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  1. gypsydan

    What Battery to Choose for Upgrade?

    So much to do before going full-time, of which batteries is only one I wanted the info before going to Q in a couple of weeks, where I was planning on upgrading my batteries I just did some more research and saw where AGM apparently outsells GEL by 100:1, but didn’t fully understand why. Some friends have been using 2 GEL batteries for, I think, 8+ years without a problem. As was said above, it ends up being a personal choice, as apparently all AGM and GEL batteries are pretty much the same. I’ve heard many private brands are built by one company under specs from these private labels I only heard Lifeline and Forrest River mentioned as brands people have I know there are more, like DEKA, which I’m curious if anyone uses that brand Thanks for the input. Dan
  2. I have a 27' class C with one 175w solar panel. The RV is only capable of holding 2 group 27 batteries. For the past year I've been using Interstate RV/Marine batteries from COSTCO ($80 each). I know I need better batteries, but am unclear on which to get, so am looking for the EXPEREINCES you have had with your choice in batteries. At this point, Lithium batteries are out of my budget range for having only one panel, and I can't fugure out where to install Golf Cart batteries. But maybe I'm selling myself short by not considering Lithium Because of its ability to withstand a slow discharge down to 80% I am therefore looking at GEL as being the best for my use of only LED lights, laptop, printer. refrig, and sometimes heater. My need is of course to have high AH reserves at night. I only boondock while on the road. If, when, I go to a larger rig, or different model (A, or 5th), I can look at Golf Cart batteries, or maybe Lithium. There are many GEL type batteries on the market, so I am wondering what experiences people have had with their make/model of GEL battery. Is any make better than others? I'm not interested in getting Interstate batteries. I hope everyone is having a good Holiday Season, and that everyone has a profitable and plentiful New Year.
  3. gypsydan

    Need help with gel batteries

    This was an old post, but there was no conclusion as to the results of retesting under load showed. Did you keep or junk?
  4. gypsydan

    NEWPOWA Solar Panels

    So far no problems. I’ve not done any power measurements, as I’ve not seen the need - yet. I’m using a small 400w inverter for just my laptop. For the price/watt ratio I’m happy with it. It might be one of those situations, though, where it will take time before I will really know if it was a “truly” good buy.
  5. gypsydan

    Recommendations for Trustworthy Mobile RV Techs in AZ?

    I can't imagine putting 3 panels on a 20' trailer, but it if works, great. I would also recommend D&R in Glendale, AZ, 623-842-1265, a family business. If your needing RV repairs I would recommend Carl's RV in Tucson, again a family business. 520-889-9900
  6. gypsydan

    NEWPOWA Solar Panels

    You can use one of these free programs to reduce the picture size: irfanview.com -- faststone.org (FastStone Image Viewer)
  7. gypsydan

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Looks good to me.
  8. gypsydan

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Here is what I get when I try opening the link in a new tab. Al lI did was save the picture to my desktop, then reduce it to less than 100k, and drag it onto this page.
  9. gypsydan

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    What are you screwing the stainless screws into? If it is ceiling crossbeams you need to be sure they are not aluminum, as over time the chemical intereaction between aluminum and stainless will badly corrode the aluminum and damage the ceiling beams, which could be difficult to repair/replace. Teh metal fram on my rig is all aluminum, which means I have to buy aluminmu screws (.75 cents each) to screw into the ceiling beams.
  10. gypsydan

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Thank you for the pictures. It does look like you have a good mount forthe panels. The way you have them mounted reminded me of the situation I've been dealing with over the past few days, and had not realized I had the issue until I started trying to figurer out how to mount the aluminum supports to the roof. I was going to just use 3/4" sheet metal screws until I remembered galvanic corrosion occurs when aluminum and steel are in contact, and over time the aluminum will "rot." If I had screwed sheet metal screws (steel) to the aluminum supports and then put dicor over them I would never have seen the corrosion. Over time (how long no one is sure?) the joints where the screws touched the aluminum would have become very weak, potentially only having the dicor under the supports, on top of the rubber roof, holding the panel to the roof. And, since the panel frame is aluminum I'm having to figure out how to use something other than steel bolts to hold the aluminum panel frame to the aluminum support framework.
  11. gypsydan

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Pictures did not come through. How dod yo uclean the DICOR? I've talked with their tech's, complaining about how DICOR gets dirty over time. I was told they are aware of the problem, but do not want to change the formula to fix it.
  12. gypsydan

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    If you live back east, you might be interested in these panel prices at altE, in MA. https://www.altestore.com/store/solar-panels-c541/?sort=-watts
  13. gypsydan

    JCPenny's RV Workforce

    Thank you, Coleen.
  14. gypsydan

    NEWPOWA Solar Panels

    Thank you. Just beginning my sojourn into solar, the aspects you mentioned are what I need to know, so I can make better choices in the future. I recieved the panel from NEWPOWA and will write more next week after I've been able to look at some other panels at a local solar store, to make a comparison.
  15. gypsydan

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Could you send a picture of what your diamond plate looks like when attached to roof. I would like to do the same. You had attached a picture, but it never get posted, so don't know if it was of the plate. Thanks.