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Old 06-13-2017, 04:16 AM   #141
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Somebody said it meant the dealer wouldn't get any units "like" ours delivered until ours was delivered. FWIW.
It is late enough in this year that you may be able to have your coach built as a 2018 model although the chassis will most likely be a 2017 or even 2016.
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Old 06-13-2017, 12:37 PM   #142
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It is late enough in this year that you may be able to have your coach built as a 2018 model although the chassis will most likely be a 2017 or even 2016.
That's what they're saying. 2018 coach, 2017 chasis. I suppose that means they'll use their latest and greatest components and things they've learned from feedback they've gotten from others. Definitely looking forward to it. We're making plans to move out of our place and rent it out and take the RT on the road for six months straight testing it out.
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Old 06-13-2017, 07:24 PM   #143
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That's what they're saying. 2018 coach, 2017 chasis. I suppose that means they'll use their latest and greatest components and things they've learned from feedback they've gotten from others. Definitely looking forward to it. We're making plans to move out of our place and rent it out and take the RT on the road for six months straight testing it out.
Do you have a plan for where you'll live when the MH is in the shop for 2-3 months? I was just talking to someone the other day about his busted AC. The AC manufacturer told him he had to have a dealership handle the repair and local dealerships were going to take weeks before they got around to testing and then fixing/replacing it so he's replacing it himself. Repairs like that are tricky enough when you have a garage + skills. I can't imagine repairing it while boon docking or living in an RV park far from home.
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Do you have a plan for where you'll live when the MH is in the shop for 2-3 months?

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BBQ, there's been 7 posts to this thread since your last one. Which one are you responding to?
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BBQ, there's been 7 posts to this thread since your last one. Which one are you responding to?
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Thinking about running a pole along the driver side top (paralleling the awning) and putting a custom solar panel on it that swivels and locks to the side of the van (just above the side windows so it doesn't block the window view). Thinking a custom panel of about 20" by 20 feet would produce roughly 500W of power in addition to the OEM 600W.

Has anybody looked closely at the OEM solar on a RT? I'm assuming the panels are wired in series and lack DC optimizers (so shade on one panel would likely have a real impact on total production). Wondering how hard it would be to add DC optimizers to the panels and wondering if the OEM solar charger can handle nearly doubling the solar input. Anybody messed around with this?
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Thinking about running a pole along the driver side top (paralleling the awning) and putting a custom solar panel on it that swivels and locks to the side of the van (just above the side windows so it doesn't block the window view). Thinking a custom panel of about 20" by 20 feet would produce roughly 500W of power in addition to the OEM 600W.

Has anybody looked closely at the OEM solar on a RT? I'm assuming the panels are wired in series and lack DC optimizers (so shade on one panel would likely have a real impact on total production). Wondering how hard it would be to add DC optimizers to the panels and wondering if the OEM solar charger can handle nearly doubling the solar input. Anybody messed around with this?
LOL good that you ask.

RT are pathetic amateurs when it comes to solar.

One guy's CS with mega Li and a roof full of panels were not getting the power he expected. Repeated dealer and factory intervention did not improve things. So he hired an independent technician to look the thing over. It turns out that the multiple panels of various sizes were not wired in a balanced configuration. The technician added another panel to the mix so that the volt/watts were balanced. He says he can now boondock for up to 5 days vs the 2 days before the rewire.


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You most likely will shade your rooftop panels and trade 500 watts for 600 useless watts.
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Thinking about running a pole along the driver side top (paralleling the awning) and putting a custom solar panel on it that swivels and locks to the side of the van (just above the side windows so it doesn't block the window view). Thinking a custom panel of about 20" by 20 feet would produce roughly 500W of power in addition to the OEM 600W..................
If I understand you correctly this additional solar panel would be like an awning fold down for travel and fold up to horizontal position of harvesting, like a roof extension. At the length of 20’ there would need to be a few hinges. It should work, but mechanical design could be very challenging and cost of none standard 20” could be prohibitively expensive.

If I have to do my solar again (I could redo mine) I would contemplate using side to side telescoping stacked double panels. For driving position only the upper panels would harvest, for example in my case 3x100W, for campsite harvesting I would “telescope” out to each side ending up with 6x100W. 8020 company have aluminum profiles and other fixtures which could be used to design this type of “a double decker” PV panels system. My PV panles are mounted using 8020 extrusions. In my case I would need to slide out to the side about 24”, very doable, to clear potential side to side shadowing.

Another option is using wind turbine, permanently mounted telescoping mast and turbine lifted up for harvesting and anchored to the ground to eliminate vibration. This would be my option to diversify charging for different weather conditions.
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