We have been busy in our travels but we found time to purchase some solar panels and get them installed on Farold. We got the 45 watt solar panel array with controller and other accessories at Harbor Freight. Retail price was $229. They were on sale for $189. Both my father and I got a set (he has been following us in his van that he converted to a stealth camper). When we were getting ready to check out there was an older gentleman standing near the line that asked if we had a coupon for the solar panels. Both dad and I looked at each other then I replied, "No, we don't". He said, "Well, here you go." I looked at the coupon and it was for $149.00! Both dad and I were able to use the coupon as it was a limit of 5. I thanked the guy a couple different times and shook his hand. Anyway here are some pics of the solar panels installed:
First, this is where we have been camped out since Monday:
Here is a top view of the array:
Here is a pic of the controller that came with the panels:
And here is a pic of the solar panel array on dad's van:
The panels work great by the way. I just got mine installed today but I put dad's up yesterday. We let a 200 watt heater run in his van overnight to drain the three deep-cell batteries he has on board. Heater was still running in the morning and the battery voltage was at 10.9 volts. We turned on the solar controller at about 9am and the battery voltage was back up to 12 volts at noon. We are letting the solar panel recharge the batteries all day to see where it ends up.
Also, a big thank you goes out to somewhereinusa for allowing us to stop by and see his skoolie. We had a great visit and I picked up a couple ideas (mainly a door lock system) while we were there.