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Old 07-19-2016, 07:27 PM   #11
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By the way, I didn't really glue down my two 100w Go Solar flex panels. I used stainless screws and Dicored around the edges and over the screws. I almost decided to use Eternabond but decided I didn't need it.

There's a post from me in "pics of mods" here with my roof install pics.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:35 PM   #12
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OK/ the saga continues

I'm committed / based on the great input have purchased following. We are in this together/ Getting mixed reviews on whether to go with semi rigid or regular panels (less money). OK team what do we do ? Will share all installation photos and myself on bearskin rug / have to think about that/

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Old 07-19-2016, 07:50 PM   #13
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$350 for a 2000W inverter?
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:05 AM   #15
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Get rigid panels. Semi flex are very inefficient and expensive.

Strongly suggest you consider a Renogy kit which is what I have on my camper.

4 100 watt solar panels (RIGID)
40 amp MPTT controller
Mounts, etc..

About $1,000 total for the panels and controller.

TO make it worthwhile, 4 six volt golf cart batteries as a minimum.

Good luck and have fun.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:59 AM   #16
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This project really doesn't seem cost-effective to me, just to run a microwave for 15 minutes a day, given you've already invested (whether you've realized it or not) in a generator that's probably added several thousand dollars to the cost of your MH.
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x2 on Tony D. I have exactly the same setup as Tony D and it works as you say your needs are. Don't forget to include a small generator for an occasional supplement for charging or extended tv usage.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:24 AM   #18
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x2 on Tony D. I have exactly the same setup as Tony D and it works as you say your needs are. Don't forget to include a small generator for an occasional supplement for charging or extended tv usage.
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I carry a spare backup 3k generator with my Renogy setup and a small $80 harbor freight 2 stroke generator that stays in the camper storage area at all times.

Guess what, the 3k has never been used and the cheap 2 stroke generator is occasionally used to top off if sun hasn't been out all day or if I'm pumping water into my fresh water tanks. The HF 2 stroke gen has a 12 volt output which is sufficent to run a 5 amp 12VDC water pump that I used to pump water from 7 gallon walmart containers into my fresh water tank.

Yes, it is not economical to install solar to use a microwave for 15 minutes or to watch TV for a couple of hours at night without running a noisy generator.

Guess what, it is cheaper to get a hotel room for vacations then spending $$$$ on a camper and tow vehicle too if you look at pure economics.
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I carry a spare backup 3k generator with my Renogy setup and a small $80 harbor freight 2 stroke generator that stays in the camper storage area at all times.

Guess what, the 3k has never been used and the cheap 2 stroke generator is occasionally used to top xoff if sun hasn't been out all day or if I'm pumping water into my fresh water tanks. The HF 2 stroke gen has a 12 volt output which is sufficent to run a 5 amp 12VDC water pump that I used to pump water from 7 gallon walmart containers into my fresh water tank.

Yes, it is not economical to install solar to use a microwave for 15 minutes or to watch TV for a couple of hours at night without running a noisy generator.

Guess what, it is cheaper to get a hotel room for vacations then spending $$$$ on a camper and tow vehicle too if you look at pure economics.
Agreed, RV'ing is a "lifestyle", not a money saver.
It does make it alot easier to travel with my dogs, which is priceless to me.
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I carry a spare backup 3k generator with my Renogy setup and a small $80 harbor freight 2 stroke generator that stays in the camper storage area at all times.

Guess what, the 3k has never been used and the cheap 2 stroke generator is occasionally used to top off if sun hasn't been out all day or if I'm pumping water into my fresh water tanks. The HF 2 stroke gen has a 12 volt output which is sufficent to run a 5 amp 12VDC water pump that I used to pump water from 7 gallon walmart containers into my fresh water tank.

Yes, it is not economical to install solar to use a microwave for 15 minutes or to watch TV for a couple of hours at night without running a noisy generator.

Guess what, it is cheaper to get a hotel room for vacations then spending $$$$ on a camper and tow vehicle too if you look at pure economics.
Maybe if you install several thousand bucks in solar that you don't really need. Otherwise, NOT necessarily true. Depends on how often you camp. The more you camp, the more you save over hotels. ESPECIALLY if you have kids.
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