Solar update

I have had solar power for a week now and it is working very well in my estimation. The weather lately hasn’t been perfect for solar, but my system has reached fully charged by noon everyday. I haven’t used much electricity either just lights, fridge, pump, recharged the laptop, and hand vacuum which is all light stuff. Tomorrow I will us my blender and see how that goes. One of these days I am going to use the television to run a DVD and see how much power that uses.

I don’t think I will use to much even running the TV for a short period of time. We shall see, I will keep you posted.

I spent sunday doing laundry, grocery shopping and dumping tanks it is amazing how much of the day such household items take up. Now we have clean clothes and a full larder so we will smell clean and feed ourselves well for a week or so (maybe more).

The weather was actually warm here today not hot but warm enough not to need a sweater and shoes seemed a little to much more flip flop or sandal type weather. There is a man here who makes T shirts with the Slab theme I’m thinking of getting one to remember my stay here.

The internet with Verizon has been working well for the last couple of day (Yea) so we are caught up on our email.


The Solar Install Story

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I have been talking about doing it for a long time, getting solar put on my RV. I finally got myself to spend the money and got it done. This is what I had installed: two Photo-valtic panels 135 watts each, Blue Sky Solar Boost 2000E Controller and 800 watt inverter. I wanted a first class install, not something I did myself as I would do a butcher job and hate how it looked. Therefore I searched the internet and asked fellow RV’rs where they got their solar work done and pestered folks to show me what their set up looked like and how they liked having solar etc.

I finally settled on “The Sun Works” located at Slab City (Niland) California. I took the rig to him yesterday and it took five hours to do the install and then I took the rig back to have the inverter hardwired into the rig this morning that took an hour. I think they did a good job and it looks neat, clean and safe.

Today is the first full day with solar on my rig and by 11:30 am my two wet cell group 27 batteries of an unknown age were fully charged and it is a partly cloudy day and I only had the PV panels tilted for about an hour!

The next upgrade will be to upgrade the batteries so I get more amp hours, but that will have to wait until I get over spending for this work.

I’ll post later how all this has worked out for me.