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Old 06-16-2016, 08:49 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by cadillackid View Post
solar is great for when you are parked, running accessories except for the trade-off of do you roast inside your bus so your batteries can charge.. (A/C defeats solar pretty quickly)... or do you give up the solar and park in the shade...
You missed one other option:
completely cover your bus in solar panels so that the bus is always in the shade! It's essentially like building a "safari roof" or "double roof".
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Old 06-16-2016, 01:33 PM   #22
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covering the roof in solar doesnt shade the sides like full shade does.. lots of heat gets in from the side and windows.. solar roof makes it nice for charging batteries.. but I still dont think you keep the panels cool enough to be super efficient and also keepthe bus cool..

not to mention the huge expensive heavy battery packs....
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Old 06-16-2016, 08:03 PM   #23
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