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Hey now! Don't dis a brotha’s install it gets hot up there any a guy gets tired climbing up and down a ladder for a cold beer
 
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looks good, I have 3, 100 watt panels on mine and I am going to add a few more. It works great when it is just my wife and I but add a few grand kids or our last two at home and they use the juice. I want the panels to be able to keep up with the use during the day etc... I might add two more 6v as well. Tim how many batteries do you have in your setup?

I'm currently using the outback 60 charge controller and it can handle up to 700watts of power, its a solid unit but spendy I also installed a disconnect switch from Amazon about 85 bucks but I like being able to shut the power off from the panels when needed.

I went crazy on securing wires when I realized that if they rub the shielding off will start arching to anything metal and not stop until the toy hauler burns down. I'm looking forward to your finished photos Tim.
 

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looks good, I have 3, 100 watt panels on mine and I am going to add a few more. It works great when it is just my wife and I but add a few grand kids or our last two at home and they use the juice. I want the panels to be able to keep up with the use during the day etc... I might add two more 6v as well. Tim how many batteries do you have in your setup?

I'm currently using the outback 60 charge controller and it can handle up to 700watts of power, its a solid unit but spendy I also installed a disconnect switch from Amazon about 85 bucks but I like being able to shut the power off from the panels when needed.

I went crazy on securing wires when I realized that if they rub the shielding off will start arching to anything metal and not stop until the toy hauler burns down. I'm looking forward to your finished photos Tim.

I currently have 4, 6 volt batteries. Tim
 
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I have 300 watts on my van (overkill) 200 watts on my pickup camper and am about to put 100w on the enclosed snowmachine/atv/sxs trailer I just picked up.
 
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I had the stock Go power 160 watt panel and controller but it didn't put much out like 4 to 7 amps typically depending on the time of day.

I added 2 175 watt panels and by 10 AM had over 18 amps. Tim
I thought I would just share some solar information with you or who ever else could use it.

I live full time in my 40' Toy Hauler and boondock most of the time. I have 2-160 watt panels, the Tri-Metric charge controller and monitor, 4-6 volt batteries that are on their 8th season, and a 3000 watt inverter wired through a transfer switch so all my plugs and micro are all live when I turn it on. I watch TV, movies, play the radio all day, heater, lights, I don't do without.

I have installed several systems now and most of them only run 2 solar panels. I have repaired some systems where they are underwired, panels are mounted where they get shade spots, and underwired battery cables. Here are some links on building and understanding solar.

Handy Bob's Blog https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/

Bogart Engineering Trimetric Battery Management System (BMS) - Bogart Engineering

I hope you or anybody else can use this.
 

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I thought I would just share some solar information with you or who ever else could use it.

I live full time in my 40' Toy Hauler and boondock most of the time. I have 2-160 watt panels, the Tri-Metric charge controller and monitor, 4-6 volt batteries that are on their 8th season, and a 3000 watt inverter wired through a transfer switch so all my plugs and micro are all live when I turn it on. I watch TV, movies, play the radio all day, heater, lights, I don't do without.

I have installed several systems now and most of them only run 2 solar panels. I have repaired some systems where they are underwired, panels are mounted where they get shade spots, and underwired battery cables. Here are some links on building and understanding solar.

Handy Bob's Blog https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/

Bogart Engineering Trimetric Battery Management System (BMS) - Bogart Engineering

I hope you or anybody else can use this.
Thanks for that information. I have 38kw system at my home. I haven't paid more than $30 power bill in years, and $20+ of that is from the well which is on a seperate meter every month.
Soon to retire, looking forward to "boondocking".

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I thought I would just share some solar information with you or who ever else could use it.

I live full time in my 40' Toy Hauler and boondock most of the time. I have 2-160 watt panels, the Tri-Metric charge controller and monitor, 4-6 volt batteries that are on their 8th season, and a 3000 watt inverter wired through a transfer switch so all my plugs and micro are all live when I turn it on. I watch TV, movies, play the radio all day, heater, lights, I don't do without.

I have installed several systems now and most of them only run 2 solar panels. I have repaired some systems where they are underwired, panels are mounted where they get shade spots, and underwired battery cables. Here are some links on building and understanding solar.

Handy Bob's Blog https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/

Bogart Engineering Trimetric Battery Management System (BMS) - Bogart Engineering

I hope you or anybody else can use this.
Your username sounds very familiar...I think we meet up at Avi Casino dry camping and then in Laughlin during the SxS finals...
 

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I really like the Solar stuff for the camper, cost wise it doesn't really appeal to me for household use unless off grid. I have 4- 6 volt batteries, 6- 100w renogy panles, 2 bogart 30 amp chargers and their TM2030 display/charge controller. Also have a 1000w inverter, I have to run a CPAP and oxygen machine at night so I set this up to get away from the generator otherwise I would be either running it all night or for hours on end charging the next day. Now I just run the generator for a little bit in the morning for the coffee machine maybe about a hour to take some of the bulk charge off and finish with the solar. I'm really happy how it turned out and might even add a couple more panels, I over did it on the cable size so have some room to grow.
 

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I really like the Solar stuff for the camper, cost wise it doesn't really appeal to me for household use unless off grid. I have 4- 6 volt batteries, 6- 100w renogy panles, 2 bogart 30 amp chargers and their TM2030 display/charge controller. Also have a 1000w inverter, I have to run a CPAP and oxygen machine at night so I set this up to get away from the generator otherwise I would be either running it all night or for hours on end charging the next day. Now I just run the generator for a little bit in the morning for the coffee machine maybe about a hour to take some of the bulk charge off and finish with the solar. I'm really happy how it turned out and might even add a couple more panels, I over did it on the cable size so have some room to grow.
For what you are doing, I would spend the money on expanding the battery bank if I were you.
 

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I really like the Solar stuff for the camper, cost wise it doesn't really appeal to me for household use unless off grid. I have 4- 6 volt batteries, 6- 100w renogy panles, 2 bogart 30 amp chargers and their TM2030 display/charge controller. Also have a 1000w inverter, I have to run a CPAP and oxygen machine at night so I set this up to get away from the generator otherwise I would be either running it all night or for hours on end charging the next day. Now I just run the generator for a little bit in the morning for the coffee machine maybe about a hour to take some of the bulk charge off and finish with the solar. I'm really happy how it turned out and might even add a couple more panels, I over did it on the cable size so have some room to grow.

I sleep with a CPAP, that's what prompted me to upgrade the solar. It sucks to wake up not breathing when the CPAP shuts off. Tim
 

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For what you are doing, I would spend the money on expanding the battery bank if I were you.
4, 6 volts is around 450 +/- amp hours, if you can go into the evening with full batteries, that's a shit load of power. Considering how energy efficient everything is these days, like LED bulbs and TV's.

2018.5 X3 Max XRS // Grove Fabworks, Aftermarket Assassins, Dynojet, CT front end, CA Tech, UMP, HSP, Rugged, Sandcraft, blah blah...
 

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4, 6 volts is around 450 +/- amp hours, if you can go into the evening with full batteries, that's a shit load of power. Considering how energy efficient everything is these days, like LED bulbs and TV's.

2018.5 X3 Max XRS // Grove Fabworks, Aftermarket Assassins, Dynojet, CT front end, CA Tech, UMP, HSP, Rugged, Sandcraft, blah blah...
I understand but adding solar is doing you no good if you are powering things when the sun isn't out. I would bet his battery bank is fully charged by noon every day.
 
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