We’re installing this inverter on our next RV. As a general rule we don’t drain our batteries lower than 50% or 12v, so our 420ah of battery only gives us 210 usable power. We are in Depoe Bay Oregon and have become pretty successful at crabbing (soon to master clamming) so let me know if you need any pointers. Wow, you guys are doing it! I would suggest calling up whomever you plan to buy your panels from and get their input on the right set up for your application. Hey guys… congrats on your new solar setup, seems like a great package and way to go. Hi Jason/Nikki, 2 Quick questions: re Go Power! We first met the GoPower team while speaking in Abbotsford at the Earlybird RV show.  At the time we knew our RV solar setup was way under powered for our Wild Camping needs; however we hadn’t considered an upgrade due to cost.   Then we were introduced to the 120 watt Portable Solar Kit.  With a street price just over $500 this no installation folding panel produces equal power for way less cost than our previous roof mounted solar setup.  Needless to say we were sold on the upgrade. Thanks so much! It has 2 terabits of memory and is a wifi hub, and projects 10ftx10ft screen. However last year I helped install a commercial set of 6 AGMs from China in my son’s motorhome that were only about $150 each … much cheaper. Matt, They are great indoors as AGMs do not vent toxic flammable gasses when charging and Gels can be mounted any direction to fit anywhere, but Flooded Lead Acid are still the cheapest. However I want to make sure you guys get credit for my purchase and I don’t see that option on your “shopping” list. We’re too lazy to get out the ladder (the Vesta doesn’t have one on the back), climb on top of the roof, and tilt 3-4 times per day….or even worse we would forget to untilt the panels and drive down the road until the panels met an unwelcome fate when smashing into a low clearance bridge 🙂 How? Will be experimenting this weekend with tilting the array. The best RV solar panel installation depends on your vehicle, your energy needs and what hardware and power you already have in your RV. We are planning a “day in the life” video soon that will show what we can pull in one day, so make sure you subscribe to get the latest email update. Another good resource for charger/inverter knowledge outside of solar is http://www.bestconverter.com, and not just cause the owner’s name is also Randy. If you only have the two batteries and not room for some crazy large battery like the Group 4D or 8D you will get about the same AmpHours from any format. There are a variety of options and features. If it were me I’d have at least 400ah of batteries at 12v (to match your 400 watts of solar) to run all your ‘daily’ stuff. For example if its cloudy for 3 days you might need 3 batteries and more solar. Hello, You have shown the Inverter side of your RV from GoPower but what about the Converter side. They got back to my email very quickly. They cost a bit more, but are worth it from what I’ve read. I spend a lot of time in the south, what would it take to run a roof A/C at night, would this power it? We did flooded on our first solar install, and AGM on our second. A generator never looked or sounded sweeter. Here is the place for your battery questions (http://www.lithiumion-batteries.com/index.php), and check with Magnum on how to properly setup your charge controller for these smart batteries (the tech department says you need the ME-ARC Advanced remote Control Panel) see http://www.magnumenergy.com/Products/ME-ARC.htm. Our previous solar setup used 4 AGM (Lifeline) 6V batteries ~ 480 Ahrs capacity. Not having to run generator means that wildlife seems to accept us and we have had coyotes, deer and elk come within 15 meters of rig while dispersed camping aka boondeocking (and this is we do) and had two young Bull Moose fighting with 25 meters of our rig at Vedauwoo, Wyoming last year. Thanks for sharing your experience with the Solar Extreme. Our pleasure David. I hadn’t considered that. You can see our solar upgrades here, the newest being our 900+watt setup: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/solar Keeping in mind we have a limited budget, and we now only use our PC’s and TV/satellite regularly but also have a Microwave in use for quick and short reheats, How many batteries would I need for such usage? If you do enough research and you’re handy with tools you can do your own install. Now, that same solar panel costs under $19K, and that’s before a federal tax credit is applied. Imagine a moonless night out in the desert watching horror movies. Thanks, Ken. Bottom line, we’ll need to have a few conversations to make sure that the solution we offer fits all of your needs. Good luck, let us know what you find