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  1. firebird123

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    I want to get and fit my own Solar Panels, free standing, can someone recommend any, and also what wattage ?

    I have an Autotrail Apache
     
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    Question?, why not fit them on the roof?, less prone to damage through handling and set up, always available and easy to fit. the wattage required depends upon what you require, we have two 100 watt ones and two 110 AH LB fitted and that lasts us a week without EHU or starting the engine.
     
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    Our experience of both free standing and roof fitted panels Here.
     
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    Sorry not sure what I want
     
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    Before you buy, speak to as many people as possable and get a feel for what you will need, do you want somthing that will keep your batteries topped up for a couple of days before you drive off to a new destination or are you intending to last longer without moving or EHU how economical are you with power?, as an example when we had only the one 80watt std pannel and twin 110 AH batteries it would last about 2-3 days before the battery voltage droppped to low (10.5 volts) but now it lasts twice as long and i amafraid I am not that economical, I dont like sitting in the dark so we use the lights, TV etc as we please, its all a compromise in the end
     
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    If you use only the MH facilities including radio (no TV or beauty aids!) an 80w panel will hold up indefinitely (or at least during the summer months) and can be regarded as the minimum. Go for the biggest panel output / number of batteries that you can afford / have room for. If you start small you will only have to add to it later.
     
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    try ebay there are some good deals to have there i have just fitted a 100w panel 2 110amp batts and a controller also a 1000k inverter that runs everything i need even sold me genny now
     
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    You aren't the only one!

    But we have had some good news regarding our need for EHU. My husband has to use medical equipment overnight and we have always needed EHU but we have been notified that there is a new model of the equipment he uses with a double battery pack available. The battery pack is designed for emergency use but several of the people testing it have used it when camping off mains and find a fully charged pack lasts a couple of nights (18 hours). Because of the frequent power cuts at home the specialist is recommending hubby has his machine replaced for the new one and that we get the battery pack. We may have to buy the battery pack ourselves but it will be worth it!
     
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    That sounds grest helen, because it will give you a weekend st least without the need of ehu.
    We are now at the woods with some friends, still restig up though.
     
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    We have 4x80watt panels and find them more than enough most times of the year in summer we can use the microwave for 5 or 6 minutes wifes hairdryer first thing and be all charged up again in an hour, any spare power then goes to run the fridge.
     
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