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Reply #30 - Jul 27th, 2017 at 9:49pm

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Well 13 months after originally asking the question, I finally got myself some solar panels which arrived in the mail yesterday. Opted for the larger 200W panels so I should have plenty of power. My battery box battery has been upgraded from a 66aH to a 110aH since last year as well. Winter is usually downtime for me in regards to camping as I play golf every second weekend, but with a massive golfing form slump in process at the moment, might have a break as I'm pretty keen to test out my new gear next weekend
 
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Reply #31 - Jul 28th, 2017 at 3:43am

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Are they flexable panels and what type/ size controller will you be using. Can you post a photo of the specs on the back of the panel, thank you.
 
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Reply #32 - Jul 28th, 2017 at 9:59pm

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I'm at work at the moment, but here's a link to the one's I bought: https://www.sunyee.com.au/solar-panel/folding-solar-panels/Mono-200W-12V-Folding...;
Went pretty cheap as I will only use them maybe once or twice a year. Also plan on getting a smaller fridge in future to use just for camping as my 80L Engel is a bit of overkill for 3 or 4 night trips.
 
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I have a set of 160 watt. Folding for my portable panels. Thought you may have been putting a 200 watt on the roof like I am. Cheer.
 
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Reply #34 - Jul 30th, 2017 at 9:31am

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I have just brought two 120w solar panels for the roof of my camper, I also brought a voltmeter with dual battery display.
I thought this might be good for house and brake away battery checking.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/12V-24V-Marine-Boat-Truck-Voltmeter-LED-Dual-Battery-...
 
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jclures wrote on Jul 30th, 2017 at 9:31am:
I have just brought two 120w solar panels for the roof of my camper, I also brought a voltmeter with dual battery display.
I thought this might be good for house and brake away battery checking.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/12V-24V-Marine-Boat-Truck-Voltmeter-LED-Dual-Battery-...


That's a clever little gadget.
 

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Reply #36 - Jul 30th, 2017 at 10:12am

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I have a 150 watt panel on the roof of the motorhome. Or at least they told me it was.

The most I have ever seen it put out is 3.6 amps and that is through the Jayco system and not a purpose built solar controller.  According to the specs on it I should get up to 8.3 amps.

When we get home I will be making some significant changes to my electrics. 

Will measure up the roof to see how many panels I can get up there.  I had 4 X 120 watt panels on the caravan and would like at least 450 on this one.  I will couple them through an Enerdrive DC2DC 30 amp charger. 

The Enerdrive is a dual system where it charges from both the truck motor and the solar system.  I will manage all of that with a Victron battery monitor.

With the caravan we could spend unlimited time in the bush using as much power as we ever wanted to without ever using 240 power or a generator.  In the motorhome after 2 to 3 days the two 100 ah batteries can be down to 11.9 volts which is not good over the long term.  In the van I could even run the washing machine from the inverter.

It is going to cost me but once it is there I will never have to worry about power again.
 

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Reply #37 - Jul 30th, 2017 at 1:03pm

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Yes get it right and you will enjoy your time away. Still looking for a bigger van that will not drain the budget but still have to upgrade the Little Lady so we are comfortable. Cheers
 
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