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Old 02-13-2014, 07:41 PM   #31
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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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To take credit you need to file an IRS Form 5695. Here are the defining words from the instructions for the form:

Who Can Take the Credits
You may be able to take the credits if you made energy saving improvements to your home located in the United States in 2013.
Home. A home is where you lived in 2013 and can include a house, houseboat, mobile home, cooperative apartment, condominium, and a manufactured home that conforms to Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards.
You must reduce the basis of your home by the amount of any credit allowed.
Main home. Your main home is generally the home where you live most of the time. A temporary absence due to special circumstances, such as illness, education, business, military service, or vacation, will not change your main home.

I might be wrong but I don't believe RV = Mobile Home. I think you'd lose on this one.
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:52 PM   #32
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:37 PM   #33
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Note the caveat at the bottom, emphasis added:

Note: RV's have been accepted by the IRS as a second home for tax purposes. This makes your RV eligible for this tax credit. As always, consult with your Tax adviser or CPA to make sure this applies to you and your situation.

I suspect the average weekender would NOT be accepted.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:06 AM   #34
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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.
I think you nailed it. That system you spec'ed would be big enough to be useful and also be expandable. Price point seems reasonable compared to retrofits or a generator.

Can you also get the TT guys to offer this too? Or even a wiring package so that its prepped for an easy install.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:47 PM   #35
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Any chance this potential solar option could be on the books for a Solera order that would be placed in late April?
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:49 PM   #36
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Probably not, but I'll post here if and when it does become available.
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:19 AM   #37
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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.
Here's my take on it and where we're heading with our Solar system right now....
  • 30 Amp MPPT
  • Solar panel mounted so that they can be tilted for maximum efficiency. Flat mounted solar only has below 50% efficiency (so the 100W will deliver what a raised 50W will do)
  • 30 Amp should be sufficient to run up to 6 panels, so another connector to put one more panel on the ground for maximum efficiency would be welcome
The major use case for the Inverter is for boondocking and being able to watch Satellite TV in remote locations with no other TV reception (yes they do exist - mainly out west). So here's a few things to make an Inverter really usefull:
  • 600W is more than enough - the bigger the inverter the higher the power draw at idle
  • 15A cutover on the Inverter - that way the outlets still have 15A service when on shore power or generator
  • DO NOT wire anything but outlets through the Inverter (like Fridge, Converter, etc.)
  • DO NOT provide a special INVERTER OUTLET somewhere - all regular outlets should be usable
If that becomes available (especially with a front more like the View Profile) I don't see how I wouldn't trade in for a new 24R 'Profile'...

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Old 02-25-2014, 11:56 AM   #38
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Did anyone catch the 'cost' of that 30 ft of Romex wire? $78 bucks seems outrageous. I haven't had to buy any at Home Depot in a while but 14/2 Romex used to be around $20 bucks for 50ft.
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I would have opted for the solar system that has the ability for expansion had it been an option for 2013 24S. Not willing to trade/sell it just yet (if ever). I'm in the process of slowly buying the components for a system using the thin-film self adhesive panels. Got the idea for this type of system at www.rvwithtito.com
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We had a meeting with Samlex too. If they would provide the connection, we would consider pre-wiring all our units to accept their 90 watt portable panel.

The other option they propose is a 150watt panel, 30 amp controller. You could buy a branch connector and expand the system if you wanted. They recommend a 1000 water inverter so that if you want to run a coffee maker you can.

Although to hard wire an inverter to the outlets like someone suggested, gets expensive.
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