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Old 06-09-2021, 11:26 AM   #1
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Added 1140 more watts of Solar to our 34KD

We picked up our new rig a few weeks ago and we had the dealer add some more solar panels to it. Its a 2021 DX3 34KD.

6x Go Power 190w panels and 2 60amp regulators.

They changed the two factory panels and controller to only charge the chassis batteries, that way I can Jam out with the JBL speaker upgrade without worry of killing the chassis batteries.

So far we absolutely love the rig and the DD8 is a beast of an engine.

This solar set up has no problem so far running the fridge all night and coffee maker in the morning and has the house batteries back up to full charge in no time.

So far I really like the new seats, on our first outing, I was driving for 9 hours each day and felt very comfortable.

A few little things I had to fix that broke during our trip but no big deal, all apart of a new RV.

Flat towing a Jeep Wrangler with a blue ox and air force one set up.

In July we will be doing a 21 day road trip from CA to KY and will be towing my 22' car hauler back with us. I can't wait to see how well the rig does in the mountains loaded down!


Very excited for the Western Gathering and can't wait to meet some of yall!

-Jetguy in California
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Old 06-09-2021, 11:59 AM   #2
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Very nice, what size battery bank do you have?
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Old 06-09-2021, 12:04 PM   #3
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Very nice, what size battery bank do you have?

Right now just the factory 2x 4D AGM's, so 400ah. We want to use the rig more to see if more additional batteries will be needed for our set up.

As of now, no plans for lithium's.
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Old 06-09-2021, 12:17 PM   #4
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I still see some real estate left open on the roof, needs more Solar panels! Lol

Looks great, enjoy. Nice color.
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I’ll bet ConEd is missing your customer bill being paid when you go camping.
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Old 06-09-2021, 12:31 PM   #6
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I still see some real estate left open on the roof, needs more Solar panels! Lol

Looks great, enjoy. Nice color.
lol I was originally only going to add 4 panels but then last minute changed it to 6. I have enough solar controller power to add two more, but not sure if I will ever need to.
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Old 06-09-2021, 12:34 PM   #7
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I’ll bet ConEd is missing your customer bill being paid when you go camping.

lol more solar on this rig than my house
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Old 06-09-2021, 12:34 PM   #8
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We picked up our new rig a few weeks ago and we had the dealer add some more solar panels to it. Its a 2021 DX3 34KD.

6x Go Power 190w panels and 2 60amp regulators.

They changed the two factory panels and controller to only charge the chassis batteries, that way I can Jam out with the JBL speaker upgrade without worry of killing the chassis batteries.

So far we absolutely love the rig and the DD8 is a beast of an engine.

This solar set up has no problem so far running the fridge all night and coffee maker in the morning and has the house batteries back up to full charge in no time.

So far I really like the new seats, on our first outing, I was driving for 9 hours each day and felt very comfortable.

A few little things I had to fix that broke during our trip but no big deal, all apart of a new RV.

Flat towing a Jeep Wrangler with a blue ox and air force one set up.

In July we will be doing a 21 day road trip from CA to KY and will be towing my 22' car hauler back with us. I can't wait to see how well the rig does in the mountains loaded down!


Very excited for the Western Gathering and can't wait to meet some of yall!

-Jetguy in California
So how much total wattage do you have? I see the six 190 volt panels. What are the other two? How much amperage are seeing at peak sun being fed to your battery bank? Beautiful setup!
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So how much total wattage do you have? I see the six 190 volt panels. What are the other two? How much amperage are seeing at peak sun being fed to your battery bank? Beautiful setup!
Total wattage is 1340w.

6 added panels and 2 factory 100w panels.

I haven't had a chance to really put the solar through its paces yet. By the time I checked the Bluetooth controller stats in morning on our first trip everything seemed to be fully charged and on a float charge. At the end of the month we are taking the rig out for a week, we will be in cool weather in San Diego and won't need to run the generator or ac, so that will be the real world 5 day test.
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Total wattage is 1340w.

6 added panels and 2 factory 100w panels.

I haven't had a chance to really put the solar through its paces yet. By the time I checked the Bluetooth controller stats in morning on our first trip everything seemed to be fully charged and on a float charge. At the end of the month we are taking the rig out for a week, we will be in cool weather in San Diego and won't need to run the generator or ac, so that will be the real world 5 day test.
That's some serious solar! What battery monitor are you using?
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Old 06-09-2021, 01:21 PM   #11
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That's some serious solar! What battery monitor are you using?
We have two of these for the added solar panels. Its the controller and regulator system, and transmits via Bluetooth all of the info to my phone or ipad.
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Old 06-09-2021, 03:25 PM   #12
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We picked up our new rig a few weeks ago and we had the dealer add some more solar panels to it. Its a 2021 DX3 34KD.

6x Go Power 190w panels and 2 60amp regulators.

They changed the two factory panels and controller to only charge the chassis batteries, that way I can Jam out with the JBL speaker upgrade without worry of killing the chassis batteries.

So far we absolutely love the rig and the DD8 is a beast of an engine.

This solar set up has no problem so far running the fridge all night and coffee maker in the morning and has the house batteries back up to full charge in no time.

So far I really like the new seats, on our first outing, I was driving for 9 hours each day and felt very comfortable.

A few little things I had to fix that broke during our trip but no big deal, all apart of a new RV.

Flat towing a Jeep Wrangler with a blue ox and air force one set up.

In July we will be doing a 21 day road trip from CA to KY and will be towing my 22' car hauler back with us. I can't wait to see how well the rig does in the mountains loaded down!


Very excited for the Western Gathering and can't wait to meet some of yall!

-Jetguy in California
With that solar setup you should be able to backfeed power into any RV campsite and pay for the stay
I would highly recommend to go with Lithium battery's and at least 800AMP.
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With that solar setup you should be able to backfeed power into any RV campsite and pay for the stay
I would highly recommend to go with Lithium battery's and at least 800AMP.

If I was trying to add another inverter or two to run the AC's off battery power I would absolutely consider lithium's. Right now my old school experience says just add two more AGM's if I needed more battery capacity. These next few months of trialing out the system will give me a great baseline.
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With that solar setup you should be able to backfeed power into any RV campsite and pay for the stay
I would highly recommend to go with Lithium battery's and at least 800AMP.
At least 800 amps!? There's quite a good chance he doesn't need that much. I'd suggest he do a usage audit before committing to a battery bank that large.
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You should have gone full nuclear.
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You should have gone full nuclear.
lol my DW may not approve going that route
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Just a few more bucks. Go for it! You're not supposed to include wives in these decisions anyhow!
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I still see some real estate left open on the roof, needs more Solar panels! Lol

Looks great, enjoy. Nice color.
If he covers the entire roof first, the factory roof will never deteriorate from sun damage and also, he could add an electric motor to the drive train and make the rig a Diesel/Electric Hybrid.
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Old 06-10-2021, 04:50 PM   #19
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Just a few more bucks. Go for it! You're not supposed to include wives in these decisions anyhow!
She doesn't know that I added more solar to rig, figured add it before we took delivery so she wouldn't notice the RV missing lol. Lucky for me I doubt she will be doing any maintenance on the roof. As she says boys and their toys.
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