I have seen the thin film panels and they look awesome but they're also more expensive than the regular panels, at least everywhere I've seen them sold. Unfortunately our budget is already crunched as it is, so I went ahead with the flush mount glass panel route. I decided to cut cost we're only going to run the fridge off solar, the pump will be hooked up to the bus's electrical or may have its own battery that gets trickle charged off one of the hot wires on the trailer hook up. My original quote from NAWS was pretty comparable on price per piece, but they never returned my emails when I told them I needed to scale back for cost so I went ahead and bought the guppy rv kit off wholesalesolar.com, a company in CA. Heres the kit specs:
So now the only other major purchase for the bus will be maybe 1 or possibly 2 100-130AH batteries. Anyone know a good place I can check for a local distributor in VA?
***Oh and a tip for anyone thinking of putting a deck on their roof, if you use decking boards... screw them down as soon as you get them! Don't think that you'll have time tomorrow, because something WILL come up everytime you say that and then 2 weeks go by and all your boards are warped and a pain in the butt to put down.