Another panel advice thread . . .

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  1. chopper602

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    The extra cost is for the "mppt charge controller" which is worth getting. What size is your battery bank and how much space you got on your roof.
     
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    Space on the roof isn't an issue, I'm having trouble actually finding my leisure battery! It's under a panel in the floor somewhere. Keeps us going for about two to three days off grid (fridge on gas all lights LED).
     
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    I would find out what leisure batteries you have as its going to help determine what size of solar panel you should get (im sure 100w should be fine) and if roof space isn't an issue then it maybe fitting 2 ;) but that would depend on if you see yourself going to increase your power usage in the future!
     
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    Have a look underneath van you will see a drop section thats where battery will be if youve checked everwhere else regards
     
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    Solar panel arrived this morning - just need to find someone to fit and wire it in now!
     
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    And get some sun on it, good luck with both of those (y)
     
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    if you have the roof space an spending on an extra panel is better than spending on a mppt controller
     
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    This one panel will do me for now. There is a satellite dome already fitted and three rooflights, so this one will about fill the roof. We don't do that much wild camping, so this will top us up nicely when we do.
     
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    A very good comment was made on here in that thousands and thousands of pounds are wastefully spent on solar panels and battery banks that people think they will need but actually don't.
    We plan to use this summer to do what we want when we want and if we run out of electrickery doing it we will do,something about it.
    People tell us that they wild camp and so need this and that, well so do we but not for more than a couple of days and we move on thus charging the batteries we have, each to their own, if your stopping put for weeks at a time then it's a different matter but try before you buy. :D
     
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    Well I know for certain I will be in the same place without EHU for at least 4 days in two locations this summer. That's not including the two or three days stops we might take elsewhere.

    I don't feel I need to justify my purchase. It's a complete kit from a reputable company, so at the very least I've got some guarantee.
     
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    Had a good look, and found a panel on the floor under the table and behind the cab seats (need to remove a small piece of trim, but it's constructed to allow access) and there it was - Banner Running Bull AGM 12v 95Ah 850A. Going to try and get the panel fitted next week, been hectic here to get anything done sooner.
     
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    Ask these people to put a kit together for you, at least you will get 4mm cables and the upgrade to 6mm will be minimal.
    You are likely to find that tightening the entry glands on to 2.5mm cable is difficult, 6mm cable will give a better seal.

    http://www.solarenergyalliance.com
    They couldn't have been more help when I bought things from them.
     
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    I've already got a complete kit from the people at the top of the thread - Sunstore
     
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    can anyone recommend a complete one panel kit plse..I have two matched leisure batteries. and an idea as to weight would be helpful :)

    Are the Bosch panels any better, as seen on ebay
     
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    Take a look at the link at the top of the thread - they do complete kits, it then depends how much power you want or how much you are prepared to spend!
     
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