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Old 10-06-2014, 09:43 PM   #11
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why are you spending extra money on an inverter/charger. you will have the solar charger and already have a coverter/charger on your rig. everything else looks good but this one piece seems to be a waste of $$

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Yes, the planning part has been a good exercise in understanding the system. I want to stay on a budget, but not build the system cheaply..if that makes sense, plus build in expansion if needed. Also for the DW, as I wanted to be sure she was onboard for any "electrical restrictions" and why........So now I need to figure out where to put all this stuff. Below is the setup I'm going to purchase.

Trojan T-145- 260ah x 4ea ----- 520AH
Morningstar TriStar MPPT 60
Solar World 275w PV - 2 ea ----- 550W
Magnum MMS-1012 - 1000W PSW inverter, 20A passthru, 50A-4 stage charger, w/temp sensor
Magnum Energy ME-ARC Inverter Remote
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:00 PM   #12
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I want a charger that has the capability of using a temp sensor and that I change the charging voltage, and of course by remote ......
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:30 PM   #13
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A person can actually get into this pretty cheaply. Now before someone says the only way to do it is to do al that figuring,a nd buy expensive systems, consider this:
I went to Harbor Freight, picked up 45 watt 3 panel system, that charges a 12 volt system at 3 Amps. It comes with a controller, to keep from overcharging your batteries, and has multiple outlets to allow to charge cell phones, car chargers, etc.
All for around 200 bucks total. I haven't installed them permanently, since I like to park under the shade, and want to place these in full sun. That also gives me access to the panels to clean them of dust, and can move them to angle toward the sun as it travels across the sky.
These kits also contain the alligator clamps to hook to your batteries, or wired eyes, to screw down onto the posts.
These cheap Chinese products have lasted me around 8 years, produce lots of power, and I haven't had any problems yet. If they suddenly die, I have gotten my use and money out of them. They keep my system charged, although I don't use a coverer to run any 120 stuff. We are pretty low usage out there.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:02 PM   #14
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We have a 2014 Cardinal 3450 and had a complete solar system installed at AM Solar in Springfield, Oregon. We would highly recommend them!
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:01 AM   #15
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I run a 35ft Hemisphere 282 RK with 1- 12 watt Sharp panel mounted flat on the roof. 20 Amp controller with 2 Interstate 6 v GC batteries. No inverter & LED's to added for next season. Very pleased with the performance. We use our Honda EU 2000 genny very little, just for the microwave, toaster, hair dryer,etc. I highly recommend solar generation.
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Old 10-21-2014, 02:13 PM   #16
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I run a 35ft Hemisphere 282 RK with 1- 12 watt Sharp panel mounted flat on the roof. 20 Amp controller with 2 Interstate 6 v GC batteries. No inverter & LED's to added for next season. Very pleased with the performance. We use our Honda EU 2000 genny very little, just for the microwave, toaster, hair dryer,etc. I highly recommend solar generation.

I may be wrong but a 12 watt panel puts out about 1 amp. If you have 15 hours of peak sun per day how can that charge a 225 amp hour battery setup.
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Old 10-21-2014, 02:26 PM   #17
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A person can actually get into this pretty cheaply. Now before someone says the only way to do it is to do al that figuring,a nd buy expensive systems, consider this:
I went to Harbor Freight, picked up 45 watt 3 panel system, that charges a 12 volt system at 3 Amps. It comes with a controller, to keep from overcharging your batteries, and has multiple outlets to allow to charge cell phones, car chargers, etc.
All for around 200 bucks total. I haven't installed them permanently, since I like to park under the shade, and want to place these in full sun. That also gives me access to the panels to clean them of dust, and can move them to angle toward the sun as it travels across the sky.
These kits also contain the alligator clamps to hook to your batteries, or wired eyes, to screw down onto the posts.
These cheap Chinese products have lasted me around 8 years, produce lots of power, and I haven't had any problems yet. If they suddenly die, I have gotten my use and money out of them. They keep my system charged, although I don't use a coverer to run any 120 stuff. We are pretty low usage out there.


I've looked into the same setup for the same reason!
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Old 10-21-2014, 03:54 PM   #18
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I may be wrong but a 12 watt panel puts out about 1 amp. If you have 15 hours of peak sun per day how can that charge a 225 amp hour battery setup.
I'm sorry. I meant a 123 watt Sharp solar panel.
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:24 PM   #19
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I'm sorry. I meant a 123 watt Sharp solar panel.

No problem, will be putting 2 - 130 watt panels on my SC 226rbds in the spring. Had them before and loved them.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:31 PM   #20
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I found getting solar is very personal. In my case I have found that it has increased over the years and now what I have is still not enough.
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