Getting solar panels fitted in Spain

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  1. campa cola

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    I am currently in Valencia and am really regretting not fitting some solar panels, there is a local outfit called www.recaravan.es who offer fitting. Anyone tried them ?? I have an electroblock EBL 99 System with a block for a regulator so am assuming the 3 regulator wires go in there ?

    It's probably a bad idea to have this done in Spain warranty wise I know but getting a bit desperate as I can't really wild past 3 days without EHU or using the gennie :(

    Any thoughts or recommendations ? Heading back up north on the Spanish French med coast.
    TIA for any help.
     
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    It aint cheap here.:( My local Mh place wants 350€ for a 100w panel & regulator. & that's not fitted.:( I get mine in the UK , batteries as well. Can't afford any here.:LOL:
     
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    Why not see if you can buy the kit off Ebay and get it shipped out to you there and fit it yourself? I think you may also need a LR1218 solar charge regulator to mate up to your EBL 99.
     
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    Thanks for that minxy, Well my onboard tool kit would easily cover doing that (Inc cordless drill) just would need to get some ladders !!! Will think about it!
     
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    You're not over a barrel with the EBL 99 you can ignore it and go via any regulator direct to the battery. So you have nothing holding you back
     
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    Except it won't then keep the engine battery topped up, not an issue if you do move the MH every week or so, but if not then it'll go flat, however the LR1218 isn't cheap by any means and the LRM (ie MPPT) version is eyewateringly expensive!
     
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    True but a CBE relay is only £21.99
     
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    Thanks for the replies both, @Techno I would like to keep both batteries topped up as I store the MH in secure storage, so often no opportunity to use EHU in the winter.
    I am not up on solar panel jargon, so as I understand it the LR1218 would do both batteries, but as an alternative I would require a regulator with a relay directly fitted to both batteries ????
     
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    Joining the "Green Brigade" Mr Campa Cola?

    If visiting Portugal is part of your plans this trip, there is a guy who has fitted solar panels to Funsters' vans... I think he is in Lagos but RayV8 would know for sure...

    JJ :cool:
     
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    I'm pretty sure the EBL99 only charges the stater battery at 2amps when on hook up. AFAIK it does not from the solar regulator.
    I recall doing one a few years ago and I fitted a CBE
    @JeanLuc
     
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    Yes it's just a float charge to the starter, but the EBL 99 with the Lr1218 kit has a wiring loom to put solar to the starter though according to this!http://www.aandncaravanservices.co.uk/lr-1218.php
     
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    Thanks for the info JJ but I left Portugal a while ago, and won't be back from Spain.......I like my gennie but am not so keen to use it when others are around, and its busy here in Spain!
     
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    You may be correct Andy!

    I've just read the pdf manual for the EBL99 (we have one) as I was wondering about this myself - we have to keep putting our camper on hook-up to keep the cab battery charged up sufficiently despite having the solar panel connected and the LR1218 clearly having an output for a link cable for the starter battery to the EBL99, I just put it down to the leisure batteries being 'favoured' for the majority of the input from the solar panel.

    I've just sent an email off to A & N Caravan Services regarding this and will report back when I get an answer.
     
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    Too late
    As above
    Note that on a EBL 99/EBL 29/EBL 119, block BL6 cannot be used to charge the Starter battery, that is done via separate cable harness (included in the LR1218/LRM1218 box).
     
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    not wishing to be controversial, but can you wild for more than 3 days in a row, is it not then called something else? :D

    posted in all seriousness as a short drive would recharge my batteries to a reasonable level, as would running the engine for a while when parked if needed, quieter than a generator as well :)
     
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    The problem is that if you move you could lose your spot so may not be an option.
     
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    You can always leave your mat, slippers and Leveller's at the spot as I saw recently :Eeek:
     
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