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Old 09-23-2015, 04:02 PM   #61
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If you haven't already make sure you read Handy Bob's RV solar blog, there is a lot to know to get solar working well on an RV: https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/
THIS is what I have been looking for!

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You're welcome, I'm working on my solar install now as well.
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:27 PM   #63
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holy crap that guy is long winded.

Looks like from his words, I've made a few mistakes.

worst of all, I got the MPPT 40a Charge Controller....oh no!

All kidding aside, I'm not that worried about it. The guy I'm buying it from has been boondocking with this system for 8 years.

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Old 09-23-2015, 09:36 PM   #64
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Good call, I think . I bought one too a while back. Haven't installed it yet because I'm still building but I think it will work out well, good luck.
I am sure you will get to it once it gets a bit cold.
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holy crap that guy is long winded.

Looks like from his words, I've made a few mistakes.

worst of all, I got the MPPT 40a Charge Controller....oh no!

All kidding aside, I'm not that worried about it. The guy I'm buying it from has been boondocking with this system for 8 years.

Cheers,

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Tiny gods yes he is long winded, but clever and very knowledgeable.

Re read it all again, all of it.

He isn't opposed to the mmpt he just feels that the money could be better spent else where, like more batteries or more panels. He doesn't get into the fact that if you are using higher input voltage panels (over 20V) you should be running an mmpt. BUT since you have one use it!
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:40 PM   #66
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Really the only other issue he has with my setup is that I'm using 10ga wire between the panels and the charge controller. 4ga for everything else. Honestly, it's a risk I'm willing to take. If I can't run what I plan to run off of his deal, then I'll work something else out. I'll know in pretty short order and don't plan to cover up any of my infrastructure until I know it's 100%. I'll be living with ugly walls for a month or so, nbd.
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Old 09-24-2015, 06:50 PM   #67
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The 10ga is plenty big enough there. It is after the charge controller that you need to go real big and short.
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:07 PM   #68
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Agreed: if the PV array were low-voltage (12v panels in parallel for example) heavy wire would be important. But if you have higher-voltage panels and wire them in series for an array voltage of say 60+ volts, you can get away with smaller wire between array and controller.
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and with the mppt controller you can handle it too.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:29 PM   #70
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We'll see when the boxes start to show up.

Also, new today:

Ordered one of these:

3 Burner Drop-In Cooktop, Stainless top - Suburban 2938AST - Counter & Stove Tops - Camping World

one of these:

Aquajet Variable Speed RV Water Pump, 5.3 GPM - Husky 27558 - Fresh Water Pump Accessories - Camping World

And one of THESE:

EccoTemp Indoor Tankless Water Heater 45-HI- Liquid Propane - Eccotemp 45H-LP - Water Heaters - Camping World

It was all the willpower I had not to order a propane fridge, as thats the last essential on my list...so, itll have to wait until I've got the chance to check my CC balance and probably make a payment.

The other thing I really want is this: ECOJOHN Portable Incinerating Toilets

I'm going to call and get the specs for size and vent placement, then build a regular bucket toilet to use in its place until I can really afford it. I'll size the toilet room big enough and run power to it so I can just slap this thing in when it arrives...hopefully sometime this spring.

anyways, thats it for now. A local bluegrass band is playing in town and Warren Miller Films is going to be there. So, I'm going to get housed and try to make it into a ski film while listening to my favorite local band.

If you guys/gals are into bluegrass, they're definitely worth a listen: Chain Station

you can find them on spotify for those inclined...

until next time,

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