out. 2 X Flex-100E RV solar panels aren't cheap and you have to be the one to decide if they are the right value for you. Thats exciting. The unit has four holes at each corner to mount we’re you need it. But hey, it might rain, right. I guess this bargain ain’t such a bargain. We were on our way out the door but said “we need to shoot a quick video or photos of this fog and our readings”. Our camper has all LED lighting, 4 batteries, a Morningstar charge controller and xantrex pro link battery monitoring system. Well, counting travel expenses and the extra hardware we used I don't guess I saved much actual cash. Like not needing to top them up to 100% regularly, being able to drain them lower safely, minimal peukert’s loss, smaller/lighter size, etc. Garbage in = pure sine wave and 120V out. And of course, the 3000W pure sine wave inverter is a big plus. Thanks! We have an onboard Generater which isn’t very efficient and also runs off the main fuel tank, not a good idea when wild camping far away from fuel suppliers. I am also investing in a good Generic Generator for emergencys. • No display on the charge controller so you don’t know how your batteries are performing. I decided to build a battery compartment on the rear bumper using 3/4 treated plywood and drilled venting holes around the sides and added a hinged roof for easy access keeping the on board genny in tact. Two 60 watt panels may work better. We can taylor the system to suit … RV solar-charging systems run the gamut in pricing. That’s what we had on our last RV (4 x 150) which had more real estate on the roof than our Vesta. For the most part, drill and screwdriver would be enough. Sooo… i was hoping youd be able to clue me in on the number of agm deep cycle solar batteries i would need?.. That’s because each of our customers is unique, and we treat them as being unique. He knows from experience regarding major brand premiums and regular. What happens to them if it hails? I really appreciate the free RV training as I am considering buying RV and living full time with my wife. Even if you pay for an install you’ll want to understand the restrictions that pertain to gauge (or thickness) of the wire and the length. We have exercised the system running both a/c and microwave and it worked well though we were running 3.0 kW through the inverter. Keep us posted on more helpful info, we love your site! Greg For 4 thousand dollars, I can run my 8kw diesel genny 4 hrs a day to keep my batteries charged for every single minute left in my natural life…. We did not upgrade the batteries. Thanks! However, every time we talk to a new expert to verify information we get a different story. We had it installed on the way to Yosemite at Manteca Trailer. I’ve seen Costco come out with some great deals and you can’t beat their return policy…however the items are carried for a limited time so if something goes wrong you have to dismantle the entire system and bring it back for return, which means you’ll have to re-install everything again with whatever kit they might (or might not) have in stock. Thanks for sharing Pat. The solar was still giving us 10 or so amps through 8 inches of snow. Other thing about Li-Ion, Lead acid be it AGM of Wet cell can only be quick charged to about 75% of their full capacity in short order the rest of the charge is slow and steady as she goes, not very efficient. Our p ortable solar trailer. You can ma… http://www.freesunpower.com/batteries.php. 19/10/2020; Posted by Solar Camping Australia; 14 Jun . You can avoid hot summers for the most part when you’re travelling full time, however it’s amazing how hot it gets in places like Idaho, Maine, Washington, Colorado, etc. A decade ago, a standard, six-kilowatt solar panel would cost nearly $53K (more than the average RV)! What’s great about this inverter, especially for trailers, is it combines your battery and shore power together allowing you to run more devices while plugged into a 20a or 30a plug. Supports and cross bracing looked like aluminum frames made specially for this purpose. Cheers! Followed the instruction that came with it and there wasn’t any issues. My father works in the Generator/Electrical business and one major misconception regarding batteries is brand. We’re new to all this but what about the air conditioner? Did you have to buy both “kits” or can you hook up extra panels to your Extreme kit? The first thing you need to do is to check with the local power company to see if they allow net metering (selling power back to the grid). Kinda reminds me of the windmills and alcahol fuels, that wouldn’t exist without government subsidies. Wherever you choose to have the kit installed make sure you have them add outlets to the inverter, the current inverted outlet setup on