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Old 07-05-2013, 04:30 PM   #21
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I'm in central California Modesto

Yeah that does sound like a great price on Craigslist
Little Concerned about buying something that expensive off Craigslist though.

You must have a big trailer to put 10 to 200 watt panels on it.
Mine is a little toe behind 26 footer
I think I might be able to put 5 100 watts on it.
I'm thinking or hoping the 1 100watt panel will keep my two batteries charged.
With your system can you run the AC though?
If so I might pick up Moore that would be cool.

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I'm thinking to run the AC on an RV you would have to have a lot of batteries.

I currently have two 12 volt deep cycle batteries. might be able to squeeze two more in storage compartment oh I'm sure that's probably all I could do!

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I'm in central California Modesto

Yeah that does sound like a great price on Craigslist
Little Concerned about buying something that expensive off Craigslist though.

You must have a big trailer to put 10 to 200 watt panels on it.
Mine is a little toe behind 26 footer
I think I might be able to put 5 100 watts on it.
I'm thinking or hoping the 1 100watt panel will keep my two batteries charged.
With your system can you run the AC though?
If so I might pick up Moore that would be cool.
My RV is a 35 foot diesel pusher. I don't know if I can actually cram 10 panels on the roof. There are higher output panels available, Sunpower makes some that are 345 watts, but they are state-of-the-art and extremely expensive (and a bit larger). I think they are also positive ground too, so they won't work with my Xantrex inverter (most other manufacturers have negative ground panels).

I don't have to maximize the inverter I have. I can run fewer panels and it would work fine. If I run across a great deal on fewer panels, or lower output panels, I will jump on it. If I have 2500 watts I can run my rooftop AC no problem, but as mentioned I would have to supplement my battery storage too as it is impractical to run straight off of solar because if a cloud comes along you suddenly have less power!. The battery bank acts as a buffer for such times.

A 100 watt panel will keep your battery more than topped off. Make sure you have a good inverter/charger so it doesn't over-charge the battery and cook it. That would be a concern.
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Something you can do to give you a better idea of what you need would be to have a couple of solar installers come out and bid on your system. tell them what you would like to do and they will design the whole system. They do it for free (I had probably 5 or 6 bids on my system and went with a Sunpower contractor). I also used the bids to put together a shopping list to see what it would cost to do it myself. When you have them come out tell them you want to do your trailer too and they can design that system too!

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Thanks Viking

In regards to my RV I do think the 100 watt panel will be good enough for me I don't need to run the air conditioner
Well for now I don't
I normally camp way up in the hills where its usually a lot cooler.

Now since solar power is not my expertise
I was going to get bids if not to have them do it maybe to get more educated.

Diesel pushers are obviously very nice
This is my second year camping so trailer was a starter lol
Went the trailer rout cause I do have 3 diesel trucks.
I do not need another vehicle to register lol.

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We bought our RV with the intention of spending a significant amount of out time traveling the country and home schooling on the road, so we needed a little more liveable space. Circumstances have changed though so we don't use it much these days. I might even be using it to live in soon. The only problem is that the size limits where you can go sometimes. Though I have driven it over Ebbetts Pass with a trailer behind it with a Jeep on the trailer, so we were about 52 feet overall. They have warning signs stating that vehicles over 25 feet in length are not recommended. It was no big deal though. We camped at Lake Alpine that time.

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My best friend just bought a 5th wheel so he can go camping with us.
But the reason I'm telling you this is he has a trailer that he tows behind his 5th wheeler so he can put our Harley's on it.
I was very hesitant to put my Harley on there!!!
Definitely a weird site to see going down the road. he does have a class a license

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My best friend just bought a 5th wheel so he can go camping with us.
But the reason I'm telling you this is he has a trailer that he tows behind his 5th wheeler so he can put our Harley's on it.
I was very hesitant to put my Harley on there!!!
Definitely a weird site to see going down the road. he does have a class a license
In some states you don't have to have a Class A, anybody can do it as long as you follow the weight and overall length limit guidelines. I have thought about it so I can bring my boat along.

Your Harley should be fine as long as he knows what he is doing.
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Oh I know it be okay it's just a weird site to see going down the road.
I don't worry about the Harley got insurance lol.
But I think you need something bigger than a half ton 1976 Chevy lol.
He's a tad bit on the oki side.

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OK, Check that. It is not OK behind a half ton truck. He is undoubtedly exceeding the tow capacity of the truck with those trailers. I think the mid-70's Chevies had an 8000lb towing capacity if the trailer has brakes.

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