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RE: Awning Style Solar Panel

Scroll down the Kayteg1 link and note all of the empty roof space for panels. Makes no sense to me except for of course bragging rights. ie My panel is more power-ful than yours! Da*n, gotta have one of those. you lost me hereThat link shows a LOT of empty roof space for panels of all sizes/shapes vs a $10,000 awning that only works when the awning is out. Therefore for me it's about bragging rights. i see your point , yes the actual awning doesnt appeal to me at all , i just mean id like to replicate the mechanism in which the panel lies flat and then swivels up somehow. The only space i have left on my roof is directly above the mach8 air conditioning unit and i was contemplating putting a raised panel above that which will be my next post on this forum ; )
moonlitsouls 11/05/21 07:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Awning Style Solar Panel

moonlitesouls, Make sure you don't exceed the legal limit for width. I'd love to do awnings--but I'm already at the legal limit, so I nixed the idea. thats a good point , although i would only prop the panel up when im parked somewhere nobody will care.
moonlitsouls 11/05/21 06:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Awning Style Solar Panel

Scroll down the Kayteg1 link and note all of the empty roof space for panels. Makes no sense to me except for of course bragging rights. ie My panel is more power-ful than yours! Da*n, gotta have one of those. you lost me here
moonlitsouls 11/05/21 06:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Awning Style Solar Panel

At least one poster has panels mounted on the side, maybe a airstream. Look at the various ways panels on the roof are tilted, same thing you want to do. But that side will need to face south. With the lower panel prices today most just put an extra panel on the roof, no adjustment needed ever. Mine work great parked or driving. my roof is filled to capacity with 900w , im in new york so the sun exposure isnt great thats why i want more. im gonna look around at some of the bracket options
moonlitsouls 11/05/21 06:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Awning Style Solar Panel

Should be OK. I've seen some of the big boys, Class A Motorhome, have them on the sides and they just adjust as needed. That side towards the side obviously. Don't think it was an awning setup, more like swing brackets to handle the winds either driving or gusts on a windy day... interesting , yes i need to really think this through. I could use a swivel stick of some kind to prop the panel up and wedge it into place in a fabricated hole of some kind.
moonlitsouls 11/05/21 05:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Awning Style Solar Panel

I believe that your idea of mounting solar panels to the side of your RV is basically sound. Solar panels are relatively heavy and wind loads can be significant. Personally, I would not trust J brackets. I would use heavy brass or stainless steel continuous hinges. LeRoy i am deff concered about the aerodynamics of such a design and how it would affect the airflow around the camper , although i imagine i could install an air foil of some kind as well
moonlitsouls 11/05/21 03:29pm Truck Campers
Awning Style Solar Panel

Hi guys , so im thinking of mounting a panel on the side of my rv using j brackets and a swing out awning style bracket of some kind to extend it up toward the sun , what are your thoughts? Also, could i safely leave the panel fixed to the side of the vehicle during driving? i dont have space to store it inside , i want the top portion to be permanently fixed to the j brackets , and just be able to unhook the bottom portion to swing it up , then be able to secure it back down to the side when not in use . what do you think?
moonlitsouls 11/05/21 02:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Removing Satellite Dish and Antenna From Roof

What type of roof? I’ve got a seamless aluminum roof, and when I removed mine I made a big patch out of some 12” wide aluminum flashing, and some Eternabond double-stick tape. The double-stick is of course sticky on both sides. I cleaned the roof good, stuck the patch down, and sealed around the perimeter with some Kool-Seal caulk. That was about 15 years ago, and it’s never leaked. :):) hey thanks for the reply , im not sure what kind of roof i have honestly but it feels kind of soft. its deff not metal. i have an eagle cap 811 do you recommend any specific tools to remove the sealant and break the seal between the dish and the roof? i was thinking maybe one of those metal tools they use to put spackle on the wall
moonlitsouls 10/11/21 07:14pm Truck Campers
Removing Satellite Dish and Antenna From Roof

Hey guys , any tips on how to remove this dish from the roof? Any specific tools that you think will help? Its sealed on there with what looks to be some black sealant which i have not seen on the top of an RV roof yet I bought some eternabond tape to seal it up , and i have some dycor self leveling sealant , any tips would be helpful , thanks adam
moonlitsouls 10/11/21 06:57pm Truck Campers
RE: DC-DC Charger Wiring Input Suggestions

alright guys thanks a lot for the ideas. i think i will feed the cable through the bed of the truck right behind the rear cab window , feed the wire into the battery compartment , then use anderson connections inside the compartment itself , which should keep it safe.
moonlitsouls 10/11/21 06:55pm Truck Campers
RE: DC-DC Charger Wiring Input Suggestions

hey guys , im using a renogy 60a dc-dc charger , and i upgraded the stock altn to 250amps , im going to put the dc-dc charger right near my existing battery bank , the part im confused about is where to mount the anderson cable to make this as simple as possible , my camper stays on the truck 95% of the time so im not too worried about water and stuff. maybe i can drill a hole in the battery bank compartment door and just leave them plugged up inside there , theres room for it
moonlitsouls 10/10/21 12:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar Wiring Diagram for Review

The dc breaker from the solar panels is too small. If my batteries are hungry I get 17 amps from 256 watts of panels.X2 You have the potential of 60A+ maximum on the controller output. The wire from the solar panels is on the small size unless all four panels are in series (which I do not recommend).He said series connection. IF his panels have bypass diodes then serial has shade and wiring advantages and hence I'd recommend it. hey the 16amp breaker from the panels to the scc is because im wiring them in series , max amps will be 10
moonlitsouls 10/09/21 12:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar Wiring Diagram for Review

