Oneswunk wrote:On topic, you talked $ on the trailer and everything . About how much would I want to set aside for just the solar setup?
I'm blind now so I'm typing without any spell check..... LOL
What is your plan for SOLAR? Just charge the main battery once in a while or will you have a load such as a freezer fridge on a second deep cycle battery?
For instance, my fridge pulls 2.5 amps when it cycles on but my 54 watt solar panel can dump almost 3 Amps into the battery for 6 hours out of the day, or 18 Amp hours. So if the fridge ran 15 minutes on and 45 minutes off in each hour of 24 hours that would be roughly 15 amp hours (.25 x 2.5 x 24) so the solar panel can keep the battery topped off with good sunlight without the fridge flattening the battery.
To duplicate my setup: I bought the Optima Blue top at Costco for (I think) $169, the 30A charge controller on EBay for $60-ish and the panel is worth maybe $160
50 watt $170 http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-50-WATT-12-VOLT ... 5444447905
65 watt $210 http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-65-WATT-12-VOLT ... 19c44d0d2b
combo dealhttp://cgi.ebay.com/Geoking-65W-Solar-P ... 20af776321