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terrybeckley1
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Explorer
Hello! I am getting my Mini Winnie ready for full-time RV life, and need some help figuring out how much solar wattage I need, and also how to integrate the solar / BB / alternator / shore power / inverter etc!? Thank you!
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terrybeckley1
Explorer
Explorer
Thanks again!

wiskeyVI
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Explorer
pianotuna wrote:
terrybeckley1 wrote:
Where do I find "Will Prowse chanel"? Remember... I'm a newbie!?


Hi,

Do a search on you tube for his name.

He tears apart batteries to see what is inside. He does some tests.

I don't find a lot of truly useful information from him.



Will has and does do more then tear down batteries. His older vids are very helpful in many aspects.
He also has an excellent website with many helpful folks:

https://diysolarforum.com/

If you lopk around the site, he has free installation diagrams.

terrybeckley1
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Explorer
Thank you! I was planning to go with lithium, but you have convinced me.

OutdoorPhotogra
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Explorer
Lots of great info on YouTube. Once you watch a couple, the popular ones will be suggested by YouTube. Pair those with the advice given here. I'm not new to RVs but new to solar and learning myself right now.

I would definitely go lithium batteries. Dealt with enough battery issues over years that I'll take higher initial costs for better performance and similar costs over time. There are special considerations for lithium on your other components so may sure everything is matched.
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terrybeckley1
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Explorer
Thank you!

pianotuna
Nomad II
Nomad II
terrybeckley1 wrote:
Where do I find "Will Prowse chanel"? Remember... I'm a newbie!?


Hi,

Do a search on you tube for his name.

He tears apart batteries to see what is inside. He does some tests.

I don't find a lot of truly useful information from him.
Regards, Don
My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp-hours of Telcom jars, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

terrybeckley1
Explorer
Explorer
Where do I find "Will Prowse chanel"? Remember... I'm a newbie!?

terrybeckley1
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Explorer
THANK YOU for all the info - it has helped!

JimK-NY
Explorer II
Explorer II
We are now on page 2 of responses to an OP who recently registered, asked one question and has now vanished.

free_radical
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Explorer
Id recomend getting Li ion batteries LFP?
Cost more but much lighter and can be discharged to zero without damage.
Will Prowse chanel has good info on everything

Grit_dog
Nomad III
Nomad III
Terrybeckley, unfortunately the electric/solar nerds here will likely just start arguing about stuff that is not helpful to you annd quite possibly causing you more confusion than you already have. Apologies in advance, for them.

But tuna gave you a decent starting spot. Know how much power you need and then size the power supply (batteries) to that. Then size the solar charging to accommodate as much or all of the charging, that you can.
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pianotuna
Nomad II
Nomad II
CA Traveler wrote:
List: Why a measly 24V battery when 48V is King?


48 volt is great--but would four fit in a Minnie Winni?
Regards, Don
My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp-hours of Telcom jars, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

CA_Traveler
Explorer III
Explorer III
List: Why a measly 24V battery when 48V is King?
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Bob

Fizz
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Explorer
This guys has an interesting set of videos about Solar Panels.
It will give you an idea of what's what.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7reC9QlPHlA&ab_channel=DIYSolarPowerwithWillProwse