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Old 04-07-2016, 12:08 AM   #1
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Solar Odyssey Begins - Day 1

I have been researching all things solar for about 9 months now - man o man, too much info!

Despite the massive brain overload, I am going to begin installing the parts tomorrow - I will begin with the the Tri-metric 2030 - A battery monitor as it is a great companion to the Bogart sc2030 which goes in next week.

After the monitor goes in, I will be prepping the roof and location for all of the parts and goodies to go along with a killer system (I hope). I will share trials and tribulations for all who are interested. Working on a 2014 3120DS.
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:50 AM   #2
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I look forward to this missive.
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:56 AM   #3
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I look forward to your experience as well. Right now your research totally agrees with mine. The Trimetric and SC-2030 are the perfect RV solution...
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:44 AM   #4
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Agree - I think the biggest mistake I have discovered is undersizing the downwire from the combiner box to the controller - go big and it can be expanded with ease, too small and you are stuck with marginal capacity.
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:47 AM   #5
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Absolutely. You need to put multiple 36 cell panels in parallel with the 2030 and each 150 watt panel is about 6 amps. You can put in two and use #10, but #8 from the combiner to the controller is best and it will still fit in a plastic conduit and go on the 2030's lugs.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:11 AM   #6
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I will be running 6/2 down from the Combiner - extra 6/2 left over from controller to 40 amp bus switch- that way if I decide to take this up a notch I will have no issues with voltage drop - ran the calculations at 200 watts, 18V and 14.2 amps and I am at .6 in drop - all parts coming from AM solar and as installed I will post up some pics.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:14 AM   #7
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Am solar has complete kits and are very good about subbing out parts and upgrades - here is the core with the Blue sea swapped out for the 2030 and upgrade to the 6/2 wire from 8/2. I also added another panel and kept the price under 1000

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Old 04-07-2016, 11:40 AM   #8
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I installed the Trimetric gauge a few years ago and it doesn't seem to work correctly, could you share some pics how you connected the switch to the batteries, shunt, etc? Good luck on the remainder of the install, I am considering solar on mine. I have a 2011 3010 Sunseeker.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:13 PM   #9
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Slimjc - I've had that exact setup since last September. So far, so good. We have two 100 watt panels that are on the ground. When we get a warm day I am going to add a third 100W panel on the roof. I look forward to seeing how your's turns out.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:48 PM   #10
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Another RVer looking to learn about solar. Thanks for posting!
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