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    Bighorn Solar Install

    A couple of members have asked me to post my solar install blog here on the forum. The link below will take you to my Bighorn Solar Install. My system is 820 watts with 672 amps of storage. The system is pretty much straight forward for a solar install. I have several photos and sort of a step by step process as to how I did things.


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    Re: Bighorn Solar Install

    Wow! Very nice install. Lots of power too!
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    Re: Bighorn Solar Install

    To start with, I know squat about solar power. What is the reason for all of the batteries? Is it to store power? Lots of weight there to carry. How do they work when hooked up to shore power? Forgive all the questions here but just curious and have no clue about using solar power. Seems like it would be great for dry docking. Just seems like those BH's are made to be parked and plugged in. Again, are those batteries also used with shore power? Love to catch you at a rally so I could see this set up live and get some 1st hand lessons on how it works. Looks like you know what you're doing with that clean set up.
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    Re: Bighorn Solar Install

    Really neat and professional looking. Your write up wasn't to shabby either. As someone not versed in solar, I found it easy to read and understand. One question that I didn't see an answer to, was any idea of the total weight added for the whole system?
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    Re: Bighorn Solar Install

    I guess I should have read the write up (I didn't notice it) before my post. Again, a clean looking install.
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    Re: Bighorn Solar Install

    I just read the write up from the link at the bottom of post 1. Again I say WOW!. What a well thought out, clean and well executed install and amazing write-up. Thanks again for sharing.
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    Re: Bighorn Solar Install

    JanAndBill,
    The batteries weigh 65 lbs each (390 lbs). About 110 lbs more than a 5500 Onan generator. The inverter is about 50 lbs. The other components in the bay weigh about 15 lbs. not counting the converter. The panels weight about 26 lbs each (156 lbs). Then your guess is probably as good as mine about the weight of the wire and cables, maybe 50 lbs.
    The batteries weight is similar to Trojan T-105s at 62 lbs each. The total system weight probably is about 320 lbs more than an Onan Generator. So when you think about added weight it can boil down to the benefits and how you rationalize it out.

    baker, I got a chuckle along with you thinking about how all those big blue batteries look in the front bay. The photo makes them look over powering for the space.

    jbeletti, Thank you for your kind words. My purpose was to share my solar install for the Bighorn as I did with my previous rig. Lots of folks here on the forum have successful solar installs using different installation methods. For anyone interested in solar one can probably find answers to any questions they have right here on the forum.

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    Re: Bighorn Solar Install

    Quote Originally Posted by Brazos View Post
    A couple of members have asked me to post my solar install blog here on the forum. The link below will take you to my Bighorn Solar Install. My system is 820 watts with 672 amps of storage. The system is pretty much straight forward for a solar install. I have several photos and sort of a step by step process as to how I did things.


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    I assume you mean 672 Amp-Hours at 12V is stored? or about 336 Amp-Hours @ 12V useable. All using a 25 Amp rating.
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    Bohemian,
    You are correct 672 Amp-Hours stored. Considering depleting the batteries to no more than 50%, that would be 336 Amp-Hours of usable Amp storage. The 224 amp capacity for each battery is based on 20 hour rate. I have read that the AGMs can be drawn down more than 50%. I am not sure that would be a good practice. This is my first go with AGMs.

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    Re: Bighorn Solar Install

    Thanks for the web page. It looks great and should prove very useful.
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