I think he’s saying you don’t show the remaining house loads and the expected amps. So it’s inconsistent to show 4 ga and 2 ga on either side of the Blue Seas/switch. If the house loads and charger are connected to the Blue Seas switch then the different wire size would be more consistent than if connected to the busbars. You can certainly have separate charger and inverter vs a combined unit. Just make sure your charger is adequate for the battery. I would question that as Li batteries are different. Not sure why you show the gen, as I’d likely just show charger and it’s DC output to the house loads and how it connects to your diagram. Ie Your panel may have AC and DC in one physical panel but they are electrically separate (except for common grounding). thanks a lot. i have a progressive dynamics 45amp charger / converter , but im hardly ever connected to shore power i am still unsure about how the dc loads are connected. currently there is two sets of wires being routed to the battery positive and negative of the dc circuits , one set is from the SCC , but im going to rereoute that back down to the battery. It was installed this way by the RV dealer because it was seemingly easier for them to avoid having to wire the extra few feet to the battery compartment i think the other two positive and negative wires come from the battery itself , but im going to take it apart and figure it out once i figure this out , maybe then i can rewrite the diagram accordingly?
moonlitsouls 10/09/21 12:20pm Truck Campers
DC-DC Charger Wiring Input Suggestions

Hope all is well, I’ve attached a diagram to my truck camper , I’m going to use Anderson connections to create a detachable connection for the wires from the starter battery to the charger. Where do you guys think I should route the wire ? What’s the best way to come into the camper? Thanks a lot https://i.imgur.com/EGrpv1w.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/9U5yv0t.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/3c8kdc3.png width=640 * Adjusted image width to 640
moonlitsouls 10/09/21 11:32am Truck Campers
RE: Solar Wiring Diagram for Review

Hi, The inverter is a bit small. I'd got to 1500 or 2000 watt. Running a device "flat out" is not a good thing. At least one member burned out an inverter by doing so. Fuses should be "at the capacity of the wire". thanks for the feedback , i never use more than 1000w , its perfect for me. what are your thoughts on the comment made by the guys on diy solar? i think there is an issue with the design and how the dc loads are being wired? 1000 running flat out is less efficient than a 2000 running at 50% load. Or are you saying your max load is only 500 watts? the purpose of this thread is to discuss sytem design and understand how my ac/dc panels will be wired into the system , im not concerned about my inverter size its working great.
moonlitsouls 10/09/21 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Solar Wiring Diagram for Review

Hi, The inverter is a bit small. I'd got to 1500 or 2000 watt. Running a device "flat out" is not a good thing. At least one member burned out an inverter by doing so. Fuses should be "at the capacity of the wire". thanks for the feedback , i never use more than 1000w , its perfect for me. what are your thoughts on the comment made by the guys on diy solar? i think there is an issue with the design and how the dc loads are being wired?
moonlitsouls 10/09/21 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: Adding more Solar and DC-DC charger

thank you all very much for the replies , really appreciate it. Ive been doing a lot of research and i created another thread to get some feedback on my preliminary wiring diagram , but im still confused about a couple things adam https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30286820.cfm
moonlitsouls 10/09/21 10:40am Truck Campers
Solar Wiring Diagram for Review

Hi guys , hope all is well. Im in the process of upgrading my solar system , with the help of the DIY solar forum online ive been able to create this preliminary diagram but im still a little confused about how the existing ac/dc panel will be wired if im not upgrading the stock /converter charger. A lot of the videos i see online involve switching out the existing charger for a hybrid unit that does inverting and charging , i dont need that. My only goals are : increase solar capacity add the dc-dc charger fuse the system properly and clean up the install as it was thrown together by the rv dealer who sold the unit to the first owners , thanks a lot for the help i received this feedback below from someone on the DIY solar forum and i have no idea what he means , pls help me out "You show no pure dc loads. That means the only load is the inverter so its kinda pointless to have the connections between the battery and the busbars at 2 awg and then the connection between the busbar and the inverter at 4 awg." i think my system is designed incorrectly for reference , this is a thread to the existing discussion on diy solar , any additional feedback would be greatly appreciated https://diysolarforum.com/threads/pls-help-me-with-system-design.29437/page-4 https://i.imgur.com/LrZf109.png
moonlitsouls 10/09/21 10:26am Truck Campers
Adding more Solar and DC-DC charger

Hope all is well guys and girls About 6 months ago i came here with a plan to leave my high priced NYC apt and move into my truck camper full time , well , its been one hell of a ride so far ! Over the last few months ive payed close attention to my energy needs , i have 400w of solar which pulls about 15amps MAX on the best conditions I have a 280ah lithium battery pack and a propane generator that i use for emergencies (to charge the battery if its been cloudy) or on hot days if i want to turn on my ac I am never hooked up to power at a campground , everything is done off the grid So ive gotten a bit tired of having to position myself in the sun, my life revolves around this battery and its getting old , so heres my plan add 2 additional 200w panels , upgrade the existing SCC to a victron 100/50 add a 200amp high output alternator and a renogy 60 amp dc to dc charger My current setup is a 2006 Ford f350 paired with a 2019 Eagle Cap 811 The purpose of this post is to say hello again , and also get any tips or suggestions on the best way to proceed I am in the process now of doing the resarch to configure the system correctly , so not only will i be reworking the solary array and SCC but also trying to size the correct wiring and get a good plan for the DC-DC charger as well thanks again adam
moonlitsouls 10/02/21 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Smelling propane

thanks guys , im going to start by adjusting the air shutter , that seems like the easier place to start. also , i need to clean that soot asap its really bothering me. i hope it comes off easy
moonlitsouls 04/21/21 09:05am Truck Campers
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