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  • fljazgal
    fljazgal Solar and Alternative Energy for RV's:
    January 3, 2020Since I have not added solar yet ... am I better off with portable solar vs stationary roof solar? I have a small class c on transit ... Ihave 2 agms... 500 watt lithium pure sine solar generator and 4000 cumin gas gen. watch my usage... my rig is sol...  more
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    • fljazgal
      John & Cindy (and the Boys) January 3, 2020 Personal preference but I have used both and the fixed system is what I prefer. Fixed make for a much less complicated set up and take down.
    • fljazgal
      Seann (the Canadian) January 4, 2020 If you go with a portable system make sure when it's out that it's chained down because they grow legs and disappear also make sure it is weighed down with something so the wind won't blow it over and shatter the panels
    • fljazgal
      Canadian Hellie January 4, 2020 Yes, live and learn - that is what happened to our's this past summer - wind blew it over.
    • fljazgal
      rdrunner January 4, 2020 Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to both.  Here's an interesting You Tube video link that talks about both:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5gviHcZz20
    • fljazgal
      Ray & Ann January 4, 2020 Depends on your travel and rig. Our truck doesn't charge the house batteries so a roof mounted panel would while we drive. If we are on the road by the time we set up a portable panel the sun would be too low to do anything. The one site we spend 3 months...  more
    • fljazgal
      Tom & Lois January 4, 2020 As other have said, it is personal preference. As a solar installer, I would advise to start small and cheap until you learn from experience. It is very easy to drop some serious cash on solar equipment sold by RV Dealers that know and care little about y...  more
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      • fljazgal
        fljazgal January 5, 2020 Are you going to rally in live oak in Feb... thank you for advice ... like the harbor freight idea ... could use it for batteries and solar gen...
      • fljazgal
        Tom & Lois January 5, 2020 We are not going to Live Oak this year. However; we are mobile installers and travel the country helping people with solar project. We will be in East Texas in February and headed west in March and April. Summer will be spent in Northern Colorado. Let me ...  more
    • fljazgal
      John T January 4, 2020 flj, I thought I already responded but I don't see it so here goes again.   One advantage of portable is the ability to move and tilt them throughout the day to increase energy harvest versus if permanent flat roof m...  more
    • fljazgal
      Dave and Terry Clayton January 4, 2020 I have a 35 foot Class A with 850 watts of solar on the roof (non-tiltable), 4 GC-2 6 Volt FLA batteries (225 amp-hours useable), 60A MPPT solar controller and two 1000 watt inverters (one for residential fridge and one for electronics). I would like to a...  more
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      • fljazgal
        fljazgal January 5, 2020 Dave How much of your solar do you think your residential refrig consumes?  Just curious since I do not have a larrge residential type ... but it is not a peanut one either ... has ample refrig and freezer ...  and big refrig for a little rig .....  more
    • fljazgal
      John T January 5, 2020 fla, I have no idea what YOUR fridge requires HOWEVER    FWIW I can tell you my small dorm size 120 VAC fridge I power from my Inverter uses 40 Amp Hours of 12 Volt Battery Energy on a daily 24 hour basis. My CPAP requires around 24 Am...  more
    • fljazgal
      fljazgal January 5, 2020 I do not understand amp ... I understand watts ... how many watts in an amp.?
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      • fljazgal
        Seann (the Canadian) January 5, 2020 Volts times Watts equals amps (I think that's the formula)
      • fljazgal
        Tom & Lois January 5, 2020 No!
        Volts x amps = watts
      • fljazgal
        Tom & Lois January 5, 2020 Watts / volts = amps
        Watts / amps = volts
        Watts is watts is watts no matter what the voltage.
      • fljazgal
        John T January 5, 2020 flj,  1) Voltage is the potential difference, the EMF, between say for example two battery posts.  2) Amperage is CURRENT FLOW between the two different voltage potentials. Its the flow of  &...  more
      • fljazgal
        fljazgal January 5, 2020 Clear as mud ... lol
    • fljazgal
      John T January 6, 2020 "Clear as mud ... lol"  Hey our answers pretty well agree, we try our best. Hang in there and study and research it some, hopefully you will get it. Keep asking we will try to help. Best wishes ...  more
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      • fljazgal
        fljazgal January 6, 2020 John ... it's me ... not your answer ... it will take awhile for me to understand... but I will ... it is all new to me.... lots to learn when one is a newbie ... I just figured out where the fuses were when my refrig was not working....
    • fljazgal
      John T January 6, 2020 Hey flj, no problem you're getting there. Keep exploring and learning and we will help best we can..Gotta love the RV community how we all help each other


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