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Naio

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Posted: 05/14/18 01:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh, that is a shame that your initial floor didn't work out! It looked good in the pictures.


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Naio wrote:

Oh, that is a shame that your initial floor didn't work out! It looked good in the pictures.


Yeah, I loved the look, but the material's edges just peeled up. Sad.

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New post- Weather Permitting the Solar Panel is going on the roof tomorrow!

Today was all about prep-work since tomorrow I have my brother and two friends from work coming over to help get the panel up and attached to the fiberglass roof.

First up was cleaning and painting the side vents that cover the refrigerator and cutting an entry point for the solar cables in the upper vent. I cleaned them with dish soap and water and then a brilo pad after scrapping all the old butyl tape off the back, used some Rustoleum Flat White paint. pics-

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While that all dried I went to a place called the Reuseum for some wire and a project board to attach my solar controller and a 20 Amp resettable fuse to and set it up. Then I attached it to the house battery:

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Then I got the Solar Panel out- 150 Watt Poly panel and put the feet on it

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Ready for mounting and I may be able to get it all wired up tomorrow!


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Posted: 05/27/18 10:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok! Solar project is nearly completed- the panel is on the roof and connected and working!!

Here are some pics:

Panel on roof
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Exterior Cable routing
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I will attach the white tube to the fiberglass top securely and add some more flex tubing to control cable that comes out of it.

Here is the controller producing juice
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This is early AM and the panel is aligned North/South so not full sun and producing 4.1 usable amps- pretty good...

And here is the battery monitor out put graph
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Left to complete are getting the project board with the controller and fuse mounted and internal cable management and also putting the lower refrigerator vent back on. I mounted the panel with 3M VHB tape, but I will also screwing down one forward foot and one back for belt and suspenders approach on keeping the panel attached!

Thanks for checking in on this project!

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Got the vent panels installed today- they look good!

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This stuff is pretty much done- will seal around the edges with Dicor soon,
sadly I am not happy with my Solar Controller so I ordered a new Victron MMPT 75/15 Controller from Amazon and will get it on Friday. That should do it.

Thank you for checking in on this project- i appreciate any comments.

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Traveler7, how many & what type of house batteries are using? I have just purchased a new to me 1992 Roadtrek Popular 190.


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Hi all! I was unhappy with my 15 dollar charge controller so I upgraded to a Victron 75/15 Mppt Controller with a Bluetooth attachment so I can adjust and monitor it on my phone or pad.

The other controller was putting too much voltage into the battery all the time so I was worried the new battery I just purchased may be damaged by it when I put it in.

Here is the new controller and setup and a pad monitoring the battery pics

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Setup with new UPG 1210000 100 Amp Hour Battery

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And the new charge voltage pattern

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Here is the old controller's charge pattern for comparison-

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you can see all the spikes and over 16 volt runs- new one is much more controlled! Much better for battery life!!!

Thanks for checking in- new flooring project is waiting on flooring on order from Lumber Liquidators and should arrive in two weeks.

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HighwayPilot wrote:

Traveler7, how many & what type of house batteries are using? I have just purchased a new to me 1992 Roadtrek Popular 190.


I am using 1 UPG 121000 100 Amp hour AGM battery, I have very small loads- only a range hood fan, led lights and a Propane Gas Detector, also will be running/ charging a laptop and phones/ tablets. No TV and the Fridge will run on Propane.

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Here is my Solar Panel Charging System particulars for anyone interested:

Panel- New Powa 150 Watt 8.3 Amp Polycrystalline Panel

New Powa 150 Watt Ebay

Controller- Victron BlueSolar 75/15 MPPT

Vctron 75/15 Controller on Amazon

with the Victron VE Direct Bluetooth Dongel

Victron VE Direct Bluetooth on Amazon

20 Amp Zookoto Circuit Breaker for Positive Solar Cable connection to Controller

20 Amp Zookoto Circuit Breaker

UPG 121000 100 Amp Hour AGM Battery

UPG 121000 on Amazon

Wagan Elite 1000 Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter

Wagan Elite !000 Inverter

After my trip this summer to Alaska I may add another battery and change over to a compressor fridge, but still debating that- we'll see how well the Propane on the Fridge works on a two month trip!

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Posted: 06/05/18 06:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice job.


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