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Old 07-10-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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Solar panels

Just got two 150 watt solar panels installed on my ROO 233S. I also have two 6 volt batteries. Now I have to install my 650 watt inverter. Then we'll be ready for lots of dry camping.

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Old 07-10-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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Looks nice!

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Old 07-10-2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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Looks like a nice, clean installation. Did you go down through the frig vent? What manufacturer and model as well as your controller?
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:16 PM   #4
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I purchased the panels and the 30 amp Coleman controller online at Costco. The kit was on sale from $1000 to $750. I had the panels installed at the dealership where we bought our trailer as it's only 2 months old and I didn't want to void the warrantee, drilling in the roof. He put the wires down the fridge vent and connected them in the converter, where the battery is connected.
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Excellent! That is a good price all around. Now all you have to watch out for is water usage. Have fun with your new TT!
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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Why only a 650 inverter?
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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I don't much more than that. It will be to charge a couple of laptops, iPhones and iPads. The TV can be plugged in a small inverter plugged in the cigarette type plug that's already behind it.
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I'm in the market to replace my dual 12v marine batteries with two 6v batteries. Which ones did you select? I've read good things about the trojan t105 but a lot of people go for ones at cosco #245725 that are cheaper.
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Trojan are very good from what I heard but the person at Total Battery said that these are very popular and not as expensive. They were about $145 CDN plus core charge (I think $20). I built a plywood box for them.
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Zoso, I have two Trojans T-145 6-volt batteries but was debating when I bought them because of the price. I think well of US Battery, too, and had been considering the US Battery US145xc. In the end, both are very good companies. I choose the Trojans because of the beefier plates (holds a charge longer and should last longer).

But, like I said, I would have been happy with the US Batteries as well.

Make sure you buy a good charger. Most chargers built into a trailer's converter (e.g., WFCO) don't provide the high voltage these need in bulk mode to stay healthy. Its fine to charge via the converter while camping, but then throw it on the good charger before storage.
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