I recently traveled to Julian, California to install a complete solar system on a 38' Montana 5th wheel RV trailer. The system includes 3 Overlander-170 watt solar panels, four new East Penn Deka batteries, and a GP-IC-3000 Inverter / Charger. The 3000 watt inverter is wired in pass through mode so every time the shore power or generator is used the GP-IC-3000 Inverter / Charger will quick charge the batteries with the built-in 125 amp battery charger. With four batteries, every appliance in the RV can be operated except for the air conditioner. The generator or shore power is required to operate the air conditioner. The customers are leaving soon for a 18 month road trip.
Ready for full time RV living? Adding a GP-IC-2000 Inverter / Charger to your RV will allow you to operate your RV appliances and will quick charge your batteries when the generator is installed. This system has dual cable runs from the roof so that a total of 6 Overlander-170 solar panels can be installed. Four AGM batteries were installed to provide the battery power to the inverter. Sun Power RV provides installation for the San Diego area and is an authorized dealer of Go Power mobile solar power systems.
I recently installed a complete solar power system on a 5th wheel horse trailer with full-time living quarters. The heart of the system is the IC2000 Inverter / Battery Charger manufactured by Go Power. This 2000 watt inverter is capable of surging to 3400 watts which will start up most appliances. On this 5th wheel, the generator was hardwired into the inverter. On those hot days when the AC must be turned on, the generator can be started and the 100 amp battery charger built into the IC2000 Inverter will rapidly top off the 400 amp-hrs of battery storage capacity. With full batteries, the generator can be turned off for the night (if it is not too hot outside), and all the appliances in the 5th wheel can be used. The existing converter was removed along with the automatic transfer switch. All the owner has to do now is plug his 5th wheel into the inverter and turn the inverter on using the remote control panel. He can now fire up the generator, if air conditioning is needed, and his on-board batteries get topped off while cooling down the RV. The IC2000 Inverter / Battery Charger can be wired for either 30 or 50 amp service and can be configured for a two phase 50 amp service.
This last week was spent installing a 960 watt complete solar system on a Bighorn 5th wheel trailer at the Surf & Turf RV park next to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The owners recently retired and are starting a lifestyle of full-time RV living. Their next stop is a campground in Carlsbad that does not have electrical hookups. Four more batteries were added to this 5th wheel for a total of 6 batteries and 6 solar panels. The 3000 watt pure sine wave inverter will convert the battery power to 110 volt household power so all the appliances and receptacles will have power while off-grid. The owners will have to switch the fridge to propane gas while boondocking and will use a portable Honda generator to provide back-up power for those cloudy days or very hot days when the air conditioner must be operated.
Starting this year and continuing until the end of 2016 (unless extended) a 30% tax credit can be taken for installing solar on your second home or RV trailer. Now is the time to install solar on your RV.
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