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  1. maison

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    we are considering fitting solar to our M/H as we like to be off grid when travelling in Europe.

    I don't feel confident of cutting into the roof our new M/H so will have it fitted professionally.

    We have been quoted approx. £525 for a single 120W installation.

    A couple of questions :-

    Does the quote seem reasonable?

    Is 1x120W likely to be OK or should I go for two (either 2x100W or 2x120W)

    What questions should I be asking prior to installation?

    Thanks, in anticipation.:smiley:
     
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  3. maison

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    @Wilman
    Thanks for the response.

    If the M/H was older I might be tempted but, as it is only 5 months old I want to preserve the Warranty and water ingress guarantee, so am looking at the original supplier doing the job.
     
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    I would definitely get it fitted professionally as the last two years we have been asking for insurance quotes we have been asked if our solar panel had been fitted professionally and if we had the documentation.
     
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    Thanks.

    Hadn't even considered any Insurance implications.(y)
     
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    The required wattage will depend upon the intended usage.

    We run our (all LED) lighting, water pump, air heater fan, satellite tuner & TV and all our 12v gadget rechargers off 85W without difficulty. We don't use a 230v inverter for anything.
     
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    What documentation would that be ? A receipt lol
     
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    Those brackets are rubbish Terry
    Once glued on to the roof you can't get the panel back off if needed as they bolt to the underside of the frame
     
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    It is what's in the kit Andy there are lot's of other kits available at similar money - me I just used some ali angle and bought the panel etc separately after following your advice on panels ;):LOL:
    terry
     
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    Have you got 2 batteries fitted, it may be that 2 batteries might work out cheaper and they charge up as you move around. Saves having to fit solar.
     
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    Assuming that the van has a battery to battery charger fitted. Our 1 year old Bessie didn't.
    We've just had solar panels fitted by Vanbitz, then we added 2 extra leisure batteries (4 in total) and also have a B2B charger. Belt and braces, but works well when using a 2kw inverter.
     
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    Personally I think that your quote is too much. The parts are a maximum £150 so they want in the region of £375 for less than half a days work! Two panels for the price would be fair in my view.
    As said above, fitting yourself is very easy and the waterproof gland for the cable entry is exactly as they would use so no real risk of water ingress.
    I would rather fit my own as I then know the quality of the work rather than the cost but the choice is yours.
     
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    So glueing the panel to the roof is fine. We have a kit which include silkaflex to do this, but not confident it will be enough, but then don't want to drill, especially as there is already a waterproof box factory installed ready to take the solar, so potential for no drilling required.
     
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    I really don't understand how you can come to that conclusion. There are so many variables, I pay £100 just for the regulator
     
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    Ours has got a split charger thing that charges as we drive not b to b I thought all motorhomes had them , never mind cancel that idea then.
     
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    If you buy the parts yourself for this hypothetical £150 that is fair enough and then set about DIY fitting and along the way realise all sorts of things you hadn't accounted for you have to rush out and buy and then any warranty issues deal with the seller then off you go a happy bunny

    Or you could pay for the whole job which is more than £150 because the fitter spends time obtaining the parts and has all the conceivable items that might not be envisaged and provides a warranty on everything
    The time it takes again is an unknown unless you have dealt with every vehicle manufacturer and layout configurations
    You can spend that "half a day" surveying a van , it's not always two meters to the battery down the back of the wardrobe
     
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    Don't get me wrong anyone who knows me knows there is no one more in favour of DIY but there are lots of factors not always considered
    For a dealer the price is run of the mill but just because it's a dealer is no guarantee of quality, always go on satisfied customer recommendation
     
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    No when Solar solutions fitted our panel I had an invoice written out with the work carried out as well as the amount paid, I was only saying the fact that this question was asked by more than one insurance company. :Smile:
     
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    That was my other thought!

    First fit is rack to carry our Motorbike. Then either second battery, (M-H is already set up for the second one) or Solar. The second battery would be an easy fix as it is pre-wired already. Just slot in.
     
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