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Old 09-10-2017, 05:50 PM   #1
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What size of solar panel systems.

Just wondering what size of solar panel systems everybody is useing and what you are able to run with your system.

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Old 09-10-2017, 06:15 PM   #2
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Year: 1990
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Chassis: Crown Supercoach II (rear engine)
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Rated Cap: 37,400 lbs GVWR
A) Big. (2040 watts)
B) Everything.

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Old 09-10-2017, 07:27 PM   #3
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Year: 1997
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: B3800 Short bus
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 36
600w/455Ah system on a short bus. Can run all the household electrical off of it. Lights, laptops, phones, fans, pumps, 12v refrigerator, stereo, coffee grinder, power tools. I start to tax the battery bank when running my 120vac air compressor.

We typically run into a light shortage in December, however, which has us being conservative with power usage. The rest of the year is typically ok.
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Old 09-10-2017, 08:19 PM   #4
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Year: 1997
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC2000 FE
Engine: Cummins 5.9
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I've got 400W worth of panels and everything behind the driver's seat runs from it. The key is to run as much directly from DC as possible, don't waste power with inefficient things, an try to park in the sun!
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