solar advice please

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  1. Lozsing

    Lozsing Funster

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    thanks in advance, just bought a SH MH and paid to have a solar panel fitted, upon service before I get it they have told me that they have discovered its got a 100w panel and a controller that says mppt15 on it, they have checked it and its working fine and set up to charge both van and leasure batteries. They have said they can rip it out and put new in, or give me what I was going to pay for new back.
    So do you think I am right hanging onto my cash what have I got to loose. going to dealer tomorrow to give them an answer and check it out myself.
    forgot to mention its a 2014 van so it shouldn't be that old
     
  2. Bobby22

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    Keep you money, if it stops working you can use the cables to wire in a new one.

    They are usually good for years and you will be able to check the power you are getting from it.
     
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    Or put another one on as well, check what input wattage the controller can handle and you might get away with just the panel and some wires.

    Martin
     
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    Use some of the money to by a victron controler
     
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  5. Jimbohorlicks

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    keep the cash and see how you get on with the 1 panel first-it may be ok. If not you can add a another panel later at one of the fix it meets(y)
     
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    The answer depends upon how you are going to use the van. 100W is fine if you are planning to go without EHU occasionally in the summer. If, on the other hand, you want to go without EHU for longer periods in the autumn winter and spring in the UK then at least 200W will be needed, depending, of course upon how much TV you watch, how many lights you have on and how warm you want the motorhome (the fan/pump on your heating system uses quite a bit of electricity).

    You can always ask them to fit the other panel you have paid for. You could then either get another controller to run that one (I doubt the existing controller would take both) or get them to replace the existing controller with a better one that will take both panels.
     
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    Sounds like a decent dealer, wonder they didn't just take your money and leave the one that's there, on the other hand they couldn't have checked much if they didnt know it already had one!
     
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    Martin and PE are giving sound advice. You can never have too much solar power
     
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    Your right there
     
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    If it works, don't fix it.
     
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