Friday, I drove down to Miami and bought two 200 watt solar panels at Sun Electronics.
Saturday, I realized I had measured the roof wrong and the panels wouldn’t fit where I wanted them.
Saturday night I came up with a half-assed way to make them fit.
Sunday morning, She showed me an elegant way to mount the the panels beautifully—which we’ll install when my brother comes up next weekend. (More below the break…)
The photos show where I plan to mount the charge controller, fuse box, and inverter. By mounting them on a piece of plywood cut to the dimensions of one side of the interior of the dinette seat storage area, I will be able to do most of the wiring on my table top, rather than bent over like a contortionist.
Additionally, I plan on using, sealed (non-gassing) AGM batteries, which will fit under the dinette seat also. Since the dinette is over the axles, the additional weight of the batteries shouldn’t affect the trailer’s towing balance. On a side note, this layout should work with many RVs as they often have the same size dinette bench seats, but do not use this method with unsealed batteries as they leak explosive gas which could ignite from any of those devices.
The planned system:
- 2 200 watt 17.7 Vmp solar panels from Sun Electronics ($270 ea)
- 3 PM-1 Sears Diehard 100 Amp hour AGM batteries ($280 ea). 3 year replacement warranty at any Sears store.
- 1 TriStar 45 amp charge controller ($160)
- 1 Remote temperature sensor for the controller ($30)
- 1 1500 watt Duracell Inverter ($170)
- 1 Manual A-B switch for Solar or Shore power ($?). This will be mounted on the same board and will be accessible from the outside via the storage door.
- 1 Trimetric Battery Monitor mounted in the cabin area ($150).
- Misc cables and connectors ($?)
(The photo above is with the mounting board in place. Dinette seat and back cushions removed.)
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