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Old 10-15-2020, 09:49 AM   #1
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Installed my solar panels!

Finally got around to putting my solar panels up. I used some strut track and angled solar panel mounts to attach to the roof. I finished just too late yesterday to see how much I would get out of them and of course it is cloudy and dark today, so I will have to see the results this weekend, but it's done!

These are two Newpowa 200W, 24V panels in parallel feeding an Aims Power 30A MPPT charge controller. I have 465Ah of battery storage in total and a 1.5kW low frequency inverter feeding the pre-wired solar circuit. The OTG pre-wire option on the rig made this so much easier than it could have been.





Here's a pic of the 400Ah battery I built for the rig. This is in parallel with the crappy lead acid on the tongue that I can switch to if this dies.

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Old 10-15-2020, 12:49 PM   #2
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Looks good, can you adjust the panels to lay flat while in transit?
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Old 10-15-2020, 02:38 PM   #3
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Looks good, can you adjust the panels to lay flat while in transit?
Yep, those tilt mounts are adjustable (with enough work). They lay down pretty flat:

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You reckon when it rains the water will be rolling over your awning (if closed) and soak whoever pops out the door?
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Old 10-15-2020, 04:02 PM   #6
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You reckon when it rains the water will be rolling over your awning (if closed) and soak whoever pops out the door?
That's a good point.. luckily I can move them up a notch on the mounting brackets if it becomes an issue. I think there's enough space for the water to make it into the rain gutter instead but we'll see.
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Old 10-15-2020, 04:07 PM   #7
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That's a good point.. luckily I can move them up a notch on the mounting brackets if it becomes an issue. I think there's enough space for the water to make it into the rain gutter instead but we'll see.

Looks like a clean install; I might have put the wires atop your roof in some wire loom from the auto parts store to keep them from getting snagged/damaged.
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Old 10-15-2020, 04:12 PM   #8
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Looks like a clean install; I might have put the wires atop your roof in some wire loom from the auto parts store to keep them from getting snagged/damaged.
I have a big roll of it sitting on my front porch for those and all the cables in the passthrough for the battery, inverter, and solar controller. Just need to find another hunk of time
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Old 10-16-2020, 08:10 PM   #9
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They look wonderful. I did the same installation as you, but I used the Renogy. Happy camping
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They look wonderful. I did the same installation as you, but I used the Renogy. Happy camping
Thanks! I looked at Renogy but their only 24V panel was 300W and too wide to fit where I have these. Generally I think their stuff is pretty good though. I've been happy with these - I finally got some full sun today and they were close to saturating my charge controller - ~27ish amps into the battery.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:20 AM   #11
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Nice job! I have 2-100 watt Newpowa panels on a custom power tilt system on my rig, going to an Epever 20A MPPT controller charging 2-6V deep cycle batteries. We are always camping off grid and we never run out of power. Solar is a godsend for us as I don’t like listening to a generator when I’m in the bush. I have a small 1000 watt generator that I don’t bother bringing anymore as the solar system I have works so well, there’s no point!
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