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RE: New 5er Looking for cmpnt sugg to make 2-300W porta solar

We used a portable set up last year and will until I get my system mounted. Even after I mount them I may keep a portable for the flexibility. The ability to collect the early morning sun was big when we had clouds by noon daily.
JiminDenver 04/24/14 07:18am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Champion on sale

We have only camped between 9-10000 ft and out older 3500/4000 runs everything fine. It's easier to run the AC with the converter off but it will do both.
JiminDenver 04/23/14 09:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Champion on sale

We have had a 3500/4000 for 3 years now and it really is the best bang for the buck out there. Quieter than most open frames and easier to start than a Honda 2000. We use ours in the boonies away from others and once inside the noise is just a hum but then again so was the Honda 3000is that was next to us last year. The best thing about it for us was by NOT blowing the budget on a inverter solution, I was able to set us up for solar. Now the Champ is only needed for AC (not often) and is usually the quietest generator in the area.
JiminDenver 04/23/14 09:25am Tech Issues
RE: PWM vs MPPT Test Results

At least now you are beginning to see the numbers you expected with the 230w in bright light. The more interesting comparison with MPPT vs PWM will be in lower light conditions. Soon I should have a new controller for the new panels and will be able to compare it's out put with the Eco-W side by side.
JiminDenver 04/22/14 04:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Great deal on solar panels in Denver

This was at the controller while it was charging. And - due to the half-baked nature of the test rig, I don't really trust any of the numbers. I need to gather a few more items, and get the real install working. I'm really thrilled - I was not going to consider solar for this year - but now I'm nearly ready-to-go!! It looks like the panels and the charger/controller will work for me. I might have to hit you up for some questions as I go along :) Since my old panels were mismatched I never checked them in series. I have also only used my stuff portable so we can learn how to install them together. Luckily there a number of posters with detailed installs and that's going to make the process much easier. I still have to pick out a new controller. (again) The Eco-w has done well for trips but I have been listening to others and realized that for a mounted system with the batteries staying with the rig, I need more features.
JiminDenver 04/22/14 03:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Great deal on solar panels in Denver

Hmmmm Your Voc should be higher than that, easily above 60v in series. Oh wait how is the sunlight out that way when you tested. It's nearly clear here and kind of socked in closer to the foot hills now. I do know my other mono drops Voc in lower light like a rock. I was hoping these would be different.
JiminDenver 04/22/14 01:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Great deal on solar panels in Denver

IT WORKS!!!! I bet that's a load off your chest. lol I would do a straight Soc test on the panel to make sure you are getting more out of the MPPT function than the panel is putting out. Since all of my batteries stay charged I had to create a load to push my panels and controller into MPPT bulk mode. Using a RC airplane starter that I was braking with my hand I was able to get up to around 17a until the spinner started burning my hand that is.
JiminDenver 04/22/14 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: Generator question

Solar is wonderful IF you camp in the right conditions. For a low power user a simple and inexpensive plug and play portable kit may be all that's needed. To really do it right requires understanding your needs and how solar fills them as part of a balanced system that includes extra battery for when the clouds come for a short time and a alternate means of charging for when the clouds stay too long.
JiminDenver 04/22/14 09:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Great deal on solar panels in Denver

I've been testing a 220w mono and a 230w poly for a few years now. I thought I had a handle on them until I added the new mono's, and then everything went out the window. Each panel handles different lighting situations uniquely and it was a mistake to generalize the types based on a few panels. The test will be in how the new mono's handle lower light. It's too bad I'm on the other side of the metro by DIA or I could help you set up the test of the MPPT, maybe even bring a third panel to play with. As it is I'll just wait to find out I turned down a great deal. :)
JiminDenver 04/22/14 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: Generator question

