Boondocking Power Upgrade - Adding Separate 500W Solar Ground Panel Array
In this video, I go through the current state of my RV boondocking power systems. Over the last year, I've added many more solar panels, a DC-DC charger, and a new 40 amp MPPT solar charge controller.
With all these new additions, a reorganization to the wiring was in order. I decided to use the 40 amp MPPT controller for my 940W rooftop solar array and repurpose the old Bogart 30 amp PWM controller for a 500W ground panel array.
I go through and explain all the wiring hookups and safety protections and demo the system in action. The new remote ground array will come in most handy when trees shade the main rooftop array. Also, during cloudy or short winter days when daily solar power is much more limited.
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Happy Trails Pal!!!
Great work, although I would guess beyond ability and perhaps financial wither all for the common RV'er.
Maybe financially all in one go but I built it over the course of 8 years a piece of too at a time so not too bad.
Ray, that makes a lot of sense then both labor-wise and the financial hit.
Great job and a great post for those energetic enough to build ultimate boondocking solar!
Seeing that I live in the more gloomy Northeast we don't get the multitude of sunny boondocking opportunities like our Western friends get to enjoy. Reading this thread and the like on other forums intrigues me on the freedom that a great solar package can give a camper, but our current camping style and location makes the investment into solar impractical. Ahhh, to be in my 40's again would be nice.
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