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Old 04-04-2012, 05:49 AM   #21
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Rod, when you see cheap wire, it's cheap for a reason. Always confirm its pure copper, not cca (copper clad aluminum) as aluminum doesn't conduct electricity as well. Also be aware that the insulation isn't terribly tough, not like real welding cable which may sell for as much as $2/foot more. The wire you show in the link is pure copper, but has a cheaper insulation. Not a big deal if protected from damage such as in conduit. One other thing about this insulation, it may get sticky in time as the chemicals that make it pliable leach out in the heat of summer.
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:36 AM   #22
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Well, I wasn't very happy with the battery tray. The boxes to fit my batteries would not fit together.

A little bit of angle iron and a couple of sparks with the mig and...



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Old 04-12-2012, 07:35 AM   #23
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Good looking job Rod!

I see you read the post on correctly wiring the two 12 volt batteries (or knew from the start how to do it - I did not).
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:19 PM   #24
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Well, we got a little rain this weekend.

I wanted to check the batteries and make sure no water had gotten into the boxes... Well it did, not much, maybe 1/4 inch standing in the bottom.

It pools on the top of the boxes, then runs down into the vents. Not knowing what else to do, I put a ring of RTV around the vents. They should still vent, and it should keep the water out. Not my best work, but once the generator is mounted, I'll never see them again.



Should I drill a hole in the bottom of the battery boxes?
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:16 AM   #25
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Yes Rod drill holes in the bottom. Where we live we get 46" of rain annually and the dealer forgot to drill drain holes in the bottom of my battery box. When getting ready to install some serious power, I checked the battery and it was under water. The rubber "O" rings on the cell covers prevented the acid mixing with the water.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:14 AM   #26
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I saw your post with the underwater battery. That's what prompted me to check...

I guess I thought maybe the boxes also kept the acid contained in case of a battery failure?
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:34 PM   #27
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So, I'm a bit giddy.

I received my first 150W panel today. Should have the other panel midweek next week as well as the rest of the mounting brackets and MC4 wire terminators.

I need to pick up some Dicor roof sealant? I'll probably start marking out the roof trusses this weekend so I can get the panels firmly mounted. I might need somebody to hold my hand when I shoot the first screws through my brand new roof.

I'm also pretty happy with the two batteries. My trailer has been unplugged all week, and I've been inside of it, watching TV, running the bathroom fan, listening to the radio, and leaving all of the lights on. Been doing that pretty much every evening for at least a couple of hours, trying to run down the batteries. No luck, yet.
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:54 PM   #28
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Well, the panels have been sitting up on the roof for a couple of days. I try to run as many of the lights as possible, and the water pump and bathroom fan. Even the TV on the inverter for a while.

I'd check on the charger in the morning to see that it was charging, and then again when I got home. Everytime in the afternoon, it was back on a trickle, even the day I was only at work for a couple of hours.

Today I got up there and mounted the panels.

I found it easier to locate the trusses with a stud finder then make a transfer mark on my panels. I brought the panels down and drilled some extra holes in the frame to mount my Z brackets right where the roof trusses were. That let me make sure every screw got into something solid.

Of course, a liberal application of Dicor sealant under each Z bracket, followed by an EXTRA liberal glob on top of the screws.



We have a four day camping trip down at the beach reserved for the middle of May. They have hookups, and I'll have my generator, I'm hoping to not need either. So we're going to try boondocking in the campsite. This will also be an experiment because we'll have several kids with us and I forsee lots of electrical usage.

I left room on the aft, port side of the roof for an additional panel if usage and budget dictate.
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #29
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Oh, a few things to add.

I found that the standard MC4 connectors only accept up to 10 to 14 gauge cable,
AFTER I ran my 8 gauge. The particular brand of cable I used has a fairly thick jacket, too. I was able to get the connectors to work just fine by trimming a few strands from bundle of stripped wires at the end. The plastic connectors and rubber seals for them were able to accomodate the 8 gauge wire rather nicely.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:01 PM   #30
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Next, I'd like to add some split looming on all of the power wires.

Does anybody make a UV resistant split loom?

I found some white loom that I thought would be better at rejecting light and heat and last longer. But, it seems that its all made for office or home theater applications. That tells me its for inside use and probably wouldn't work.

The black stuff I have is fairly inexpensive, and has worked fine for everything else I've used it for... I know it won't last for long laying up on a hot roof. Is this just something I should expect to change every couple of years as part of the roof and trailer maintenance??
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