The others are right, a 1000-2000w generator will do what the OP ask. Then again for the occasional dry trip with low power usage, I bet the OP already has what they need. A pair of heavy jumper cables. Turn that truck around and run it for a hour or so when the battery starts getting low and you will be fine. A few cheap LED light in place of the most used bulbs would be good too. Not that any of the other advice is wrong mind you. They are spot on if you really want to set up a dry camping rig. Ours is set up that way and we never have hook ups nor run a generator to charge up the batteries. Unfortunately since we keep one for AC if needed and ultimately as a back up, I have to run it monthly, change the oil, make sure the gas is fresh, store it and make room for it and it's stinky gas can every time we go.
JiminDenver 04/22/14 06:58am Travel Trailers
RE: LED Lights "And This Is A Verbatim Quote"

So you are saying LEDs are no different than any other light? That you wont know if you like it until you put it up? Wait until you buy a bunch and one goes out in a few years and you need to replace or match it up. That's when the fun really begins. I don't care what kind of bulb it is.
JiminDenver 04/21/14 10:30pm Tech Issues
RE: New Champion 75531i (3100 watt)

I'm glad to hear they took care of it so easily and fast too. What will you need to do with the current unit?
JiminDenver 04/21/14 04:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Great deal on solar panels in Denver

I have to admit that when I found out the Bosch were mono's, I was a bit disappointing. Yesterday I got the chance to put one on the Eco-w for a few minutes and even though it was later in the afternoon, a bit off in both tilt and rotation AND the sky wasn't completely clear, it easily surpassed not only what the 230w poly does here in Denver, it blew past the 230w peak at altitude too. Hopefully I'll get a chance to do more testing in bright and lower light this week but from what I've seen a pair of them will be too much for a Rogue 30a.
JiminDenver 04/21/14 04:36pm Tech Issues
RE: How to make AC plugs work without shore power.

I don't know what kind of conditions you camp in but if it is running the furnace you are worried about, a solar set up that will cost less than a bunch of batteries and inverter will keep that furnace blower going. We use a grp 27 to power the trailer functions day to day and that includes keeping the thermostat at 74* in cooler temps during the day and freezing at night. It still takes propane but we never worry about power.
JiminDenver 04/20/14 09:43am Tech Issues
RE: How to make AC plugs work without shore power.

You need to get a 12v-120v inverter. It will connect to your battery ad you plug your trailers shore cord into it. (turn of the trailers converter) What are you looking to run and for how long will determine how big of a inverter and how much battery you need.
JiminDenver 04/20/14 07:50am Tech Issues
RE: Great deal on solar panels in Denver

I'm glad you got some, especially before he raised his price. Good luck with the controller. I was interested but not as brave. The four new AGM 6v listed now would make a nice inverter bank but first I need a new generator. One thing I learned is the Bosch panel are mono, not poly. I think the Ajio panels were the polys. Oh well I'm still thrilled to have a matched set to mount.
JiminDenver 04/19/14 11:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Great deal on solar panels in Denver

Stolen ?Jim got a similar deal in 2012, and we asked then if they were stolen. Answer was no. I don't know how he does it! How do I do it? by checking craigslist often and having the time to jump on a deal when it shows up. You would be shocked at the deals on solar, batteries, inverters, and generators that happen all the time. On the other hand there are people pricing things over new price and scamming too. This guy buys storage units, auction lots, etc. He had a bit of everything including a lot of old electronics that he has to pay to be recycled. BTW He has raised the priced to $125. lol
JiminDenver 04/18/14 05:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Great deal on solar panels in Denver

He is near Quebec and Iliff. Those are streets? Yes Anyone from here knows the area.
JiminDenver 04/18/14 01:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Panels: Mono vs Poly

I saw 180w panels (30v Voc) that were close to 32 inches this morning. In a situation where you may have different sized panels filling spaces on the roof, I think PWM is the better way to go. Different wattages in high voltage panels means different Voc's and that can mess with a MPPT controller ability to track. 12v panels are 12v panel no matter if they are 80w or 150w.
JiminDenver 04/18/14 11:11am Tech Issues
RE: Great deal on solar panels in Denver

Thanks West. I had a BFL moment with one of the Eco-w so now I get to pick out a big boy controller that will handle them both. :)
JiminDenver 04/18/14 10:41am Tech Issues
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