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Old 02-22-2020, 03:09 PM   #67
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Brand: Still Looking
Model: SOB
State: North Carolina
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Originally Posted by Chance View Post
Thatís great that you can install 1,225 Watts of solar on your roof.
I'll admit, there isn't going to be a lot of extra room up there after the install.

And no, the limiting factors of his van renders solar a no-go. In this case, he really wouldn't have any other way to keep that size of batter bank charged unless he used a non-renewable energy source.

The video has good info in it but I think the headline "Does Solar Power Matter on RVs with Large Lithium Batteries?" is a bit ambiguous. Agreed, it doesn't matter in his van, but only because he lacks the room to mount enough panels to supply the battery bank. In my case, I do have enough room.

The application will direct the methods...

We have a creek that runs through our property and I've been working on setting up a Pelton Wheel to create power for a cabin that we hope to build. Even if the area were exposed to 100% sunlight for 8 hours a day, it could never produce like hydro. So even though the battery bank at the cabin will be approximately the same size as the motor home, using solar to keep it charged would be foolhardy.

I like alternate forms of energy and I tend to use them even when they are not the most inexpensive methods. Perhaps not the smartest approach, but hey, I find it interesting and somehow fulfilling. It may have something to do with my inner goals of acquiring self sufficiency.
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