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Old 11-28-2014, 02:21 PM   #131
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Installing tilting panels sounds like a lot of trouble. More so having to adjust them when one sets up camp. I know me, and I know I'd forget to "stow" the roof panel before towing. Likely a very expensive mistake. So I'll have to stay with a flat roof panel.

I do wonder how much difference the solar controller makes. The Go Power solar controller Escape installs doesn't have a particularly good charging cycle. If one is trying to optimize battery charging the controller should also be a consideration. Ya, one more thing to throw on the trade off chart, thanks Hugh.

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Hugh, I changed my solar controller a long time ago to a Morningstar Tristar programmable unit. At least that part is taken care of..
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:32 PM   #132
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I'm happy to report that my newly installed Nova Kool refrigerator has been running constantly now for over a week in my driveway, supplied only by the two 6 volt batteries being charged each day by my 95 watt solar panels. These panels are tilted up about 55 degrees toward the sun, are putting out over 60 amps total per day and are plenty of power to supply the refer indefinitely. I am seeing 14.9 volts each early afternoon on the MorningStar panel with the Pulse-Width-Modulation throttling back the power from the panels because the batteries are at the required voltage level. To have additional power for other needs and for grey days, I will soon install a hitch-mounted 140 watt panel that will also be on an angled sun-facing mount. This panel will attach to either the front or back hitch areas of the trailer depending on where the sun is when camping, not on the ground. The mounts and wiring have been ordered so it should all be on-line in about a week. I am fabricating some parts for the adjustable mounts for the two 95 watt panels on the roof and the rest of the parts are due early next week...pictures coming soon. Stay tuned!

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Old 11-29-2014, 09:51 PM   #133
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I know I don't need a new fridge with my current 5.0 cf working fine, but sure am watching what all you are doing with yours, Steve. I have always liked the idea of these fridges, and you seem to be doing it up good.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:59 PM   #134
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Great work Steve. You could sum it up with what was stated before: if you have adequate solar and batt capacity, a compressor fridge is a great alternative to the inadequate cooling of the Dometic.
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Old 11-30-2014, 01:41 AM   #135
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Great work Steve. You could sum it up with what was stated before: if you have adequate solar and batt capacity, a compressor fridge is a great alternative to the inadequate cooling of the Dometic.
as long as one has sun.
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Old 11-30-2014, 01:15 PM   #136
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I will soon install a hitch-mounted 140 watt panel that will also be on an angled sun-facing mount. This panel will attach to either the front or back hitch areas of the trailer depending on where the sun is when camping, not on the ground.
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Not unexpected results but nice to see it confirmed that the Nova Kool and solar are a viable option. Great paving the way for others.

After I finish my current 3 trailer projects a mount that allows for tilting and swiveling is on my list. So I'll be looking at what you do with interest. I've had a little trouble getting panels but hope to get some soon. Won't be able to finalize a design until I have them in hand but I'm thinking a fixed mount at the front and maybe even being able to keep one "flat and down" while underway.

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Old 11-30-2014, 03:00 PM   #137
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Looking forward to seeing the fore/aft solar panel tilt-o-matic.

Excellent frig conversion so far, and you even have sun .... I'm jealous.

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Old 11-30-2014, 11:52 PM   #138
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Not unexpected results but nice to see it confirmed that the Nova Kool and solar are a viable option. Great paving the way for others.

After I finish my current 3 trailer projects a mount that allows for tilting and swiveling is on my list. So I'll be looking at what you do with interest. I've had a little trouble getting panels but hope to get some soon. Won't be able to finalize a design until I have them in hand but I'm thinking a fixed mount at the front and maybe even being able to keep one "flat and down" while underway.

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Ron, Grape Solar in Oregon is selling through Amazon and I purchased my 160 watt panel for $248 delivered to my home in 2 days, free shipping with Amazon Prime. They have the best panel prices (delivered) I've seen for the lower voltage mono type; Grape Solar GS-S-160-Fab8 Monocrystalline PV Panel, 160-watt. For reference, I remember giving Reace about $500 for my second 95 panel about a year ago.
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Ron, Grape Solar in Oregon is selling through Amazon and I purchased my 160 watt panel for $248 delivered to my home in 2 days, free shipping with Amazon Prime. They have the best panel prices (delivered) I've seen for the lower voltage mono type; Grape Solar GS-S-160-Fab8 Monocrystalline PV Panel, 160-watt. For reference, I remember giving Reace about $500 for my second 95 panel about a year ago.
They also sell a compressor fridge that will fit through the door of the Escape. Not nearly as nice as a NovaKool though, and it uses a Culco compressor instead of a Danfoss.
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:10 AM   #140
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Ron, Grape Solar in Oregon is selling through Amazon and I purchased my 160 watt panel for $248 delivered to my home in 2 days, free shipping with Amazon Prime. .
Thanks, it's easier to buy an item from a Canadian dealer where possible. Cuts down or eliminates shipping charges etc. My problem right now is that I had 2 dealers with panels that looked suitable but when I called their 800 numbers their answers and "customer service" left a little to be desired. Hopefully I'll get that sorted out soon.

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