QUOTE(JADE RACING @ Mar 28 2019, 01:35 PM)
Am interested in solar panels to install on the roof of our t/camper. Has anybody gone thru this experience and willing to pas on some info about your experience?
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I have always put solar on my Rv's....Especially important if you are not plugged into a campsite somewhere....keeps your batteries in good shape...

What are you looking for ?

Wes.....2006 108DS Snowbird / 2016 F-450
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JADE RACING
post Apr 19 2019, 09:34 AM
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Wes, We have gone the full range of RV's and are on our 2nd T/C which I have been upgrading since purchasing. Presently , have onboard Onan 2500 propane geny, 2 deep cycle golf cart batteries, upgraded converter with 4 stage charger , full led lighting replacement, double cooling fans on back side of refer, upgraded water supply system- filtration & pump, plus many more small upgrades. What I desire is keeping the batteries topped up while camping off grid. I am a DIY person whom likes to investigate before investing
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post Apr 19 2019, 10:02 AM
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Wes, We have gone the full range of RV's and are on our 2nd T/C which I have been upgrading since purchasing. Presently , have onboard Onan 2500 propane geny, 2 deep cycle golf cart batteries, upgraded converter with 4 stage charger , full led lighting replacement, double cooling fans on back side of refer, upgraded water supply system- filtration & pump, plus many more small upgrades. What I desire is keeping the batteries topped up while camping off grid. I am a DIY person whom likes to investigate before investing
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Well Solar to someone as obviously prepared as you is a must....but there are a few things to consider before pulling the trigger....There are area's of solar where money can be saved (panels.....most are china born now....but they are excellent at a fraction of the cost they once were).....the "brains" of the system is your controller...the market is flooded with cheap ...no name type controllers that do the very minimum....and can actually damage your batteries because of poor charging profiles...You are all ready leaps ahead of the curve because you understand the need for intelligent battery charging (4 stage)....Secret is to build a solar system on your RV that meets your needs....is upgradable (you can add more panels if you desire)....smart (choose a controller that has a display....adjustable charging profiles....battery type selector...etc)....Then install it properly (not hard)
Next would be to choose between a PWM or a MPPT type controller....They both have their pro's and cons.....As I have been a RV tech for years I have had a lot of experience in this field and would be happy to go over things with you prior to taking the leap....
Please pass on specific questions to me about the process and your needs and I can help....I presently have 3 RV;'s My large boat (43' trawler) has 500 watts on the pilot house roof....My TC has 200 watts installed.....and my full time home (also an RV....42' Redwood 5'er) has 150 watts installed just for battery care...

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