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RE: Setting up my solar system

BTW MPPT controllers usually switch to PWM mode (uses Isc - I short circuit) for lower charge rates which is another reason for a larger fuse, might even reach full amps under the right conditions, probably for a limited time. I have a switch, no fuses on my 3x serial panels. And a 60A switchable CB, Blue Seas I think - but independent unit that isn't installed in a breaker box. No need for a breaker box. PLUS DC switching under load is much more intense on contact arcing than AC. DC breaker boxes and CBs are expensive and not found in hardware stores.
CA Traveler 08/13/20 07:53am Tech Issues
RE: Setting up my solar system

For 2 parallel panels no breaker required. For 3 it's a good idea. Usually fuses are used in the combiner box on the roof, not likely they will ever blow. Use 15A as 10A is to close to the panel or whatever the panel specs say. There are effects such as cloud edge that can cause max current.
CA Traveler 08/13/20 07:46am Tech Issues
RE: Setting up my solar system

Aluminum angle, HD etc sell it.
CA Traveler 08/12/20 07:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Setting up my solar system

If those mounts are Z mounts pitch them. Instead use 2x al angle connected with a bolt like a Z and the panels are much easier to remove when needed. A number of posters have used only 3M VHB tape to secure panels. I used VHB tape, screws and sealed with Dicor.
CA Traveler 08/12/20 05:27pm Tech Issues
RE: US 95 between Needles and Vidal Jct

Hilly and curves, can be difficult to pass at times.
CA Traveler 08/12/20 02:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Setting up my solar system

Panel size didn't line up with the beams and I didn't use the 4' beams initially. The roof is peaked and the beams are flat on 4' centers. Removing some ceiling items like lights determined one location. I drilled a small hole next to one from inside to determine it's exact center location from the roof. From the roof for other beams I drilled a small hole and used a small wire to confirm. I used 3" screws to secure the al angle.
CA Traveler 08/12/20 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Setting up my solar system

That's a good price. I paid $200 for 250W a few years ago and todays prices are half.
CA Traveler 08/12/20 12:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Setting up my solar system

How many mounts should I use on a panel this big (80" x 40")?4 mounts for the panels themselves. You need to determine what is adequate for your roof. I used 4 for my 60 cell panels (slightly smaller) which should have been adequate and in fact drove many miles with the 4. However as a result of the install I had a way to pull up on the roof and discovered that in the center it was not attached to anything. Later I installed 4' al angle and long screws to reach the flat ceiling cross beams and added 2 more panel mounts.
CA Traveler 08/12/20 11:37am Tech Issues
RE: Our new solar/inverter power system

I hope you’ll provide some more information on your setup as I’m interested. I’m guessing 12x 40 cell 200W panels for 2400w. Is the battery bank 24V and there is a 24 to 12V converter?
CA Traveler 08/11/20 08:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Our new solar/inverter power system

Very nice solar system. Thanks for posting.
CA Traveler 08/11/20 06:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: full time solar, maybe?

That's one of the largest RV solar system. I'd be interested in knowing more.
CA Traveler 08/11/20 07:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Drop in voltage with increase in heat

For shore power, voltage sag mid day and resultant increase in amperage drawn, that's pretty normal. If it's dropping below 110v, an autoformer is a great option unless it's extreme. What's a bit concerning is the voltage is dropping while on the generator. Ours doesn't change noticeably when on the generator and hangs at around 118v. (this is once it's running, obviously, there is a surge for a second when it starts).X2 Something is not right with the gen or wiring. Do you have 105V on both legs?
CA Traveler 08/11/20 06:42am Tech Issues
RE: Air Conditioner shuts off when slide is in

Listen to Doug. My AC A/Cs are all controlled by DC.
CA Traveler 08/10/20 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: full time solar, maybe?

Hence if a inverter is being used it's just another load on the batteries assuming of course that you're not on shore power. And depending upon many possible variations.
CA Traveler 08/10/20 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: full time solar, maybe?

am i correct in understanding that in a solar set up, everythin runs off a DC battery(yeah, like there is an AC battery) thru an inverter. and the goal of the solar array is to supply a DC charge to resupply the batteries at a rate, equal to and well above the recharge rate of the batteries, so as to power the required devices while recharging the batteries?Inverters change DC to AC, I think you mean solar controller or Charge Controller or CC. CCs supply DC power (amps if you like) which is first used for house loads and if any amps remain they charge the battery. If the house amps exceed the CC capacity then the additional amps come from the battery.
CA Traveler 08/10/20 08:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Installing Metal Plate for Antenna

I would use 8 short SS screws with Dicor under them between the plate and roof. Then Dicor on the edges and screw heads. If you want use some 3M VHB tape which will not fail. However the paint or roof material may. How does the antenna attach to the plate?
CA Traveler 08/10/20 11:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: full time solar, maybe?

i would think mounting above the roof AC would bring in heights limitations. and maybe make some accessiblity issues with other stuff up there.Good points and clearance should always be checked before adding anything on the roof. 1" above my A/Cs would place the panels at 12' 6" which leaves plenty of clearance. Access is a minor issue - remove 2 bolts and tilt the panel up or 4 bolts and move it. All of my panels have MC4 connectors so wiring is a non issue. My panels are about 6" above the roof and just below the A/C's as seen here. In my case the Fantastic Fan is not accessable.
CA Traveler 08/10/20 10:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Register out of state diesel motorhome in California

In 2004 the use tax exemption required functional use for 3 out of 6 months out of CA and storage was no longer a option. Fuel receipts were one of the accepted proofs. We submitted fuel, CG, food etc receipts and a travel log. AFAIK the 2005 change was for 1 year. But for anyone interested get updated written information.
CA Traveler 08/09/20 07:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: full time solar, maybe?

Mounting the panels above the A/Cs is an option, mine are close to that.
CA Traveler 08/09/20 03:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Register out of state diesel motorhome in California

I purchased our first DP from a CA dealer, took possesion in Nevada, registered in CA, used it out of state (last I knew the time period is now 1 year) and didn't pay any use tax with the Board of Equalization approval.
CA Traveler 08/09/20 03:23pm Class A Motorhomes
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