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Old 07-10-2016, 10:33 PM   #131
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Thanks HopHed, your suggestion for the 2" blocks made all the difference. I don't want to go overboard on the 5200, just some overlap and about 1" around the base. Then I will go over the entire lower base with Dicor as I must cover the screw for the hollow wall anchor and don't want water collecting there. I may want to check it in the very distant future and I can remove the Dicor but not the 5200.
if you're in the area sometime, stop in and take a look. Always open to suggestions.
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:01 AM   #132
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Turned out very nice Sage, can never go wrong with a little overkill. You will find yourself making little adjustments every couple of weeks. One thing to note for your pre flight checklist, wash the panels before you leave with a hose, makes the at camp paper towel wipe down much easier! Have you tested what you have coming in to the batteries on a solid sun day?
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Old 07-14-2016, 04:37 PM   #133
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Done for a while! Went up this morning and taped down the cables with a few inches of EternaBond tape here and there. Also applied a dab of 311 sealant to cover the hollow wall anchor screws. The roof is hot and the 5200 seems to be setting up quickly. In a week or two, I will apply 311 sealant over the mounts for cosmetic reasons.
Many thanks for all the suggestions and information.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:17 AM   #134
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Looks good Sage. Enjoying reading your post thru the process .
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:04 AM   #135
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Looks good Sage. Enjoying reading your post thru the process .
Thanks, tough decision which route to go on panel mounts.
Taking the MH out Monday and going down to San Diego. CG will have hook ups, so it won't be a real test. I wanted to see if the 200 watts gets the house batteries back up by the end of the day. Will have to start a real exercise program for the generator as our one or two trips per month gave it a work out. Now I will only be using it to defrost meals and for the DW's hair dryer.
Have to get a Fantastic Fan vent cover so I can leave the fan on auto mode and set it for 80˚.
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:56 AM   #136
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Added my Renogy portable 100w suitcase to system

I rewired my Renogy portable 100w solar suitcase(out of warranty) bypassing the existing mounted 10amp controller on it. It will now attach to the Anderson quick connect mounted at the front of the passenger's side rear wheel well.
I can quickly rewire it back to allow battery clip usage of the portable 100 watts for friends and family.
In the mean time, this will come into the system fused and just before the controller at the battery cutoff switch. This switch will allow me to disconnect all, or either the main 2 roof 100w panels or the 100w portable.
Having the portable will give me the freedom to move it around to get sunlight should the roof become shaded.
Last thing will be the applying of the 311 caulk when it cools down a little. The 3M 5200 adhesive caulk is rock hard after 11 days.
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photo of controller and wiring

As previously mentioned, I put the controller along with the cut-offs, fuses and Xantrex battery monitor in the cabinet along side the trash bin. Added 311 caulk over the tops of the mounts.
I'm done, really done! Thanks to all for the information and reassurance.
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As previously mentioned, I put the controller along with the cut-offs, fuses and Xantrex battery monitor in the cabinet along side the trash bin. Added 311 caulk over the tops of the mounts.
I'm done, really done! Thanks to all for the information and reassurance.

Now that you are done with yours you can come and do mine. Lol. Nice job Sage.
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:15 PM   #139
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I arrived very late to this thread but it seems popular for many of you!

Here are some very nice 12V panels for you all to consider:

DM 158w solar panel, solar module 158w, 12V Solar Panel

Two 158W panels for $268 plus shipping. You cannot beat that. I used four of these on my FunFinder travel trailer. You can see my blog about these sorts of installs at:

https://cuernoverdesolar.wordpress.com/

Lots of photos about how to mount panels, etc., there so perhaps helpful for all of you. Best note is the panels! You will have a hard time finding panels of this size at this price and they will mount very nicely on your rigs.

I have one question about the built in wiring on the newer coaches. Apparently they use the Renogy products and allow you to have external panels (suitcase). Is the internal wiring from that connector to the battery decent? What size? Any insight you can provide.

I have a buddy that just bought a 32" Forester and he is asking me to help with solar.

TIA for any info.

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Old 07-27-2016, 12:33 PM   #140
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As previously mentioned, I put the controller along with the cut-offs, fuses and Xantrex battery monitor in the cabinet along side the trash bin. Added 311 caulk over the tops of the mounts.
I'm done, really done! Thanks to all for the information and reassurance.
Nice Job Sage - the porto-panel is my next adventure!
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