Thanks for the advice, Lorna.
Today I went ahead and bought this RV solar kit. It will give me 50 watts more than I started with, plus it comes with almost everything I'll need to install the thing.
RV, Van, Marine Solar Kit With 140 Watts of DC Power and Low Voltage Disconnect
I already have a charge controller and inverter. But I hope the charge controller that comes with this will be a little better, and I definitely needed all the other "bits & pieces" that are included with this kit.
I'm such a geek... at work (*shhh! don't tell the boss
), I created a cost matrix and scored 10 different RV solar panel packages based on 3 criteria:
- Overall Cost[/*:m:2h3ec8b2]
- Cost per Watt[/*:m:2h3ec8b2]
- Value of Accessories Packages[/*:m:2h3ec8b2]
Each was given a rank by price and the overall ranks added to a final "score". In the end, the kit above was the best value per dollar in everything except initial cost (which ranked 9 of 10 where 10 is the worst). But even with that awful score, the other two cost points were 1 out of 10 and 2 out of 10, so that shot it right to the top of the list.
So, it is done. I ordered it this morning right before lunch, and if all goes well, the package should arrive by the 20th. By then it should be one of the last items to be installed.