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Old 03-01-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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just purchased a 2004 Flagstaff 831fkss saw that it has a solar package with a control panel and battery bank under the bed, does anyone else run a solar package? I am an avid camper but this is new to me, just looking for general information will research it online when I get the camper to the house in a couple of days

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luckee. Can you post some pics, please? Especially of the solar panel mounts.

I'm about to drop a grand on a starter kit... Hoping to build from there...
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just purchased a 2004 Flagstaff 831fkss saw that it has a solar package with a control panel and battery bank under the bed, does anyone else run a solar package? I am an avid camper but this is new to me, just looking for general information will research it online when I get the camper to the house in a couple of days

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It would appear that the previous owner must have "dry camped" a lot, as the solar setup will extend the available power from your battery pack. I have not seen a lot of postings regarding solar setups.
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You are lucky to have the previous owner pay for solar(most basic systems cost over $1000, and larger systems can be 2x) Even if you don't boondock a lot, it really helps in maintaining your batteries to full charge and will keep your batteries totally charged (even through the winter months) if you have the right kind of controller
a lot depends on the system installed
-how may watts the solar panel(s) are putting out and do they have adjustable mounts to angle towards the sun
-type of controller (three stage is best) The distance from the batteries to controller
-Size of wiring (#10 minimum, and larger=better)
-type of batteries put under the bed (completely sealed batteries are best in any areas..AGM, glass mat, or completely sealed marine battery. If the batteries are vented, then be sure there is adequate ventilation
-Are the solar panels and controller connected to the TT coach batteries also, and the batteries under the bed a second bank?
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:06 PM   #5
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You are lucky to have the previous owner pay for solar(most basic systems cost over $1000, and larger systems can be 2x) Even if you don't boondock a lot, it really helps in maintaining your batteries to full charge and will keep your batteries totally charged (even through the winter months) if you have the right kind of controller
a lot depends on the system installed
-how may watts the solar panel(s) are putting out and do they have adjustable mounts to angle towards the sun
-type of controller (three stage is best) The distance from the batteries to controller
-Size of wiring (#10 minimum, and larger=better)
-type of batteries put under the bed (completely sealed batteries are best in any areas..AGM, glass mat, or completely sealed marine battery. If the batteries are vented, then be sure there is adequate ventilation
-Are the solar panels and controller connected to the TT coach batteries also, and the batteries under the bed a second bank?
The battery pack under the bed is replacing the TT battery, there are 2 panels mounted to the roof and they are tiltable, there is a Kyocera control pamel mounted above the command center, so far I have not been able to find much out about it
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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luckee. Can you post some pics, please? Especially of the solar panel mounts.

I'm about to drop a grand on a starter kit... Hoping to build from there...
Rod tell me what kind of details shots you would like and I will get them for you this weekend (since I am a professional photographer....LOL)
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Larry, post the shots so we can all see them, please. From what I have heard the Kyocera brand is top quality. Very interested in going up from my puny 5 watt portable solar panel.
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Larry, post the shots so we can all see them, please. From what I have heard the Kyocera brand is top quality. Very interested in going up from my puny 5 watt portable solar panel.
No problem, I will do that tomorrow if the weather here in Indiana coporates
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Rod tell me what kind of details shots you would like and I will get them for you this weekend (since I am a professional photographer....LOL)
I'd just like to get some better ideas and understanding of how your panels are mounted. Where on the roof, what kind of brackets, how do you adjust the angle of the panels, how were the penetrations sealed, that kind of stuff

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The battery pack under the bed is replacing the TT battery, there are 2 panels mounted to the roof and they are tiltable, there is a Kyocera control pamel mounted above the command center, so far I have not been able to find much out about it
On second thought, that sounds like a big fire danger. How's about I come over and help you remove all that stuff and dispose of everything for you. You know, for your safety, and the safety of your family.
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