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Old 11-28-2017, 04:30 PM   #21
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Thanks Bob.....I will get in touch with you. I'm especially interested in Bellingham / Seattle sources for the equipment, or online sources for that matter.
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Old 11-28-2017, 04:40 PM   #22
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Panels are available in town.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:19 AM   #23
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Definitely following along with interest, and always interested in learning where the best stuff/best bargains are!
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My feelings? Unless you have a huge place to put lots solar panels we use them to prolong the charge on the batteries. With my set up, I can go 2-3 days of normal use which I think is mighty fine.
If I cut back to just the fridge, a week, maybe more. I don't skimp ..... they are part of the entire electrical system so I use them. I have 3 other ways to maintain the charge on my batteries. 1. shore power 2. generator 3. main engine.
During hurricane Irma, I was out of power for maybe 1 1/2 days. I relied totally on the batteries and the solar panels. I never lacked for hot coffee thanks to the 1500 watt inverter and batteries and solar panels. I also have two other 400 watt inverters for other things such as the 2 TVs. Sure, I cut back on lighting a little bit but that was all. I have an electric stove, unused for the power outage but the microwave supplements the stove somewhat. The gas grill picked up even more of the slack when cooking.
Solar panels supplement.... just another tool in maintaining the batteries.
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Old 12-02-2017, 10:12 AM   #25
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"About" $1600 I think. I installed it. Best place for solar is the Top of The Hill Market in Powell River. Andy is very knowledgeable and has the best prices. He said he can beat anyone for batteries. Shipping is "creative." Ask him?
The reason for this anomaly is because there are so many cabins "up the lake" in the area that are off the grid.

I can walk into a hardware store here and walkout with a propane fridge, solar panels, Trojan batteries, composting toilet, wind generator, and all sorts of inverters and controllers, all on display and in stock.

Threads like these cause me anguish. I'd love to have solar, but then I'd have no place to put my kayaks.

Priorities.
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Old 12-04-2017, 05:48 PM   #26
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...Threads like these cause me anguish. I'd love to have solar, but then I'd have no place to put my kayaks.

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OK, put the panels on an aluminum frame with legs that hold the array off the cabin top. Allow enough room to slide the kayaks under the array. Possibly clumsy, definitely could by made to work, though. Perhaps hinging the panels would allow them to lift up like a hatch to allow the kayak to be lifted up rather than slid out the end.

Thanks so much for the info; it makes perfect sense that all those folks living off the grid would be a great customer base for a solar supplier.
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