Originally Posted by Flybob
Think your Charge Controller is a little high and your battery cost is a little low. I did not see an inverter listed so assuming you do not plan to use any AC appliances. You might want to check on the solar rebate as I believe it may not apply to a camping trailer. Have you confirmed that this system will meet your power demands?
- We can do all we want on 12vdc so I don't need the inverter. Besides, I have a couple of cheapy's if needed - yes, it'll drain the batt's faster but that's ok ... for the short term.
- Like I said, I didn't shop around much but for the TriStar MPPT TS-MPPT-60, it looked about right??? I'm looking at the MPPT because we camp in shaded areas (not complete shade) so think I need more panels than "normal" and need to harvest as much from them as possible. At least this is what I understand as one of the benefits of the MPPT controller. Is this incorrect thinking?
- I will most definitely check the rebates before spending the $$. I do know I read that by IRS rules, a camper is the "same" as a motor home and in NYS our camper is considered a 2nd home (it's tax deductible). So ... I'm hoping and I'll keep my fingers crossed but check before spending $.
- Batteries - I thought I've read that people can get the T105's for around $100 each (maybe a pipe dream?). I know I can get the 6V Everready's from Batteries Plus for ~$100 each (before tax)
- I have not confirmed the draw on our new RV. It would be overkill in our last one assuming we had the sunlight for it. One of the biggest hurdles to me is figuring out how much power I can harvest in dappled and shaded campsites (we camp in the Adirondack Mountains a lot and there are a LOT of trees.
Thanks for the help - I need it.