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Old 10-08-2014, 05:02 PM   #211
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If you haven't done so already, study Handy Bob's blog.

http://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/

I 2nd that! Bob says he does NOT need any generator at all - but obviously does a lot of "adjusting" to the situation.
He only runs 2 panels and gets by....
If you have the space you can do a Solar-FARM up there and a battery BANK underneath!

However you need to take the time to really read the whole website - details everywhere!!
Especially details about charging voltage, wire size and shadows (even the smallest ones!) on the panels are important!

Where I do not agree (...and I guess others neither) is his insistence on liquid lead-acid batteries vs. the newer no-maintenance types...
[...you'll find it]

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Old 10-08-2014, 06:01 PM   #212
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and MPPT. I agree with Bob that many weasel salesmen try to upsell to it when it is the wrong solution, but they do have a place in larger systems.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:00 PM   #213
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and MPPT. I agree with Bob that many weasel salesmen try to upsell to it when it is the wrong solution, but they do have a place in larger systems.
Well all opinions are there own. But there are MPPT charge controllers for small systems again its everyone's choice. I have MPPT on my home system and plan on using it on my bus also. I will use 6 140 watt solar panels in a series/parallel configuration to charge a 4800 watt battery system this puts my charge rate above the minimum C10 charge rate this also allows a more controllable wire size. Again my own opinon and I don't sell solar.

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Old 10-08-2014, 10:07 PM   #214
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Also, an MPPT charge controller lets you use solar panels that are of higher voltage than your battery bank. For instance, I found a good deal on 2x 300 watt panels @ 36 volts. With my MPPT charge controller I can use them with my 12v, 455Ah battery bank.
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:19 AM   #215
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Started getting all the clearance and marker lights hooked up. This time they're all LED, so no melted holes in the amber lenses.

Flashers in mid-flash.


Just clearance and parking lights.
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:42 AM   #216
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My wife picked up some bling.
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:09 AM   #217
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:32 PM   #218
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rear painted

Its stressful painting so late in the year. Got the rear done good enough.

New tail lights. How long have rear engine blue birds had an aluminum engine lid? It was fun filling the old holes.

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Old 10-14-2014, 06:56 PM   #219
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I'm gearing up to purchase insulation for the cabin, is it me or does it just seem really expensive?

I'm looking at the 2" ISO "R-MAX" insulation stuffed to the wall and between ribs, followed by a 1" layer to cover the ribs. Looks like approximately $1500 in insulation board to do a 40' bus.
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:15 PM   #220
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I have been thinking about closed cell spray foam, thoughts?
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