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Old 08-25-2015, 06:13 AM   #1
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Solar Panels on a Berkshire

Interested in seeing and learning about what it takes besides money to put panels up on the roof. We do have a residential refrigerator and a 2000 watt inverter. Thought I read somewhere that the Berkshire came prewired for solar panels but maybe not.

So does anyone have any pictures or info on systems they've installed or have had done?

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Old 08-25-2015, 02:59 PM   #2
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No one has solar panels on their coach ?
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:03 PM   #3
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Joe,
Don't have solar on my coach, but the only thing that I know that the coach is pre-wired for is satellite. Never heard that it is pre-wired for solar. Also, give it overnight to get a response. Not everyone here is retired so they may not have see this post until later.
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:08 PM   #4
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Don't have solar on my coach, but the only thing that I know that the coach is pre-wired for is satellite. Never heard that it is pre-wired for solar. Also, give it overnight to get a response. Not everyone here is retired so they may not have see this post until later.
Well ok, have been looking at lots of different coaches lately. Not the end of the world, just more work.
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Old 08-25-2015, 04:15 PM   #5
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In my opinion you're better off running your own wires anyways so you can size your wire to the size system you're going install.
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In my opinion you're better off running your own wires anyways so you can size your wire to the size system you're going install.

Thanks Ramblin. From your signature I see you have 640 watts of solar on your 5th. Do you have a res. fridg.? Does the set up you have run everything except the a.c. ?What brand of panels did you buy ? Thanks again for any info.
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Unless you are going to do some serious boondocking, is there a real need for solar charging? Inquiring minds need to know.
We've been on the road three months now and between driving long distances, the generator and RV Parks solar would be a waste of money for us.


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Old 08-25-2015, 04:34 PM   #8
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Unless you are going to do some serious boondocking, is there a real need for solar charging? Inquiring minds need to know.
We've been on the road three months now and between driving long distances, the generator and RV Parks solar would be a waste of money for us.


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To be honest with you Paul, I don't know, guess I won't till I really start using the rig which at this point will be limited for this year. Just curious mainly not knowing what kind of lasting power the coach batteries will give.
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I don't have any panel either and they way we use our MH it would not be necessary. As for how long batteries last it depends greatly on what shape they are in and what kind. I have read that most folks with a red. fridge and great stock batteries can run the fridge for 8-12 hours depending on the conditions. This would easily last us on any day of driving but we would have a problem if we stopped at a Walmart for the night. So at some point we would run the generator.
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A lot has been written on this subject. Try the search function as without searching all that info is lost. Very good tool we have.
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