Going Solar

For my birthday, my in-laws gave me their popup trailer that I had been borrowing during Deer Season for the past 2-3 years.  I’d use it for about 3 months, then clean it up and take it back to them.  Apparently they just left it in the garage between each of my uses and never actually used it themselves, except for maybe once or twice.  So for my birthday in March, they just let me have it.  It was a great gift, and unexpected, for sure.

So now my plan is to make it into a sort-of self-sustaining, bug-out camper.  To go along with my bug-out bag (guns), go-box (radios), and of course deer camp supplies.  I’ll be adding some solar panels to the top of it, which will charge the battery attached to the front.  I currently have a deep-cycle battery, but might upgrade to AGM later.  I also need to check on the capacity of the DC-to-AC power inverter that is built into the trailer, and insure it is working properly.  I’ll post more about that soon, and take some pics of the project.

 

Here is a kit that I found on Amazon which comes with a 100W solar panel and a 30amp controller.  I like this kit because it is advertised to be expandable up to 400W(12volts) and 800W(24volts) with the same controller.  So all you have to add are more panels if you need more power.  This product is advertised on Amazon with free shipping.

Solar Panel Starter Kit 100W Monocrystalline:100W Solar Panel UL 1703 Listed+2 20′ Solar cables+PWM 30A Charge Controller+ Uniquely Designed Z Bracket Mounts

 

 

Couple the kit above, or the ones below with a 1000W 12VDC to 110VAC power inverter –BESTEK 1000w/1200w 12v to 110v Inverter Power Supply MRI10011-1

 

I also found some good kits on ebay, which show to have good reviews (good seller feedback) and also seems to be upgradeable.  COMPLETE KIT: 200 Watt Poly Solar Pane – This kit starts with 200 watts worth of panels, and a 30amp controller as the Amazon kit above, but of course is a higher initial cost.  However it might be a better option for someone needing 200 watts to start with because adding another 100 watt panel to the first kit would likely put your total cost over $300. Windy Nation’s Store carries many items for solar and wind energy solutions.

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  1. Ali says:

    The only way to get anywhere close to a fair eatstmie is to actually call up a solar installer in your area, and get a free quote. The price depends vastly on your energy usage, and your location. Two houses can be neighbors, and one can use 20 times as much electricity.Solar hot water costs $4-6k, after which you may get some rebates or credits.Solar electricity costs $6k and up, after which you may get rebates or credits. A typical system, if there is such a thing, is several times that size, and it is not unheard of to have a system 20 times that large.

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