New solar panel for the Arctic Fox
I'm finally going to get around to installing the solar panel I bought in Quartzsite. I put the mounting feet on it and wired it up in the living room so now all I have to do is set it in some Dicore caulking up on the roof and hook up the wiring. I could have done this earlier but it's been very very windy here at Ben Avery's gun range and it would've been impossible to get up on the roof especially carrying a solar panel. But things have calmed down considerably and if it stays that way I should be able to put it up there tomorrow. I'm going to have to run into town and get some new caulking, I was just looking at mine and it appears to be dried out.
For anyone interested in trying to do what I'm doing, which is have enough solar electricity with the panels flat on the roof and not have to slant them towards the sun in the winter, I've been using somewhere between 70 amps and 100 amps per night. And since it's been kind of chilly that included running the furnace at night. If I remember correctly my four Trojan T145 batteries hold 260 amps and my goal is to never use more than 50% of those amps. So hopefully this sixth 140 W solar panel and my new radiant propane heater will put me closer to my goal.
The moon was full tonight and had some clouds in front of it so I thought I would take a picture.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!