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Johnny G1

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Posted: 12/14/19 09:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

8 T105's and 600 watts of Kyocera panel's, use batteries for everything in the coach and the same for the fw which 2 batteries and 120 watt of solar.Also carry a Honda 3000i for the air.


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Posted: 12/14/19 10:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Trackrig wrote:

It depends on so many variables:
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Solar is like horsepower, you never have too much and solar is cheaper than horsepower.

I'll have to remember that last line !

Boon Docker wrote:

I have 200 watts of solar with an MPPT controller feeding a 225 AH battery bank (two GC-2 6v batteries).
I boondock for weeks at a time and the batteries are fully charged by early afternoon as long as it is not cloudy.

I would consider this setup and absolute MINIMUM !


Yeah, a person needs at least 600-800 watts of solar and at least a 500 AH battery bank to boondock for a few days. [emoticon]

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When you boon dock all winter in Arizona you need lots of solar if you want to live like you do at home, Just my thought's.

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This may help:

https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/


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My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp hours of AGM in two battery banks 12 volt batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

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Lwiddis wrote:

Do an energy use survey...actual or what you’d like to use. Your choice. That determines the battery amp hours needed, which determines the solar watts you need to recharge and the controller size. If you guess, you will be either undercharged or overpaying.

“battery charged for a few days of boondocking” is absolutely wrong. A properly sized solar system recharges fully almost every day. Limping along...for a few days? Solar isn’t a new toy or experimental.


Good advice.

I have a Kill-A-Watt meter that has been invaluable for getting real world power consumption of my 120v loads. I also have a Trimetric TM-2030 for measuring consumption of my 12 volt and 24 volt loads. The Trimetric will be my onboard battery monitor.


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I'm running 4 GC2s with 200 watts of solar on the roof and another 130 watts in a portable panel. I can go until the tanks fill up (about 5 days, but we're not anal about water usage). I do need to run the generator for a hair dryer [emoticon], so I top off the batteries then.


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I thank everyone for the info. I probably will just be using 12v for 2-3 days for the lighting and igniters. Got some Forest Service campgrounds that are nice for a couple of days.


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tbax46 wrote:

I thank everyone for the info. I probably will just be using 12v for 2-3 days for the lighting and igniters. Got some Forest Service campgrounds that are nice for a couple of days.


Something like this 200 watt portable would work good for you if you don't want a permanent setup.

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