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Old 12-21-2014, 10:05 PM   #31
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Only issue with that is you want to be away from camp, hunting, not guarding a generator.
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:46 PM   #32
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I could run it at night to charge the batteries, then store it in my capped truck bed during hunting. I can't remember the last time I saw another person up in northern Maine in November.
The problem with solar up here iis sunlight, it's a commodity in November.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:42 AM   #33
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Since you may already have your generator, I would still get the solar option. With the larger panel you will still get enough charging, even on cloudy days, to keep your batteries charged. After awhile you will probably start leaving the generator and extra fuel at home. I sold my generator once I got solar, never used it.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:09 AM   #34
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Can the solar be had and used without bolting it to the roof? Perhaps set up on its own holder on the ground?
The only hole in the roof that I will tolerate is the maxx fan.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:19 AM   #35
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Since you may already have your generator, I would still get the solar option. With the larger panel you will still get enough charging, even on cloudy days, to keep your batteries charged. After awhile you will probably start leaving the generator and extra fuel at home. I sold my generator once I got solar, never used it.
Invalid, if you lived in the south like me. Here in Florida, the "Sunshine State," solar is not appropriate. Most of the time you need A/C, which means AC, not DC current. Generally, campgrounds with hook-ups or a generator if boondocking. If I had solar, I would sell it because it just wouldn't meet my needs.
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There is no mounting holes, the solar is "glued" to the roof via VHB tape. There is one little hole for the wires to enter, otherwise a hole free install. You have the refer vent as well as 2 sewerage vents and your MaxFan vent already there. Besides with the Escape's build process leaks are almost non existent.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:22 AM   #37
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Invalid, if you lived in the south like me. Here in Florida, the "Sunshine State," solar is not appropriate. Most of the time you need A/C, which means AC, not DC current. Generally, campgrounds with hook-ups or a generator if boondocking. If I had solar, I would sell it because it just wouldn't meet my needs.
I understand your need for air-condtioning as well as 120v living in the humid south, but the op lives in the far north, they may not even have air-conditioning.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:35 AM   #38
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I ordered the 17A, no bathroom or vent, but I didn't realize it wasn't bolted to the roof. I may have another look at it. Then again I already have a generator.
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There is no mounting holes, the solar is "glued" to the roof via VHB tape. There is one little hole for the wires to enter, otherwise a hole free install. You have the refer vent as well as 2 sewerage vents and your MaxFan vent already there. Besides with the Escape's build process leaks are almost non existent.
Reace stopped using VHB tape 2 years ago because a customer had a panel come loose on the road. He now uses a 2 part epoxy to bond the aluminum supports to the fiberglass. I used 3M™ Marine Adhesive Sealant 5200 for 2 of my panels and it is very strong.
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Can the solar be had and used without bolting it to the roof? Perhaps set up on its own holder on the ground?
The only hole in the roof that I will tolerate is the maxx fan.
As Steve mentioned, the solar panel mounts are epoxied to the roof. You do have the option to have the trailer pre-wired for solar without the panels. You can specify where the wiring is terminated. The terminations are simple MC4 connectors, which are compatible with most panels. Later, you could purchase portable panels as many on the forum have done, and simply plug them in. An obvious advantage is that you can aim the panels at the little bit of sun you have, which greatly increases their output.
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