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Old 04-13-2016, 05:34 AM   #11
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IMHO, 2 x 6vdc batteries isn't enough storage. You might want to consider more elec storage.
Thanks for the info. I certainly don't disagree. We are going to start small and build from there. If I need 2 more batteries or more solar than I will get it. We don't boondocks a lot but would like to do more.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:53 AM   #12
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I did a lot of research last year and ended up at Renogy | The Future of Clean Energy. They have packages that make the solar end of your equation much more reasonable. Different range of kits from entry level to premium. You may want to check them out.
Renogy would be my first choice. They make complete kits with quality components at competitive prices. I have one of their 100 watt suitcase kits and have been very pleased. When I go permanent mount it will be one of theirs. Make sure you size your battery bank for the intended daily load plus a few more to allow for cloudy or rainy days.

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Thanks for all the info. I talk to Renogy last night and feel pretty good about the set up they quoted me. It was in the $1000+/- range for a complete 200W (2 x 100) panel set up with the 60 amp charge controller so I can add to it later if needed ... which I think I probably will. If nothing else because we'll end up using more electrical stuff 'cause we can :-)

Now I just need to find out about the solar rebates and hopefully pull the trigger on the order.
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Old 04-13-2016, 02:19 PM   #14
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I plan to get solar but right now I can't afford it, I have 2 2000i Honda's that I plan to use on this long trip plus a bank of batteries. I'll be alright on this trip, about 4 months. Next year I plan to install solar, start with two and add more as I can afford it.


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Old 04-13-2016, 03:19 PM   #15
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Ok - I've lost the link that I had to the spreadsheet for battery & solar sizing calculator. I also can't find it in a search.

Anyone have a good one?
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Just wanted to add, by adding a battery monitor (Trimetric 2030) within a few trips you'll be able to tell for sure how much usage you have. There is an old saying to figure out how many watts of panels you need and double it. Using a good monitor will allow you to zero in on how much you will need. Windy Nation is a good site for off the grid equipment. With power, cheap is not always a good thing, unless you are getting top of the line equipment at a reasonable price.

test have shown you can add 20 to 25% efficiency by pointing your panels. Maximizing your efficiency and monitoring your power collection at least for the 1st 6 months will give you lots of information and peace of mind....
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