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    The New Solar Install on Our Bighorn

    The solar power system installation on our Bighorn was just completed and we are pretty excited about it!

    The system was installed by Greg Young of RV Solar Solutions. Greg spec'd out the system knowing we had a residential refrigerator and that we wanted to be able to run just about anything else (coffee maker, hair dryer, TV, etc.).

    There are six 180w panels on the roof for a total of 1,080 watts. These feed six 6v AGM batteries with a total capacity of 900 AH. The power runs through a Victron solar charge controller and a Magnum 2800W inverter.

    The install took 3 days. We are pretty happy with the level of craftsmanship throughout the system. I would recommend Greg to anyone.

    Here are some photos, showing the panels on the roof, the inverter and solar charge controller, the battery bank and the meters on the control panel.

    The only downside has been the weather. Rain, rain, and more rain. Greg used a few convenient weather windows to complete the roof work, but we haven't had much sun to work with yet to really test the system. We have been running off the battery bank for some long stretches and it is handling everything just fine.
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    Re: The New Solar Install on Our Bighorn

    Are they wired in parallel (sets of 2) then series for the final 3 connections?

    Which panels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregon_Camper View Post
    Are they wired in parallel (sets of 2) then series for the final 3 connections?

    Which panels?
    All 6 are wired in parallel to the combiner box.

    I am not sure of the brand of panel, they came from AM Solar.

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    Re: The New Solar Install on Our Bighorn

    That is one big system. I love my system. 8:00 at night here in Oregon, On the computer, watching TV, the wife is printing reports and we charged everything that has a battery today. All on solar. So far this year, we have made and used 521Kw.

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    Re: The New Solar Install on Our Bighorn

    any idea of how much weight was added to your hitch weight?

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    So glad to hear you are happy with your system! Greg does quality work! He and Bill installed our system 3 1/2 years ago and it still works like a charm! Back in February, Bill officially became an installer for RV Solar Solutions. We will be attending the Pueblo CO rally in a few weeks, will be talking about solar and boondocking!

    Looking forward to meeting fellow Heartland Owners there!

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    Re: The New Solar Install on Our Bighorn

    Quote Originally Posted by Toy1Ton View Post
    any idea of how much weight was added to your hitch weight?
    Thats a good question. I went through a CAT scale before the install but have not gone back yet.

    Probably 400 pounds, +/-

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrzygrl64 View Post
    So glad to hear you are happy with your system! Greg does quality work! He and Bill installed our system 3 1/2 years ago and it still works like a charm! Back in February, Bill officially became an installer for RV Solar Solutions...
    Thanks Kelly. I read about Billís job on your travel blog. Cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan_B View Post
    I am not sure of the brand of panel, they came from AM Solar.
    Did your installer supply the panels or did you order them?
    Those are the mounts I have been looking to use. They should allow easy access for cleaning or with some aluminum bar stock, easy tilting.
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    Re: The New Solar Install on Our Bighorn

    This is close to what I wish to have on ours without doing my own energy audit yet....thinking of ~1000 watts on top, ~900 AH battery bank, ~3000 watts inverter, and monitoring for battery bank / solar charging status.....am drooling at your setup as I type...lol

    Due to constraints, am wanting to do this in 2 different phases....batteries and inverter first, solar second. I have been pricing the 3 different Lifeline battery sizes that will physically work and am in awe at the cost...wow....oh well, belly up and drop the cash right?!!

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    Re: The New Solar Install on Our Bighorn

    Quote Originally Posted by LBR View Post
    This is close to what I wish to have on ours without doing my own energy audit yet....thinking of ~1000 watts on top, ~900 AH battery bank, ~3000 watts inverter, and monitoring for battery bank / solar charging status.....am drooling at your setup as I type...lol

    Due to constraints, am wanting to do this in 2 different phases....batteries and inverter first, solar second. I have been pricing the 3 different Lifeline battery sizes that will physically work and am in awe at the cost...wow....oh well, belly up and drop the cash right?!!

    Don't forget about federal tax credits (30%) available on solar installations. The tax credit is supposedly phasing out over the next few years.

    Some states may also have tax credits.

    The batteries and inverter can qualify as part of the solar installation too. This could make it worth doing the entire project at once or could change the order of installation. Solar first then later inverter and batteries, may be an option to consider as the batteries and inverter added could be considered as improvements on the solar system, Where if you do the batteries and inverter but don't have solar panels then they may not be eligible for the tax credit.
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