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Old 03-19-2005, 11:33 PM   #11
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Hey Jerry. Lovely shots btw!

I purchased a solar battery charger and the panel will need to be roof mounted. How did you do your mounts?
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:38 AM   #12
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Hi PG,
I'll put a close up picture on so you can see.
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:51 AM   #13
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This may be a dumb question, but do the solar pannels create any heat buildup in the bus?
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Old 03-22-2005, 10:59 AM   #14
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I think it was just the opposite, I got a lot of shade. BUT, the roof is painted with 3 coats of Bus Kote ceramic paint which insulates as well as reflects. The ceiling was never even warm. I also had two "fantastic" vent fans on from about 11 in the morning to about 8 at night. It stayed pretty cool for being out in the sun.
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Old 03-22-2005, 12:48 PM   #15
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I have a photo of the legs and feet of the racks. It seems it should be the same in principal for any bus. Just different angles.
Now if someone will tell me how to attach it to this message.
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:47 PM   #16
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Jerry, it posts like this in the text of your message...

"[IMG]the location of you file here[/IMG]"

Just leave out the " on either end, I did that so it wouldn't think I was posting an image.
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Old 03-22-2005, 06:21 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info but I think You left something out in your explanation.
This is what happens when I do what you say.
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Old 03-22-2005, 06:35 PM   #18
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I just read the FAQ. I'll put the photo on my bus page and link to it there.
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Sorry, I failed to tell you that it has to be uploaded to webspace somewhere. I thought you knew that. We can't see what's on your hard drive. Sorry about that. I have webspace if you need some to post it on.
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"And one last question...since the panels have the ability to put out a lot more than 70 amps how does the rating on the charge controller come about?"__Les Lampman

"From my experience there’s no way you’d ever get over 7 amps out of these panels unless it was a crystal clear freezing day and tracking the sun."____Jerry Campbell

Well Les, It seems once again that just because you can think about something doesn't mean that you KNOW anything. I'm referring to me of course. I had one day this winter when the charge controller was putting out 73 amps and another day, it was putting out 81 amps. A definite no no. I had to switch off one set of panels. This was with the panels laying flat and very dirty and very hot. I don't know what they would put out in the cold and clean and tilted toward the sun. The point is, I need another Charge Controller and to split my panels into two groups. The reason I almost never went over 70 amps was because the batteries were never low enough. My bus is not finished so I didn't have all the appliances i will be using in the future. The system will not put out the maximum unless the batteries are LOW. The MPPT Charge Controllers DO put out more than the panels are rated for and must be considered when designing your system.
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