Originally Posted by ducksface
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I'm. still not sold on the value of solar for an a, b, c rv. The v10 uses half to three quarters gallon an hour at idle to charge/run the house.
$1.75 an hour to charge can't be offset, in my head, by $7,000 in solar and batteries. (my last solar on my 19ft toy hauler).
I'm not against it, I just can't justify it. The rv lives inside on shore power.
Not to highJack the post but...... Where did you come up with $7000?
My Outlaw 29H was prewired and I spent about $700 for two 160W flexible panels, a MPPT charge controller and some connectors.
It was well worth it. I never have to plug into shore power to keep batteries charged. The MPPT Charge Controller even has an Equalization Mode. I also have a Trik-L-Start installed that maintains the chassis battery from the house batteries so the solar keeps everything charged.
I replaced the stock Inverter with a Xantrex Freedom Xi 2000 and can run the 5000BTU air conditioner in the garage during the day off the batteries or the fridge when I have some decent sun..... and that is with the two stock house batteries. The solar keeps up very well.