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Old 03-08-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default SOLAR/INVERTER UPGRADE PROGRESS REPORTS

About to Start my Solar/Inverter Upgrade, I will be posting progress photos
as we continue and discriptions of what in the photo, Enjoy !

Inverter, Batteries and switches layout in Storage area



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Default I will be watching!

Good luck with the installation, Marlando! I am looking forward to your progress reports -- thanks for taking the time to post pictures, too.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:51 AM   #3
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How many panels/watts are you using?
How are you mounting them ?
I was thinking of buying the harbor freight 3 panel kit 15W X 3 =45 watts
total.its inexpensive on sale coupon $139.99.
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How many panels/watts are you using?
How are you mounting them ?
I was thinking of buying the harbor freight 3 panel kit 15W X 3 =45 watts
total.its inexpensive on sale coupon $139.99.
Going to be mounted ontop of trailer

The panels are 145watt each x2
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Update

Seems Cruiser RV needs a lesson how to wire neatly, Going have to rewire this mess and make it professional..




Here are the panels on the roof, mounted and wired


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How are you mounting the panels so there secure at highway speeds ?

Those panels look small for 145W each,
Where did you get them
Please list total cost of install.
The similar sise ones I saw were 3 15W panels that together where about same size as yours maybe bigger = 45W
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How are you mounting the panels so there secure at highway speeds ?

Those panels look small for 145W each,
Where did you get them
Please list total cost of install.
The similar sise ones I saw were 3 15W panels that together where about same size as yours maybe bigger = 45W

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

maybe around $3000.00 plus labor
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How are you mounting the panels so there secure at highway speeds ?

Those panels look small for 145W each,
Where did you get them
Please list total cost of install.
The similar sise ones I saw were 3 15W panels that together where about same size as yours maybe bigger = 45W

BTW, the person in the pic is the insatller and he is around 5'5" tall, LOL
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Very nice! How much will you be able to run off the panels themselves?
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AMSolar has some nice 150 watt panels for about $299 each. That's what I'm leaning towards when I finally add a pair of panels to our new 266KIRB.
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It's Done !!!

here are the final pics of the install, thanks for looking










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We did a complete LED Install inside the trailer, Every Bulb was replaced w/ LED's Plus we adding some accent lighting also,

Slide Out

Our new "Bar"

Over the Kitchen Sink

Bathroom Vanity


**These cupboards lights are on a Motion Detection mode

The Accent Lighting has a Color Control Also !
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First-class job on the whole project -- way to go! And thanks for posting the photos.
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Wow, nice work. I'm thinking of adding something similar to mine, but may wait until the end of this summer. When I'm traveling full-time, they stay well-charged. It's just when I'm parked that I'd like to have them charged enough to run the water pump, lights (I like the LED replacements), and fridge.
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Nice install. I didn't take photos along the way. Put my solar charger behind the microwave. Put the charger and inverter displays next to the master panel for lights, tank levels etc. Put the outback dc inverter in the cubby. Bought a 8D box for 4 RV batteries, mounted on the hitch behind the propane tank.
I ended up with 4 flexible panels, take up most of the roof but you can walk on them and they're only 1/8-inch thick.
Keep receipts - you might be able to deduct the costs from your 2013 taxes!
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Nice install. I didn't take photos along the way. Put my solar charger behind the microwave. Put the charger and inverter displays next to the master panel for lights, tank levels etc. Put the outback dc inverter in the cubby. Bought a 8D box for 4 RV batteries, mounted on the hitch behind the propane tank.
I ended up with 4 flexible panels, take up most of the roof but you can walk on them and they're only 1/8-inch thick.
Keep receipts - you might be able to deduct the costs from your 2013 taxes!
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post some pics of the finish install, like to see them...
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About to Start my solar panel/Inverter Upgrade, I will be posting progress photos
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Inverter, Batteries and switches layout in Storage area



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Really awesome work..You have done great job,., I would love to make similar inverter system.
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We did a complete LED Install inside the trailer, Every Bulb was replaced w/ LED's
Impressive install. Did you find drop in LED replacement bulbs? Please, share part #/link if you did. I'd love to replace all of the lights inside with LED to make the battery last a couple of nights.
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