the Vesta is just ridiculous. AGMs outsell Gels by about 6:1. Thanks so much! Older son Cary is in solar/alternative energy for 22 years (is installing panels and low voltage system for a 1.5 megawatt solar system at this time) and he got excited about designing/fabricating a solar/battery system that wouild make us autonomous, i.e. Or does your solar arrangement allow you to use the micro? In addition to installing a MS2012 Magnum inverter to invert solar generated power from DC to AC, he asked us to separately install his Iota 45A converter. I hope I asked that right. is the Magnum this model? Now I can’t wait to begin the upgrades and use solar for my energy and learn to live with necessities and space management. Hey Bryn, Most are a little over $1 per watt. Currently we’re using the Magnum MS2012 Puresine Wave inverter and it’s been great. YUM!!! Avalon RV installs Solar systems on all makes & models, vintage & modern. Big panels and get them up offthe roof good magic. They leak gas and are not always reliable. We want to make sure our customers are aware of the options available to help you in your decision process. I checked the standard testing for hail, and our 160 watt modules meet this standard: You can find our newest tech & mods here: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/rv-modifications-technology However, you will pay for these benefits. We’re known for our expertise with all types of RVs, and we’re specialists when it comes to Lithium Ion RV Batteries. I do know there is a device you can have installed called an “auto gen start” that will kick your generator on automatically when your batteries are low, so I don’t see why they couldn’t do something to kick you over to shore power. David, We have an RV now and the car engine charges just the one 12v battery for the lights. While the initial investment may seem costly, think of the long-term savings. Hi David – great question! The last UPS I owned was not a pure sine wave and I know because our milk frother did not work on it. Thanks, for the great information that you provide, it is invaluable. Here’s a brief de The portable panel is a great starting point for investing in Solar. I have been using a mere 410 watt inverter in our conversion van for the laptop and sometimes a desktop PC while traveling and came across a link which brought me to this site and I have been glued to it since. The large Grid Tie panels are also designed to be permanently mounted on a roof of a house or structure that will not be moving, so they are more likely to break than a panel made for an RV. It also allows you to carry a smaller generator. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. On RV Solar Store you'll find a top quality modified and sine wave inverters, solar charge controllers from Blue Sky Energy & Morningstar, inverter cables, solar panel installation wiring kits, portable solar modules, and our patent pending dual tilt solar panel mounts for the Kyocera KC line and the KD line. Any information you can offer would be extremely helpful. Our Vesta was not wired well from the factory so the install included adding multiple outlets to the inverter, installing a proper circuit breaker for the inverter, and running a ton of new wire. Precision RV - Marvin Braun (206) 276-2462. I know it’s less total watts in panels, lower wattage inverter, but the only other difference I see is your system mentions a charger, this one does not, though it says all you need is a battery to charge for this system to work? ( I have 2 banks of 4-6v golf cart batteries in my Monaco) … regards John. Hey Tom, thanks for sharing your experience with the AGM’s! Re your request for batteries to consider: Check out the Odyssy PC2250 AGM battery. What size charge controller do I need? Any ideas? Would love to see you do a segment on that. I was surprised when GoPower! This means that the LFP system which weighs 160# is equivalent to over 1000# of LFP. Disclaimer:  While our solar was provided by GoPower for review purposes…all of our experiences and opinions are not purchased and are still our own.  It’s also important to know we contacted them after learning they were a small company with great quality and sustainable business practice’s.  