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Old 04-20-2015, 06:08 PM   #11
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I opted for the diesel generator when I found that the lp gen burns 0.6 gallons per hour on a moderate load; only a 9.8 gallon lp tank. Would rather have the propane available for cooking, furnace and hot water.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:20 PM   #12
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Now that we have 280 watts worth of solar, the LP genset is hardly ever used. We also have the sweet adapter to hook up a 5 gallon tank just in case.
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That's genius. Gonna have to try that!
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Now that we have 280 watts worth of solar, the LP genset is hardly ever used. We also have the sweet adapter to hook up a 5 gallon tank just in case.

How many panels are you using? Please share your set-up and any pics. Getting ready to add solar this summer. Thanks!


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How many panels are you using? Please share your set-up and any pics. Getting ready to add solar this summer. Thanks!


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In regards to Solar, I installed a Unisolar PowerBond Laminate, Amorphous 136W 24V Panel that runs the length of the roof and a ALEKO All Black 140W 24V Monocrystalline Solar Panel that fits perfectly on the front drivers side of the 24R roof, ahead of the dinette skylight. Both are connected to a Steca Solarix (Instapark Branded) MPPT 2010 Controller. All purchased on Amazon. In addition, I have a portable Renogy 70W Monocrystalline panel with a Morningstar SunSaver Controller that I can locate in a sunny area of a wooded campsite, just in case of shade issues. To convert to 120VAC, I use a Samlex Pure Sine Inverter.

In regards to adding to the Solera's LP capacity, I used the Camco 59123 Propane Brass Tee with 4 Port with 5' and 12' Hose, which has multiple functionality.

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In regards to Solar, I installed a Unisolar PowerBond Laminate, Amorphous 136W 24V Panel that runs the length of the roof and a ALEKO All Black 140W 24V Monocrystalline Solar Panel that fits perfectly on the front drivers side of the 24R roof, ahead of the dinette skylight. Both are connected to a Steca Solarix (Instapark Branded) MPPT 2010 Controller. All purchased on Amazon. In addition, I have a portable Renogy 70W Monocrystalline panel with a Morningstar SunSaver Controller that I can locate in a sunny area of a wooded campsite, just in case of shade issues. To convert to 120VAC, I use a Samlex Pure Sine Inverter.



In regards to adding to the Solera's LP capacity, I used the Camco 59123 Propane Brass Tee with 4 Port with 5' and 12' Hose, which has multiple functionality.



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Sounds like a nice set-up Jay. So does the MPPT feed the inverter directly and thus bypassing the batteries? You mentioned a 24v solar panel system so is there a way to keep the 12v batteries charged too? I always thought inverters ran off batteries and solar charged the batteries back up. Sorry for the confusion. If there's a better way I would be interested.


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Sounds like a nice set-up Jay. So does the MPPT feed the inverter directly and thus bypassing the batteries? You mentioned a 24v solar panel system so is there a way to keep the 12v batteries charged too? I always thought inverters ran off batteries and solar charged the batteries back up. Sorry for the confusion. If there's a better way I would be interested.


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The charge controller works with 24v or 12v panels. In this case, it converts the 24V from the my panels down to 12 and is connected to the batteries in the rig. Since the Unisolar panel only comes in 24V, I just had to make sure my second roof panel was also 24V and of like wattage. My portable panel is a 12V version, so I have a separate charge controller for it. The inverter is connected to the batteries.
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