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Old 08-19-2015, 09:57 AM   #1
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Thoughts on Factory Installed Solar (Isata Sprinter)

We're just looking for a system for some part time dry camping and to keep batteries topped off. Obviously not looking for an extreme "off the grid setup" as most users have no need. Having said that, this is the plan...

Standard Coach Batteries
(2) Group 31 AGM Batteries (Currently Intimidator by Deka)
(2) 32" 12V TV's

Optional
(2) 100W roof mounted flexible solar panels w/ 30 amp controller
(1) 1800W pure sine wave inverter.

In reviewing this set up, we have talked about changing it up a bit. With the cost of DC TV's versus AC TV's...we could actually run (2) AC TV's and make a 1000W inverter standard for about the same cost. Then just option the solar panels. While the idea of an 1800W inverter sounds nice, I think it is overkill for the (2) Group 31 batteries (rated at 105 Ah each)

So really the (2) questions are...
1. TV's. While DC native is nice. Replacement is more difficult. Plus, the 12V DC plugs are finicky and stick too far out of the wall. We could run AC's instead and run them through the standard inverter. They are also 5lbs lighter per TV.

2. Inverter: Instead of optioning an 1800W that is overkill. We could make a 1000W standard. Even if you did not take the Solar option, this would power the TV's, and with one TV running you could stilton a coffee make in the morning, charge some electronics.

Does DC native make that an attractive option? Or is the trade off to get the inverter a better use of dollars?
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:22 PM   #2
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My only question is current draw, dc
TV vs AC TV . I think if it was close I would go with the AC TV with 1000w
As a better use of funds.


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Old 08-21-2015, 09:51 AM   #3
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I would rather have the AC tv's primarily for the mounting and replacement issue you mentioned. There is a very limited number of DC tv's, and even fewer brands, available compared to AC. Plus when I pull out the tv's for storage I could use them at home or in my garage.

I don't plan on boon docking much so the solar isn't a big plus for me. I would much rather see a higher capacity diesel generator option than the current DP3200.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:46 AM   #4
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Unfortunately a larger diesel gen option doesn't exist. Let me rephrase that..."doesn't exist in a size or weight that works for our needs"

We will have a 20.3 gallon LP tank, so it will make the LP gen a better option.
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We will have a 20.3 gallon LP tank, so it will make the LP gen a better option.
Will the new tank be available for retrofitting to existing MBS units? Even with a diesel genset I wouldn't mind having the extra LP capacity.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:28 PM   #6
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Not that I am aware of. We don't use the same tanks as the Sunseeker-Forester division and I'm not sure if the mounting brackets would be the same. I know we were working on a larger tank when I left that division, but I haven't been involved since June 1.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:50 AM   #7
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Check out jacks site. He taught me and I would never go as small as 100 watts. I have 1000 watts and am topped off by noon every day
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Old 10-07-2015, 03:13 PM   #8
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2015/16 Solera 24 Scale Roof Drawing

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We're just looking for a system for some part time dry camping and to keep batteries topped off. Obviously not looking for an extreme "off the grid setup" as most users have no need. Having said that, this is the plan...

Standard Coach Batteries
(2) Group 31 AGM Batteries (Currently Intimidator by Deka)
(2) 32" 12V TV's

Optional
(2) 100W roof mounted flexible solar panels w/ 30 amp controller
(1) 1800W pure sine wave inverter.

In reviewing this set up, we have talked about changing it up a bit. With the cost of DC TV's versus AC TV's...we could actually run (2) AC TV's and make a 1000W inverter standard for about the same cost. Then just option the solar panels. While the idea of an 1800W inverter sounds nice, I think it is overkill for the (2) Group 31 batteries (rated at 105 Ah each)

So really the (2) questions are...
1. TV's. While DC native is nice. Replacement is more difficult. Plus, the 12V DC plugs are finicky and stick too far out of the wall. We could run AC's instead and run them through the standard inverter. They are also 5lbs lighter per TV.

2. Inverter: Instead of optioning an 1800W that is overkill. We could make a 1000W standard. Even if you did not take the Solar option, this would power the TV's, and with one TV running you could stilton a coffee make in the morning, charge some electronics.

Does DC native make that an attractive option? Or is the trade off to get the inverter a better use of dollars?
Brian,

I am in the planning stage for adding solar to my 24 R.

Do you have/can you post a scaled drawing of the solera roof with the locations of everything on the roof (vents, skylights, Air conditioner, etc.) to determine where I can place two or maybe three solar panels?

Thanks,

Pete
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Old 10-07-2015, 03:30 PM   #9
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I am no longer at that division. You would have to try and get something from Joshua Cavitt. I am now with Dynamax, 24R is still built at the Sunseeker-Forester plant.
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