Thursday, April 20, 2017

Solar



Renogy Alternatives

9am - On April 18th we published a pic of our Renogy solar panel [Link]. In this pic, we have setup the Renogy at Shelter Island.

We were thinking that it would be better, if the solar panel were 'always' connected to Scampy's battery. This could be accomplished by mounting the panel on the roof of Honda or Scampy. A roof mounted solar panel would always be producing electrical power.

There are numerous challenges to overcome in order to mount a solar panel on a roof. Where I am now, is figuring out the alternatives.
  • Keep using the Renogy
  • Mount solar on Honda
  • Mount solar on Scampy

Simple alternative
Keep using the Renogy as we are now doing is the simplest way. But, it is also a pain. Because in order to move Scampy, the Renogy needs to be put back in the suitcase.

2pm - Eyeglass disaster!
A couple of days ago, one hinge of my eyeglasses broke. I managed to make the glasses wearable by the use of electrical tape which although ugly, held the frame to the temple.

I thought that the 'electrical tape' repair would hold. Wrong! Today the temple came loose again.

I found a local eyeglass place which claimed online, to be quick and inexpensive. When I went there, they were neither quick OR inexpensive. $699 for two pair, delivered in two weeks!!

After a bunch of negotiation, I bought the two pair for $278.

The good thing about my visit to this eyeglass place is, that they put on a replacement temple on my existing glasses. No charge!








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15 comments:

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    1. Hi Barney,

      You are lucky to have room for solar on your RV's roof. Not much room on Scampy's roof.

      George

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  2. As Barney stated the Solar Panels on the roof help cool the inside of the trailer.
    To minimize your need monitor your batteries simply install a Charge Controller and it will manage the Battery Charging for you and protect your investment.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. I believe the Renogy comes with a charge controller. At any rate, George had years of experience with his roof top installation on Ms. Tioga.

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    2. Hi Rick,

      Bill in Chico is correct. The Renogy is equipped with a battery charge controller.

      Bill is also correct about my experience with solar. By myself, I installed a solar system for my RV in 2003.

      George


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  3. You might want to consider mounting the solar panel on Honda as there might be times when it would be advantageous to have Scampy in the shade to maximize the cooling. You then could have Honda in the sunlight to maximize electrical storage.

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    1. Hi Scott,

      Yes. Good point.

      George

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  4. You can check on how RV Sue did it.

    http://rvsueandcrew.net/


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  5. Hi George, I am in the same boat. My 60 watt panels work ok but a pain to move. I really don't want to mount to the rv roof because while my roof is fiberglass, it is not the thick boat fiberglass you had installed on Ms. Tioga, and it might leak. I like idea of mounting on the Honda but not sure how to accomplish that.

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    1. Hi Jack,

      I have not researched how to mount a solar panel on the roof of a Honda FIT. But, I plan to find out.

      George

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  6. Have you tried zennioptical.com? They are the best. They are on Clark Howards top Eyeglass suppliers list. Inexpensive as well. $10-$40 Pair

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    1. No, I have not.

      Thanks for the comment.

      George

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  7. May I suggest to use good strong Velcro available at any Uncle wally to mount the panel to either the rv or the car

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    1. Hi Geromio,

      Thanks for the comment. But, it may require something more than Velcro to hold a solar panel fast.

      George

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  8. Outdoor shades are typically used to prevent sunlight from getting inside the home so as to avoid any negative effects that it may bring. Prolong exposure to sunrays can result to some damages within the home's interiors. outdoor motorized solar shades

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