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Old 01-22-2016, 05:15 PM   #1
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Smile solar system for a 36ckts cedar creek

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
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:48 PM   #2
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I don't own this camper but you should easily be able to fit four 100 watt panels and possibly six on them. http://www.amazon.com/RENOGY%C2%AE-P...enogy+400+watt

I have the 400 watt Renogy system on mine.

Recommend at least 400 amp capacity with 400 watt and 500-600 amp with 600 watt system. Batteries alone can cost you 800 to 1500 depending on brand. I have 4 Vmax AGM batteries on mine but you can go Trojan 6 volt which work very well and have 2-3 battery banks. I have 3 switched battery banks but only use 2 for solar and inverter power...the third bank is emergency use only if sun doesn't shine and generator isn't working.

Expect to pay about $100/hour labor for someone to install it for you. If you are in CO, I can do it for $50/hour which is less than my hourly rate at work.

I have about $1,500 in parts such as xfer switches, cable wire, battery switches, upgraded power converter etc and a 1500 watt pure sine wave inverter and battery monitor, 40 amp MPPT controller etc. .... and 1,200 in batteries in my system.

Labor to install: Took me 40 hours by myself to do install. My install is just not basic solar but I ended up moving batteries to rear of camper (used AGM which don't vent), installing auto transfer switches, battery selector switches, 1500 watt pure sine wave inverter, disconnects so fridge and hot water heater don't run on inverter a/c, rewire so converter doesn't use inverter a/c to charge the batteries that provide inverter a/c current etc...etc.. Removed undercover plastic to route all cable in sealed conduit. Lots of little things which aren't hard but take time. I like to do things right for example butyl tape under panel mounts on roof then covered with eternabond tape which has edges sealed with Dicor. Home made combination box on roof. All wiring eternabond taped so it isn't exposed to elements.

Lots of good info on solar on interweb.

Good luck and have fun.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:02 AM   #3
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X2 for Renogy solar equipment. I have 6 x 100 watt panels and 600 amp hours of AMG batteries. Make sure you get the MT-5 monitor for the MPPT controller.
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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
I installed my system last Jan. I have more pictures, just have to find them.
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We love our 2 panel 320 watt system installed by AM Solar in Springfield, OR. Excellent resource and support. DIY or have them install. Welcome to AM Solar_Your RV Solar Specialists since 1987
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:27 PM   #6
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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.

Good luck,
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Sorry Anders I got your name wrong just figured it out
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We love our 2 panel 320 watt system installed by AM Solar in Springfield, OR. Excellent resource and support. DIY or have them install. Welcome to AM Solar_Your RV Solar Specialists since 1987
Our system is also from AM Solar.
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