PRIORITIES FIRST THOUGH…
Bennie LOVES his new bed. He’s in it all the time. This pic was taken after our EXHAUSTIVE first two days at The Slabs. Poor guy was sure tired – as was his Mom.
NOW ABOUT THE SOLAR
Mind boggling isn’t it that the SUN gives me electricity !! Well for this wee brain it is.
I had my solar installed by Sun Works.
Here’s Mike, the Owner, in his car….
Just kidding !!
First of all a MESS had to be made as all the drawers had to come out in order to run the wiring…
I had (2) 135W Solar Panel installed with a few ‘extras’ that Lee recommended. These extras increased the cost a smidge but will be worth it later on when I add more panels.
I met Lee while boondocking at Quartzsite with the Escapee Group. Lee is nothing short of GENIUS and sure knows his electricity, particularly when it comes to solar.
First of all Mike from Sun Works was going to install a 25AMP charge controller but Lee highly recommended a larger one. A 25AMP controller would be adequate for two panels, however, for the future I would need a larger controller. So best to do it now. A 40AMP charge controller was installed.
Lee also recommended two seperate switches to turn OFF the panels individually should the need arise.
Mike was also going to use #6 gauge wire – but Lee insisted on at least #4 – Mike didn’t have any of that so #2 was used. Lee says #2 gauge wiring is overkill, however again, better to have it now in preparation for the future. Apparently if I had used #6 and later on added more panels – well all the wiring would have to be changed !!
I also wanted my panels to be able to tilt up (as opposed to having them flat mounted) in order to obtain maximum benefit from the lower Winter sun.
Look at that panel Folks – it’s sure is a beautiful thing – almost as gorgeous as more CHROME for my Harley. LOL
Here’s Mike – he doesn’t actually do any ‘work’. LOL He just does all the talking and looks pretty. He was showing me how to tilt the panels and did notice a minor problem in that the wiring was a little tight so we had that slackened up.
While I was up on that roof in the blazing sun, Lee and Bennie were comfortably sitting in the shade.
Also, While I was up on the roof I saw this. No idea what it was but I think Mike mentioned something about a power plant – wow, that sure can’t be good for the surrounding air !!
Mike overseeing the slackening of the wires.
And here’s the beautiful numbers right after it was installed. This is the AMPS that are being poured into the Solar.
And this number represents the voltage – whatever that means. All I know is that this number is a GOOD THING – and that’s all I need to know.
A very ‘common sense’ thing I’ve learned already – if you have anything to charge up (ie. my computer) do it during the day. Anything you are taking out to charge your stuff is just as quickly being put back in that by big, gorgeous SUN !!
And now for the BAD NEWS…..
But I look at it this way Folks. ‘Average’ RV Parks expense for one month is $500.00. Yes, Some Parks are MUCH higher and then others are lower. So I’ve always figured $500.00 monthly is a good average. So that’s only 4 months expense if I stayed in a Park.
Also, Gas is very expensive and you need gas to run your generator. Last time I was at Q the gas gage dropped by 1/4 !
And lastly, but really the most important – I HATE GENERATORS – they are just so bloody noisy !!