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Old 04-05-2017, 06:38 PM   #1
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Solar/electrical help needed (no idea what I'm doing)

I am looking to convert an old school bus into my full-time home. I am trying to plan ahead however, and get together a rough estimate/budget before going out and buying everything. The part I am having most trouble with is the electrical and solar. Let me begin by saying I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to these. If someone could help me out, that'd be great!

Electrical consumption I plan to use in my skoolie (at max estimate to be safe):
-iPhone 7 charged to full twice a day
-MacBook Pro charged to full once a day
-12M of LED light strips (4 of the 3M) on for 7 hr/day
-Mini Washer & Dryer such used once a week each e=df0&hvadid=167152584174&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvran d=13591345516443583579&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvde v=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9028088&hvtargid= pla-272664254046 id=22222222227075190450&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&w l1=g&wl2=c&wl3=188369382644&wl4=pla-292212630439&wl5=9028088&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl 10=112354406&wl11=online&wl12=503659659&wl13=&veh= sem
-Propane Stovetop used twice a day (breakfast/dinner) for about 30 min each g&utm_campaign=partsfeed&jt=1&jap=1o8&js=1&jsid=36 859&jcpid=8a8ae4cd48005458014820e2e0170ec4&jkId=gc p:se_36859p_55180769544:ag_15211804824:cp_194253 624:n_g:d_c:cr_52737673584&gclid=CjwKEAjwq5LHBRCN0 YLf9-GyywYSJAAhOw6mfo_sStm9dUjdsUVp8ZRuYPQaexKLdKzpJQcl cyVOEBoCl9_w_wcB
-Fridge/Freezer used 24/hr a day
-1, maybe 2 A/C unit (HQ in South Texas) going for about 12hr/day
-Toaster used once a day
-Microwave used twice a day
-1 water pump for shower, 1 for sink, each used less than 10 min each day
-1 water heater for shower used less than 10 min a day

And that's about it. I would like to keep the solar/electric cost around or under $2k if possible. I can live without the washer/dryer, microwave, and toaster, but everything else is definitely needed.

I need to know what kind of costs I'm looking at to run this daily consumption (without killing the batteries I buy)? I would like to run on only solar. What solar panels should I be looking for and how many?

Any help is greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

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