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steveboise6 01-19-2014 08:30 PM

Solar system installed
 
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Hey Folks,
We installed a solar system while Camping World was offering inexpensive installation. We installed the Nature Power 130 watt (140 watt) solar panel (#50132), 240 watt N.P. Solar Battery Charge Controller (#60028) and the N.P. Sine Wave 1000 watt inverter (#38310). A 120V power outlet was installed between the two swivel seats so there is easy access from the slide out dinette area. We opted for extended warranties on the equipment so we are covered for 4 years.

The inverter was installed in a storage compartment next to the battery compartment. The controller installed above the battery control center. The inverter was connected to a Switch next to the controller. Our primary purpose for the inverter is to charge computers and phones.

We are looking forward to boondoggling this year. I will give you an update on how this works out. Today we have had cold dense fog, but the solar panel is still charging the batteries to 13.0 V.
Happy Travels, Steve

CaptDan 01-20-2014 11:24 AM

:thumbsup: "Very Neat." May I please ask what did Camping World charge you? Please keep us updated on your latest Mod-Thanks for sharing.

steveboise6 01-20-2014 01:23 PM

The solar panel - $600, extended 2 yr warranty -$100. Charge controller - $130, 3 yr extended warranty - $23. 1000 watt sine wave inverter - $285. total labor - $292. With misc. switches, circuit breaker, remote switch for inverter, etc., the total cost before tax was $1435. This includes 3-5 yr. warranty on all the parts.

Yes, I will post updates. We are in a temp inversion with dense fog (Boise, Idaho) so the solar output is about nil. But, I don't have to worry about battery drain - voltage is 90% of full charge.

Cheers, Steve

rockfordroo 01-20-2014 02:34 PM

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We are looking forward to boondoggling this year.
Hope you meant boondocking! :roflblack:

steveboise6 01-20-2014 07:02 PM

Yeah, this is what the politicians call "misspoke", they don't make mistakes. I am hoping my boondocking doesn't morph into a boondoggle!

2012WhiteSolera 01-20-2014 09:46 PM

If you get a chance can you post pictures of the solar panel. If its mounted on your unit I mean.

reinerka 01-21-2014 10:35 AM

We've installed Solar on our 2011 S some time ago and love it so far. Unless we watch a lot of satellite TV we don't need the generator at all...

We installed the inverter to actually power the regular outlets - so everything works if plugged in or on inverter.

Reiner

steveboise6 01-22-2014 03:24 PM

solar panel picture
 
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In response to 2012WhiteSolera -- Attached is a picture of the solar panel on the roof. 140W Nature Power 60 x 27.5 inches.

Wishing you all Sunshine ! (from our 10 day foggy temperature inversion)

Ford Idaho 01-22-2014 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by steveboise6 (Post 529944)
In response to 2012WhiteSolera -- Attached is a picture of the solar panel on the roof. 140W Nature Power 60 x 27.5 inches.

Wishing you all Sunshine ! (from our 10 day foggy temperature inversion)

Balmy 26 degrees in BOI but it was 18 degrees in BYI and foggy early this am .

jackfish 02-07-2014 10:26 AM

Other than the overpriced solar panel, good job!


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