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Old 09-24-2013, 08:42 PM   #31
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I am surprised that you say house outlets with two circuits in one box require linked breakers. Our home kitchen has several such outlets installed by journeymen electricians and the breakers are not linked. In our home we do have linked breakers for major electrical loads such as our electric stove and clothes dryer, but these are 220/240 volt devices.
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I apologize! I just checked our breaker panel and found that the breakers are linked for the split outlets. My mistake! I was wrong! Sorry!
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:29 AM   #32
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I just checked our breaker panel and found that the breakers are linked for the split outlets.
Good!
Thanks for the update.

I think a few of us learned something (although in my case about current home wiring options) - now it's up to everyone wiring their trailer to decide whether the split outlet situation is relevant to their configuration.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:16 AM   #33
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I remember when kitchens changed to needed split plugs, no more than 2 per circuit, and those two could not be side-by-side either. For the last while code has changed to 20A GFI plugs, all in all a better idea.
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Good!
Thanks for the update.

I think a few of us learned something (although in my case about current home wiring options) - now it's up to everyone wiring their trailer to decide whether the split outlet situation is relevant to their configuration.
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I have learned something too. Thanks to you, Jim, Jon and Steve for your input. I plan to change to either a dedicated inverter outlet or a transfer switch.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:32 PM   #35
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I read in the forum that some members raise the solar panel three inches to enhance solar power receiption. I like to get input from you all the pros and cons of having it raise 3 inches. Thanks.
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Tonny,

I have had three solar panels on my trailer. The first two were mounted directly onto 1" square aluminum tubing (factory mounting). The third panel shown in picture, was mounted by me and sits 2.25 inches off the trailer roof.

The first two panels had the same output but never got close to the 95w rating of the panel. The third panel gets very close to the 95w rating of the panel. As far as the reason, I don't know. But my guess is the panel stays cooler and thus is more efficient.

Additionally, I have the 3rd panel mounted with epoxy and bolted to the trailer on four corners. The bolts come into the trailer inside cabinets and closet, so the headliner looks the same on the inside. I know for fact this panels isn't getting blown off like the first two.

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Old 09-25-2013, 05:26 PM   #36
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Nice work on the 3rd solar panel. It looks very secured. Thanks for the photo.
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I have had three solar panels on my trailer. The first two were mounted directly onto 1" square aluminum tubing (factory mounting). The third panel shown in picture, was mounted by me and sits 2.25 inches off the trailer roof.

The first two panels had the same output but never got close to the 95w rating of the panel. The third panel gets very close to the 95w rating of the panel. As far as the reason, I don't know. But my guess is the panel stays cooler and thus is more efficient.
The cooling sounds like a reasonable guess. Another factor might be shading: does the extra height get a edge of the panel out of the shadow of something such as the roof vent?
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The old panels would have been out of the shade on high noon sunny days. So one would think they would put out the full 95w at that time. But then again, that is the time the panel would be the hottest.

I'm curious if others that have factory installed solar panels have the same issue?
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Tonny,

I have had three solar panels on my trailer. The first two were mounted directly onto 1" square aluminum tubing (factory mounting). The third panel shown in picture, was mounted by me and sits 2.25 inches off the trailer roof.

The first two panels had the same output but never got close to the 95w rating of the panel. The third panel gets very close to the 95w rating of the panel. As far as the reason, I don't know. But my guess is the panel stays cooler and thus is more efficient.

Additionally, I have the 3rd panel mounted with epoxy and bolted to the trailer on four corners. The bolts come into the trailer inside cabinets and closet, so the headliner looks the same on the inside. I know for fact this panels isn't getting blown off like the first two.

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John, was your panel the one Reace told me about that was originally attached with tape and blew off the trailer during the winter? If so yours was the last one he used tape on. He now uses a 2 part marine epoxy adhesive. I raised mine up (3") to eliminate shadowing (MaxiFan shadow killed the output of the first panel when raised all the way up) and the second one I installed with 3M Marine Adhesive. You have a lot of solar power. Do you have two 6 volt batteries?



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Steve,

Sorry for the confusion, I only have one panel installed on my trailer. It's just that I have had to install it three times. Once by the factory with 3m tape. Second time mounted with 2 part marine epoxy factory method (both blown off), and finally by me using my own techniques. Just found the 3rd panel installed by me, sits higher and has a higher amperage output. All have been mounted between the max fan and AC.

Yes, I'm the one that Reace told you about. I have two 6 volt batteries.
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