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Old 03-27-2016, 02:18 PM   #11
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Rmusson, not over kill, sounds like a very secure install. Happy Camping.
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Old 03-27-2016, 07:25 PM   #12
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Too scary for me so I went portable panels with Trimetric SC2030 controller & TM2030 monitor permanently. Mounted with quick disconnect for panels works great and I still get to park in the shade. Takes less than 5 min to set up.


Initially I was going to go this way but I thought about storage space and I basically wanted to forget about them, BUT, had I known what I now know I would go this way.
I also went with the Trimetric SC2030 and TM2030.
I did a lot of research in to controllers and with the help of https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/ I was able feel money was well spent and beside Ralph at Bogart Engineering (the maker of Trimetric home - Bogart Engineering) answered my questions right away.
I kinda like what Randman did with flexible panel where as the air can't pick the panel up and lift it off the roof. But I'm wondering since no air moves under the panel whether the high temps. affect it adversely as far as output.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:06 PM   #13
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Too scary for me so I went portable panels with Trimetric SC2030 controller & TM2030 monitor permanently. Mounted with quick disconnect for panels works great and I still get to park in the shade. Takes less than 5 min to set up.


That's a really nice setup, can i ask how much you have invested in the panels and controller etc...?
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:09 PM   #14
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What size toggle bolts did you guys use?
I used the smallest I kind find, 1/8, I wanted to keep the hole in roof to a minimum and I only used one per bracket (there are two mounting holes per bracket).
I used 1/4" on the inside wall but I'm one of those "Too strong never failed" fanatics.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:12 PM   #15
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Try the Renogy website. They have all you need. No problems in my system in over two years and it didn't break the bank. You can put together a 200 watt system with MPPT controller, MT-5 monitor, wiring and fuse for under $500. Stick with the MPPT controller and stay away from the PWM unit. Big difference. Been there and done that.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:35 PM   #16
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Thanks, i'll check it out. I don't want a permanent mounted panel, want to it to be portable.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:56 PM   #17
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That's a really nice setup, can i ask how much you have invested in the panels and controller etc...?
I have the exact setup. Spent about $750 for panels, controller, monitor, wires, etc. We store the panels behind the couch when traveling. The charge controller and Trimetric battery monitor are mounted in a Torklift aluminum battery box. The box is big enough for 4 batteries but I divided it in half. (There is a gasket around the divider to keep battery gases away from the controller)

I am going to mount a third panel on the roof to keep the batteries charged. I think I might use angle aluminum strips, as previously mentioned, for a more secure mount.
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I have the exact setup. Spent about $750 for panels, controller, monitor, wires, etc. We store the panels behind the couch when traveling. The charge controller and Trimetric battery monitor are mounted in a Torklift aluminum battery box. The box is big enough for 4 batteries but I divided it in half. (There is a gasket around the divider to keep battery gases away from the controller)

I am going to mount a third panel on the roof to keep the batteries charged. I think I might use angle aluminum strips, as previously mentioned, for a more secure mount.
About how much do you estimate this system weights? I'm pretty limited on GVRW but I can carry a bunch in the truck.
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I think the panels are about 16 lbs each. Wire, controller, monitor might add 10 lbs at most.
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Sorry, can't help with portable solar. I wanted a system that I could install and forget about it and not have something else to setup and take down every time we moved. Got enough to do already.
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