We only work with companies we truly believe in and who support our mission to live a sustainable and adventurous life. Hello Wynns, You gave me lots to think about in your boondocking video. And, how do they install the roof panels to insure against water leakage as I gather they are somehow bolting the bracket on the roof? You see, the costs of RV Solar Power will vary depending on what you want to do, what type of RV you have, and the budget you’re looking to work with. Thank you!! I think the cycle life is around 2-3000 with 80% discharge. You’re on the right track, just not 100% sure about your battery purchase. I ask that knowing that “difficult” can completely vary for everyone depending on background, experience and other factors . Read Ron Jones’ comments last year and followups on Technomadia (see Cherie’s comments above) and got interested in Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. That is heaps more than lead! Anything anyone can share will be greatly appreciated, Especially about how many batteries and sizes they use and for what / how long. I’m thinking I will fork for Oydessy when time comes as if all else fails on one of my adventures I should still be able to crank the 330 HP diesel and get out of town (or back 1nto town as case may be!!). Your best bet is to call a few solar installers to see what they recommend and get some quotes. Please keep the solar training videos coming would like to know how you’re using your 600W, Brian, hmmm, I will have to ask go power about the rain-x idea. Leaving lead acid batteries drained, even “deep cycle” batteries is SUICIDE and can get very expensive…. Both power density and life time (cycles) are greater … and they’re a little cheaper. You have me sold on upgrading Bounder to include a Go Power 3000K kit. We carry a honda 1000 generator which never gets used. So total cost over time is way lower than any other battery. Not on solar panels and not on plastic. They can tolerate the red on black accidents better. I have been researching solar power systems for nearly a year now and I found your site today and have been engulfed in it now for over 3 hours which passed like minutes to me. A few months ago, we were at a location for a project and found ourselves with little to no power for a few weeks. Could be wrong though 🙂. Good luck and please let me know if you have any other questions. info. Hey Crystal, that is actually a great question and one I don’t have a solid answer for but I will look into it. After pages of reading about all the different batteries used by all who have visited here, I still haven’t read a quantity of batteries in any ones banks. House panels or as most people call them “Grid Tie” panels can be found very cheap because a job could have been cancelled on someone or they might be a panel that may no longer be made etc. Long story short, I went with 6, 6V golf cart batteries because they can be discharged down to about 50% without being too hard on them. When I looked at our meter I saw we were pulling in nearly 11 amps in thick fog. doesn’t mean we can’t help with any solar product, now granted we don’t have a personal experience with the Costco product you’re asking about but we did have a look at the specs and here’s what we’ve noticed about the Costco solar kit vs. our GoPower kit: 3. Jason thank you for all your advice on RVing full time. – Andrea. Do you plan to use the same installer? Solar kits at Fraserway RV come with a 25-year warranty on the panels, so when you purchase your kit from us you’re making an investment which will last for years to come. So how much did it cost to have the dealer do the install? We know a battery upgrade is the next step…we have been keeping an eye on the water level of our batts to make sure they don’t dry up with this heavy use. • I don’t see any mounting hardware either. GPC-75-MAX 75 Amp 4-Stage Converter/Battery Charger – did you replace the existing converter in rv? whaaaat haha. “It’s a waste of money if you’re installing more than a 200-watt solar unit,” Towne says. How much was the labor to install your last setup? We have lithium as the base of our power system and are designing our solar around them. Thanks for the info Cheri and the link to your research. High end installations using lithium ion batteries can easily go above $10,000. How in the world is $4,000 affordable?  2 main reasons we’re calling this solar setup affordable: 1. First, don’t buy ready made kits from the big RV solar power stores. Don’t ask me why. Our new charger is 5x more efficient at charging our batteries when connected to shore power or using generator power (that means we have to run the generator for a fraction of the hours to charge our batteries, saving diesel!). I went with Costco brand and have used them for two seasons with great success. but it makes perfect sense. Total RV Solar power information at your finger tips. wish there was an easy answer for ya. A bad install could mean you’re wasting your money. I will have to wait until after I get solar stuff to buy a toy like that. My big driver is that I have very limited space for the batteries in my Class B so the drop in replacement is attractive and I need more amp hours than my current 100AH AGMs provide. 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