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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #1

Has anyone installed a solar system on a 2013 Redwood.

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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #2

Yes. I have 500 watts on top of a 2013 36FB. What can I help you with?

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500 Watt Solar/Morningstar 45 MPPT

Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #3

What do you use it for. Just charging batteries or running some equipment.

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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #4

Solar systems are battery chargers as it replaces what you use. We have a 300w psw inverter. It supplies 120 volts to both TVs, Blu Ray, printer, OTA DVR, Wii, and sound bar. Heavy draws from microwave, DWs hair tools and etc are handled by short runs of generator. Have not used gennie to recharge since solar was installed. Have enough battery bank to run inverter, lights, frig, furnace, and water pump. They are recharged to 100% almost every day. Could not be happier with the system.

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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #5

GOOD INFORMATION DID YOU DO YOUR INSTALL AND ABOUT WHAT WAS THE COST.
THANKS

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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #6

Did my own install. It took a few weeks after I had all of the components to drill the first hole in the roof! We spent about $1,300.00 2 years ago with some overkill. I may have saved $800 to $1,000 on labor. It has been worth every penny for the freedom from electrical hookups and the minimal use of the generator.

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What do you have in your coach for battery(s)? Ive been considering solar, but I think it must be paired with a somewhat robust battery bank.

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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #8

Thanks all good info.

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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #9

We have 4 golf cart batteries from Costco. $84.00 each as I recall. Gives us about 420 amp hours. They fit easily in the battery compartment. I installed a POS and a neg buss bar to clean up the area and facilitate the shunt.

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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #10

Thanks I've been thinking about changing to volt for the extra minutes of reserve power.

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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #11

6 volt

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Solar system 3 months 4 weeks ago #12

There are so many options it is a bit daunting to design a system. Good luck with your project.

Gary

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Jim and Mary wrote: Gary
What do you have in your coach for battery(s)? Ive been considering solar, but I think it must be paired with a somewhat robust battery bank.


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We have a single 160W panel & 1500 W PSW inverter. For batteries still have 2 Type 31 - 12V. Can run everything except A/C, microwave & kettle.

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To get a good start on solar and about anything else RV electrical wise, I suggest looking up and reading Marxrv's 12volt side of life, Jack Mayer's electrical section, and Handy Bob's blog on solar. I don't know if I'm allowed to post links to their sites or not. I don't want to get kicked off this site.

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Solar system 3 months 3 weeks ago #16

I have 4x100 watt panels, to an mppt charge controller. Today I have 2 AGM 31 batteries. Each is 100 amp. Keep in mind with these traditional batteries only half of that 100 amps is useable with causing damage to the battery. I have a list of all the parts and will be doing a presentation at the Rally in July in DIY solar. Like others, I only use the generator rarely for A/C but solar keeps everything running for the most part. I will be installing Battleborn lithium at the rally and replacing my AGM. The difference is they charge in 1/3 the time, provide a full 100amp useable each, and weigh less than half. Downside is they are expensive and won’t charge in freezing temps.

Here is the list of all the items required. kit.com/boatguy/diy-solar-good Takes about 4 hours and one hole.

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Solar system 3 months 3 weeks ago #17

Thanks will be looking forward to your presentation at the Rally.

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Solar system 3 months 3 weeks ago #18

I used tape as I have an aversion to drilling holes or screws in the roof
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Solar system 3 months 3 weeks ago #19

What kind of tape did you use to hold on the panels. How long has it been on for?

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Solar system 3 months 3 weeks ago #20

I used eternabond. It’s been on for 3 years. Outside all the time including a few trips back and forth between Canada and Florida. It’s not coming of without the help of some mineral spirits.
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