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Post by doubleh16 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:53 am

Hi all. Have just acquired our first real camper VW t4 trident auto-sleeper and have been advised that solar panels would be a good idea as we intend doing some wild camping both here and abroad. If anyone has had this done and has any adivce on these sytems it would help .
Am looking at a 63w, 12v fitted system and would appreciate any advice as to whether this is practical, worth having or a waste of time and money have been quoted £399 fitted with 2 year guarantee. Thanks
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Post by orian on Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:28 am

I have a 65w solar panel on my van and it keeps both batteries topped up when not in use and provides adequate power in the summer when not on mains. allthumbz

I suggest you enter "solar" in the search box above and you will find a lot of discussion and answers to questions.

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Post by deckie on Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:33 am

Hi Doubleh,

We have used Solar Panels for about 20 yrs (VERY expensive then) and wouldn’t be without allthumbz

I have always fitted my own, so am not up on fitting costs etc !!

Our 110 watt Panel keeps the 2 leisure batteries well topped up for our needs …. normally two nights ‘free’ camping max at a time (we have ‘itchy feet’ by then smile! )

Hope this helps and good luck up!

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Post by dandywarhol on Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:50 am

Wouldn't be without our 80w panel smile!

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Post by whisky on Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:22 pm

Without doubt the best accessory I have ever bought. allthumbz

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:51 pm

I have a 80 watt solar panel like most of the forum members, great assist, however not much charging today, thick coastal fog here in Bridlington.
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Post by RML on Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:04 pm

Yes.... no question.
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Post by stuartneale1 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:56 pm

Agree totally would not be without mine.

Cost seems a bit steep judging by last weeks posts, so shop around a bit more!

It won't run your fridge on 12V though ( that is when you get it fixed hugegrins )

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Post by modelman on Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:36 pm



80w of panels on the Mh roof & 4kw on the bungalow roof hugegrins

ONE of the best mods I did on the AS, batteries ALWAYS well charged, give 'em a hammering at night, & they get topped up next day smile!

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