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Old 11-06-2014, 01:00 PM   #41
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Sweet old battery! A bit heavy to ship ... but fun to watch the bubbles

How about a 6v motorcycle battery in a clear jar and a magnifying glass?

A little snow on a panel passes the light fairly well, even with a lot it will trickle charge.

I didn't order the solar package on our 19' because, for the money, there should be a better way then flat on the roof. But I'm still thinking about it, your testing has reignited my interest!



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Old 11-06-2014, 01:18 PM   #42
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Sweet old battery! A bit heavy to ship ... but fun to watch the bubbles

How about a 6v motorcycle battery in a clear jar and a magnifying glass?
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Bubbles? How about a carbon rod, some zinc pennies and a little electrolyte in a glass?

But if the objective is a visual indicator, I could submerge the power resistor in a glass of water and stick in a digital thermometer.

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I didn't order the solar package on our 19' because, for the money, there should be a better way then flat on the roof. But I'm still thinking about it, your testing has reignited my interest!
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We came close to not ordering the ETI package because frankly there were more powerful panels available for less $$. And toss in a MPPT controller and you have a state-of-the-art charging system. But what tipped us into the ETI purchase was the esthetics of the "hidden" roof panel. It should have sufficient output for our purposes in the summer and I won't have to drag along an extra portable panel. In the cool seasons however I envision our demands going way up - more lights on longer, furnace running, 12v heat tape on the exposed pipes, maybe a 12v electric blanket (like we used on our boat - kept our bacon from being frozen, if you get my drift), etc. I'm picturing double the electricity demand and half the output from the roof panel for the cool half of our camping season. Since we plan mostly boon-dock camping, I have to replace that loss - and a generator is not an option - if I want to stay married.

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Old 11-06-2014, 01:44 PM   #43
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I'm picturing double the electricity demand and half the output from the roof panel for the cool half of our camping season. Alan
When you get this all figured out (very nice work BTW), can you please "package it up" and install it on my trailer as winter is when I do the majority of my camping?
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:16 PM   #45
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NIce Alan,

With a solar panel mounted flat, however, the reflective panel will have to be positioned above it, angled at about 65 degrees for winter sun in the PNW. BTW, GoPower makes an adapter to tilt the flat 160 watt panel up to as much as 70 degrees. They told me it is an easy retrofit with simple hand tools on an already installed flat unit. Disappointed that ETI wouldn't do this for me during the build. I think we are going that route.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:54 PM   #46
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Can you get to the roof panel without bringing along a ladder?
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Can you get to the roof panel without bringing along a ladder?
Only by standing on the roof of the RAV4. We are planning on purchase of a light three step ladder allowing my head to be 5" above the roof. Hopefully this will be enough to raise and lower the solar panel and brush snow off of it. I'll climb on the RAV4 once to install, or borrow a ladder. ACE hardware has a neat collapsible ladder with a 12' working height but its $250!
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:22 PM   #48
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I purchased this 5' step ladder. While I can't quite get to the middle of the roof, I can reach all the necessary stuff other than the AC. The big advantage for me is it fits in a 5" fence post. There is a 6' version available that I like better because it has steps on both sides, but it is too tall to fit across the 17.
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Jon, where do you store it for travel?
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