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Guys with solar

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by HolyReptar, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. Sep 23, 2018 at 1:11 PM
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    Sworksrider

    Sworksrider PCT HIKER

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    For me only keeping battery topped off for running fridge...having the security of no dead battery,no ice and wet foods to come back to after leaving truck sitting for week is worth the low cost of panel and ease of hookup.

    Best....... very cold beers always waiting

    Cheers
     
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  2. Sep 23, 2018 at 1:12 PM
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    Mack7n

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    If I drank, that would be the winning argument right there. :D
     
  3. Sep 23, 2018 at 1:26 PM
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    robssol

    robssol If it ain't broke, leave it the eff alone!

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    I got this for charging the house battery in the camper. Bought it to experiment with. It kept the battery up enough to run the vent fan full time with lighting duties over a three day weekend. Monday afternoon the battery was at 1/3 charge.
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    Not permanently mounted. I set it up in the sun and turned it when I thought about it throughout the day.
     
  4. Sep 23, 2018 at 6:13 PM
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    HolyReptar

    HolyReptar [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I think with some wiring you actually can. I’ll be installing mine to keep the audio battery charged for the fridge, keep my laptop charged, and to keep a couple small things running
     
  5. Sep 23, 2018 at 6:16 PM
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    Mack7n

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    I tried running a sawzall on it the 1st week I owned the Truck. Big storm in Maine, and wanted to use Sawzall instead of my chainsaw to remove a small 3" tree out of my driveway. Had enough power to mode the blade to the point i could have laid my hand across it w/o getting injured. :(
     
  6. Sep 23, 2018 at 6:31 PM
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    Exracer2

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    For my enclosed trailer I have 4 x 100w Renogy monocrystaline panels and 4 x 150ah 12v interstate flooded deep cycle batteries. The panels will be removable for winter when they are not being used. Between snow and ice and tree branches falling during a storm I don’t want to damage a panel. I have a Colman 30w panel that had been outside all winter and on the first real sunny day this spring I heard a noise and looked over and the protective tempered glass all of a sudden shattered. It is still in place but it is tiny cubes of broken glass across the whole surface and now the whole thing is curved after the breakage. The glass is there just broken. It still works but for how long I don’t know.

    So I advocate for removable. You may have tens of years of trouble free use or it might get destroyed leaving it mounted all the time.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2018 at 6:36 PM
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    Casper66

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  8. Sep 24, 2018 at 4:57 PM
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  9. Sep 26, 2018 at 5:18 PM
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    Jakoda

    Jakoda beep boop

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    Wow what an awesome thread to find!
    Has anyone had any experience with using solar to run a small camper AC unit. I want to build a solar AC camper shell for my dog.
     
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  10. Sep 26, 2018 at 5:21 PM
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    Sub’d for winter project.
     
  11. Sep 27, 2018 at 11:44 AM
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    The small AC units have to run off AC power either a generator or shore power
     
  12. Oct 3, 2018 at 6:13 PM
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    How did you route the wires from the panel? I’m thinking I’ll route mine along the underside of my cab rack, down the back of the cab inside one of the bed rack vertical supports, inside the frame rail, then in through the floor via one of the body plugs to the controller, then back through the plug and to the battery.

    Curious though as to how you did yours...
     
  13. Nov 8, 2018 at 10:50 PM
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    RedBeard1

    RedBeard1 Welder with a wheeling habit!

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    Sorry just saw this. Mine are run down the weather stripping on the side of the windshield. All of my charging system wiring is on the passenger side. All of the electrical control wiring for lighting is run up the driver side. Punched holes in the weather stripping and used cable ties to secure the wire to them.
     
  14. Nov 8, 2018 at 10:52 PM
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    RedBeard1

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    I have mine collapsed flat to the top of my rack unless I have my tent mounted.
     
  15. Nov 9, 2018 at 6:48 AM
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    Are the wires on top of the stripping or under it?
     
  16. Nov 9, 2018 at 7:01 AM
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    RedBeard1

    RedBeard1 Welder with a wheeling habit!

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    Easier to just show you..

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  17. Nov 9, 2018 at 7:07 AM
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    Rujack

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    Perfect thanks!
     
  18. Nov 9, 2018 at 7:08 AM
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    Rujack

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    Does that stripping come off pretty much the same as the roof stripping (for the roof rack mount holes)?
     
  19. Nov 9, 2018 at 11:06 AM
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    DansSr5

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    Dou you have the Tow package? I have some sort of factory brake booster in the area you put the second battery.
     
  20. Nov 9, 2018 at 11:10 AM
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    Khonception

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    I believe so, mine came with a tow hitch. Is yours an offroad? I believe it only fits pro and offroad models.(the aux batt tray)

    Edit: you have an SR5, that’s why you have that thingy there
     
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