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New Source for Solar Power

Post by roli on 3/1/2013, 15:42

For some time now I have been thinking of replacing the solar panel regulator on our van for something better and have been looking around the internet at prices for one particular unit.

I found a supplier, not one of the regular motorhome suppliers who was over £20 cheaper than others on the internet for the same product. Had a look at their panel prices and they were very competitive too.

I went over and collected the regulator and had a chat with Andy the owner who will be happy to quote for all things solar including fitting. Contact details on their web site.

web site address is http://www.astrumenergysolutions.co.uk

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Re: New Source for Solar Power

Post by deckie on 3/1/2013, 17:04


Thanks Roger allthumbz

Have 'Bookmarked' it, as our Panel & Reg. are knocking on a bit now (moved from van to van)

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Re: New Source for Solar Power

Post by Dutto on 3/1/2013, 17:04

By heck Roger you really know how to scare an old man!!! Whistle1

"New Source for Solar Power"?? confused3

I thought they had just discovered a second star alongside the sun! hugegrins hugegrins

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Re: New Source for Solar Power

Post by roli on 3/1/2013, 23:22

Thought that title might wake someone up Ian hugegrins

Ours has been van to van Brian and whilst it was big when I bought it is not that big now and is getting on a bit and thats why I was looking at Panel Prices. I dont care they do houses, although they have supplied a few motorhomers its the quality of product and price that I consider and they appear to be a decent outfit (not too far from home and fairly close to my mate bulldog01).

I was surprised when the panel went on the Windsor roof, although its wider and longer than the Executive there isnt as much room on its roof so I am limited on space unless I daisy chain (as described very well on this forum by the PVC owners)

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SOLAR PANEL

Post by deka on 11/1/2013, 09:41

Hi, I've just fitted a 12v 80watt solar panel on the roof of my T4 Clubman, bought from Sunstore. With club discount for the full kit it cost me £177.46 delivered and all the help via phone you need from Tom & Victor.Very impressed and easy to fit. The kit included -

80w solar panel, MCS certified
Charge controller, Viewstar VS1024N with LCD Display
Corner mounts for fixing to the roof, no holes required.
Bonding agent
Cable entry gland
5 meters 2.5mm rubber cable
All connectors to ensure a safe, tidy connection.
Plus Instructions allthumbz
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Post by shelldrake on 28/3/2013, 14:34

Not a criticism as we all have our opinions BUT I have never seen the need to fit solar panels.
For the past 8 yrs we have toured all over the UK and Continent and can stay off site for at least 4 days without electric i.e. Aires in France/Grrmany bit of wild camping in Spain.
The rest of the time is on site with EHU so btys get charged again.
A friend had a big panel with 4 Btys fitted at a cost of £1500. Guess what? Hes on a site in Portugal as no sun there at present to charge his btys £1500 well spent I think not BUT as I say its a personal choice
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Re: New Source for Solar Power

Post by whisky on 28/3/2013, 14:40

Hi Shelldrake.

Solar panels work with light not solar heat. So as long as there is daylight the panels will give power.

So your mate could well be OK.

Whisky. up!

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Re: New Source for Solar Power

Post by Peter Brown on 28/3/2013, 15:20

shelldrake wrote:For the past 8 yrs we have toured all over the UK and Continent and can stay off site for at least 4 days without electric i.e. Aires in France/Grrmany bit of wild camping in Spain.

Is that 4 days without starting the engine, having two showers every morning, watching TV for a couple of hours every day, using lights in the evening, charging laptop and phones, reading after dark and using blown air heating?

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Post by shelldrake on 28/3/2013, 15:37

Bar for using our LED light we don't need any of the above, Lap top, TV, blown warm air,showers etc. Cook on Gas. Boil a kettle etc Phones all charged before we leave and en route if needs be. I get away, to GET away from all the trappings of home (Anything worth watching on TV these days?) I have a portable radio for news etc etc. We get out as much as we can with dog, walking, shopping, visiting sites and read or play a few games etc at night
Having stayed in Spain for many a winter its funny to see lots of people sat in M/H ALL day and night watching TV. Their choice I know but life is too short
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Re: New Source for Solar Power

Post by Peter Brown on 28/3/2013, 15:54

shelldrake wrote:Having stayed in Spain for many a winter its funny to see lots of people sat in M/H ALL day and night watching TV. Their choice I know but life is too short

Not many years ago I would have agreed with you but then corresponded with a couple whose only opportunity to watch TV, read and the like was when they got away in the van - and that's what they had it for. I personally find my life away a lot more pleasant when I don't have to 'police' the use of electricity so two leisure batteries and a solar panel make for 5 nights on a field or in a car park being stress less and as said earlier, sun is not required. Fog and snow are a bit of an issue though!!!

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