Originally Posted by buckaroo2
Can some of you supply me with a good type of solar system used on a 36 ckts one with enough power for boon docking and batterties i would like to have one installed and maybe some costs from people that have done it or had it done pictures of postion of panels would be most helpful also Thank You
We have a 8265WS Rockwood fiver and last year we installed the Solar Elite
solar kit by GoPower. That system has two 160W panels for a total of 320W. A 2000 Watt sin inverter, 30 amp regulator, 45 amp battery charger, 30 amp pre wired AUTOMATIC shorepower/inverter AC switching kit, inverter remote on/off and other parts for the install.
All the panels and remote for the inverter is all installed nicely on the inside of our trailer above all the other switches. The inverter is installed at the top of the wall in the pass through storage compartment, this makes it very close to the batteries which is recommended and we can still utilize the space below it.
We boondocked (November and part of December) for 6 weeks down on Coyote Beach, south of Mulege (on the Baja Mexico) for 6 weeks and for what we use it was pretty darn good (we are still in Mexico by the way).
My wife used her hair dryer/ curling iron, Nespresso machine and even the microwave for 20 second intervals. All worked well. We will do several more weeks of dry camping on our way home in early March.
From the US border south (in full sunshine) we had the fridge on power/solar and it worked great. I assume the truck had to maybe help top up things at time?
If I had to do it over again, I would go for the Solar Extreme kit which is one step up with 3 panels and 480 W and a 3000 watt sin inverter.
Looks like you also have a 5th wheel and you can then more then likely get a way with 2 banks of 6 volt deep cycle flooded batteries (you need to vent them outside). Your current batteries are more then likely in the front compartment already and vented out, so very little adjustments to do. Some motor homes will need to use AGM batteries, this way you do not need to vent them outside. The negative with the 6 volts is that you will add some extra weight.
I have only one bank, two 6 volt Interstate deep cycle batteries,
and will add a second bank when we get home. I was going to install AGM (sealed) batteries and the RV shop suggested the flooded type. In BC Canada, the flooded batteries are about a 1/4 of the price of an AGM battery.
My batteries are installed in the front compartment which is completely sealed off from the inside of the trailer.
I had everything installed by the local RV dealer. The solar extreem package is around $3,700 and the batteries about 150 each
So the long and short.... if I had to do it over again, I would go with the Solar Extreme
480 W system and two banks of six volt deep cycle batteries.
If you want some pictures, let me know and I will take some.