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Old 04-11-2015, 07:35 PM   #11
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Thanks Mark today I ran a electric heater on low 900 watt for 2 hours and the battery bank still read 12.92v after I turned it off. Then the sun came up and recharged the batteries before noon. Nice system!!!
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:25 AM   #12
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Here are some updated pics after wiring in the 200 more watts of solar

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Old 04-20-2015, 11:48 AM   #13
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Was camping for the last 3 days off solar and battery power and it worked perfect. We had plenty of power even with the rain and cloudy sky's. I did see 32 amps from the panels while the sun was out.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:22 PM   #14
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Old 04-20-2015, 03:46 PM   #15
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Where's your battery bank installed? With where my battery box is, I can see 1 more battery making it in there but that's about it.

Also, thanks to the person asking about pricing and to you for answering.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:18 PM   #16
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Remember pricing is with your free labor. There is 26 x 18"s in my battery compartment each one of my batteries are about 7 1/2" to 8"s wide and 13"s or so long. Remove the factory battery and plastic battery box, cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to cover the whole surface and the 3 batteries will fit fine. You won't need a battery box for these AGM batteries they are sealed. You can stack these batteries on their side if you want they won't leak. Batteries are located to the right of the generator.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:49 PM   #17
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Another update on my Solar set up.
Was camping this weekend and used a lot of my battery bank on purpose because it was going to be sunny all day Saturday. On Saturday we made coffee and watched the news on tv as always, when the sun came up awhile I checked my solar output to the batteries and it read 0.00v hmmm. Went out and check the panel breakers and all ok, checked breaker from charge controller to the battery bank and it was tripped.(30 amp). I reset it and in about 15 sec. it tripped again. Took the amp draw and my panels were putting out 32 amps. LOL I had used 10 gauge stranded THHN wire going to the battery bank so upgraded the wiring to 8 gauge welding cable and replaced my breaker with a 50 amp. Good to go now. Solar panels cranked out 34 amps most I've seen them put out so far and the sun isn't even straight up in the sky yet as summer isn't here yet. These panels are efficiently awesome!!! Can't wait to see how much they produce when the sun is straight up in the sky this summer.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:16 PM   #18
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Awesome review. I've been putting my system together and now can see the potential when I finish. Going to be using the 155AH Vmax batteries with 500 watts from Renogy
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:32 PM   #19
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Awesome review. I've been putting my system together and now can see the potential when I finish. Going to be using the 155AH Vmax batteries with 500 watts from Renogy
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That's awesome westcoast you will really like the convenience it provides and when your not using your rv you won't have to plug in to the power at home to keep the batteries charged anymore either. I haven't plugged in since I put my system on line. I go out and watch tv while at home for the heck of it to us up some free power. LOL Glad my reviews helped out. Post some pics of your setup if you get a chance.
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Westcoaster. Make sure you go with the MPPT controller and not the PWM unit. Huge difference in power delivery and sustained charge. I tried both and there is no comparison between the two. I keep the old PWM unit for a backup.
Looks like a clean system the way you have it layed out.
I didn't know it took 39 amps to trip a 30 amp breaker [written right on the side of the breaker, Duh]. I changed all breakers to 63 amp just to cover any surges. I'm happy.
OBTW, 6 X 100 watt panels will not produce over 550 watts. There is always loss and they tell you that they operate at 90%-95%. A 50 amp controller will handle 6 panels and have some left over.
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