marko, Vern, I just found this while searching for something else on here. I'd forgotten all
about it in between our 2 summer time trips and a plethora of other non-Rv issues
I've been dealing with. Many $$ related mods I was thinking about back then, are definitely
on the back burner for a while. This recession is really turning out to be a bigger pain than I
So sorry, I wasn't ignoring you, just not always getting email notifications when someone
updates a thread I'm following. In fact, I'm not getting many, if any at all.
I do appreciate your thoughts and will have more questions when I'm ready to proceed.
I agree that off the grid when traveling, and generating more power than you use, is
the whole point of the conversion.
I'd say that when the financial situation improves a bit, and I'm hoping it will be sooner
than later, solar power and satellite will top the list of must haves.
p.s. I got the isolator but still haven't figured out how/when/where I'm going to get it installed.
No rush on it either, with winter approaching, I guess.
Yes, I would add a second 85 W panel. Can't "fry" on one wing!!!
In for a penny, in for a pound.
Pure versus modified sine wave inverter? Hmmm, I guess it'd be nice to be able to run as many
things off the sun as possible, so probably yes to the m/w off the inverter. And any other lo-tech
electricity sucking toys I could come up with, too!
Possibly a small draw space heater? Would I
have the wattage/amperage to heat the van, until I could replenish an empty propane tank, for 1 night?
As for hi-tech electronics stuff? I doubt it. Not likely to need a pure sine wave inverter.
p.p.s. something else occurs to me after thinking about the hail storm we had summer 2008. if I went with
permanent roof mounted panels, is there a transparent armour that could be used to protect the panels
from damage by hail, bird poop, etc.? $400+/panel is a lot to have damaged by an "act of God".