Another beautiful day in Denver, but as usual a small chance of showers are expected by late this afternoon.
I got my 200 watt solar panel kit from Renogy yesterday, unpacked it, and started thinking about the best place on the roof to put the two panels, and what other items I might need for the installation.
I put the feet on the panels last night since its an easy job to do in the Arctic Fox but more annoying to do while up on the roof. The wires provided with the kit seem awfully small to me compared to what I used for the Arctic Fox's solar system, but of course the wires for the pop-up don't have to be anywhere near as long as the wires in the Arctic Fox and therefore don't need to be anywhere near as large.
But nonetheless I scrounged around in my box of extra wires, another thing I could've gotten rid of but here I am maybe using them again, and found some leftover wires from my previous solar projects which I might use instead of the wires provided by Renogy.
Since I'm going to be able to mount the solar panels on the roof almost directly over the batteries location in the camper, I think the number 10 wire's that came with the kit and go from the panels to the solar controller should be fine. But from the solar controller to the batteries and from the batteries to the inverter I think need to be bigger.
I'm hoping these two solar panels that put out 100 watts each will give me enough electricity to keep me comfortable in the little Bronco pop-up. But if it doesn't then adding another panel would be an easy addition to make.
I ended up getting a 20 amp MPPT solar controller figuring that 20 amps of charging should be the most I would need with the Broncos limited use. And I got the MPPT version just to see how well it works, and if it works as well as they say I might consider getting an MPPT controller for the Arctic Fox in the future.
The Renogy solar kit.
The wires on top are leftovers I had when doing the Arctic Fox solar project. The sickly looking wires on the bottom that resemble little dead worms are what came in the Renogy solar kit.