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Old 02-12-2014, 09:57 AM   #21
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Solar and inverter for us came to about $1500 and even so not cheap nothing beats that you don't need the generator when boon docking. That alone makes it worth the money.

If you look at it for saving money on the RV it will never work.

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Old 02-12-2014, 01:57 PM   #22
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Just reinforces my general opinion that you can't pay more for anything than if you purchase it at Camping World!
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:13 PM   #23
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I believe you can write off up to 30% off the system cost on your taxes ?
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:59 PM   #24
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Not entirely true, the 30% credit is only allowable on your "principle residence". Second homes do not apply. So, you must, upon request by the IRS, prove your RV is your principle residence.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:23 PM   #25
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Not entirely true, the 30% credit is only allowable on your "principle residence". Second homes do not apply. So, you must, upon request by the IRS, prove your RV is your principle residence.
I found the following link and at least TruboTax believes this is allowable on vacation homes, but NOT rental property.

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tool.../INF14243.html

I found some other information that regards something called Energy property tax credit and is limited to 10% and IS only available on a primary residence. However, I really think the solar credit is valid on motorhomes as a secondary vacation residence.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:53 PM   #26
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Yes, that's why there are so many DIY posts out there. Good Luck.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:34 AM   #27
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This is what you must decide, and know, when you draw conclusions, based on what you interpret the IRS Code to mean in ANY case. For example, if you construe "vacation home" to be the same definition as "motorhome", and you take the deduction, and or credit on your tax return, you must prove that deduction, and or credit, to the IRS when requested. Remember this general rule; It is your responsibility to PROVE any deduction, and or credit against your income in that year. By the way, I slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:16 PM   #28
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So, let me see if we're in the ballpark.
100 watt panel.
30 Amp digital charge controller with LED display
3 port expansion box (One panel plugged in from factory, customer could add more, plug and play with a roof top box)

If we did an option like this, you're looking about $695 MSRP from the factory. We used to offer a 450 watt inverter for about $400. I have not checked prices recently. So the whole thing would run about $1100 with factory installation. Might be able to get those prices down with volume.

Is this an option people would take? Cheaper than aftermarket unless you're doing it yourself. I might be able to beat up the panel supplier a bit.
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I would definitely sign up!
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OK, there's one. Just remember this would have to be installed on new factory orders. So everyone would need to scrap those old and outdated 2014's and get a hip and cool 2015, now with solar (maybe)
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