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robo44 05-16-2019 10:30 AM

Recommendations Solar Installers California
 
Im looking to find a resource to install Solar on my 2019 FR3
While I live in Northern California, & prefer the installer be somewhat close, but I wont limit my travel to just local. I've got a good idea on what I want installed.
I've done the google search and found a few off of AM Solar, but looking for additional resources.

So are have you had Solar Installed on your RV by someone in California?

Are there any others out there that could give some recommendations for RV Solar Installers.

How happy are you with their workmanship and overall installation?

Thank you for your time

babock 05-16-2019 05:05 PM

Be careful of solar installers. I have seen some so called professional solar installers on some of the facebook groups showing the systems they installed. Some don't use quality crimpers and either use hammer crimpers or solder. Seen shunts with upwards of 10 connections stacked on top of each other instead of using bus bars. Some not using circuit breakers or fuses correctly. List goes on.

rk06382 05-17-2019 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by robo44 (Post 2096847)
Im looking to find a resource to install Solar on my 2019 FR3
While I live in Northern California, & prefer the installer be somewhat close, but I wont limit my travel to just local. I've got a good idea on what I want installed.
I've done the google search and found a few off of AM Solar, but looking for additional resources.

So are have you had Solar Installed on your RV by someone in California?

Are there any others out there that could give some recommendations for RV Solar Installers.

How happy are you with their workmanship and overall installation?

Thank you for your time

Quote:

Originally Posted by babock (Post 2097125)
Be careful of solar installers. I have seen some so called professional solar installers on some of the facebook groups showing the systems they installed. Some don't use quality crimpers and either use hammer crimpers or solder. Seen shunts with upwards of 10 connections stacked on top of each other instead of using bus bars. Some not using circuit breakers or fuses correctly. List goes on.

I agree don't look for a solar installer, look for a RV custom shop. I used a local RV shop to install my solar panels.

Do your research first. Solar is a thee legged stool.

1> Solar panels
2> Storage of the solar power IE: Battery bank.
3> Inverter to generate 120v AC power from your battery bank.

I am retired and need a CPAP to sleep at night. I installed a Samlex EVO-2212 Inverter/charger in my FR3 so I would not need to stay in a campground or run the genset every night. I calululated I needed about 100ah a night. Additional power would be needed for breakfast. IE:coffee, microwave, range hood fan, etc. My 400Ah battery bank has enough power for one or two days. Solar panels gives me a hands free way to recharge the batteries. I started with Fan-Tastic Fans in every roof vent to help cool the motorhome without an A/C.

Please read my thread: Expanding compartment space for 2200 Watt Inverter/Charger.

I made some mistakes like not starting with the Victron BMV-712 & SmartSolar MPPT charger.

If I lived near Reno, I would call Battle Born for advice. I am sure they could help you. 1-855-292-2831

Good Luck!
Remember you can deduct 30% of your solr cost from your Federal taxes for 2019. That includes Solar panels, Batteries, Inverter & Labor.


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