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    Solar Finished

    This is the first weekend camping since finishing my solar install on a 2016 Bighorn 3685RL. I am very happy with the results. 6 Renogy mono 100w panels at 5.29A Imp. That should equal a little less than than 32A max in full sun. I am getting 15A on a foggy California coast day. Later in the day, when the sun came out about 3pm, I was getting 34+ amps. There was no problem replacing the 100A I used the nite before. I just like a kid with a new toy. This is great.


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    Re: Solar Finished

    Thanks for sharing. Maybe you can add some pics of your install here.

    Ken and Kathy Adams (kakampers) also just completed their solar install and did some boondocking in AZ with it. They're loving it.
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    Re: Solar Finished

    Glad to hear your solar is performing perfectly. We would like to see pictures of your project.
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    Re: Solar Finished

    So you have all 6 panel, wired in Parallel?

    Are you using a MPPT controller?

    What is the amp going into your battery?

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    Re: Solar Finished

    Panels are every two panels in series, then each set of two in three parallel strings. 12v panels, three strings of two in parallel = 24v. Not sure if I said that right, oh well. Morningstar TS-MPPT-60 charge controller. Magnum MS2812 inverter/charger. Renogy RND-100D solar panels. 4 Instate golf cart batteries form Costco. I must say that Brazos's solar install post was a tremendous help. Here are some pics. IMG_1160.jpgIMG_1152.jpgIMG_1155.jpgIMG_1159.jpg

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    Re: Solar Finished

    Wow - that install looks nice and clean!
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    Re: Solar Finished

    Beautiful.

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    Re: Solar Finished

    Ye really nice work and all of your cables & bus bar's came out nice.

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    Re: Solar Finished

    OK...first off...WOW...you're setup is VERY impressive. Care to come to Oregon clean up my system?

    How did you wire/configure this solution back to the RV to provide AC power?

    Finally, I need help from the members here, who CLEARLY know more than I do. When I do the math on your setup, I get a final result of 17.7 amps, 24 volts and 600 watts.
    * 6 100 Watt - 5.9 amp - 12v panels.
    * 2 panels wired in Series would produce -- 200 Watt, 24 volts, 5.9amps (total of 3 sets created from 6 panels)
    * Wire those 3 sets in Parallel and you would have -- 600 Watts, 24 volts and 17.7 amps.

    Question....am I calculating that correctly? So, I'm guessing your MPPT controller is converting the 600w to additional amps, when your batteries need it.

    I am in the process of trying to plan my system for AC. I did all the solar last summer and my project this Summer is to install a transfer switch and a GoPower Pure Sine Inverter.

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    Re: Solar Finished

    SLO you have a very neat install. You will not regret the solar. I used a Morningstar charge controller on my previous install. They are very good and no problems. Keep harvesting those rays.

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